Each trimester, we are given the task of choosing a book from our school Lending library. This month I have the possibility of choosing a wonderful book called Pretend you don’t see her by Mary Higgins Clark. To let you notice I have read it, I choose 3 quotes and analyzed, explained them and connect them with the topic.
Our language teacher, Pilar Pando, gave us the task to create a podcast about our own Ghost Stories. Here is my story and podcast:
Helen Morton, 1946.
19 September 1956, I was on the train Docklands Light Railway travelling from Kent to London when I saw a beautiful girl sitting three seats ahead. She looked rather pale and her clothes were quite old fashioned, I could not take my eyes off her. Suddenly, there was creaking noise that called my attention. People started screaming asking for help. The train stopped. All of a sudden I realized the girl wasn’t there anymore. I thought she might have got into panic.
Six o’clock in the evening after a long working day I took the train back to Kent. Luckily, there was enough room in the coach to have a seat. I could not believe who was sitting next to me! She was the same lady I had spotted early in the morning. She was wearing the same long dark skirt with a pair of short boots and white bluse. Her hair was tied up in a bun and her face looked sickly pale. Her eyes and cheeks seem to have sunk into her face. I felt pity for her but at the same time I was interested. I introduced myself and she told me she was Helen Morten. We had a nice chat, some minutes before we arrived at Kent station I asked her if she wanted to have dinner at the “River View” a cosy place. Luckily she accepted. When we entered the restaurant she said if we could sit at the back where there was less light, I found it a little bit bizarre. When I ordered supper she said she wasn’t hungry and would only sit to make me company. She didn’t speak much but was quite a good listener. I enjoyed all the same.
At nine o’clock she told me it was too late for her and felt anxious to return home. I offered to take her in a taxi but she preferred to walk. Her house was not too far away the only thing I realized it was a very dark neighbourhood. As it was cold I put my jacket on her shoulders. When we arrived at 42 Church Street it was time to say goodbye. We arranged to meet the following day at the same time but I would first fetch her at her house. All the way home, I was thinking of Helen and imagining her family because she never mentioned them.
The following day as soon as I arrived, I rang the bell and knocked at the door, nobody turned up. A lady next door, asked me what was I doing there, I told her that I was looking for Helen morton. She was in a shock when she told me: “Helen had died 10 years ago and she had been buried at Highgate cemetery”. Desperately I ran to the cemetery, it was about to close but they allowed me in. I asked the keeper for Helen’s tomb and when I got there I was shocked to see my jacket over her grave.
During our Language class we have been reading and analysing Gothic Novels. We read three different stories of the same genre and analysed them in different groups, we also made a presentation on the vocabulary and expressions used in these stories.
During the course of the year, we have being studying the topic known as “The Cold War”. Our History teacher asked us to create a post in which we include the videos and a testimony about someone who had lived or experienced the consequences of The Cold War.
Many young adults struggle with choosing a career, but Beate Koksch always knew she wanted to be a biochemist. In 1985, 17-year-old Koksch figured that her top marks in science made her a shoo-in for a university biochemistry program. Then one day, as graduation approached, her school principal announced in front of her classmates that Koksch had been denied entry to biochemistry programs.
An extremely upset and confused Koksch faced more unpleasant surprises. An hour later she was called to the principal’s office and found a Stasi operative waiting for her. Koksch says he started by mentioning her failure to get a spot at a university. In the next breath he invited her to study at a university that trained Stasi agents. Her failure to get into a biochemistry program had likely been a Stasi recruitment ruse. “It was awful to have the Stasi ask you to join them,” Koksch says. “I thought, ‘Why me? Have I been too good?’ To think that they saw me as a good candidate made me feel sick.” At the same time, Koksch knew that she couldn’t out-and-out refuse the Stasi agent’s invitation for fear of seeming rebellious or disloyal to the regime, which could hurt her family’s career prospects as well as her own. “I said I needed to speak to my father and would give an answer tomorrow.”
That night was not a pleasant one in her household as the family brainstormed for a way out of the predicament. In the end Koksch decided on a sequence of watery excuses for refusing the Stasi offer, such as she was thinking of getting married and settling down with someone who had many family members in the West—contacts the Stasi would not approve of or permit. Another excuse involved her thinking processes: she was completely right-brained and too inept for the left-brain thinking required for social sciences.
Luckily for Koksch the Stasi believed her story. The following year she reapplied to a chemistry program at the Technical University in Leuna-Merseburg and was accepted. Today she is a professor of organic and natural-products chemistry at the Free University in Berlin.
The following project was divided into different groups, and the topic was related to our previous presentation, about Czechoslovakia. This project would be about life in Eastern Europe in Czechoslovakia. I worked with: Victoria Quiroga, Francesca Costamagna, Trinidad Torrendell and Clara Allende.
The Project consisted on:
Choosing the story of ONE or TWO sportsmen who defected from our countries due to life under communism. Explain who they were, what they did and the circumstances under which they defected.
Choose 3 exctracts from Gabriel G Màrquez’s book on your country that in your group’s view best portrays life in that country under the communist regime and illustrate it as a collage or a drawing.
“Al otro extremo de la aldea se detuvo frente a un puente con un letrero en checo escrito a pincel sobre un fondo de tela roja. Sobre el puente había media docena de soldados con ametralladoras. El tren reanudó la marcha cuando los soldados verificaron si no había nadie escondido en los ejes de los vagones”
“Lo único notable era la música de los altoparlantes y las mujeres embutidas en uniformes ferroviarios. Es un poco extraña la impresión de verlas con un uniforme entero, camisa, corbata y zapatos masculinos y un moño disimulado con gorra”
“Un momento después el tren se deslizaba por una región agrícola mecanizada, aprovechada hasta el último centímetro. Por todas partes se veían gigantescas obras de ingeniería hidráulica acabadas o en construcción”
Each trimester, we are given the task of choosing a book from our school Lending library. This month I have the possibility of choosing a wonderful book called Atonement by Ian McEwan. To let you notice I have read it, I will discuss the main characters and events that have taken place in the novel. Here is my book tube.
With our teacher Pilar we saw a part of a movie called In pursuit of happiness and we had to finish it at home. We did some activities about it and then in pairs we have to write a letter. This is the letter I wrote with Victoria Lupi and Trinidad Torrendell.
How are you? I would like to say I am good but the fact is that I am not. I have my hands tied. I don’t have enough money to make ends meet. I need you to give me a hand. We are living on the breadline and I don’t want to do this to Chris. Things got out of hands we can barely survive. Can you put a good word in for me in your company? We are facing the worst economic situation ever. We need to start from scratch. I can not sleep a wink anymore. Please help me.
With our history teacher, Lenny Ambrosini, we were given the task to create a source on our own by choosing a topic. In my case I chose to create a: Soviet cartoon criticizing Stalin while Khrushev was in power.
In the source you can see:
Satellite countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Poland) each with the correct flag. There are lots of words in each of the satellites countries that represents all what Stalin had done in a way, critizing Stalin, for example: the limits he impossed to the people of those countries to travel, the limited freedom of speech, the purges, etc.
Nikita Khrushchev: this is the new leader of the Soviet Union who is going to change Stalin’s ruling, starting de process of DE-STALINISATION. That’s the reason why in his foot has de word DE-STALINISATION. The left foot is stepping on the stat elite countries and all that had happened during Stalin’s mandate (COLD WAR). But the right foot is stepping on Russia where he is goint to start the big change.
SYMBOL OF COMMUNISM: behind Nikita Khrushchev you can see the symbolism Of communism big as the power of communism that represents the whole Russia and Eastern European countries.