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23/04/2016


THE MIDDLE AGES

Cities in the Middle Ages (New version)
"Click on the photo and play the game, then click on "Start now" and take the audio quiz."

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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TITANIC

Titanic sinks in REAL TIME - 2 HOURS 40 MINUTES
(YouTube)

 

 

 

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PROTESTS

10 Important Protests in American History - 1:44
(YouTube)

 

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COP 21

Record: 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016
"at United Nations Headquarters in New York...
The list of signatory countries for 22 April is: here.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s ambition is for the Paris Agreement signing ceremony held on Earth Day (22 April)
to serve as a reminder that political engagement to take climate change action needs to continue at the highest level."

(cop21.gouv.fr)

World Leaders to Sign Climate Agreement on Earth Day - Text + Audio - 21 April 2016
"Leaders from 130 nations are gathering in New York to sign the historic climate deal.
They will sign the Paris climate agreement at the United Nations on Friday, which is the 46th anniversary of Earth Day.
That is the day when people around the world work to clean up the environment."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TAX HAVENS

EU to draw up tax haven blacklist - 22 April 2016
"EU nations have agreed to draw up a blacklist of tax havens in the wake of the Panama Papers leaks."

(BBC)

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ISIS

'Islamic State's' most wanted - Part 1: The takeover - VIDEO - 20 April 2016
"What happens when you resist the world's most violent jihadis?"
+ Part 2: Resistance
+ Part 3: IS fight back

+ Part 4: One step ahead
+ Part 5: Hidden but unbeaten
Contain some disturbing images
(BBC)

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SHAKESPEARE

Cartoon: Shakespeare Too Long for Twitter
+ COMMENT + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Why is Shakespeare more popular than ever? - 23 April 2016
(BBC)

15 great William Shakespeare insults which are better than swearing
(telegraph.co.uk)

Four Common Idioms from Shakespeare
(dailywritingtips.com)

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FUEL TEST CHEATING

Japan Investigates Mitsubishi for Fuel Test Cheating - Text + Audio - 21 April 2016
"Japanese automaker Mitsubishi is in trouble for manipulating the way it tests the fuel efficiency of its cars.
On Wednesday, Mitsubishi president Tetsuro Aikawa admitted that his employees used higher tire pressure during fuel economy tests for small car models."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES / IMMIGRANTS

Up to 500 Refugees Feared Dead After Boat Sinks - Text + Audio - 21 April 2016
"Refugees interviewed by the United Nations and various news agencies say a boat carrying up to 500 people may have sunk in the Mediterranean Sea.
The United Nations’ refugee agency says the boat was bound for Europe from Libya. It carried people from Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Syria and Egypt."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Economics Report: How Much Do Illegal Immigrants Pay in Taxes? - VIDEO - 21 April 2016
"Illegal immigration is a big subject in this year’s American presidential race.
Do illegal immigrants pay their fair share in taxes to state and local governments?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PRINCE

Prince's clothes - 29 PHOTOS
(20minutes.fr)

Rock superstar Prince dies at 57 (23 April 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The rock superstar Prince has died at the age of 57. He passed away on Thursday at his home in Minneapolis."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

How Prince's heels helped make the star larger than life - VIDEO - 23 April 2016
(BBC)

Prince - Text + Audio + Slide shows + Video - 22 April 2016
"Prince was a highly skilled musician. He played many instruments including guitar, piano and drums.
He wrote popular songs that crossed many musical borders. He had a powerful voice with a wide high to low range.
Prince’s music brought together many musical styles."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

For Prince or Queen Elizabeth? Niagara Falls Turns Purple - Text + Audio + Photos - 22 April 2016
"The death of music superstar Prince shocked and saddened the world yesterday. In his honor, many famous monuments turned purple.  
The color was chosen in memory of his hit song “Purple Rain.” ​Yesterday, even Niagara Falls - in Canada - turned purple. But was it really for Prince?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Pop Musician Prince Dead at 57 - Text + Audio + Slide show + Videos - 21 April 2016
"American pop music superstar Prince has died. His representative, Yvette Noel-Schure, told the Associated Press that the performer was found dead
at his home near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was 57 years old."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONEY

Harriet Tubman to Appear on $20 Bill - Text + Audio - 21 April 2016
"The last time a woman appeared on U.S. paper money was in the 1890s.
But this week, the U.S. Treasury announced that a woman will soon appear on the $20 bill.
African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson, America's seventh president."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea Struggling but Determined on ICBMs - Text + Audio - 22 April 2016
"An American general warned U.S. lawmakers that North Korea’s progress toward a complete nuclear weapons program is slow.
But the regime is determined to master its long-range missile program. U.S. Army General Vincent Brooks said it is only a matter of time before."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)
ICBM = Intercontinental ballistic missile

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US STORY

'The Story of an Eyewitness' by Jack London - Text + Audio + Video
+ Lesson Plan - 'The Story of an Eyewitness' by Jack London + Quiz

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PUBS

London's best historical pubs: the ultimate tour
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ST GEORGE'S DAY

St George's Day quiz: How well do you know England's historic attractions?
(telegraph.co.uk)

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22/04/2016


PRINCE

Obituary: Prince - 21 April 2016
"Prince - who's died at his home in Minnesota near Minneapolis at the age of 57 - wrote hundreds of songs for himself and other artists."

+ A life in pictures
(BBC)



Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), "known by the mononym Prince, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range.
He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia,
and pop."

(Wikipedia)



 

 

Prince: His most memorable fashion moments
(telegraph.co.uk)

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2016

Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016? - 22 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Prince, Rickman, Bowie... famous faces we have said goodbye to in 2016 - Article + Videos - 22 April 2016
"Remembering some of the much-loved figures who have died since the start of this year"

(theguardian.com)

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THE QUEEN

8 things you didn't know about the Queen, in 60 seconds - VIDEO
(facebook.com)

Video: Queen Elizabeth still going strong at 90 - 21 April 2016
+ TRANSCRIPT + Comment + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)



 

Elizabeth at 90: a Family Tribute review: a brilliantly sampled insight into the private life of the Royal family - 21 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Queen's 90th birthday: Beacons lit amid UK celebrations - Article + Photos + Video - 21 April 2016
"The Queen has lit the first of more than 900 beacons lighting up across the UK and overseas as part of her 90th birthday celebrations."

+ In pictures: Queen's 90th birthday celebrations
(BBC)

Prince Charles pays Shakespearean tribute to the Queen - 21 April 2016
"Prince Charles read an edited passage from William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII which includes the lines:
"She shall be, to the happiness of England, an aged princess; many days shall see her, and yet no day without a deed to crown it."

(BBC)

 

 

A Busy Queen Elizabeth II Pencils In a 90th Birthday - 20 April 2016
" She has been served by 12 prime ministers, starting with Churchill; navigated the decline of the British Empire;
braved the tragedies of her family and the nation; and, on Sept. 9, edged out Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in British history:
64 years now. And she is lauded for having the stiffest upper lip in the realm."

+ Slide show: 9 photos
(nytimes.com)

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BREXIT

Cartoon: Obama to the Brescue
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + NOTE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Cartoon: Dangerous Scary Monster Takes New York!
THE CARTOON + COMMENT + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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CARS

Turn Any Normal Jeep Into A Truly Unstoppable Off-Roader In 15 Minutes - 22 April 2016
(truckyeah.jalopnik.com)

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CAT CAFE

Japanese cat cafe closed down over neglect fears - 22 April 2016
"One of Tokyo’s famed cafes has been ordered to shut amid concerns that cramped conditions are spreading disease...
“The cafe breached animal welfare laws, so we took action,” Yachiyo Kurihara of the Tokyo Animal Welfare Centre told The Guardian."

(theguardian.com)

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FBI / iPHONE

'Worth it': FBI admits it paid $1.3m to hack into San Bernardino iPhone
"The hefty price paid for the software that hacked Syed Farook’s iPhone, which Apple refused to help the FBI break into, signals a growing ‘exploit market’."
(theguardian.com)

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WOMEN

A woman might be on the $20 bill, but women still earn fewer dollars than men
"The good news that Harriet Tubman will grace the $20 is tempered by the fact that much more work still needs to be done on gender wage equality."

