The Human Superorganism

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by Lidia Corregidor

Last Monday February 17th, the students could enjoy an interesting Small Talk Session in the school Chillautrum. The talk was a little difficult but really fascinating. Sari Arponen, the presenter, is from Finland but she has been living in Spain for more than 30 years. She is a doctor specialized in Intern Medicine whose PhD was about epidemics. Lately, she is also specializing in psychoneuroimmunology and endocrinology.

She started talking about the human aura, millions of microorganisms that surround every human being and make every single body unique. Our own human aura exchange some of those microorganisms in every human interrelation. We have bacteria and other microorganisms inside our bodies too.

Sari gave us an example. When people has smelly feet is due to their bacteria. It isn’t their fault, we should blame the bacteria of their personal aura. Furthermore, the same happens with Parkinson’s. Dogs or special people could detect if you’re suffering from Parkinson or even if you will eventually suffer from this disease. That is incredible for me. It is really useful for the medicine.

Then, she went on to talk about some definitions (microbiota, metagenome and microbiome). In addition, she told us all about the kind of microorganisms: bacteria, virus, phages, fungus, protozoa, mites… I remember I thought “OMG! We have a small ecosystem in our bodies”. A lot of these microorganisms are unknown. That was amazing.

Moreover, the microorganisms are influenced by a lot of things. For example: babies, sports, diets, pets, drugs, pollution. Sometimes it helps us but other times the microorganisms can be “bad guys”. But, the environment influences us too. So, if we want to be healthy, we have to save the planet. Because, there is no planet B.

Finally, she recommended us two books and three links where we could get further information. This is good because it was an interesting topic. We don’t know our bodies and it’s necessary to learn more about ourselves. Sari told us a lot of things about this difficult topic but in an entertaining way. Thus that made it easier to understand.

Links:

Books:

Dietert, Rodney, The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life.

Anderson, Scott C., Cryan, John F. & Dinan, Ted, The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection.

Marriage Story

by Noris Rodríguez

Marriage story is a 2019 drama film directed by Noah Baumbach. The main actors are Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. The film is about a married couple with a child that is going through a divorce. It is a about a family that try to be together or just happy during a difficult and sad process, such as divorce.

Charlie, the husband, is a talented and successful theater director in New York City. His theatre produces a lot of theater plays where the main actress is his wife, Nicole. The film started when they are in a couple therapy where they have to write good things or what they like about one another/each other. The therapist suggested they could read it aloud, but Nicole is too embarrassed, so she decided to leave the therapy.

A film company in Los Angeles offered Nicole the starring role in a television pilot, so she decided to move to Los Angeles, where is family lives, with her son, but Charlie stayed in New York because he had a job opportunity in Broadway. Although the couple had agreed to split in a friendly way, without lawyers, Nicole hired her family lawyer and told her part of the story of her relationship with Charlie and how she felt neglected by him. She thinks that Charlie slept with the stage manager of the theater company. After some weeks, when Charlie arrives in Los Angeles, she gave him the divorce papers. In these moments, the real problems for Charlie began, because he needed to hire a lawyer in order not to lose his son’s custody. Charlie had to rent and apartment in Los Angeles in order to be close to his family and fortify his custody case.  Finally, the couple reached an agreement to finalize the divorce.

In my opinion, Marriage Story is a good film to learn what you should not do in a marriage, a movie that teaches that you never get to know your partner completely. There are always situations that bring out the worst of the other person. It is a good film, but I do not think it will be the winner of the Oscar Award for Best film in 2020.

Anthony Hopkins, Always Magnificent

by Rosa Heras

     Anthony Hopkins has been nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in The Two Popes, film that has also been nominated for 2 more Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

     Anthony Hopkins was born in 1937, in Wales. Besides being an actor, he is a director, a film producer, a musician and a painter. He started as a theatre actor and achieved a great success in 1968 playing Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter, and he has been alternating cinema and theatrical plays throughout his career. His international fame came to him in 1992 when he played the role of Hannibal Lecter, a psycho character from the films The Silence of the Lambs (for which he won the Oscar Award for Best Actor), the sequel Hannibal and the prequel Red Dragon. Hopkins was nominated for other Oscar Awards for the films The Remains of the Day (1993), Nixon (1995) and Amistad (1997) as well as The Two Popes (2019). In 2008 he won the BAFTA Award for lifetime achievement from The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Other important films in his filmography are: The Elephant Man (1980), Howards End (1992), Legends of the Fall (1994), Meet Joe Black (1998), Thor and its sequels (2011-2017), and many others, as well as television films and HBO series.

     Anthony Hopkins gives its characters a very deep psychological profile, which makes them very credible. However, he cannot be categorised in a specific type of role, but, on the contrary, he seems to be able to get into any type of character, either as a psycho cannibal, as a selfless butler, as Hitler, as Picasso or as president Nixon.

