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Free topic post. “My favorite vlogger: Charlie McDonnell”

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

As an English student I’ve always been looking for ways to improve the way I speak and I understand this language and the Internet has helped me a lot during these years because watching videos in English is the best thing anyone can do to improve their listening and speaking. One day I was looking for some videos and I found some people who called themselves vloggers. I didn’t know what that was so I made a bit of research and I found out that they were video bloggersm people who made videos and uploaded them on YouTube to share their opinions or experiences with the general public.

So I started visitqtei6ddc0ir3uzciqe5ving their YouTube channels and there was one that I really liked by a British boy from Bath called Charlie McDonnell. He was the perfect vlogger for me. He spoke English perfectly, (because he was English of course) and he also spoke about interesting things like science and books, not like other vloggers who talked about what they did on their holidays and that stuff. I became a fan of his videos instantly and I also found out that he was becoming popular each day which I really liked because even my friends had watched his videos. His channel “charlieissocoollike”became the first UK channel to reach a million subscribers and it was even spotlighted on the YouTube’s front page.

The great thing about Charlie is that he was improving his videos each day and that he really dedicated time to create them. He also cared about what his viewers thought about them and he asked them about how he could improve. He also was famous because he created different series of videos like the “Challenge Charlie” series, were people sent him challenges that later he would accomplish in a new video and the “Fun Science” series were he explained science in an easy way that everyone could understand (even me!)

But Charlie is not just a Youtuber, he is also a musician.  Later on he started uploading his own songs and they also became very popular, like “Duet with myself” which reached more than seven million plays. After seeing his success he created a music band with some fellow YouTubers like his best friend Alex Day or “nerimon” who is also a vlogger that I really recommend you to watch. This band is called “Chamaleon Circuit” honoring the British show Doctor Who which they adore.

But, what is really special about this YouTuber is that he uses his success and his millions of viewers around the globe to help other people. He and Alex are always participating in charity projects and doing television appearances to raise money for different organizations. The most famous one was in 2011 when they shaved their heads to raise money for UK’s Cancer Research.

I don’t know if I can find a reason why I have chosen him for my post but I think that I have done it because I want to share his amazing work with all of you and I would be happy if just one of you become a fan of his videos. The guy deserves it because he cares about his work like no one. So, why don’t we get started?

YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/charlieissocoollike?feature=watch

Web Page: http://charliemcdonnell.com/

Free topic post: Edward Norton

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Edward Norton was born in Maryland in 1969. His father was an environmental lawyer and a former federal prosecutor, while his mother was a teacher of English and died of a brain tumor in 1997.

Norton, after graduating from Columbia’s Wilde Lake High School in 1987, attended Yale University, where he was a competitive rowerand acted in university productions in company with Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti, who nowadays are also well-known American actors. In 1991, Norton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and he worked in Osaka for his grandfather’s company, Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit organization.

Later, he decided to move to New York City and begin his acting career in Off-Broadway theater. His first film was Primal Fear (1996), which tells a story of a defense attorney (Richard Gere), who defends Aaron Stampler (Norton), a boy charged with the murder of a Roman Catholic archbishop. Despite the mixedward-norton1ed reviews, with this performance, Norton won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In the same year, he appeared as lawyer Alan Isaacman in The People vs. Larry Flynt, a biographical drama film.

In 1998, Norton took on the role of Derek Vinyard, a reformed neo-Nazi, in the film American History X, whichreceived positive reception. His performance deserved him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.Also in the same year, he starred with Matt Damon in Rounders, a movie following two friends who need to earn enough money playing poker to pay off a huge debt.

In 1999 in film Fight Club, Norton played the protagonist, and in order to prepare for the role, he took lessons in boxing and taekwondo. Fight Club made its debut at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival, but it received different reactions from film critics.However, it became a cult classic after its DVD release.

In 2002, he starred in different films: Red Dragon as FBI profiler Will Graham and in 25th Hour.While Red Dragon was commercially successful although it received mixed reviews, 25th Hour was praised by critics.

In 2003, Norton appeared in The Italian Job, and he won critical acclaim for his role in Kingdom of Heaven. Furthermore, he represented Marvel Comics character Bruce Banner / the Hulk in the film The Incredible Hulk, which was released in 2008.

In 2006, Norton starred in two films: Down in the Valley and The Illusionist, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later, became a piece of media that gained a sudden success when it went into general release.In 2010, Norton appeared in two films again: Leaves of Grass and Stone. He also made other appearances in different comedy shows. His last performance was in The Bourne Legacy, which was released in 2012.

Regarding his personal life, Norton is known for his objection to accept his celebrity status. He is also well-known for his support for environmental causes and different renewable energy projects. Moreover, he put time and money to diverse social activist causes, including improving the quality of living in low-income communities or taking part in charity events.

 

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Norton

http://www.biography.com/people/edward-norton-9542130

 

Categories: Cinema

Free Topic Post: Monaco, an unforgettable paradise.

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

MONACO

 

Who wouldn’t ever want to visit Monaco, the place of the luxury and glam?

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Its original name is Principality of Monaco, which is independent since 1297.

It is located on the Côte d’Azur, in Mediterranean Sea, near the Italian border. As a census on 2011 showed, the number of inhabitants was getting on for 37.000. In this incomparable country, French is the official language although English, Italian, and Monegasque (a dialect similar to Provençal) are also usually spoken. Monaco’s beautiful location, natural harbor and the nice mild climate, make it one of the best-known places all over the world.

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As said before, this little and emergent principality attracts many people due to the casino, which also contains a theater and the well-known Monte Carlo Opera. Monaco has a 16th-century palace, a 19th-century cathedral, which was built in the Byzantine style, and a noted oceanographic museum, founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I.

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Auto racing is popular, and Monaco is home to both the Monte Carlo Rally and the Monaco Grand Prix. These two competitions help in making Monaco even more famous, if possible. The last one has already become one of the most appealing events for Monaco, bringing over 4 times its own population. This competition is very important to improve, even more, its economy and social status among all the countries. The special thing about it is that the track goes between all the important buildings of Monte-Carlo, making it the first urban Grand Prix of the history, since 1929. It has one bend, which has become very popular because it has to be driven very slowly, it is called Loews due to the historical hotel that it is located near this curve.

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Summarizing, Monaco is one of the most appealing sites from almost all over the world. Mainly, due to those little details that make the best of it. When luxury is accompanied by such a good surrounding, as it does, the situation cannot be even better. So, if you have never been there, don’t waste your chance and visit it!!

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