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DECEMBER 2018

01 - World AIDS Day
03 - International Day of the Disabled
10 - Human Rights Day
15 - Bill of Rights Day
16 - Boston Tea Party Day
18 - International Migrants Day
21 - WINTER
25 - Christmas
26 - Boxing Day
31 - New Year's Eve



25/12/2018


SANTA CLAUS

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town! - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 December 2018
"Santa Claus is someone who will remain in the hearts of children forever.
He is the make-believe person who brings toys and other gifts to children at Christmas."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"A man dressed as Santa Claus rides a carriage drawn by a pony
as he travels through southern Germany, December 2017.
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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Christmas Day around the world – in pictures - 25 December 2018
"From icy winter swims to surfing beaches, patriarchs to princes, people from all walks of life across the globe celebrate Christmas"

(theguardian.com)

Festive transport around the world – in pictures - 24 December 2018
"Seasonally adjusted buses, trains and trams around the world"

(theguardian.com)

Dreaming of a bright Christmas: Britain's best-dressed homes – in pictures - 24 December 2018
"Every December, many streets in Britain light up like Christmas trees and homes are adorned with snowmen, Santas and bucketfuls of fake snow.
Here is a selection of this year’s festive festoonings"

(theguardian.com)

A History of Christmas in America - Text + Audio + Pictures - 24 December 2018
"By the middle of the 1800s, American Christian groups began to ignore their religious differences over the meaning of Christmas and honored the day in special ways."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Yule love these … great European Christmas traditions - with pictures - 24 December 2018
(theguardian.com)

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Queen tells nation to put aside differences in Christmas message - 24 December 2018
"With Britain divided by Brexit, monarch will say peace and goodwill needed ‘as much as ever’."

(theguardian.com)

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LESSON PLANS - Breaking News English

'Eco-warriors' blamed for UK airport shutdown

December 23, 2018. A drone shut down England's second largest airport for 30 hours earlier this week.

Woman to catch up with men's pay in 200 years

December 21, 2018. There is still a long way to go before women achieve economic equality with men. Centuries, in fact.

Train drivers in UK earn more than pilots

December 19, 2018. Newspapers in England are reporting that subway train drivers get paid more than pilots, doctors, police officers and nurses.

New Sesame Street character highlights homelessness

December 17, 2018. The famous children's TV show Sesame Street has a new character to highlight the plight of homeless children.

Ninja to help promote tourism in Japan

December 15, 2018. Japan will use ninja to help boost tourism over the next few years. Ninja will help to promote the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"Yellow Vests" protests to continue in France

December 13, 2018. France is experiencing social unrest it has not experienced for generations.

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GATWICK AIRPORT

Police under fire for handling of Gatwick Airport drone investigation - 24 December 2018
"Police in the United Kingdom are under fire for their handling of the investigation of drone activity that shut down the London’s Gatwick Airport for more than two days,
stranding tens of thousands of passengers."

(YouTube)

 


Airports ramp up security to attack drones with 'killer' devices and bazookas after Gatwick chaos - 23 December 2018
(news.huffingtonpost.com)

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TRUMP / BORDER WALL

NO END IN SIGHT - with a video - 23 December 2018
"A top White House official signaled that President Donald Trump is willing to accept less money than he’s been demanding to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but a senior congressional Democrat said that, while their own offer could be sweetened, they still will not agree to a wall. Here’s what happens during a partial government shutdown."

[AP]

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TRUMP / MATTIS

TRUMP PUSHES MATTIS OUT EARLY - with a video - 23 December 2018
"Trump named Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan as incoming acting defense secretary. Mattis stated his last day would be Feb. 28.
But Trump tweeted that Shanahan would step in as acting defense secretary on Jan. 1, greatly accelerating Mattis’ planned departure."

