The IT Crowd

This is one of the best comedy series lately seen on British TV. Set in the London offices of the fictional corporation Reynholm Industries, the show revolves around the three staff members of its IT (Information Technology) department, comprising two geeky technicians, a genius named Moss and the workshy Roy, headed by Jen, the department’s ‘relationship manager’ who knows nothing about IT. With Spanish subtitles.

After claiming she has had “a lot of experience with computers”, Jen is made head of Reynholm Industries IT department, where she is soon proven by Roy and Moss to in fact have no knowledge of IT at all. In this hilarious excerpt, she “meets” Internet. With Spanish subtitles.

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Slade: Merry Christmas Everybody

Merry Xmas Everybody” is a 1973 song by the English rock band Slade. Written by lead vocalist and guitarist Noddy Holder and bassistJim Lea, and produced by Chas Chandler, it was the band’s sixth number-one single in the UK. It earned the UK Christmas Number One slot in December 1973, beating another Christmas-themed song, Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”, which reached fourth place. By mid-January it was still at number one; it stayed in the UK Singles Chart well into February 1974.

Based on melodies from discarded songs written six years before, “Merry Xmas Everybody” was Slade’s best-selling single, released at the peak of their popularity, and sold over a million copies upon its first release. It is Slade’s last number-one single, but by far their most successful. It has been released during every decade since 1973, and has been covered by numerous artists. In a 2007 poll, “Merry Xmas Everybody” was voted the UK’s most popular Christmas song.

The song has been covered by various artists. An acoustic version was performed on The Royle Family’s Christmas Special episode, by guitarist Noel Gallagher, from the band Oasis. R.E.M.’s 2007 Holiday Christmas single included another cover of this song.

 

If you want to read the lyrics, click on this link: Slade Merry Christmas

Queen: We are the champions

We Are the Champions” is a strange ballad written by Freddie Mercury, recorded and performed by the rock band Queen in 1977. It’s one of their most famous and popular songs and it has become since then an anthem for sporting victories, being selected as an official theme song for 1994 FIFA World Cup.

If you want the lyrics, click on the following link: Queen We are the Champions

Monty Python Flying Circus: the Ministry of Silly Walks

Monty Python’s Flying Circus (known during the final series as just Monty Python) is an innovative, highly influential BBC TV sketch comedy programme from the Monty Python comedy team, and the group’s initial claim to fame. The show has been noted for its surreality, risqué or innuendo-laden humour, sight gags and sketches without punchlines. It also features the iconic animations of Terry Gilliam, which are often sequenced or merged with live action.

The first episode was recorded on 7 September and broadcast on 5 October 1969 on BBC One, with 45 episodes airing over four series from 1969 to 1974, plus two episodes for German TV.

The Ministry of Silly Walks” was a sketch from episode 14, first aired in 1970. This sketch involves John Cleese as a bowler hatted civil servant in a fictitious British government ministry responsible for developing Silly Walks through grants. Cleese, throughout the sketch, walks in a variety of silly ways (including one that briefly imitates the scissor gait of spastic diplegia), and it is these various silly walks, more than the dialogue, that has earned the sketch its popularity.

If you want to read the script of the sketch, just click here: Ministry of silly walks

Sir Ken Robinson talks about Changing Paradigms in Education

Just in case you don’t know who Sir Ken Robinson is, you can discover it here. Summing up, we can say that he is one of the most prominent authors and researchers when referring to education, creativity, innovation and human resources. He is an author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was Director of The Arts in Schools Project (1985–89), Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick (1989–2001) and was knighted in 2003 for services to education. Originally from a working class Liverpool family, he now lives in Los Angeles with his family.