Monday, 27 February 2017

Word of the Week - Byzantine

Byzantine

  • of or relating to Byzantium.
  • of or relating to the Byzantine Empire.
  • noting or pertaining to the architecture of the Byzantine Empire and to architecture influenced by or imitating it: characterized by masonry construction, round arches, impost blocks, low domes on pendentives,the presence of fine, spiky foliage patterns in low relief on stone capitals and moldings, and the use of frescoes, mosaics, and revetments of fine stone to cover whole interiors.
  • Fine Arts. pertaining to or designating the style of the fine or decorative arts developed and elaborated in the Byzantine Empire and its provinces: characterized chiefly by an ecclesiastically prescribed iconography, highly formal structure, severe confinement of pictorial space to a shallow depth, and the use of rich, often sumptuous color.
  • (sometimes lowercase) complex or intricate: a deal requiring Byzantine financing.
  • (sometimes lowercase) characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue, especially for the gaining of political power or favor: Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship.
  • of or relating to the Byzantine Church.
  • a native or inhabitant of Byzantium.

definition derived from dictionary.com

Learning Spanish - 3 new words and phrases for this week

  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My Single of the Week - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

My single of the week this week is the brilliant new collaboration from The Chainsmokers and Coldplay with 'Something Just Like This'.

I heard this for the first time on The Brits when they performed it live and it blew me away. I am a massive Coldplay fan anything, but I also love the Chainsmokers new stuff as well.

The Chainsmokers are an American duo, and of course Coldplay hail from Blighty. The Chainsmokers had their first hit back in 2014, whereas Coldplay have been going since 1996 and hit the big time with 'Yellow' back in 2000.

On paper, this combination shouldn't work but it sounds like it should have been obvious that these two groups would in fact work like a dream. Chris Martin's vocal range is superb - from the soft and deep start it builds to a real climax, which combined with the guitar and the electro synth gives it something special and really dramatically satisfying.

I love the lyrics to this song 'I'm not looking for somebody with some super human gifts, some superhero, some fairytale bliss, just something I can turn to, somebody I can kiss'.

Its just a really uplifting feel good song and it was an immediate tune for me. If you haven't heard it go and take a listen and let me know what you think of it. If you want more singles of the week and music stuff you can find it over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

February's Book of the Month - All Fall Down

My book of the month pick for February is All Fall Down by Tom Bale.

Another author I'm not familiar with, I chose this book because the summary sounded intriguing. It was an excellent read and one I can totally recommend.

Its definitely a thriller, but one that is unpredictable. You think you can see what's coming and then it goes down a completely different path. The brutality it implies is literally terrifying. What actually happens is frightening, but you are reading it thinking "oh my god" in trepidation of what could happen next.

The suspense is electric. This begins with a sunny afternoon family barbeque. A man, who has clearly been tortured, for some reason heads to the home of Rob and Wendy, and dies before anyone can work out who he is or what happened to him, or why.

All manner of possibilities are explored, and its clear that both Rob and Wendy have their own theories. Their adopted daughter Georgia, previously a victim of abuse could be the key. Rob's own murky dodgy dealings look likely. One of their twin sons has clearly been on the wrong side of the law as well, unbeknown to his brother and parents. Could that be it?

The family come face to face with the bad guys. But the real evil hasn't shown its face yet. Bad guys turn out to be the not so bad guys, and turn on the other bad guys and you end up not knowing who is the real villain - they all have a role to play in this.

This book has everything - twists, and turns, marital problems, normal family issues, law breaking, dodgy dealings, torture, murder - its not an easy read. The characters are well developed, if not always likeable. A very clever plot, and intriguing backgrounds make for a riveting read.

Highly recommended - I would give this one an 8 out of 10. My only wish is that it was a little longer, and that the ending could have been made more of, as after all the effort, it seemed a little bit anti-climax. Good book though and well worth a read.


Places I want to go

I want to go:
  • The Caribbean
  • Italy
  • Cuba
  • Med Cruise
  • Iceland
  • Denmark
  • Bruge
  • Switzerland
  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Florida
  • New England
  • Chicago
  • Washington
  • Goa
  • Norway

Body Gallery - the more successful attempts!



Marrakech 2015




Tunisia August 2014


Tunisia 2014

 
May 2014 - Gran Canaria


Menorca 2013


Menorca 2013

My round up of the most bonkers ways to lose weight


  • The Apple diet - literally you just eat apples.
  • Only eat with chopsticks !!
  • The clingfilm wrap - yep - you wrap yourself in it and work out!! 
  • The cabbage soup diet - yuck!! 
Not sure I like the sound of any of these!! As I come across others, I shall add them to the list :)