sexta-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2008

Português Claro

Aproveito também para divulgar a empresa Português Claro, um conceito muitíssimo interessante que a Sandra trouxe de Inglaterra. Mulher de coragem, vai tentar derrubar barreiras e infiltrar-se neste mundo de palavras (e pessoas) pomposas, para tornar mais fácil a vida a muitos portugueses.
Lembro-me de um episódio que contei à Sandra assim que me falou neste projecto: Quando entrei para o ciclo, ao preencher os formulários a certa altura perguntava-se:
"Prescinde ou não prescinde da aula de Religião e Moral? (risque o que não interessa)"
Pois eu e a minha prima (mais velha do que eu uns bons anos), pensámos para nós: ora, como eu não queria Moral, achei que o mais certo era a expressão que tinha a negativa, portanto risquei "Prescinde". Qual não foi o meu espanto quando nas pautas vi que estava incluída na turma de Moral... Consegui explicar e desistir depois de algumas aulas, mas este caso pessoal ilustra a complicação da comunicação institucional, que parece ser dirigida apenas a professores universitários da Universidade de Direito!
Boa Sorte, Sandra!

Ontem foi o Dia da língua materna

Fica aqui assinalado com um e-card enviado pela Sandra, no espírito do seu projecto.

terça-feira, 19 de fevereiro de 2008

Pushing Daisies Trailer

Tão fofo!

Pushing Daisies


Com o título português "Malmequer, Bem-me-quer", esta série que passa na Fox Life cativou-me desde o primeiro episódio. Ainda não consegui chegar a uma conclusão, mas vou tendo uns vislumbres de Tim Burton, Amélie, Wonderfalls (passou na Sic Radical)... Fantasia, mortos (mais uma vez), amor condenado, diálogos bonitos e cenários coloridos. Li algures que já foi classificada como "conto de fadas forense"! Fica o resumo:
"This romantic comedy shows us the strange world of a man, Ned, who can bring dead people back to life through the power of his touch. The people he touches, however, can only stay alive for one minute, and if they don't die again, someone else nearby will die. Ned decides to use his ability to solve crime. He and a local investigator, Emerson, bring murder victims back to life and find out who killed them, to cash in on case-solving rewards. But, when Ned brings an old crush back to life, and decides to let her live, things start to get complicated..." (in http://www.tv.com/)

Bem-vindo, Daniel Lucas!

Parabéns ao papás, Susana, amiga de longa data, e Marcus, o louro vindo das Áfricas para aqui plantar a sua semente! Têm um filho perfeitinho! Adorámos conhecer o rebento! Adorei o cheiro, o toque e aquela expressão de curiosidade que parece perguntar a todos os que o querem ver: Mas quem são vocês, onde estou eu, porque é que me tiraram da barriguinha da mamã, onde está o meu leitinho? A Sara e a Lara chegaram para perturbar aquele ambiente de bebé calminho e iam deixando tudo de pantanas. E a Lili fugiu a sete pés ou ainda lhe puxavam o rabo! Agora vamos seguir atentamente o crescimento deste fofinho em Lucas on my mind.

domingo, 17 de fevereiro de 2008

Desculpa... Por acaso és uma Bruxa?


Novo livro para as miúdas (e para mim!). Fofo, o gato Leonardo que procura uma bruxa que o queira pois sabe que gostam de gatitos pretos. De Emily Horn, com ilustrações de Pawel Pawlak.

Estádio da Luz - A Primeira Vez

Foi numa bela tarde de Sábado que o meu irmão me lançou o desafio de o acompanhar e à família ao Estádio da Luz para o meu primeiro jogo ao vivo! Já conhecia o Estádio vazio uma vez que a minha família é frequentadora assídua dos restaurantes, mas é verdade que entrar num estádio cheio (vá lá, com muitas pessoas, mas cheio é que não estava) é uma sensação que nenhuma televisão consegue transmitir. Foi um jogo para a Taça, com o Feirense, pelo que esperava mais emoção. Enfim, valeu pelo único golito, pelas pernas dos jogadores e pela companhia. A Sara e a Sofia acharam piada (ao princípio) mas depressa se aborreceram e lá se iam entretendo com outras brincadeiras.

O S. Valentim visto pelas minhas filhas


No espírito do boicote ao consumismo lançado pelo maurobindo, ficam aqui os mimos das minhas filhotas para este dia que, mais do que dos namorados, é de quem se gosta.

sexta-feira, 15 de fevereiro de 2008

Lydia Lunch - Faz de conta que vou...

