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Una si y una no

In Spanish, I can use the English adverb "about" in many ways, but you may not know the following case:
"Vivo en Madrid pero voy a Málaga una semana si y otra no", that is to say, "I live in Madrid but I go to Málaga week about". I guess I can also translate "about" like this as well: "cada dos semanas / cada otra semana".
Put it into practice if you like it.

"Creatures for a day"

I am reading a book that talks a bit about Pindar, and the first thing that baffles me is the date of birth and death. My book says that he was born in 518 and died in 438 BC, but some sources on the Internet say that the true date is 522-443 BC. Honestly, he lived such a long time ago that I do not really mind who is right or wrong because as Pindar himself said , we are all "creatures for a day".

Pindar was a Greek poet of whom Quintilian wrote that "Of the nine lyric poets, Pindar is by far the greatest, in virtue of his inspired magnificence, the beauty of his thoughts and figures, the rich exuberance of his language and matter, and his rolling flood of eloquence". Although he wrote most of his life, only 45 victory odes remain. They are based on various games: the Olympian, Pythian, Isthmian and Nemean. The oldest remaining ode dates back from the Pythian Games of 498 BC and his last ode was for a wrestler in the same game in 446 BC.
               One of his…

Reflections on the movie Unforgiven

After quite a long time without writing, here I am again. I hope to write interesting things regularly. 
Unforgiven is the kind of film that I can watch from time to time without being afraid of getting bored. A few days ago, I watched it again and I liked it as much as the first time,or even more. The photography, the music, the plot, the dialogues,and of course, the roles of Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman are simply great.

The French cinema critic André Bazin wrote in his book What is cinema? that “The Western is the only genre whose origins are almost identical with those of the cinema itself and which is alive as ever after almost half a century of uninterrupted success.” (Bazin 140). As Bazin died in 1950s, today one may say that Bazin´s words are not up to date as the number of Western films produced in the last years is very small. Besides, to a certain degree, the genre has lost the strength it used to have in the 50s. Like Bazin, other cinema critics have defin…