Charlie Chaplin is quite famous in Japan and I suppose most of my students know who he is, even if they haven’t seen many of his movies. But Buster Keaton, Chaplin’s contemporary and often considered his rival (for the same fanbase, anyway) is not as well known. Watch this (with Keaton’s own voiceover) to get a glimpse of his great talents:
If you want to learn a little more, here’s a short article from The Guardian: “Why Buster Keaton remains the king of comedy”
How could someone who can’t see kayak? With a lot of motivation and ingenuity, and a litle help from technology.
Read more about this native of Turkey, who lost his sight when he was a child:
Here’s the app he uses: Be My Eyes. If you’re feeling philanthropic, maybe you can lend your eyes to someone who needs them.
Parts of Northern California are being decimated by wildfires. Here’s one story of survival and a stubborn, loyal dog named Odin.
“Amid The Horrors Of Wildfire, A Tale Of Survival And Singed Whiskers” (from NPR)
“When you are well prepared, the body responds like a force you never knew you had.”
This is my favorite line from this short film called “Marathon” about a man named Julio in NYC, an immigrant from Ecuador whose goal is to place first in his age group in the New York marathon. The audio is in Spanish, with English subtitles. (from Aeon videos)