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24/12/2016


CHRISTMAS

Liam Neeson Auditions For Mall Santa Claus
(YouTube)

 

 

23 Funny Historical Letters to Santa
(mentalfloss.com)

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GREETINGS

Let's Learn English Holiday Greeting - VIDEO
"At this time of year, the team at Let's Learn English is spending time with their families and friends. We share the holiday traditions with you in this video."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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2016

Rio Olympics, Unlikely Winners Top 2016 Sports News - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 23 December 2016
"The sports world celebrated unlikely champions and Olympic heroes in 2016.
It also mourned the death of Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s most well-known athletes."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

What is the 2016 Word of the Year? - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 December 2016
"The American dictionary Merriam-Webster has named “surreal” its 2016 Word of the Year.
Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary defines the adjective as “very strange or unusual” or “having the quality of a dream.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

China Battles Worst Air Pollution of the Year - Text + Audio + Pictures - 21 December 2016
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US NATIONAL PARK

There's Something for Everyone at Olympic National Park - Text + Audio + Pictures
"With mountains, beaches, forests, and glaciers, there is truly something for everyone in Washington State's Olympic National Park."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge

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BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK

Suspect in Berlin Truck Attack Shot by Police in Italy - Text + Audio + Pictures - 23 December 2016
"The suspected driver in the truck attack at a Christmas market in Germany was shot and killed Friday by police in Italy.
German officials confirmed the man killed was the suspect in Monday’s truck attack that killed 12 people."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SYNONYMS

The Connotations of 30 Synonyms for “Cheat” and “Fool”
"Numerous terms, many of them derived from colorful underworld slang, exist to refer to the action of cheating or fooling someone.
This post describes the connotation inherent in some of these words and phrases."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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ROBOT

This Robotic Device Is Small Enough to Operate on the Human Eye - Text + Audio + Video - 22 December 2016
"A company has developed a new machine that performs eye operations.
It is the size of a soft drink can and has instruments measuring only 1.8 millimeters in length."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IMMIGRANTS

Immigrants Find Success in Silicon Valley - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 December 2016
"Many successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are immigrants. But how do they get their start?
Some well-known companies offer their secrets to interns from all over the world."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WOMEN

Women are better doctors but get paid less - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"December 23, 2016. A new study from Harvard University shows that female doctors are slightly better than their male colleagues, but get paid less."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Doctors - Level 0Doctors - Level 1   or  Doctors - 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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RACISM

Killing hatred with kindness: Black man has convinced 200 racists to abandon the KKK by making friends with them despite their prejudiced views 
- Article + Pictures + Video - 21 December 2016
(dailymail.co.uk)

  • A black man has convinced more than 200 KKK members to leave the group
  • Daryl Davis has been traveling across the US since the 1980s meeting members
  • He said he had to beat up two KKK followers after they physically attacked him
  • His book 'Klan-destine Relationships' reveals the details of his incredible journey 

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21/12/2016


PLASTIC RICE

'Plastic rice' seized in Nigeria - 21 December 2019
"Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of "plastic rice" smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says."

(BBC)

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POO

India to fine airlines for 'dropping' poo - 21 December 2019
"Airlines in India will be fined 50,000 rupees ($736; £594) if their planes release human waste from toilets in the air, a court has ruled."

(BBC)

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2016

ART LITERATURE
AUDIO MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE
CARTOON MUSIC
CINEMA "PERSON OF THE YEAR"
DEATHS SPORTS
EVENTS VIDEO
GADGETS VIDEO GAMES
GOOGLE  


Michael PHELPS and his 28 medals
(20minutes.fr)

 

Nearly Everything That Happened In 2016, In One Highly Detailed Illustration
"From “Stranger Things” and Bernie Sanders to the death of Bowie, it’s all here."

You can zoom into portions of the illustration courtesy of Beutler Ink.
(huffingtonpost.com)

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MARRIAGES

The Hollywood stars with the most marriages - 19 December 2016
"A girl must marry for love," actress Zsa Zsa Gabor once quipped, "and keep on marrying until she finds it."
That was a maxim Gabor, who has died at the age of 99, seemed to live by. With nine nuptials, she was the celebrity world's most prolific knot-tier.
But others have come close."

