Dirt Cheap

dirt cheapFor those of you who are mad about clothes and fashion, the July Sales in Málaga is a great time to pick up a bargain. In fact, many things on sale are dirt cheap and if you look hard enough, you can find garments for less than €5.00. However, if you are like me and don’t fancy spending money on fashion items, then now is the time to keep your eye on Groupon for dirt cheap holidays, discounted electrical products and amazing offers on adventure activities. Indeed, did you know that you can learn how to scuba dive or surf for less than €50.00? So, I say: put down the clothes and pick up an adventure bargain instead, they are as cheap as chips.

To be or not to be, that is the question. So, what are you?

We use the verb to be to say what things are. For example:

  • Q: What is an apple? A: It’s a type of fruit.
  • Q: What is an adrenalin junkie? A: It’s a type of person who is keen on doing adventurous and risky activities.

Janette is a welcoming hostessImagine my surprise when I googled this question: What is Janette? and Google said: Janette is a very welcoming hostess!?! My brother, whose name is Dave, was informed by google that he is one of the following:

  1. Dave is a fearless stunt driver.
  2. Dave is a fridge.

Hilarious! So, my question to you is: What are you?

To recharge your batteries

Recharge your batteriesTo recharge your batteries is a common idiom used to describe the process of a person resting in order to get their energy and strength back.
For example, after a hard week at work I usually recharge my batteries by hanging out with friends, listening to music and playing pub games.

How do you usually recharge your batteries? Maybe, you get a massage or do yoga, or perhaps, if you are an adrenalin junkie, you need to do something a bit more energetic like rock climbing or kite surfing. However, according to a specialist  the top 5 ways to recharge your batteries are as follows:

  1. Listen to classical music
  2. Take a stroll on the beach
  3. Watch a river run over pebbles
  4. Play with a pet
  5. Cuddle a baby

What do you think?


WRITING CHALLENGE : Funny Text Messages

Why is it that I don’t understand at least 50% of the text messages I receive?I wonder is it because people use code like this: LOL, F2F, GMBO, HTH, or perhaps I’m never exactly sure what all the little emotion images mean.

predicitive textI read things that I think are words but my brain translates them to this: blah, blah, blah, blah. In addition, predictive text can really alter what you are trying to say.

However, the worst thing is when you receive or send a text to the wrong person or a complete stranger. text message mistaken identity

Have you had this experience? Don’t be shy – share your text exchange with us.

WRITING CHALLENGE : Trusting Technology -The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ridiculous

GPSThe editor of a newspaper is asking readers to write an article about their experiences of technology when they have gone wrong. If you have had any problems with technology, then write in and share your story.

Do you need any inspiration? Why not read this description about Global Positioning Systems?

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have become one of the world’s most popular gadgets. Even I had one in England, and yes I talked to it, and yes I shouted at it, but no, I didn’t give it a name! The most common phrases I said to it were:

  1. Are you sure?
  2. I don’t believe this is the quickest route?
  3. Why are you directing me into rush-hour traffic, you idiot?
  4. Please stop telling me to turn right. There is no xxxxxx right turn.
  5. What the hell is 500 meters?
  6. OMG, shut up!

Truth be told, I was always a bit sceptical about its instructions and my knowledge of road terminology was always bad, so when it said: Turn Left at the next junction, I used to think: ‘Crap, what’s a junction? So thankfully, in the end I always used my own common sense when driving. Unfortunately, for some people they trust their GPS’s so much that:

  1. They drive into oceans, rivers, lakes…
  2. They drive into golf bunkers ( the sand pit)
  3. They drive up mountain paths and can’t reverse when the road stops
  4. They even drive into churches

So, once again, I ask the same question: Has technology made us more stupid? If you think the answer is no, as my Teckie Knight believes, then perhaps, it’s just made us think less??? What do you think: has technology enhanced our cognitive thinking or are we becoming dumb and dumber? Finally, do you have any funny stories about GPS journeys that have gone wrong? Come on, spill the beans!

WRITING CHALLENGE : Marketing Technology

Write an advert for your favourite piece of technology: Explain: What it does, why it’s fantastic, how much it costs and why it’s a must buy for any sane person.
Do you need some inspiration?

Here’s how Apple marketed the gorgeous, the sexy, the complete full-package, yes, it’s the love of my life the iPod Nano.

ipod nanoiPod here, iPod there, iPod everywhere.

Home, work and anyplace in between. Your iPod syncs easily with your life.

Listening to music has never been this easy. Not only that, it won’t break the bank. It’s a genuine bargain. The I-Pod Nano has been voted top of the range of all music portables by you, the users. You don’t even need to be a nerd to get to grips with it. It has automatic log off and a gizmo that will act as your personal DJ creating amazing mixes to suit your ever-changing moods. You’ll be hooked before the end of your jog. http://www.apple.com/ipodnano/

SPEAKING CHALLENGE : Interview: Technology and the Internet

Technology question and answerImagine you are being interviewed by a reporter for a Technology Magazine. Can you answer the following questions with more words than: yes or no?

  1. Do you use the Internet? What for? What would your life be like without the internet
  2. Do you think the Internet is dangerous?
  3. Do you think children spend too much time on the Internet?
  4. Do you think the Internet is good for education?
  5. What do you think about online shopping
  6. What do you think about online dating?
  7. What do you think about online banking?
  8. Do you think Internet crime is increasing?
  9. What do you think about social networking sites, such as Facebook?
  10. Can you imagine a life without mobile phones?
  11. Is it important that everyone knows how to use a computer
  12. Is it important that everyone knows how to access the internet?
  13. Which household appliances get used the most in your house?
  14. What item of technology would you like to get rid off?
  15. Would you like to have a personal robot?
  16. Are there any disadvantages about new technologies?

SPEAKING CHALLENGE : Fancy Dress and Technology

Imagine you are going to a fancy dress party and you have been asked to wear a costume which represents an outdated piece of technology that you have fond memories of. Prepare a two minute presentation describing your chosen piece of technology and explain the reason for your choice.

Do you need some inspiration? Well, I would go dressed up as a rotary phone. A what?
rotary phonesOk, I know that I don’t have a smart phone and all that swishing and sliding that most people do when they use their mobile brings me out in a rash, not to mention the constant ping, ping, and ping, ping of text messages, Facebook messages and WhatsApp messages which give me a migraine. I also understand that most people think I’m a technological moron. However, I nearly fell off my chair from shock when I watched this video. Most of the kids on this video had never seen a rotary phone before, they had no idea how to use one and more importantly they couldn’t understand the concept of not being able to write and send an SMS.
kids react to rotary phonesOMG, I feel SO old!  Having said that, it’s hilarious! My favourite part is when they all try and make a phone call. If you do one thing today, check out this video and laugh your pants off!