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Description and Poem of the Pilar Church | Tomás Braun and Matías Ripoll

 

Description of the Church

The church of Pillar is situated in Recoleta, Buenos Aires. It was built as a part of the Franciscan monastery in 1732 and is dedicated to our lady of the Pillar. It is the second-oldest church and its construction was begun by the Italian Andres Blanqui and finished under Juan Bautista Primoli. Despite its antiquity, this church keeps attracting people.

From distance, you can appreciate a delightful garden with two brick-made sideroads. The garden is made of a perfectly cut and greenish grass covered with white and growing flowers. Black fences surround the garden working as protection. The outside of the church has a white color and it contains rectangular windows all over the front side of it. The church has a triangular-shaped roof and on the left of it at the top, a white bell can be seen. The entrance of the Church of Pilar is white and has black gratings to forbid the access to it. As you get in, there is an area with a brick-made floor which leads to the big wooden gate, which gives access to the inside of the kirk

      As you enter, you can perceive two lines of brownish benches and between them, a thin corridor is made. This one leads to the altar of the church and three chairs in which the priest and the altar boys sit. In addition a golden-made and huge sculpture which has, at the center of it, our lady of the pillar. At the sides of the church white columns with significative Christian statues can be seen. The ceiling is white, giving the inside of the church a light color.

       All in all, the church of pilar has a delightful appearance in both the inside and outside of it, and it is for this reason that many tourists decide to visit it every day.

 

 

Poem – The Pilar Church

 

Built by his followers,

Lighted by his angelical advice

Even the Lord was flabbergasted

by the souls it enticed

 

The white walls illuminated their faith

The greenish grass lighted a delightful day while the Lord waited for their entrance

accepting every one of their repentance

 

And through the wooden gates, there she stands,

Delightfully seeing everyone’s face

In front of her, her dead son,

The Lord’s word being said for everyone in the place

 

She is not alone there, though,

Sunday noon fills her house with pained,

Agonising spirits,  praying for help and salvation,

A man kindly speaks “it’s okay to be afraid”

 

As big as a Roman temple,

Her greatness as big as a Church,

Standing above the Pilar,

Jesus’ utterances being said,

“It’s okay to be afraid”, they say,

“My fault, hit me with your birch”.

Language Online Test

1)

a) The man was walking through the street. It was around half past nine, and he was very tired, as he had been playing football with his friends all the afternoon, something he used to do once a week. It was cold, as it had snowed for a while. Because of this, he wanted to arrive home quickly, so he began to run. Unfortunately, he decided to cross the road, and, while he was running, a drunk man stroke him with his car and ran away. If he had grabbed a coat before going to play football, we wouldn’t have been in such a hurry to get home, and, therefore, wouldn’t have had the accident. Fortunately, he was found by a woman, who immediately helped him.

 

b)

Simple Past:  It was a cold night

Past Continuous: I was working late

Past Perfect: I was tired because I had been working for hours

Past Perfect Continuous: Before the football match, it had been raining all the afternoon, so the pitch was wet

Type 3: If i had found you ten minutes later, it would have been too late

 

2)

 

The story takes place in Memphis, USA, in the 1950s, and is about a wealthy black family conformed of two parents, who have two daughters, Wilma and Lois. The story is told in the point of view of the youngest daughter, Lois. One day, the father comes to their house with a gold cadillac, and shows it to all his family, who lived with him, and to all his black neighbours. They were all amazed, however, his wife wasn’t because he promised to use the money to buy a new house. Then, he announces he will travel with it to Mississippi, a place full of racist people. When they were arriving, the police stopped them, accusing them of stealing the car, and they took the father to the police station.In there, they had to pay a speed ticket, and,when they got out,the decided not to go deeper into the south, so they went back to the north. The story finishes with the father selling the car, and buying another one in a cheaper price.

News Report | Mexico Earthquake

Earthquake in Mexico kills, destroys and cripples the country

 

An earthquake stroke on September 9th and 19th of 2017. The earthquake damaged areas within Mexico, in Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla. It killed 217 civilians, injured much more and damaged a large number of buildings. At least 217 people have been killed, including 86 in Mexico City, 71 in Morelos and 43 in Puebla state.

It was the most powerful earthquake since one which hit Mexico City in 1985, killing thousands. Dozens of buildings have collapsed, including more than 40 in Mexico City alone. People struggled to get home when power poles that toppled in the quake blocked the streets and the public transportation system temporarily shut down operations. As many people lost their houses and also their working places, they also lost money; the US Geological Survey predicted up to 1,000 fatalities will come from the earthquake, and an economic impact of between one billion dollars and ten billion dollars.

In Mexico City, thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians-including college students-were working side by side to dig through tall piles of rubble from dozens of crumbled buildings. This was urgent and necessary, as the quake left the busiest city in Mexico in chaos. Windows buckled and shattered, falling several stories to the ground while thousands of people streamed into the streets running away from buildings and potential gas leaks. Also Nearly 5 million customers were still without power early Wednesday. Moreover,

Tuesday’s earthquake took place on the anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985.

