Tras haber creado mi anterior blog cecilmundo varias personas, muchos de ellos mis alumnos, me sugirieron que creara una secciòn dentro de cecilmundo para publicar mis obras de docencia de idiomas. Dado que la cantidad de documentos de explicaciones, ejercicios y exàmenes de inglès son muy numerosos porque tengo màs de 30 años del ejercicio de la docencia, preferì estrenar blog con mis alumnos a como ellos realmente merecen. En este blog planetcecil no solo iràn mis documentos didàcticos de inglès, sino tambièn la producciòn literaria de varios alumnos que se destacan en las letras. Tambièn darè oportunidad a aquellos que tienen excelentes obras pero que no han logrado publicarlas ya que en mi paìs Nicaragua todo se mueve por la marrana polìtica, y si una no pertenece a determinado partido no verà jamàs publicado su opus. Tambièn tenemos la desgracia de contar con seudoeditores quienes al no conocer verdaderamente de literatura se convierten en mercenarios de la imprenta solo para llenarse ellos mismo de dinero y fama a costillas de los escritores. Todos aquellos que deseen participar en este blog, denlo de antemano por suyo. Aunque lleve mi nombre en un arranque de egolatrìa, yo soy sencillamente vuestra servidora.Cecilia

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lunes, 4 de agosto de 2008

the goblet of champagne



August 3rd,and 4th 32d entry to the Colonel`s Scrapbook

Born:
1811 Elisha Graves Otis inventor (safe elevator), too bad he couldn`t lift our spirits as well
1923 Anne Klein fashion designer (Anne Klein II) 1924 Leon Uris US, novelist (Exodus, QB VII)this guy jerked so many tears from me with his Works he should have his own swimming pool in heaven filled with them

Deaths which occurred on August 03:
1954 Colette France, novelist (Claudine, Chèri), dies at 81,an avid cat lover and one of the wisest women who ever lived, she believed cats spoke in French. Of course, both French and cats are perfect, like Colette.

On this day...
1492 Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain for "Indies, to bring us disgrace ,syphillis and slavery to the “New World”, this bastard should have stayed at home plucking out his lice
1971 Paul McCartney announces the formation of his group Wings, band with which he would smack a few hits yet like Silly Love Songs.
August 4th
St Dominc`s Day, inquisitor who fought the Albigensians.
Birthdates which occurred on August 04:
1755 Nicolas-Jacque Conte inventor (modern pencil) 1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley England, romantic poet (Adonais)
1901 Louis Armstrong New Orleans, Jazz musician & bandleader, "Hello Dolly" - oldest musician in Billboard history to have a Number One song
Deaths which occurred on August 04:
1265 Simon de Montfort English baron, dies in battle 1526 Juan Sebastian ElCano Spanish explorer, dies
Events
1578 Battle of Alcazarquivir, Morrocans defeat Portugeese 1693 Dom Perignon invents champagne


