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Game of Thrones – All times favourite music #3

Beware! This blog post contains spoilers for those who have not yet seen the most recent GoT episode, i.e. S08E02.

The piece I’m posting today is a new one, originally sang by Podrick during the final season of Game of Thrones, a few hours prior to the beginning of the War. I first listened to this song last night, while watching S08E02 and was intrigued by it right away.

And now I just found out this video of the song performed by Florence + the Machine, and the clip is so moving, brings back so many memories from the whole story, brings pieces together, that I’m literally crying. I’m totally speechless.

Watch it too and let me know which is the scene that touched your heart the most.

‘Jenny’s Song’ by Florence + the Machine

“And she never wanted to leave…” :’)

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Game of Thrones – All times favourite music #2

Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere is now only hours away! Are you as excited as I am to finally listen to the familiar opening theme once again? As a matter of fact, I couldn’t wait so I did a little bit of research and came across this video below, compiling all the castles that have been featured in the opening songs between Seasons 1 and 7.

And stay tuned; this list of favourite music will keep growing!

Game of Thrones – All times favourite music #1

Game of Thrones is a hit these days, in view of the 8th Season premiere this Sunday. But I’ve grown a taste for Game of Thrones soundtrack, especially from Seasons 6 and 7, for a long time now and I’m constantly putting it on repeat. So this post series will be about my favourite pieces of music from Game of Thrones – all seasons!

Even though the Lannisters is the family I least like in the series (Cercei and Tywin are to blame for this), I am really fond of this song, it spreads chills to my backbone. And this particular version of the Rains of Castamere… it’s so beautiful, kind of eerie.

While searching for the lyrics, I came across the video below. Check it up if you’d like to learn more about the song’s origins and the story behind the two lions.

Stay tuned for more Game of Thrones music!

An International Day & A Countdown

Yesterday (2nd of April) was International Children’s Book Day. This reminded me of a very dear book I devoured as a child, and guess what! I managed to find a connection (a very indirect one, I admit) between International Children’s Book Day and Game of Thrones.

So, what do International Children’s Book Day and Game of Thrones have in common? Let me hear some guesses before we go further with this and reveal the connection. Well, ‘Game of Thrones’ did start as a book series; not children’s though (God forbid!), so this is not the connection.

What do International Children’s Book Day and Game of Thrones have in common?

No clue yet? It makes sense; it’s still too vague. Well, would it help if I revealed that among my favourite books as a child was ‘A Little Princess’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett? This book really shaped me the way I am now, it has inspired me for years and it still does. So, we are getting a little closer.

A Little Princess, a children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Greek Translation)

What you might also know is that this book has inspired a brilliant movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón in 1995. Even though the setting changes and the difficulties occur due to different reasons, the spirit remains the same. If you believe in magic, the magic will visit you. If you are kind to the world, the world will eventually be kind to you. Here’s the trailer of the movie, summing up pretty much everything. And it also contains a hint; wink-wink!

Still didn’t get it? Well, I’ll give you a further clue. The connection was born in Dublin’s fair city in 1961. Still nothing? Well, take a very close look in the picture below, especially at the centre…

Game of Thrones cast

Still nothing? OK, I’ll spill the beans! The link between International Children’s Book Day and Game of Thrones is no other than Captain Richard Crewe, the Little Princess’s father in ‘A Little Princess’, the same as the Onion Knight or Davos Seaworth in ‘Game of Thrones’, Liam Cunningham himself!

And with this useless fact of the day, we can erase one more day from the countdown to April 14th!

17+1 ways to learn Spanish in 2017

“Two thousand seventeen” was missing from one of my previous posts, but not from this one. After all, seventeen is one of my favourite numbers and when it came to write down some simple ways of practicing Spanish daily (one of my dog resolutions) it seemed about right.

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How to learn foreign languages and have fun: Duolingo

Ok, you know me. Whenever I’m excited, I can’t hide it. And there is no reason to hide a miracle such as this one. Remember at the beginning of this week when I set my resolutions for 2016? Remember the ant, the butterfly, the cat, the dog, the owl?

Well, I am proud to say that I am having progress in all of these categories. But first I want to talk about the DOG and my resolution to learn Spanish. I already knew two ways to accomplish that: use Rosetta Stone or study a self-learning book on my own. Apparently there are other ways as well and this week I found another two: use Duolingo and watch Spanish movies.

It’s the first one that I’m so excited about, ’cause Duolingo has so many features that make learning a foreign language so easy! You learn new words and phrases teamed up in several categories, you practice them so they won’t fade away from your mind, you set a minimum daily study time and resolve to keep it, you level up and earn coins (the so-called lingots) for your accomplishments. You can also add your new fluency on your LinkedIn profile. In other words, the site provides a wide variety of tools to keep you committed and excited to deepen your knowledge in a given language. And it’s only a click away.

So, if you are interested in learning Spanish, or French, or German, or Italian, or Portuguese, or Dutch, Swedish, Irish, Turkish, Danish, Russian or Norwegian, then that’s the site for you! Other languages are in the way too!

“Φαντασία ή θάνατος”

Με αυτό το σλόγκαν ξεκινάει το φετινό SFF-rated Athens, ένα must για όλους τους σινεφίλ – και δη γι’ αυτούς που τρέφουν μια ιδιαίτερη αγάπη για το είδος του φανταστικού (ηρωική και επιστημονική φαντασία, τρόμος). Τι είναι όμως αυτό το event;

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