This is the short story that I asked you to read at Christmas. I hope you enjoyed it. If you haven’t read it yet, you still have the opportunity to do it this weekend. You can download it from the link below:
You can also download some the-way-up-to-heaven_activities. We’re going to comment and discuss your answers in class. But if if you can’t come, you can read the answers to the comprehension and vocabulary activities here: key_the-way-up-to-heaven_activities.
Here is a video based on the same story and it is part of a British TV series, Tales of the Unexpected, which ran between 1979 and 1988. Roald Dahl himself introduces the episode and tells the reader how he was inspired to write the story.
You’ve probably heard this song quite a few times, or maybe a lot, but do you know which band released it back in 1977? Well, Roger Hodgson brought it to his band Supertramp and they soon made it an international hit. Hodgson first wrote the song when he was still in his teens but didn’t record it until much later, when he was already a member of the English rock band. Years later, in 1983, he left the group and the former Supertramp co-founder continued his solo career.
That song has really taken on a life of its own, and I think it’s even more relevant today than when I wrote it. Because we really are needing to value love in a much deeper way, and also we’re needing to care. The song is basically saying: just show you care. You know, reach out and show you care. (Roger Hodgson)
The song has been recorded, played and performed lots of times, but it has also been used in TV, films, and for charities. Roger Hodgson’s version is currently the soundtrack of a commercial for a Seat car, which we have been seeing on Spanish TV recently. There was another TV ad -for Coca-Cola this time- that also used his version in 2012 and went soon viral. The commercial encouraged people to “look at the world a little differently.” and showed people being kind and sweet, and …, well, just human. Here you can download a worksheet on the Coke ad. Below you have the song performed by Hodgson solo: By the way, this year Roger Hodgson is giving two concerts, in Valencia and Murcia, in July. Just a few months later, in November, Supertramp are also performing in Barcelona and Madrid, as part of their Supertramp Forever tour in Europe.