Lydia Lunch na Galeria Zé dos Bois às 23h
Cantora, artista de "spoken-word", actriz e compositora, Lydia Lunch é uma das mais fascinantes e influentes figuras da arte urbana nova-iorquina das últimas três décadas. Vai estar em Lisboa a 15 de Fevereiro e em Guimarães no dia seguinte, para um espectáculo baseado no mais recente álbum, "Ghost of Spain".
Lunch fez parte da seminal banda "no-wave" Teenage Music & The Jerks. Com o fim da curta vida do grupo, prosseguiu a solo ou em colaborações com nomes sonantes da "indie" dos anos 80, como Sonic Youth, Einstürzende Neubatten, Nick Cave ou Foetus.
O currículo de Lydia Lunch regista também a passagem pelo cinema e pela poesia. Não admira portanto que tenha surgido naturalmente uma tendência para a "spoken-word", tão dada à declamação e à carga dramática. Foi este rumo que seguiu a partir de "Uncensored Lydia Lunch" (de 1984) e é assim que a veremos nesta performance multimédia que utiliza música improvisada e imagens para dramatizar o poder da palavra falada. "Sexo, violência, obsessão e vício" são os temas em foco, ou não fosse Lunch também uma provocadora.
S.Pe. (PUBLICO.PT)

quinta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2008

Ainda no tema da comida saudável


Five foods to make your diet super by Juliette Kellow
Broccoli Packed with betacarotene, vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and phytochemicals which may help protect against cancer. Human studies show that people who eat broccoli have lower incidences of lung, colon, breast, ovarian and bladder cancers.
Tomatoes Low in fat, high in fibre and vitamin C, tomatoes also contain lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against prostrate, colon, lung and breast cancers.
Blackcurrants Rich in vitamin C and anthocyanins, antioxidants which help to mop up disease-causing free radicals, keep your heart healthy, maintain good vision and may help to slow memory loss.
Nuts Eating nuts four times a week may lower the risk of heart disease. They increase satiety, so also can help you to lose weight.
Watercress Rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that may protect against blindness. Also contains quercetin, a flavonoid that may protect against heart disease and cancer.

Five to leave on the shelf
Gogi berries
Despite claims that they’re packed with betacarotene and vitamin C, they’re not worth the £10 they can cost for a 250g pack. You’ll get as many vitamins by eating five portions of fruit and veg daily. Instead, have a handful of raisins for a fraction of the price.
Quinoa It claims to contain more high-quality protein than other grains, but lack of protein isn’t a problem in the UK. Brown rice contains just as much fibre but fewer calories – and for an eighth of the price.
Seaweed The main nutrients in seaweed – calcium, iron and iodine – can be found in other green veg such as spinach and sprouts.
Flax seeds These hard-to-find seeds are promoted as a rich source of essential fatty acids and cholesterol-reducing lignans. Yes, they're packed with nutrients, but you’ll get a similar dietary fix from sunflower or pumpkin seeds, available from your local supermarket.
Dark chocolate It may contain flavonoids, but it’s also high in calories, fat, saturates and sugar, excessive intakes of which have been linked to diseases in the UK. Get your flavonoids from a cup of tea.

quarta-feira, 13 de fevereiro de 2008

O Super-Tomate!

Gosto muito de tomatinho, nas saladas ou nos cozinhados, seja triturado, aos pedaços, em polpa, é um ingrediente recorrente cá em casa, tal como já era hábito na casa dos meus pais. Isto é que é ter tomates!


Tomatoes: The humble superfood in your salad

A new book documents, for the first time, the benefits of tomatoes, reports Chloe Rhodes

Pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, green tea, goji berries and, most recently, beetroot have all jostled for position at the top of the superfood tree. But never has the case for the superfood crown been argued more persuasively than it has now for the humble tomato.
In his new book, The Red Bodyguard, pharmacist Ron Levin has, for the first time, collated decades of research confirming the powerful health-giving credentials of this everyday fruit.
Tomatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that supports the immune system and helps maintain healthy skin and tissue lining. They are packed with antioxidant flavonoids and vitamin E, both of which are essential for heart health, and are a good source of potassium. One medium-size tomato provides 50 per cent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C; they contain no saturated fatty acids, are low in salt, starch and sugars, high in dietary fibre and have a low glycaemic index.
But that's not all. Tomatoes are the richest source of an exceptionally potent antioxidant called lycopene - the pigment that gives them their deep red colour. A single lycopene molecule can neutralise 13 free radicals which, if allowed to build up, can cause cell damage and trigger cancer - that's twice the free radical busting power of beta-carotene, another powerful antioxidant.
The amount of lycopene in a tomato varies according to the variety, but deep red tomatoes are best - they can contain 50mg of lycopene per kilogram. On average, people in Britain consume only 1.1 mg a day - a fraction of the recommended five to eight mgs.
Cooking and condensing tomatoes is an easy way to increase one's intake, as this concentrates the lycopene. Analysis of the Mediterranean diet, which keeps southern European populations comparatively healthy, suggested that cooking tomatoes with olive oil further improves their potency.
Lycopene and beta-carotene are broken down by heating, and are soluble in oil but not water, so cooking tomatoes in olive oil prepares these beneficial chemicals perfectly for absorption by the body. One Italian study showed that absorption of lycopene was more than three times greater when consumed as tomato sauce or paste than from raw tomatoes.
Lycopene plays other roles in the prevention of disease. Three independent studies conclude that it may suppress the production of an insulin-like growth hormone called IFG - 1, which is made in the liver and stimulates the growth and spread of prostate and breast cancer.
Other research collated by Levin suggests that lycopene may enhance chemical communication between the cells, which helps to regulate unusual cell growth and may even reverse the process by which a tumour becomes malignant. A laboratory study found that it has a similar effect to the cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins.

HEART DISEASE
When free radicals attack soluble fats in the blood, the fats solidify and form layers known as plaques, which build up in the arteries and restrict blood flow.
Eventually the heart muscles become starved of oxygen, leading to a heart attack or stroke, and the plaques break away from artery walls causing blood clots or thromboses. In 2001, a team of scientists at the Rowett Nutritional Research Institute in Aberdeen tested the juices of 17 different fruits for possible anti-clotting activity.
Tomato juice was found to be very potent. Additionally, agents in the gelatinous substance around the tomato seeds appeared to help prevent blood platelets from clumping together, guarding against the formation of clots.
PROSTATE CANCER
A study at Harvard University, in 1986, looked at the impact of 46 fruits and vegetables on the development of prostate cancer over nine years. Only four food items were found to be significantly related to a lower risk of prostate cancer - tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, tomato juice and tomato purée. Men who had regularly eaten 10 or more helpings per week had reduced their risk of developing the cancer by 30 per cent, as compared to those who consistently consumed one helping or less. Again, tomato sauce made by cooking tomatoes in oil appeared to be more effective than raw tomato. Recent trials have suggested that tomatoes could also reduce, slow or prevent the conversion of latent prostate cancer to the aggressive, lethal form.
MALE FERTILITY
Excess production of free radicals in the semen reduces sperm count and has been linked to infertility.
In a study of 50 people, infertile patients were given a daily capsule containing eight mg of lycopene until their sperm analysis was normalised or pregnancy was achieved. There was a 36 per cent pregnancy success rate.
EYESIGHT
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affects the central part of the retina called the macula, which controls fine vision. Researchers found that eye disease was less frequent and less severe in people with antioxidant-rich diets. Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lutein, which is believed to protect the retina from free radical damage.

HOW MUCH?Have one of these tomato variants with half to one teaspoonful of virgin olive oil three to four times a week: soup (one cup); juice (one cup); cooked tomatoes (two medium whole tomatoes); ketchup (two tablespoons); spaghetti sauce (½ a cup); paste (two tablespoons); purée (two tablespoons) sauce (¼ of a cup).

domingo, 10 de fevereiro de 2008

Aniversário da Sofia




Parabéns, querida sobrinha e afilhada! Que dia divertido!

Carnaval das mil fantasias

No Domingo de Carnaval, dia chuvoso e feio, abrimos o baú das fantasias e foi um dia inteiro de veste e despe, personagens e aventuras: bruxas, índios, madeirenses, joaninhas, espanholas, fadas e princesas várias desfilaram pelo reino de Al Ferragide! Fica uma amostra:


Visita de final de ano


Olha quem nos visitou e passou o ano connosco! Obrigada pela companhia, Ana e Madalena! (Mais vale tarde do que nunca...)

quarta-feira, 6 de fevereiro de 2008

Dexter, hoje na 2!


Enquanto não chega a nova temporada ao FX, aproveito para rever estes sangrentos e sarcásticos episódios.

terça-feira, 5 de fevereiro de 2008

Portugal 2008 - Highlights by the British Press

Portugal 2008: holiday planning guide
Wonderful though they are, there’s much more to the mainland and the islands than the coastal resorts. Why not meander in port wine country, suggests Gill Charlton, or spot whales off the Azores?