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS / REFUGEES

Women of Las Patronas get fast food to migrants on Mexico’s Beast train – video - 21 December 2016
"For a quarter of a century, a group of women in eastern Mexico has provided food and water to the hundreds of Central American migrants
who pass by on top of the infamous freight train known as The Beast. The women, known as Las Patronas, or the Bosses, distribute about 300 parcels a day
– a life-saving act of kindness towards those risking life and limb to reach the US and finally escape violence and poverty at home."

(theguardian.com)

 

Small US Town Prepares to Welcome Syrian Refugees - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 21 December 2016
"Not everyone in the town of 16,000 people supports the mayor’s decision to bring 100 refugees into the town every year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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AIR POLLUTION

Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion - Article + Pictures + Videos - 21 December 2016
"Thousands head to pollution-free regions as haze descends on the country’s northern industrial heartland."

(theguardian.com)

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NO / YES

29 ways to say no
(blog.oxforddictionaries.com)

22 ways to say yes
(blog.oxforddictionaries.com)

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SONGS from the film "Jackie and Ryan"

 

Jackie & Ryan (released in the UK and South Africa as Love Me Like You Do)
"is a 2014 American romantic drama film written and directed by Ami Canaan Mann, starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes.[5][6][7]"
PLOT: "Ryan, a modern day train hopper fighting to be a successful musician, and Jackie, a recent single mom battling to hold onto her daughter,
defy their circumstances by coming together in a relationship that changes their lives forever...
Filming took place in Utah in 2014.[9]"

(Wikipedia)

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20/12/2016


BERLIN TERROR ATTACK

Berlin terror attack: Police launch new manhunt after admitting they may have arrested wrong man - 20 December 2016
"12 dead and 48 injured, some severely, at Berlin market."
(telegraph.co.uk)

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Michèle MORGAN

Michèle Morgan (29 February 1920 - 20 December 2016) "was a French film actress, who was a leading lady for three decades."
(Wikipedia)

1 Career
2 Personal life
3 In popular culture
4 Selected filmography
5 References
6 Further reading
7 External links

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FESTIVE HOUSES

The most festive houses in Britain – in pictures - 19 December 2016
"Homes decorated with Christmas lights and festive illuminations around the UK."

(theguardian.com)

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2016

The worst and BEST moments of 2016 - a lesson plan
"This lesson plan is organised around the theme of the best moments of 2016 from the BBC news through the use of videos and visuals.
It also includes , vocabulary building activities and discussions around the topic of 'the best moments'."
Level: Intermediate / Upper-Intermediate
(loveengli.blogspot.fr)

Jonathan Jones's top 10 art exhibitions of 2016 - with pictures
"From great masterpieces by Caravaggio and Picasso to Georgiana Houghton’s hypnotic rediscovered paintings, this was a year full of stunning blockbusters."

+ More on the best culture of 2016
+ Adrian Searle’s top 10 art shows of 2016

(theguardian.com)

2016 in FOCUS + 2016 in memoriam + 2016 in numbers
(gettyimages.com)

Was 2016 the Worst Year Ever? - Text + Audio - 19 December 2016
"Many people are looking back at 2016 and thinking about all of the sad or frustrating things that happened. But some people used Twitter on Monday
to mention some more positive news about the year that is soon coming to a close."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BUS SHELTER

The Curious Story of ‘Bobby's Bus Shelter’ at Unst, Scotland - with pictures
(amusingplanet.com)

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NEW SPECIES

Ziggy Stardust snake and Klingon newt among 163 new species discovered in the Mekong – in pictures
"Other finds in the biodiverse greater Mekong region include a rare banana species from Thailand and a tiny frog from Cambodia and Vietnam."

(theguardian.com)


A newt

The Phuket horned tree agamid

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ONLINE GAMES

The History of Online Games - an interactive timeline
"From dial-up bulletin boards to augmented reality headsets, online gaming has leveled up a lot since the 1970s.
These advances wouldn’t have been possible without hardware breakthroughs and the evolution of the internet itself.
Let’s take a look at the big picture to find out where online games started -- and where they’re going next.
Use your arrow keys or mousewheel to navigate."

(internetproviders.com)

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PRINCE HARRY

UK's Prince Harry vows to make a difference (December 20, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Britain's Prince Harry has said he wants to make a difference in the world."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 4  or  Level 5
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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TRUMP

Trump wins electoral college amid nationwide protests - 20 December 2016
"The US electoral college has certified Donald Trump as the 45th president, despite a last-ditch effort to deny him the White House."