(theguardian.com)

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Who, What, When, Where, Why

Who, What, When, Where, Why - The 5 W's of a Story - VIDEO + Activities
(flocabulary.com)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

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STREET ART

Elephant Street Art In South African Villages To Give People Hope (11+ Pics)
"From the 13th of May to the 31st of October last year, Cape Town graffiti artist Falko painted his way across South Africa.
His mission? To change the locals’ perception of value. The project, called “Once Upon A Town,” was photographed by Luke Daniel."

(boredpanda.com)

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KKK

Top 10 Movies Depicting the KKK
(imdb.com)

Movies Involving Ku Klux Klan
(listchallenges.com)

10 Anti-Ku Klux Klan Films
(whatculture.com)

Movies about the Ku Klux Klan
(classicfilmguide.com)

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FOOD

See What Soldiers Around the World Eat When in the Field - with videos
(atlasobscura.com)

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21/04/2016


THE QUEEN

Celebrations mark Queen's 90th birthday - 21 April 2016
+ In pictures: Queen's 90th birthday
(BBC)

65 years, 1 Queen and 12 Presidents - 21 April 2016
"Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for nearly 65 years.
There have been 12 American presidents in that time, and she has met nearly all of them.
Tim Allman looks at the special relationship between residents of Buckingham Palace and the White House."

(YouTube)

 

Her Majesty celebrates historic milestone with family and the nation - 21 April 2016
+ Her Majesty looks to the future in official portraits
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

The Queen at 90: across the decades - with PHOTOS - 21 April 2016
"As Elizabeth II marks her milestone birthday, we chart her life from horse-mad child to longest reigning monarch."

(theguardian.com)

Queen's 90th birthday: Prince William pays tribute - 20 April 2016
"Prince William has answered criticism of his commitment to royal duties, saying he is willing to take on more responsibility when the time comes."

(BBC)


I don't lie awake waiting to be king - VIDEO - 20 April 2016
"On the eve of the Queen's 90th birthday on Thursday, the next but one king - Prince William - has been speaking to the BBC about his grandmother,
his interpretation of "royal duty" and recent criticisms that he is a somewhat "reluctant royal".
The prince also told the BBC's Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell about his own ambitions for the monarchy when he finally succeeds to the throne." 

(BBC)

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PANAMA PAPERS

Hong Kong newspaper editor sacked in wake of Panama Papers report
"Unions ‘deeply disturbed and worried’ by dismissal of Keung Kwok-yuen from Ming Pao on same day it ran a front-page report on figures linked to leaks."

(theguardian.com)

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James BOND

27 Facts about James Bond - mental_floss List Show Ep. 416
(YouTube)

 

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IDIOMS

55 Boxing Idioms
"Despite the waning popularity of pugilism, or the sweet science, as boxing is also called, the sport has contributed a number of colorful words,
phrases, and expressions out of proportion to its current stature among athletic endeavors. Here is a list of idioms that originated in boxing
and were subsequently extended to the world outside the square ring."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Trump, Clinton Win in New York, Move Closer to Nominations - Text + Audio - 20 April 2016
"Businessman Donald Trump and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won big victories Tuesday in New York State’s primary election.
Clinton now has nearly 80 percent of the nominating delegates she needs to become the Democratic Party’s candidate for president..."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ART

13 sunsets
(timeout.fr)
Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)


Vincent Van Gogh : Le Semeur au soleil couchant - 1888

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RESCUE

Castaways Get HELP - Text + Audio - 18 April 2016
"Three men were rescued in the Pacific Ocean in April after their small boat turned over. The castaways swam to a small island.
They used the leaves and branches of palm trees to spell the word help so that an airplane could see them."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DEBATING