The vast majority of visitors head for the Algarve's sandy beaches, yet Portugal is a country that deserves deeper exploration. As well as a rich cultural heritage, it has world-class national parks and nature reserves, clean blue rivers and lakes for swimming, boating and fishing, and a refreshingly undeveloped Atlantic coast.

Here are my top 10 reasons to visit Portugal this year.
1 It is the cheapest eurozone country. The Post Office's recent Holiday Cost Barometer shows that popular tourist purchases cost twice as much in Spain.
For example, a Heineken beer costs £1 in Portugal compared with £1.92 in Spain; a three-course meal for two costs £23.06 in Portugal, £46.13 in Spain.
2 The Alentejo region, easily reached by car or train from the Algarve, is becoming more attractive to tourists.
More handsome country houses on cork and olive estates are available to rent and they make good bases for touring the region's Neolithic and Roman sites, notably the university town of Evora.
The Atlantic coast is wild here, but there is good swimming at Vila Nova de Milfontes, where a new resort hotel offers activity holidays aimed at British families.
3 Naturtejo, in remote central Portugal, newly designated a Unesco Geopark (http://www.naturtejo.com/), should prove popular with walkers and cyclists and is famous for its fossils.
Don't miss the extraordinary village of Monsanto, built among giant granite boulders. And don't take remoteness for backwardness: the locals have embraced YouTube and posted home videos of village life, from the olive harvest to the volunteer fire drill (see http://www.monfortur.pt/).
4 The five-star Aquapura Hotel is a welcome addition to the limited accommodation options along the Douro River.
Near Peso da Regua, it is centred on a renovated country house. The lush gardens contain most of the architect-designed rooms and a full-on health spa.
Other new hotels include the Pousada Sao Vicente, a restored 19th-century palace in the northern town of Braga, and two modern "design" hotels in Lisbon, Jeronimos 8 and the Fontana Park.
5 The Algarve has a good selection of luxury family-friendly hotels offering qualified nannies and all-day activity clubs for children of all ages, leaving parents free to relax in the spa or play golf.
The newest hotel is the Hilton Vilamoura, which offers apartments and hotel rooms on its five-acre site at the heart of the resort. The Paradise Island Kids' Club operates from Easter until the end of September and accepts children from the age of three.
6 The first charter flights direct to the Atlantic island of Porto Santo start in May and coincide with the opening of two luxury resort hotels on the island's six-mile sandy beach. Both the Pestana and Colombo's Resort will have children's clubs, health spas and themed restaurants.
7 Madeira remains a year-round favourite with British visitors, who fly in for its relaxed pace, balmy weather and verdant scenery.
Thanks to a bigger choice of low-cost flights from regional British airports the island should attract more younger visitors who are keen to walk its levada trails and enjoy good food in countryside quintas.
8 Whale-watching is the big draw in the Azores and the best boats have marine biologists on board. The island of Pico is the closest base to their feeding grounds. Pods of sperm whales are seen all year, but in April/May and late September/October migrating blue, fin, sei, minke and humpback whales pass by. There is also the chance to swim with dolphins.
9 For independent travellers, Solares de Portugal (http://www.solaresdeportugal.pt/) is a good source of accommodation. These family homes are inspected for quality and range from manors to working farms and country cottages.
10 Day-trip boats from Oporto will also accept one-way passengers with luggage - a great way to travel upstream to port-wine country.
Stay on one of the wine estates, such as Quinta de la Rosa, or rent a cottage. Most estates have timed tours for individuals and it's easy to explore the river valley by train.
There are two narrow-gauge lines still running north. Recent warm summers have brought forward the grape harvest so, to witness grape-treading, it's best to visit in late September.

domingo, 3 de fevereiro de 2008

QUERO!




Faz parte da Miami Ink Collection e foi desenhado pelo famoso tatuador Ami James (vi o espisódio em que criou estes desenhos), mas parece que só existe nos States (só cá chegou o cor-de-rosa), por isso, lá terei de recorrer à minha querida Cristina que chegou de armas e bagagens a Chicago este fim-de-semana, sem bilhete de regresso.

Baby Blues 22

Está à cabeceira da cama, à espera de uns minutos diários de boa disposição antes de adormecer:

Livros fofos para as minhas fofas

Este é uma aquisição recente, pois assim que o vi, lembrei-me da Lara e da sua inseparável "buê". Rimo-nos sempre que chegamos à página em que a menina tem que tirar a chupeta da boca do peixe!
Da ilustradora Jutta Bauer, adoro este livro desde que o vi e as minhas filhas também. É bom para ler depois de um dia em que se teve de elevar um pouco o tom de voz (é um pouco carote, mas vale pela terapia):

Procura-se:

sexta-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2008