The Force is strong in this one!
Hello Ana Paula and everyone else,
Easter greetings from the north of England. It's a wonderful day here.The sun is blazing in a clear blue sky, the birds are singing sweetly in the trees, the lambs are frolicking in the lush green fields, and everyone is happy.
Well, actually, the last sentence isn't true. In fact, everyone is happy today except me. I'm in a foul mood today.
Why? Why, on such a wonderful day, is Alex so grumpy?
I'll tell you why. I have TOOTHACHE! Aaaaaargh!
Unfortunately, I won't be able to go to the dentist until next week, so for the next few days I have to deal with my toothache by myself. I'm taking painkillers, of course, and some of my friends have suggested remedies. One friend told me I should use hot, salty water, and another suggested oil of cloves. I'm not sure about either of these treatments, though. So, please, Ana Paula or anyone else who's reading this - do you know any good remedies for toothache? If so, please let me know as soon as possible!
Anyway, let's move on to a happier subject - like films, for example. Did you enjoy 300? I saw it a few days ago, and I thought it was good fun, though sometimes a little over-the-top and silly. You asked about my favourite films: that's always a difficult question, but my list would include The Godfather, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zoolander (yes, I know it's stupid, but it always makes me weep with laughter), and of course Star Wars. By the way, in case any readers are wondering, the title of my blog today comes from Star Wars - the first film in the series, of course.
How about you, Ana Paula? What are your favourite films?
Thanks for telling us a little about your job. I thought you described the process of galvanization very well; I certainly understand this a little better than I did before. However, as I told you, I'm in a bad mood today, so I'm afraid I'm going to give you and our readers a really nasty spelling exercise. I noticed six important spelling errors in your last blog, and I corrected the spelling of these words, but then I turned them into anagrams. Can you solve these anagrams? Maybe some of our readers can help you. To prove that I'm not completely cruel, I'll give you the first one as an example.
1. hreysctim = chemistry (you spelled this "chemestry")
2. sratsceeni = ?
3. drnhoegy = ?
4. tasayln = ?
5. linsaasy = ?
6. tobtun = ?
Before I go, I'd like to say thanks again to everyone for all your comments - I appreciate them very much, and I'm sorry I can't deal with all your questions in detail. I would like to say to Michi from Japan - thanks very much for your comment and don't worry, my remark about "a problem with your eyes" was just a silly ironic joke. In fact, none of my comments about being "incredibly handsome" should be taken seriously. Of course I'd like to believe I was amazingly attractive and good-looking. However, I have a mirror in my house, so I know the truth!
Oh yes, and well done to all the people who correctly defined 'little by little' and 'it's our own fault'. As most of you guessed, 'little by little' means gradually, and 'it's our own fault' means that we are responsible for our own problem.
Okay, that's all for today. I'm going to sit on the sofa and whine about my aching tooth. Don't forget - toothache remedies! Please please please!
'To blaze' means to burn strongly. If we say, 'the sun is blazing,' this means that the sun is shining very brightly.
'To frolick' means to play in a happy and physically energetic way.
'Lush' is an adjective which we normally use to describe plants. It means that the plants are very full and thick.
A 'mood' is a temporary emotional state. 'Foul' is a strongly negative adjective meaning 'very bad' or disgusting, which we most often use to describe a taste or smell or the weather. However, we can also use this word to describe a mood, so if I'm in 'a foul mood' this means I'm feeling very negative and bad.
Another adjective to describe someone who's in a foul mood is 'grumpy'.
If I have a headache or some other kind of pain, I normally take 'painkillers' - for example, aspirin or paracetamol.
A 'remedy' is something which will cure an illness.
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