1. The U.S. tax system: Complex, unfair and full of loopholes. ”On Point with Tom Ashbrook”, produced by NPR’s Boston affiliate, WBUR, asks tax experts from different perspectives if the U.S. tax system needs changing and, if so, how.

    See also:

    Politico op/ed: Buffett rule or real tax reform?

    The Daily Show: How the wealthy avoid taxes

  2. The Daily Show with Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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    Formal or informal? Always difficult, especially in email. Daily Show’s Jon Stewart looks at the kind of language Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is using in emails to its supporters.

  3. On this week’s Saturday Night Live, Sofia Vergara and “Penelope Cruz” (played by Kate McKinnon) demonstrate the difference between hard and easy English words. Some are very hard to pronounce

  4. A perhaps more authentic view of Holi

  5. The Daily Show with Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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    How does Russian sound in English? Threatening. Daily Show’s Jon Stewart gives a funny lesson in why it’s important to choose the right word and phrase carefully. If you don’t, the whole meaning — though grammatically correct — may be wrong.

    Also another fine reason bilingual dictionaries and translators aren’t helpful: They know the word, but not the context.

  6. How to be English


    Not really new, but this one’s a classic if you wanna find out how to make a nice cup of English tea ;)

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    A follow up to Bill Maher’s New York Times op/ed, here’s Jon Stewart’s take on offensive language.

  8. American vs. British English →

    When dumbest of dumb Americans, Todd Margaret (David Cross), heads to London for an impressive position in a questionable business, absurdity can be the only result.

    "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" is a hilarious — albeit extremely vulgar, awkward and extreme — depiction of what happens when you drop a dimwitted American into “sophisticated” Europe.

    The show, produced for British TV but shown in America on IFC, isn’t easily available online, so you have to be creative in finding a way to watch it.

  9. Dark Shadows (2012) - Tim Burton and Johnny Depp



    I had never heard of the TV show “Dark Shadows” until it was announced that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp were collaborating (again) to make it into a movie.

    I’ve been a fan of Johnny Depp since his early acting years, when he starred as Tom Henson on the TV show “21 Jump Street” and must admit that I’ve seen about 90% of the movies he’s been in. I even watched “Before Night Falls” in the original Spanish version with English subtitles - and yes, I’m THAT big of a fan.

    Besides Johnny Depp, such well-known names as Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee and Alice Cooper, making a cameo appearance as himself, are among the cast of this movie. 

    From what I could gather from the trailer, whereas the gloomy black and white colors and somber demeanor of the people give the movie a rather creepy feeling, the deadpan dialogue may pull of some big laughs.

    Release date for Germany is May 10th, 2012. I’m looking forward to watching it with a couple of friends - I haven’t been to the movies in ages.    

  10. Love To Dance: Blaze - The Show →

    BLAZE the Show features 12 of the best streetdancers and breakers in the world and choreography from some of the brightest and hottest names in streetdance like Ryan Chappell, Lyle Beniga, Mike Song, Chris Baldock and Kenny Wormald. Plus stunning set designs by Es Devlin (set designer for Kanye West, Mika, Take That, Pet Shop Boys and the Lady Gaga Monster Ball tour).

    After the successful premier at West End in London and the sold out tours in the Netherlands and the UK, BLAZE the Show is back rocking the theatres. Both press and public react passionately to the show.

    Blaze is back in Germany! After the successful show at Admiral Palast in Berlin, BLAZE will return with a revised show with extra dancers to win the hearts of dance and music lovers all over Germany. BLAZE will continue their tour to America, France, Italy, Australia, China, and South-Africa.

    In April BLAZE is in Berlin. I´m so excited :D