Success In Debating and Business - Text + Audio
"After learning to be a successful debater, students can apply their critical thinking skills in the business world. They can express opinions, give reasons and support their reasons with evidence as they take part in business meetings and discussions. They also learn to understand Western culture."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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McDONALD's

McDonald's restaurant to offer all-you-can-eat fries (April 19, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A new McDonald's restaurant that will soon open in the USA will offer all-you-can-eat French fries.
The new store in St. Joseph, Missouri, is set to open in July."
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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DRUGS

US agents find major Mexico drug tunnel covered by bin in California - Article + Video - 21 April 2016
"Tonne of cocaine and seven tonnes of marijuana seized after discovery of metre-wide tunnel running between Tijuana and San Diego."

(theguardian.com)

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MONEY

Harriet Tubman, anti-slavery activist, to be on new US $20 bill - 21 April 2016
"Anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman will be the first woman to appear on a US banknote for more than a century."

+ Harriet Tubman: Former slave who risked all to save others
(BBC)

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GUNS

This Colorado School Is Taking a Different Approach to Gun Safety - VIDEO - 17 March 2016
"A Colorado middle school is using a hands-on approach that teaches students how to safely handle weapons."

(nbcnews.com)

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TRAVEL

Ad of the Day: 'Don't Go There. Live There' by Airbnb
+ TRANSCRIPT + COMMENT + LANGUAGE NOTES + FOR TEACHERS + TRIVIA + ALSO SEE + RELATED ARTICLES
(englishblog.com)

 

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EU REFERENDUM

BBC News Video: EU referendum — What is it? - 20 April 2016
+ COMMENT + TRANSCRIPT + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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COMMONWEALTH

Quiz: How well do you know the Commonwealth?
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MIGRANTS

Hundreds feared dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya - 20 April 2016
"Up to 500 people may have drowned after overloaded boat sank in Mediterranean."

(theguardian.com)

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IS

How four men survived as hostages of IS - 20 April 2016
"In his classic novel 1984, George Orwell writes about Room 101 - a torture chamber where you are subjected to your worst nightmare,
the worst thing in the world, to break your resistance."

(BBC)

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TECHNOLOGY

Then vs Meow: How Technology Has Changed Cats’ Lives (10+ Pics)
(boredpanda.com)

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20/04/2016


TOEIC

Preparation for the official Toeic® exam
(test3000.net)

  • 9 complete original tests
  • Real-life situations
  • Variety of accents
  • Texts read by native speakers
  • Educational and examination modes
  • Detailed statistics
  • Unlimited access

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SECRET SERVICE

10 Unexpected Duties Performed by the Secret Service
(mentalfloss.com)

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JACK THE RIPPER

Jack the Ripper (New version)
1. First click on the picture and Play the game.
2. Now click on "Start now" and take the listening quiz.

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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THE QUEEN

In pictures: Queen Elizabeth II at 90 in 90 images - 19 April 2016
"On 21 April the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday and to mark the event we present an image from the archives of the Press Association
from every year of her life."

(BBC)

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TERRORISM

Combating Terrorism Center
"Situated at the nexus of theory and practice, the Combating Terrorism Center serves as an important national resource that rigorously studies
the terrorist threat and provides policy-relevant research while moving the boundaries of academic knowledge. The CTC’s distinguished scholars, international network of experts, and access to senior U.S. government leadership set it apart from any other like enterprise."

We teach - We research - We advise
(ctc.usma.edu)

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CINEMA / TV

The 10 Best Ghosts in Movies
(tvovermind.com)

Famous TV cars: where are they now? - Article + Photos + Video - 18 April 2016
"In the week that the Ford Capri from The Professionals is being auctioned, Andrew Roberts meets the enthusiasts who trace and restore telly favourites."

(telegraph.co.uk)

100 Years/100 Shots
"A journey through the past 100 years of cinema
-- the most memorable shot from each year (in my opinion). While many of these shots are the most recognizable in film history, others are equally iconic in their own right. For example, some shots pioneered a style or defined a genre, while others tested
the boundaries of censorship and filmgoer expectations. If anything, I want this video to be a reminder as to why we all love cinema so much."
+ List of films used.