People all around the world have been helping Mexico in many ways, bu donating money and food. Many organizations have been created to help the citizens to overpass this terrible incident. Although it is difficult, as the chief of an expedition once said: “When you are there for an emergency, involved in the incident, you become a part of it, too”, the incredible effort that they put has really helped, and hopefully more people like these will appear in a near future to work for a more positive future for Mexico.

An Eye for an Eye Activities | Tomás Braun and Matías Ripoll

AN EYE FOR AN EYE

 

DIARY ENTRY:

 

Write a diary entry for Mary Banks as if you had just returned to your prison cell after

your interview with Sir Matthew. Narrate the events that took place from your

perspective. Include your feelings, impressions and future prospects.

 

Dear Diary,                                                                            October 28th

   Everything seemed to be according to the plan. I prepared myself for it, but it all suddenly failed, and probably now we are going to stay here for a long time.

   Remember I told you yesterday what would happen, well then I will tell you how it went. I went in the interrogation room, and three lawyers were there waiting for me, willing to prove my guilt. They seemed so confident of themselves, and so did I. When I took seat, they started asking me questions about the murder, and I always replied successfully to all their accusations, and never feared of failing. They asked me questions like “why did you buy poison”, to which I replied that it was to protect my son from rats, and they believed it. It all went perfect until something really weird and scary happened.

   I would like this space of your page to remember one of my excuses to prove my innocence; I said that I was blind, and that during the incident I was in the hospital. However, when I said this, one of the men standing there took out his own eye, and started to polish it. I couldn’t resist that, so I looked away, showing I wasn’t blind. To make the matter worse, that “eye”, was a false one, so could have resisted better.

  Now I’m starting to feel the guilt, the guilt of not being able to prove my innocence. I should have resisted better, but now will have to confront the consequences of my acts.

 

Vocabulary:

1- Adamant

2- Blind

3-Witness Boxes

4-Frying Pan

5-Dole

6- Forensic Medicine

7- Socket

8-

9- Acquittal

10- Manslaughter

11- Brief

12-Strychnine

13-Axe

 

1) H) A defendant’s answer to the declaration made by the

plaintiff in a civil action.

2) J- The unlawful killing of one human being by another

without express or implied intent to do injury.

3) B) A lawyer or group of lawyers giving legal advice and

especially conducting a case in court.

4) I) The party that institutes a suit in a court.

5)  F) It refers principally to a British trial lawyer.

6)  G) An attorney who is not a member of the bar and who

may be heard only in the lower courts.

7) D) A suite of rooms, especially one used by lawyers to

consult privately with attorneys or hear cases not

taken into court.

8) C)An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar

impulse that acts as an incitement to action

9)E) The documentary or oral statements and the material

objects admissible as testimony in a court of law.

10)A) The result or effect of evidence;

the establishment or denial of a fact by evidence.

 

ROLE PLAY:

 

Matthew: Hello Mrs. Banks, my name is Matthew Roberts, I´m going to be your defense counsel. But first, I want you to be ready and prepared for the prosecution’s accusations.

Banks: Hello Sir Matthew, I´m fine and happy to see you. Okay, so let’s begin.

M: I understand you were registered at the hospital at the same time the crime was committed, but the police feel and suppose that the murder could have taken place 24 or even 48 hours you were registered to the hospital.

B: What they say is wrong, as I had been in the hospital for nearly two weeks. Also, you must know that it’s very difficult to murder someone when you had been blinded by your husband with a frying pan, as you can see on the side of my face.

M: And, how can we be sure that it´s true, and that this scar isn’t it a lie? Isn’t it strange that your husband did not visit you while you were in the hospital?

B: It does not surprise me, as I had threatened to leave Bruce on several occasions and he did not seem to care so much about my returning to the farm.

M: I see. But, can you explain why was one of your hairs found on the handle of the axe that was used to dismember Bruce´s body?

B: Yes, I can. I was chopping up some wood before I made him breakfast.

M: And why were there no fingerprints Mrs. Banks?

B: I think you would truly understand how cold it can be in the middle of a farm, in mid-October.

M: Your blood was all over your husband’s collar and the forensic scientist confirmed it matched your own. That´s a huge coincidence, isn’t it Mrs. Banks?

B: My blood is all over the house, but it means nothing. Look carefully, it´s all over the house, not only in my husband’s collar.

M: And could you tell me why the police found your fingerprints on a spade, what did you use it for?

B: I used it everyday last week

M: But there is something that no one does every day, and that is to buy such large amounts of strychnine, so, may I ask why did you need such a large amount, and why did you drive over 27 miles to look for it?

B: I travel there every Thursday, as there isn’t a nearer agricultural supplier in the zone. Moreover, we’ve been losing chickens, and my husband thought the problem was the rats, so he told me to buy that large amount to finish them “once and for all”.

M: But he was the one who finished himself once and for, right?

B: You know, he also feared Rupert’s safety

M: Wasn’t he at school at the time?

B: He came back for the half-term that weekend

M: Last question Madam, have you ever used a supplier before?

B: Yes, I go to buy it once a month, ask the manager of the shop to believe what I’m saying if you want to

M: Okay, I see… (Makes a signal to Witherington, to starts to take something from his pocket)