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I believe in the concept of ‘cosmic consciousness’: that five people across the world can come up with the same basic idea at the same time, each believing it is original to them.
As with perspective, the key to getting things right with shapes and sizes is observation. Look carefully and draw what you see.
There are only two capital letters in Greek which are really difficult for writers of English to remember, one of which is H (eta). In time and with practice, it will become automatic, so to speed up the process, try to write and pronounce at least two words containing it every day. (All right, we’re all human– replace ‘every day’ by ‘most days’). You can use the words which you have already met in this book, or any others you can find. See if you can locate H in your phrase book or dictionary.
Nouns used in a general sense, just like those denoting something or someone unique or specific, must be preceded by the definite article in Spanish. Compare the following sentences: ‘Las llaves están en la mesa’ - ‘The keys are on the table’, ‘Los hoteles son muy caros aquí’ - ‘Hotels are very expensive here’.
An example: in the 1980s I read a newspaper article about some prehistoric insect that had been discovered encased in aspic, and how scientists were hoping to extract a DNA sample from the creature. I then extrapolated that and wrote a film outline where scientists had created a mammoth from old DNA, which then ran amok in the city… and then in 1991 this novel called Jurassic Park was published. Oh well – it happens… and Michael Crichton’s idea was better anyway.
Not only will you need to prepare the space around you, but you will also need to prepare yourself physically (such as wearing comfortable clothing) and mentally (such as finding time within your busy schedule). These things will ensure that the massage is a positive experience for both your baby and you.
: Romania under Ceauşescu Nicolae Ceauşescu was the last of Romania’s Communist leaders. He took office in 1965 and continued the policy of his predecessor Gheorghe Gheorgiu-Dej of developing Romania’s industry ( industrie ). Romania began to produce televisions ( televizoare ), washing-machines ( maşini de spălat ) and cars, but the labour needed for the factories took people away from the land. Furthermore, to pay for the investments ( investiţii ) for industry, food was diverted from the internal market to the export market with the result that by the early 1980s food rationing had to be introduced. Enormous food queues ( cozi ) were a feature of daily life in the towns and cities and in the winter of 1984 quotas were introduced for the domestic consumption of gas and electricity. Most homes could be barely heated in winter. In addition, laws were introduced to force Romanians to report on any contact which they had with foreigners ( străini ). At the same time, Ceauşescu introduced a decree outlawing abortion and the use of contraceptive devices. Illegitimate births soared and many young children were placed in orphanages ( orfelinate ). By 1989 there were almost 200,000 children in care.
If at any stage you're worried, don't hesitate to speak to your doctor or health visitor – they expect new parents to raise concerns, and it's a large part of what they're there for.
It's a mistake to overuse the negative adjectives ningún , ninguna , ningunos , ningunas . It's often better to omit them. Keep them for special emphasis! No tengo amigos. I have no friends. ¿Qué? ¿No tienes ningunos amigos? What? You don't have any friends at all?
The perfect tense of Latin verbs can be represented in English by either the past with have/has or the simple past: e.g. veni - ‘I have come’ or ‘I came’.
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