     Regarding the film The Two Popes, it is directed by Fernando Meirelles, scripted by Anthony McCarten and played by Anthony Hopkins, as Pope Benedict, and Jonathan Pryce, as Pope Francis. It shows us two men who do not agree on anything, trying to seek points in common because they must find common ground to create a new path for the Catholic Church. It is a film of fiction inspired by real events, about fictitious conversations between conservative Pope Benedict, nearly before his resignation, and future Pope Francis, with liberal ideas. Although the film tries to avoid controversies, it does not omit neither some scandals that affected both characters, nor the concealment of sexual abuse in the Church by Pope Benedict, nor the possible relation of Pope Francis with the Argentine dictatorship.

     To be honest, I decided to watch the film because of Anthony Hopkins, since it has many aspects that I personally dislike deeply in regard to the topic of the film, and made me reject it at first: the Catholic Church, the Vatican and its luxury, people who call themselves Christian but who really are not, people who are supposed to be spiritual leaders with very suspicious ethics and moral behaviour… But I think that, when you watch a movie or any work of art, you have to forget your prejudices and focus on valuing only the artistic and creative part. In this sense, and being as objective as I can, I do not think this is a great movie, but it is worth watching just because of the magnificent work of its two main actors.

Marriage Story: When Old Seems New

by Cristina Fernández

Marriage Story is a film about a divorce. The story of a happy, apparently, marriage with a son, and the end of it, the separation process. Divorce is the third most stressful event on the scale of stressful moments in the life of a human being. This film, like previous ones(Kramer vs. Kramer, for example) is proof of that.

The first time I saw the most promotional image of Marriage Story, Secrets of a Marriage, an old film by Ingmar Bergman, came to my mind. After watching it, I realized that it hadn’t been by chance. If you have seen both films, maybe you’re thinking: But it is not the same. Yes, it’s not, but some Woody Allen films either and he also copied Bergman. At this point, I have to say I’m always afraid to talk about Woody Allen. But if you are neither a judge nor God, you’ve probably seen some of his films and you know he has created a new personal style, despite inspired by others. But in Marriage Story you can see, mixed, both styles but not a new one. Even the clothes and the hairstyle of the main actress are a modernized copy… but boring.

    The film is saved by two great performances. Adam Driver, as the abandoned husband, and Laura Dern as his wife’s lawyer. I don’t want to spoil the film, but, if you want, you can watch Adam Driver singing Being Alive on YouTube. It is one of the best scenes in the film. On the other hand, there are many moments and situations that are not explained, and, although I am grateful that the spectator is treated as an intelligent person and therefore it is not necessary to explain everything, it is unreal, for example, for a person to leave his own company, his job, and move to another city without any problem for him. Or the fact that the ex-wife has a new partner but we don’t know anything about the husband’s sentimental life.

    For these reasons, I was very surprised when I learnt that this movie was nominated as best picture, because Marriage Story is a good film for a Sunday afternoon at home. There are some good actors and some good moments, but that is not enough for winning an Oscar. At least, in my opinion. We will see.

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood

Film Review by Tati Cuervo

This film is directed by Quentin Tarantino. The main actors are Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. With this cast of prestigious names within the film, you might guess that there is something special about it, and this is thoroughly true.

Despite the fact that both of them started their careers like dream-boy actors, they have showed, along the time, that they are just brilliant. Given the fact that, in this case, they have been directed by one of the wildest directors in the current Hollywood industry, the result is absolutely brilliant. Actually, both of them have been nominated for an Oscar Award because of their performance in this film: Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading role and Brad Pitt in the supporting role. The film has eight more nominations: best director, best cinematography, best costume design, best sound editing, sound mixing, writing (original screenplay) best picture.

The plot of the film takes place in the late sixties and it tells us about Rick Dalton’s life, characterised by Leonardo DiCaprio. He was a famous actor Webster films a few years ago. However, his current career is declining. In fact, he is starting to be aware he is becoming a has been. Nevertheless, he is still living in a marvellous mansion in the best area of Los Ángeles surrounded by trendy actors and directors. But he lives on his own. We also have Cliff Booth, Brad Pitt in the film, used to play his double in risky scenes and, after more than fifteen years working together, he has also become his handy man and best friend, although, nowadays, he hardly ever plays as a double. He is a rough man who has avoided going to jail all his life even though it is whispered he murdered his own wife. He lives in a caravan on the other side of the city with his dog, a huge and well trained pitbull. Both, Rick and Cliff, form a weirdo couple.