(BBC)

Trump Softening Some Immigration Positions - Text + Audio - 19 December 2016
"President-elect Donald Trump is still promising stronger enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.
But he is also softening some of the proposals he made while running for president against Hillary Clinton."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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JETPACK

Ready for Takeoff: New Device Makes Personal Flying a Reality - Text + Audio + Videos - 19 December 2016
"An American company says it has developed the world’s first true jetpack for personal flight.
The device, built to look like a normal backpack, can fly for up to 10 minutes at a time, up to 3,000 meters in the air."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


 

 

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19/12/2016


CHRISTMAS

Chris Rea : Driving Home For Christmas
(YouTube)

 

 

"The Night Before Christmas” Read In 27 Celebrity Impressions
"Master impressionist Jim Meskimen reads "The Night Before Christmas" as 27 different celebrities,
including Robert De Niro, Anthony Hopkins, and Robin Williams."

(YouTube)

 

 

Top 10 festive food traditions in Europe - 19 December 2016
"Whether it’s cinnamon biscuits in Brussels, potato-anchovy casserole in Stockholm or Christmas pudding with a twist in Copenhagen,
there’s a wealth of culinary delights on offer at yuletide."

(theguardian.com)

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2016

2016 Eyewitness: our summary of the defining images of the year
"From Bowie to Brexit, and street protests to sporting glory, it has been a year of unforgettable events.
Those closest to the action recall these memorable moments."

(theguardian.com)

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JOURNALISTS

Number of journalists killed in combat highest for three years - 19 December 2016
"NGO says at least 26 killed in fighting in 2016, although overall deaths fell on 2015...
The latest analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists found that at least 48 journalists were killed due to their work
between 1 January and 15 December 2016, with 26 killed in fighting."

(theguardian.com)

En 2016, 57 journalistes ont été tués dans le monde, dont 19 en Syrie - 19 December 2016
"Cette baisse significative par rapport à 2015 (67 journalistes tués) s'explique par le fait que de plus en plus de journalistes
fuient les pays devenus trop dangereux, selon RSF...
La Syrie et le Mexique, pays les plus meurtriers au monde pour les journalistes."

(20minutes.fr)

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VIDEO

Hum by Tom Teller - 8:35
"A solitary dish washing robot living out his life in the back room of a restaurant is enlightened to the world that exists beyond his four walls,
with the help of a small friend he breaks free of confinement to pursue his dream of exploration."
(vimeo.com)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

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MINDMAP

Create your mindmap
(framindmap.org)

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GIRAFFES

Giraffes Facing ‘Silent Disappearance’ in Africa, Report Says - Text + Audio + Pictures - 18 December 2016
"Giraffes are beautiful animals known for their very long necks and tall legs. Now a report by the Red List says giraffes for the first time are “vulnerable” to extinction. What is happening to the tallest land animals on Earth?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TATTOOS

London Tattoo Convention – in pictures - 23 September 2016
"The ink flows and the needles dance as 400 of the world’s finest tattoo artists showcase their work in the capital."

(theguardian.com)

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Zsa Zsa GABOR

Stardom and celebrity: Zsa Zsa Gabor – a life in pictures - 19 December 2016
"Hollywood star, who attained cult figure status starring in 1950s B-movies and was married nine times, dies aged 99."
+ Zsa Zsa Gabor dies aged 99 : Article + Video

+ Zsa Zsa Gabor obituary - with pictures and videos
(theguardian.com)

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DOGS

The man who looks after 735 dogs - 19 December 2016
"Rakesh Shukla is a software engineer who's found his life's calling in looking after dogs that no-one wants, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Bangalore."

(BBC)


"The canines get through 200kg of chicken and another 200kg of rice daily."

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REFUGEES

There are still 1,000 children from Calais in refugee centres. They need sanctuary - 19 December 2016
"Kindertransport was the inspiration for Safe Passage, which has forced open the legal family reunification system
so refugee children can reach their families in the UK safely."

(theguardian.com)

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PRISONS

UK prison crisis - in numbers - VIDEO - 19 December 2016
"UK prisons are at crisis level, with a record 290 deaths in prisons in the 12 months to March 2016 and a 92 per cent rise
in the prison population in England and Wales since 1993. Watch the video above to learn more about the figures behind the crisis."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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