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09/08/2017


SONG

Nada Surf - Popular
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"I'm the party star
I'm popular
I've got my own car
I'm popular
I'll never get caught
I'm popular
I make football bets
I'm a teachers pet"

(azlyrics.com)

 

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Tongue twisters

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MARS

Curiosity’s First Five Years of Science on Mars
"Five years of Martian discoveries after seven minutes of terror."

(YouTube)

 

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DIAMONDS

Russia’s Most Expensive Diamonds to Be Sold Online - Text + Audio - 6 August 2017
"A mining company has announced plans to sell a collection of what it says are the most valuable diamonds ever cut in Russia. It took more than a year
and a half to create the five-piece collection from one 179-carat rough diamond. The company expects to get at least $10 million for the collection."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Benjamin HARRISON

Benjamin Harrison: Grandson - Text + Audio + Video
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSON

In a Heartbeat
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Beth David and Esteban Bravo and the theme of love. Students learn and practice expressions using the word “heart”, watch a short film trailer, predict and write a story, watch and discuss a short film, and watch and discuss a video in which elderly people give their reactions to the short film."

(film-english.com)

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NASA

Nine-Year-Old Applies for NASA Job - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 August 2017
"NASA recently listed a job that got a lot of attention. One very young boy applied."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

New NASA job to protect Earth from aliens (August 04, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"America's space agency NASA has an exciting new job opening to protect Earth from aliens."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Alien Attack - Level 0Alien Attack - Level 1   or  Alien Attack - Level 2
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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USA / NORTH KOREA

North Korea's nuclear threat at a 'new stage', warns Japan - 8 August 2017
"Defence paper said it was possible that the regime was able to miniaturise a nuclear warhead to load it on to a missile."

+ North Korea launches second missile test – video
+ North Korea’s potential missile ranges
(theguardian.com)

US Open to North Korea Talks if Missile Tests Halted - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 August 2017
"The United Nations Security Council agreed to a new set of sanctions on North Korea for its most recent missile tests.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday the best way for the North to show it is ready to hold talks is to stop its missile tests."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

North Korea vows to retaliate against US over sanctions - 7 August 2017
"North Korea has vowed to retaliate and make "the US pay a price" for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme."

+ Can the US defend itself against North Korea?
+ N Korea: The possible solutions

+ How advanced are N Korea missiles?
+ The one place the US and N Korea meet

+ Video: Japanese people practising nuclear attack drills
+ What are the new sanctions?
+ VIDEO: North Korea's second intercontinental missile launched last month was "seen from Japan"

(BBC)

North Korea vows 'thousands-fold' revenge on US over sanctions - 7 August 2017
"Warning follows tough UN measures after the country’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests."

+ North Korea threatens ‘thousands-fold’ revenge on US – video
+ Why does the North Korean regime pursue a nuclear programme?
(theguardian.com)

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ROBOTS

Oh, great. Robots can now tell when people are being sarcastic - 7 August 2017
"A robot that can understand sarcasm in social media posts better than humans could provide a breakthrough in protecting people from abuse online."

+ Video: The history of artificial intelligence
+ Artificial intelligence: A timeline
(telegraph.co.uk)

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BUILDINGS OF THE FUTURE

The Smart Buildings Of The Future - with an animated infographic
"Our world is changing at a rapid pace. Smart technology allows architects to think beyond traditional boundaries.
Buildings of the future will connect the various pieces of the structure in an integrated, dynamic and functional way."

(rubberbond.co.uk)

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BARS

The Wackiest Themed Bars in the World
(supercall.com)


Chur, Switzerland



Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 

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REFUGEES

Blocked in the Balkans: the refugees that Europe won't allow in - 8 August 2017
"Many of Serbia’s 7,600 refugees had hoped to live elsewhere in the EU but are trying to adapt to life in the Balkans."

(theguardian.com)


"Refugees stand behind a fence at the Hungarian border with Serbia."

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04/08/2017


USA / NORTH KOREA

Experts: North Korea Lacks Missile Technology to Reach Mainland US - Text + Audio - 3 August 2017
"North Korea has a history of testing long-distance missiles as a show of force. Experts say the latest test shows it still lacks the technology
needed for those missiles to reach the United States. But the country is not far from having it, they add."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

Grand jury used in Trump-Russia investigation - 4 August 2017
"The special counsel investigating claims of Russian meddling in the US election has begun using a grand jury in Washington, reports say."
+ What is a grand jury?
+ Trump: US-Russia relations are at 'dangerous low'
+ The Trump-Russia saga in 200 words
+ Russia: The 'cloud' over the White House
+ Video: All you need to know about the Trump-Russia investigation

(BBC)

Trump: US-Russia relations are at 'dangerous low' - 3 August 2017
"US President Donald Trump says his country's relationship with Russia is at a "dangerous low",
amid a feud with Congress over new sanctions imposed against Moscow."

+ Video: All you need to know about the Trump-Russia investigation
+ Video: What does body language tell us about the Trump-Putin G20 meeting?

+ The Trump-Russia saga in 200 words
+ Reality Check: What are the sanctions against Russia?
+ Why are so many US diplomats in Russia?