[HuffPost]

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INDONESIAN TSUNAMI

Indonesia tsunami: torrential rain hampers rescue efforts as death toll rises to 429 - with pictures and a video - 25 December 2018
"Aid workers say many children are sick with fevers and lack clean water as experts warn more deadly waves could hit"
+ Indonesia: search for missing people under way after deadly tsunami – video report
+ What caused the tsunami in Indonesia and why was there no warning?

HUNDREDS DEAD IN INDONESIAN TSUNAMI - with a video - 23 December 2018
" The death toll from a tsunami triggered by a massive underwater landslide on an Indonesian volcano rose to 281 on Monday,
as rescuers using heavy machinery and their bare hands searched through debris in the hope of finding survivors."

[Reuters]

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YELLOW VESTS

Driver killed in accident at Yellow Vest roadblock in southern France - with a video - 22 December 2018
"The car driver, aged 36, died in the accident near Perpignan, a police source told Reuters on Saturday, bringing to 10 the death toll linked to the anti-government protests."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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SPACEX

SPACEX MAKES HISTORY - with a video - 23 December 2018
"A SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S. military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral,
marking the space company’s first national security space mission for the United States."
[Reuters]

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2018

2018: the year of the autocrat - with pictures - 25 December 2018
"The world in 2018, part one - Powerful men who put their own interests first made for 12 months of strange and daunting paradoxes"

(theguardian.com)

The most striking images of 2018 - 24 December 2018
"From a protest in Honduras to an NBA player losing his balance, Kelly Grovier picks 12 photos that have shocked, inspired or gone viral, comparing them with classic artworks."

(BBC)

Here’s why 2018 was a record-breaking year for aviation. - with pictures - 21 December 2018
"The most talked-about aviation moments in 2018"

(huffingtonpost.com)

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THE US CENSUS

The US Census - 23 December 2018
"By counting the population, the Census helps determine how many lawmakers each area will send to Congress."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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THE TULIP TOWER

New London skyscraper is 'attention-seeking' and 'extremely damaging' for Tower of London, charity warns - 24 December 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MIGRANTS

More and More People Want to Migrate - Text + Audio - 24 December 2018
"The reasons are the same, but the number is increasing, a recent Gallup study found."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GUN-CARRYING TEACHERS

Gun-Carrying Teachers Becoming More Common in Arkansas - Text + Audio - 24 December 2018
"The number of teachers carrying guns in and around schools in the American state of Arkansas is growing."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Modestas Malinauskas

Welcome To The Magical World Of Modestas Malinauskas - with pictures
"Lithuanian artist Modestas Malinauskas paints surreal world directly from his imagination."

(neatorama.com)

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21/12/2018


CHRISTMAS

The story of 12 Christmas words - VIDEO
"Why we kiss under the "mistletoe" and not the "bird poo twig" – here are some surprising stories behind 12 Christmas words."

(BBC)

The 28 Best Christmas Movies on YouTube In 2018
(lifewire.com)

Hollywood Stars Reveal their Best, Worst Christmas Gifts - Text + Audio - 20 December 2018
"What gifts do Hollywood stars most remember receiving?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

12 Of The Funniest Gag Gifts On Amazon That Actually Exist - with pictures - 6 December 2018
"Funny gag gifts for men, women, friends, mom, coworkers, teachers and more."

(huffpost.com)

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YEAR IN REVIEW

The words we mispronounced in 2018 - 20 December 2018
"Christmas is a time for reflection, family and dinner table debates."

+ Some of 2018's most commonly mispronounced words (*Pronunciations provided by Babbel.)
+ Celebrity names you're probably saying wrong
+ How do you pronounce 'meme'?
+ Masterchef viewers in pickle over chorizo pronunciation

(BBC)

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook year in review (it's not been the best) - video - 19 December 2018
"What a year it's been for the Facebook founder.
There was that unforgettable Senate hearing, that huge data scandal and, oh yes, those 2 million Europeans who left the site. 
One to remember. Merry Christmas, Mark."