The film is full of action scenes. Every detail is taken care of perfectly so that the public enjoy it from the very beginning of the movie. Provided you have seen a Tarantino’s movie before, you would know that he has his own way of telling stories. In this case there is no doubt he keeps his style. Without spoiling it, I will merely say there is a ghastly scene in which the director shows us the dark side of a ghoulish mind. It is not suitable for all types of audiences. Pure Tarantino’s. Whatever you suppose it is going to happen next, he always manages to astound you.

In a nutshell, whether you like Tarantino’s style, it is one of his best films. Thus, I strongly recommend you this film. I long to see what is going to happen in the Oscar Award Ceremony.

Fast Fashion

by Lidia Corregidor

Last Monday 10th February we could enjoy an important Small Talk Session in our school. The topic was Fast Fashion. At the beginning of the talk, you could think it was going to be the typical presentation about the fashion industry. But, when the talk ended, you realized it hadn’t been just that.

Marlee Christian, the presenter, is a young girl from Columbus, Ohio. She came to Spain as a language assistant in a high school from Valdemoro. She started with the History of fashion. Little by little, fashion turned became popular and people invented ready-to-wear (prêt-à-porter, in French). It´s the term for the clothes produced in factories. This moment was very important because it started the industry revolution.

Then, she talked about Zara and Inditex. Zara is one of the most popular fashion shops in Spain and around the world. Inditex is a Spanish fashion company which controls a lot of shops. Every week, they introduce new clothes for people. That sounds crazy but it’s true. Years ago, the clothing stores introduced new clothes every season, but now there is a new collection every week. If you like buying clothes, you’ll enjoy it. But this is also dangerous. It has an important environmental impact. Fashion brands CO2 emissions to the atmosphere are as high as traffic inside a big city. So, this industry is highly contaminating. Another important issue is human rights concerns because the fashion industry requires low-skills labor. So, child labor is very common in this industry.

Finally, she talked about the social implication. When people say that the social media can influence other people, they tell the truth. Instagram can be the best thing to teach how we should buy and consume clothes correctly. But it can be the worst thing, if people only show how many clothes they can buy. She told us that if we are interested in this topic, we can click the link below in order to know about this worldwide movement: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/

In conclusion, this Small Talk Session was very interesting, amazing and educational. It can help us to know about the environmental impact of the things we buy and we do. And it can help us to think if we really need to buy new clothes.

Cine en versión original

Resultado de imagen de 1917

Esta mañana del día 13 de febrero de 2020, un numeroso grupo de alumnos de la EOI Valdemoro ha podido disfrutar de la famosa película 1917, que fue una de las protagonistas de la gala de los Golden Globe Awards y ganadora de tres premios Oscar (Mejor fotografía, mejor sonido y mejores efectos visuales). Gracias al Departamento de Cine de la Concejalía de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Valdemoro por invitarnos a participar en una actividad tan buena para nuestros alumnos y disfrutar de cine de calidad.

The 'Roaring Twenties' through The Great Gatsby

by Lucy Popa

So far, we have enjoyed many exceptional Small Talk Sessions presented by teachers, Erasmus students, freelancers and even scientists. This time, a bright and hard-working EOI student, Sara Lázaro, was the one to delight us with a gripping topic such as the 1920s in the USA through the well-known novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Sara was kind enough to summarize the story for us without spoiling the end: Jay Gatsby is a mysteriously wealthy man head over heels in love with beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Although she is a married woman, Gatsby’s purpose is to impress Daisy by all means in order to win her over. To this end, Jay shows off his luxurious way of life, and he throws lavish parties every now and then.

Sara went on to explain to us the different themes explored in the novel. Back in the twenties, in the US, cities were growing and so was the economy. Thus, people related cities to jobs and opportunities. New inventions, such as cars and telephones, were developed. Jazz music was very popular at the time and it was played a lot at social gatherings. Alcohol was prohibited and, as a result, bootleggers appeared. Wealth and social status were very important so as to have a good reputation. Immigrant numbers raised abruptly leading to racism and, consequently, to isolationism (‘Keep America for Americans’)… And the list goes on.

To sum up, Sara gave a top-notch presentation of a true classic of twentieth-century literature. Thanks to her, those who have already read the book, acquired a better understanding of its importance, and those who haven’t are now considering reading it!

Fiesta de jubilación

El personal de la EOI Valdemoro casi al completo…

El pasado 7 de febrero, celebramos la jubilación de nuestra conserje Isabel Forte. Isabel llevaba en nuestra escuela desde 1993, un año después de la inauguración del centro. Técnicamente, no es la primera jubilación que se celebra en la EOI Valdemoro (sería estrictamente la segunda), pero es la primera de este milenio y es, sin duda, la primera de este calado. Deseamos a Isabel la mejor de las suertes en su nueva etapa vital.

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