(BBC)

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IMMIGRATION

Statue of Liberty caught in White House immigration row - 3 August 2017
"The Statue of Liberty was the focus of a monumental exchange between a White House adviser and a reporter
after Donald Trump backed an immigration policy favouring the better-educated."
+ Video: Stephen Miller called Jim Acosta's statement "insulting, ignorant and foolish"

+ What's in the proposals?
+ Trump backs curbs on legal immigration

+ Watch: Sean Spicer's memorable moments
+ Trump press event: A theatre of the absurd

(BBC)

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VOCABULARY

Explainer: Presidential Pardons
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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OCEANS / PLASTIC WASTE

'It's important to at least try': Can this 23-year-old clear the oceans of plastic waste? - with pictures - 4 August 2017
+ Video: Plastic fatally harming sea animals
+ Video: How the oceans can clean themselves: Boyan Slat at TEDxDelf...
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Total rubbish | Ocean plastic, by numbers
(telegraph.co.uk)

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LONGEST FOOTBRIDGE

Switzerland Opens World's Longest Suspension Footbridge - Text + Audio - 3 August 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SLAVERY

10 Countries Most Afflicted By Modern Slavery - 3 August 2017
"The ten countries with the most people in modern slavery (victims of human trafficking)"

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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CHILD LABOUR

When eight-year-olds worked the streets: Lewis Hine's portraits of young workers in America
"Working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, Lewis Hine documented the working and living conditions of children
in American cities between 1908 and 1924."

(theguardian.com)


Newspaper sellers, Nashville, Tennessee, 1910
Philip Weinstein, aged eight, and an older boy. They sometimes worked until 10 or 11pm.

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TERRORISM

Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism to Hold First Meeting in San Francisco - 31 July 2017
(newsroom.fb.com)

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ROBOTS

RoboMaster armies go to battle in China - VIDEO - 4 August 2017
"Teams of robots are being pitted against each other in the finals of the RoboMaster competition.
The event has been organised by the Chinese drone-maker DJI and will culminate in Shenzhen on Sunday.
The aim is to shine the spotlight on young engineering talent - and to entertain the crowds."

(BBC)

Megabots Unveil Eagle Prime - 4 August 2017
"Eagle Prime is the first MK3-class MegaBot from MegaBots, Inc. It weighs in at 12 tons, stands 16 feet tall, seats two,
is powered by a 430 horsepower V8 LS3 engine, and costs a cool $2.5M."

(neatorama.com)

 

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DRONES

Cashing in on the drone revolution - 3 August 2017
"A tiny unmanned aircraft is hovering quietly above a green field in Buckinghamshire, offering its owner, Joby Stephens, an "eye in the sky"."

+ Video: The entrepreneurs cashing in on the drone revolution
(BBC)


"Volocopter has built a drone so large it can carry passengers...
For now, autonomous drones are illegal in the UK and many other countries, whether they carry people or not..."

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BOWLING

'All The Bowling Ladies' Fight For Their Club With Beyoncé Parody
"Sick and tired of writing letter after letter pleading with their local council to spare their beloved club from demolition, the ladies of Chadstone 'Chaddy' Bowls in south east Melbourne have taken a creative approach to making sure their voices get heard."

(huffingtonpost.com.au)

 

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CARTOONS

Telegraph cartoons, July 2017 - 33 cartoons
(telegraph.co.uk)

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OUR POSSESSIONS

What do our possessions say about us? – in pictures
(theguardian.com)


Sakura and Kazuhiro, Tokyo, 2015
"Kazuhiro is a tattoo artist and Sakura is a photographer. They love cooking, live with their dog and two cats
and each have the date of their wedding tattooed to their ring fingers."

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PAIN

Most Painful Things A Human Can Experience
"Today we will focus not so much on those macabre aspects of human nature, but on pains anyone of us could suffer today. Join us on this excruciating tour of how much we can hurt in this episode of The Infographics Show, The Most Painful Things a Human Can Experience..."

(YouTube)

 

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AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS

31 Facts about National Parks - mental_floss List Show Ep. 515
(YouTube)

 

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CINEMA

Five Awesome Prison Escape Scenes in Movies - with videos
(tvovermind.com)

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LUXURY HOMES IN SKYSCRAPERS

Life at the very top: luxury homes in new skyscrapers around the world - 12 photos
(telegraph.co.uk)

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DRAGON

Dewi the Dragon: Guardian of Castle Harlech - Article + Pictures
"Dewi the Dragon, resplendent in his scaly coat of steel, is the new sentinel of the still magnificent medieval castle
and guards the town’s inhabitants from harm."

(kuriositas.com)

Harlech Castle (Welsh: Castell Harlech), "located in Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales, is a medieval fortification, constructed atop a spur of rock
close to the Irish Sea. It was built by Edward I during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289 at the substantial cost of £8,190."

(Wikipedia)

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BIRD PALACES

The Ornate Bird Palaces of Ottoman-Era Turkey - 28 July 2017
"An important element of Ottoman architecture in Turkey was the addition of birdhouses affixed to the outer walls of significant city structures,
a safe space for regular avian guests to nest outside of mosques, inns, bridges, libraries, schools, and fountains..."

(thisiscolossal.com)

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