(vimeo.com)

The Birth of a Nation Official Teaser Trailer #1 (2016) - Nate Parker Movie HD
(YouTube)

The Birth of a Nation "is a 2016 period drama film about Nat Turner, the African-American slave
who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831."

+ List of films featuring slavery
(Wikipedia)

'The Hobbit' in Less Than 3 Minutes | Mashable TL;DW
(YouTube)

Ten of the Most Memorable Clowns in Movies
(tvovermind.com)

11 Memorable Disfigured or Deformed Movie Protagonists
(tvovermind.com)

10 of the Most Memorable Torture Scenes in Movies - with videos
(tvovermind.com)
contains images which some people may find unsettling.

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JOBS

Cat jobs
"Do you even realize how much work your cat does for you?"

(YouTube)

 

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QUAKES

Survivors Sought After Ecuador, Japan Quakes - Text + Audio - 18 April 2016
"Efforts to rescue victims continue after strong earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan killed hundreds and injured thousands.
In Ecuador, officials say at least 350 people died and more than 2,500 were injured in an earthquake that struck the coastal area late Saturday."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Hundreds dead after capsize, say survivors - 18 April 2016
(BBC)

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IS

Iraqi Refugees From IS Share Their Stories - Text + Audio - 18 April 2016
"The group known as the Islamic State have forced millions of people to flee the places they called home. But some people did not leave right away.
They lived under the strict rule of the militants for several years before the situation became too difficult for them. Now they share their stories."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HEMINGWAY

Hemingway Exhibit Opens at JFK Library in Boston - Text + Audio - 17 April 2016
"The Kennedy Library holds the world's largest collection of documents, photographs and personal belongings of the American writer Ernest Hemingway. Library Curator Stacey Bredhoff describes the collection as one of the library's "greatest treasures."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SPACE

Space hotels close as inflatable pod joined to International Space Station - 17 April 2016
"Floating space hotels took a giant leap towards reality on Saturday when the first inflatable pod was attached to the International Space Station (ISS)."

+ In numbers: International Space Station
(telegraph.co.uk)

Hawking, Zuckerberg to Search for Life in the Universe - Text + Audio + Video - 17 April 2016
"Is there anybody out there? That is one of the oldest questions ever asked by people.
Now a new group, supported by scientists and a few billionaires, is putting their minds and their money behind a project to answer that question."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TECHNOLOGY

The Technology Report: FBI and Apple Court Battle Ends - VIDEO - 17 April 2016
"In California, a legal battle between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Apple has ended.
The FBI was able to get information from an iPhone without help from Apple."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NATIVE AMERICANS

15+ Rare Colour Photos Of Native Americans From The 19th And 20th Century
(boredpanda.com)

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2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS

E.L.L. Practice + Prompt | 2016 Summer Olympics by Larry Ferlazzo - 18 April 2016
(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

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IDIOMS

A Quiz: 25 Common Idioms that you Really Need to Know - interactive
(cristinacabal.com)

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POLLUTION

Eight arrests after Greenpeace protesters scale London monuments - Article + Photos + Video - 18 April 2016
"Eight people have been arrested after Greenpeace activists scaled Nelson's Column and other London monuments, and breached security at Parliament."

(BBC)

Greenpeace activists put gas mask on Nelson's column in pollution protest - 18 April 2016
"Nelson effigyand 17 other statues around London given bespoke gas masks to highlight need for improved air quality."

(theguardian.com)

Statues with gas masks in London - PHOTOS
(20minutes.fr)


Oliver Cromwell

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DRONES

Drone laws in the UK – what are the rules? - 18 April 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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DOGS

Charges dropped against Amber Heard for bringing dogs to Australia with Johnny Depp - 18 April 2016
"Actor placed on a one-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to providing a false immigration document to immigration officials."
+ Video: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard record PSA to apologise for bringing dogs to Australia
(theguardian.com)

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CLOCKS

Clocks in the streets (ppt)
Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)


Clock - Somerset Cathedral 1390

Clock Manhattan 1926


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