CONQUEST

The only thing I have gotten from the fact that the Spaniards came to kill, loot and contaminate my continent is that I speak the most perfect language in the world: Spanish. The story of conquest is always a sad one no matter how historians try to disguise it or make it look like a cartoon. Anger will continue to lurk anywhere and whether we admit it or not, we are affected by things that happened so many years ago. I have the great bliss of being able to confess that not a single drop of Spanish blood courses through my veins.
As a Jewess of Sephardic origins, the fact that this continent was ravaged by what Jewish money could buy still makes me wave angrily the tip of my purple lion`s tail.
Conquest. There was a movie made about it,and the best of it was the music by Vangelis and the lead role by French actor Gèrard Depardieu- The Conquest of Paradise 1992. But it fails to depict the brutal reality of how Jewish capital swindled off the hands of many Sephardites ended up being used for such an awful purpose.
It is a reality that the Spaniards have always loved having an easy life,and that is why the people from the Basque and Catalonian region would rather separate from Spain, because they are tired of having to feed a lot of lazy, party-circuit and illiterate bums. When the last prince of the Umayyad dynasty arrived worn and chased to form a new dynasty of his own in Spain, the Iberian peninsula would improve so much it was incredible. The Moors, as the Arabs were called back then, not only brought the kiss of civilization to this peninsula which had seen the marching elephants of the great Hannibal the Carthaginian in the prechristian era when he launched the 2d Punic War, but also the Jews were invited in by the enlightened Islamics.The combination of these two civilizations led to the flourishing epoch of the Arab occupation of Spain. Unfortunately, in the 15 th century a couple formed by two of the most bigoted monarchs came to power and intheir plan to unify Spain they decided to leave the Islamics and the Jews out of it. Well, not completely because they fell on their money and persecuted them with the Inquisition. Those who agreed to convert out of fear were to continue living under the shadow of Isabelle and her husband Ferdinand.
But the fortune which Isabella raised in order to finance the trips for an obscure,lice-infested navigator from Genoa who had already tried luck in Portugal before coming to Spain would be from all the Jewish families that the Crown had persecuted and confiscated.
The adventurous Genoan used all kinds of tricks to get the sex-starved sovereign to pay attention to him, and he had already sulked and raved when he was reached on the way to France by an emissary who promised him whatever he wished.
The process of evicting the Islamics and Jews from Spain had left hteir treasury sorely thin.
The fortunes of many non-christians were to be poured into the coffers of the Catholic Majesties, who knew that a wise investment would guarantee that Spain would continue being the kept woman of Europe. Isabella may have been lusting after Columbus, but that was only a bonus for this woman who never did anything without sheer cold calculations entering into the deal. The bantering dialogs between the Italian and the pre menopausic queen(played by Sigourney Weaver in the movie with Gerard Depardieu) only suggest what really went on between these two. Most historians tend to turn a blind eye on the relationship that went on a a strictly personal level between the prudish yet always horny Isabella of Castille and the navigator. Perhaps when Ferdinand heard about it after his wife`s death, that was one of the reasons why he refused to pay the debt he had with Columbus. Curiously, Isabella who hated the Jews so much is credited with having rolled in bed with one, since there are Jews in Columbus` family tree. There was no pawning of jewels in order to fund Columbus` trip. It was wiser to say that and children are bullshit-fed since their early school days that the generous queenie unselfishly gave up wearing her earrings in order to bring Christianity to the erring aborigines.
Columbus Day. Celebrated in USA as well as the rest of Latin America, it is one of the awfullest days that could have ever happened. In Nicaragua it is celebrated as Race Day.
Which race, the one they came to soil? Celebrate? Nothing to celebrate, everything to deplore. I loathed it every time I was forced to dress up in my Nicaraguan huipil and take some typical food on that day to school just because our Spanish teacher had set up some silly pageant for the benefit of a conquest that was just too much.
Sometimes I try to get into Columbus`shoes.
Hard job. I was not born a scoundrel, so it is difficult to imagine what Columbus felt like.It must have been a sight when his men were about to rebel against him, thinking they would never see land again. Legends holds it that he kissed the ground. Can greed make you do such a thing? Yes, that and more. Columbus was insatiably greedy. That would land him in chains, at his royal lover`s feet,and the same greed pushed him into the bad oversight of not noticing the delta of our San Juan River when in 1502 we Nicaraguans had the disgrace of being discovered by him. Columbus was bound to die unpaid for his services to the crown, because once his Isabella kicked the bucket, her widower Fernando chose to ignore him, make a ridicule by marrying the young Germaine de Foix and letting Columbus sink into obscurity and poverty. Columbus just served as a trap door of history for Spaniards to come and destroy our civilization. Mayans had had the best calendar but it was of no use when the invasion of whites came. Aztecs were as subservient as to feed Morcillo-Hernàn Cortez`s capricious horse-water fowl in oil and Malinche fell head over heels in love and served as his translatress. Not many men participated in the final downfall of the Inca empire while Atahualpa and his brother Huascar fought each other and later HUàscar`s head ended up as a drinking cup in his surviving brother`s kitchen. Why did we let all this happen?Look where we are now. The Spanish lust for gold would have a terrible result for the Portuguese bigot under the flag of Spain Ferdinand Magellan, because when he reached Mactam and tried to convert by word the natives over there, he was eaten by them and it was his second in command, Sebastiàn Elcano, by the way dead on a daylike today, who was destined to return with his hair standing on end to Spain, still having nightmares with what he saw over there in the North Pacific.
On a day like today the Catholic Church celebrates the Inquisitor Dominic of Guzman, who committed crimes against the Cathars in southern France, bestowing death and torture on them. This is the guy depicted in the minute image that every August 1st, the people of Managua bring in a noisy pagan procession from the Managua ridge,and it spends ten days in the capital in a church that has his name. On the 4th of August, he is pompously paraded around the central eastern district of the capital as if what he did to the Albigensians were something good. At least the nasty Simon de Montfort died after a stone struck him on a day like today, also attacking the Cathars. Dominic lived to tell the story of his attacks on these highly knowledgeable Christians who got massacred as part of the infamous Albigensian Crusade.
Despite everything the Spaniards did to us and continue trying to inflict upon us, bitterness can`t let us be stagnant. We cannot helpbut celebrate that on a day like today the monk Dom Perignon gave the world champagne, and with our goblet raised we can hail the man who gave us the pencil,and say like Louis SArmstrong sighed in a musica way,”What a wonderful world!”