Artículos de Julio 2008

Wimbledon 2008

Lunes, 7 Julio 2008

July 7, 2008

Relentless Rafael Nadal stays strong for ‘dream title’

Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent

Rafael Nadal became a true giant of tennis last night as he won the Wimbledon singles title for the first time with an extraordinary five-set victory over Roger Federer that lasted nearly five hours.

The Spaniard defeated the five-time champion 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 in the longest singles final in the history of the All England Club. The match finished at 9.15pm after rain interruptions and no one in the grounds could remember seeing anything like it.

Nadal became only the third man in history and the first since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in succession and ended Federer’s chances of beating Borg’s record of five successive Wimbledon singles titles.

Federer, who called it his hardest loss by far, had hoped that Nadal might succumb to the pressure. “I thought maybe he was feeling it a lot, for the first time in his life,” the 26-year-old said, as he sought to be the first player since 1927 to win this grand title from two sets to love down. But his opponent would not hear of it.

Nadal observa el trofeo de campeón de Wimbledon

The Fourth of July

Martes, 1 Julio 2008

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, many people sailed from England to America and started a new life there. New homes like this in other countries were called colonies. The king of England was still king of the people in the colonies, and so they had to send money (taxes) to England every year. But the thirteen American colonies wanted to be free from England; they wanted their government to be in America. They did not want to send money to England and were very angry about this.

In 1770 British soldiers fired guns at some of these people in Boston, and in 1773 there was the famous Boston Tea Party. A tea-ship came to Boston and there was a fight about paying taxes on the tea. Three hundred and forty big big boxes of tea went into the water! Now King George III and his government were angry too.

On 4th July 1776, Thomas Jefferson and his friends wrote the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.

The British and the americans fought each other until 1781 in the american War of Independence. In 1783, both sides agreed to the independence of America, and so the United States of america was born.

The first Fourth of July celebration was in Philadelphia in 1777. the ships fired their guns and there was a lot of noise. Now, every year on the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate Independence Day.

There are special church services at this time, bot most of the celebrations are outside because it is summer. Many families barbecue, eat, and play games outside, in their gardens or in a park.

In many towns, there are parades through the streets with loud music and bright colours.   

 

The red, white and blue American flag flies everywhere. It has fifty white stars and thirteen stripes (seven red, six white). The fifty stars are for the fifty states in the United States, and the thirteen stripes are for the first thirteen states. The flag has changed many times, (every time a new state joined the USA) but the flag which you can see today goes back to the Fourth of July 1960.

Independence Day usually ends with lots of fireworks. It is like one big party.

(Text from Seasons and Celebrations   -  OXFORD BOOKWORMS 2)