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Are you talking to a brick wall?

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On the other hand

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He doesn´t lift a finger

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Do you have a face like a wet weekend?

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To make an ass of yourself

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Science and Technology Idioms

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A boffin

Join the European Researchers’ Night! Discover science, meet researchers, and enjoy yourself!

Unfortunately, science still has a reputation for being a specialism for nerdy academic types, who are socially awkward but intellectually gifted.  It´s a field, which disgracefully, is heavily dominated by men, and because the findings of research are never immediate, it is worryingly underfunded and undervalued from both the private and public sectors. In light of this, why not take your family and friends to the European Researchers´ Night on Friday the 29th of September and become a scientist for a day?  Science is for everyone, science rocks!

Famous Family Business Break Up: PUMA and ADIDAS

Brothers Adolf and Rudolf Dassler set up a shoe company in their mother’s laundry room in the town of Herzogenaurach, Germany, in 1924. But it soon became apparent that the brothers had different personalities, and tensions between the two came to a boiling point during World War II.

Rudolf was sent to war, and after his return, was picked up by U.S. soldiers and imprisoned for about a year. He reportedly was convinced that his imprisonment was organized by his brother. The brothers split up in 1948, and Rudolf Dassler founded the company that would become Puma. Adi formally registered Adidas in 1949.

The rivalry between the brothers even divided the town of Herzogenaurach, where Adidas and Puma still have rival factories on opposite sides of the river. That came to a symbolic end on Global Peace Day in 2009, though, when employees of both factories played football together, pitting mixed Puma and Adidas teams against each other. The “Black” team of the companies’ CEOs beat the “White” team 7:5.

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Summer C1 Inglés Success: Congratulations Mayte

Achieving  a C1 level language qualification is not a walk in the park. In fact, many people who have this advanced  level have lived and worked abroad in English speaking nations, they consistently read in English, listen to English, and communicate in English on a daily basis giving their opinions and thoughts on topics as varied as medical science, art, culture, politics, commerce, economics,  psychology, philology, and the merits of space exploration.   This level would not be achievable for many native speakers, so it is my absolute pleasure to congratulate Mayte on passing her EOI C1 level this month. Well done, your thoroughly deserve it.