(theguardian.com)

The 50 best games of 2018 | Our guide to the top titles of the year - with pictures - 18 December 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP / SYRIA / AFGHANISTAN / Jim MATTIS

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis resigns - 21 December 2018
"US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will be retiring "with distinction" at the end of February, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday."
+ Video: "One bridge too far": Former US Defence Secretary William Cohen reacts to Mattis's resignation

+ White House revolving door: Who's gone?
+ Trump rewrites US Syria policy

(BBC)

Reaction to Trump’s Decision to Withdraw US Forces from Syria - Text + Audio + Picture + Video - 20 December 2018
"The president's decision to withdraw from Syria worries allies."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

MATTIS QUITS OVER DIFFERENCES WITH TRUMP - with a video - 20 December 2018
"Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned over differences with President Donald Trump on China and Russia, as well as his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan."

(huffingtonpost.com)

'You're fired!': Who Donald Trump has sacked and who has resigned during his time as president - with a video - 20 December 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Administration officials brace for Trump announcement on Afghanistan - with a video - 20 December 2018
"Officials throughout the Trump administration are bracing themselves for the President to make an announcement about the US presence in Afghanistan,
similar to his declaration Wednesday that the US will withdraw the military from Syria, informed administration sources tell CNN.
The sources cautioned that the President has not yet made a final decision, but officials are concerned and convinced that he might do so, and soon."

(CNN)

BACKLASH OVER TRUMP TROOP WITHDRAWAL - with a video - 19 December 2018
"The White House unexpectedly announced President Donald Trump has ordered all U.S. forces to leave Syria, ending the campaign to retake territory once held by the Islamic State. The pullout raised significant doubts in Washington, with lawmakers concerned it could lead to a resurgence of the militant group, undercut U.S. leverage in the region and undermine diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian civil war. Even Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of Trump staunchest backers, called the move “a huge Obama-like mistake.”

[Reuters]

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TRUMP / BORDER WALL

Trump supporters angry at his 'retreat' on border wall - 20 December 2018
"Supporters of US President Donald Trump have turned on him after he was yet again denied funding for a border wall...
The Republican president was foiled in the Senate by his own party, which refused to grant him any of the $5bn (£4bn) he wants for a US-Mexico wall."
+ Video: Trump: "Any measure that funds the government must include border security"

+ Six things that could topple Donald Trump's border wall
+ Who pays for Donald Trump's wall?

(BBC)

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GATWICK AIRPORT

Police prepared to shoot down drone as travel chaos continues into a third day - 21 December 2018
+ Environmental protests suspected of Gatwick chaos
+ What are the laws surrounding drones at airports?
+ How to claim compensation for disrupted flights
+ Gatwick admit will take "several days" to recover
+ Could a drone really bring down a plane?
+ Harry de Quetteville | Drones: fine line between toy and terror

(telegraph.co.uk)

How did a drone bring Gatwick airport to a standstill? - Video - 20 December 2018
"A drone has invaded the airspace of one of the UK's busiest airports, Gatwick.
The airport said 110,000 passengers on 760 flights were due to fly on Thursday.
The Army has been deployed to help police find the drone and its operator, but it was confirmed the airport would remain shut into Friday."

(BBC)

Tens of thousands of passengers stranded by Gatwick airport drones - 20 December 2018
"About 800 flights affecting 110,000 people cancelled as military called in to help hunt for perpetrator"
+ Latest Gatwick airport developments - live updates
+ If a trained eagle can’t stop them, what will?
+ How dangerous are drones to aircraft?

(theguardian.com)

The Guardian view on drones: effective regulation needed

"The shutdown at Gatwick airport should make us question why the pleasure of hobbyists takes precedence over public safety"

(theguardian.com)

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HACKING

China accused of extensive and 'unrelenting' global hacking campaign - 20 December 2018
"China was been accused of waging an "unrelenting" cyber war on the UK, US and other Western countries
in an attempt to steal secrets from companies and government agencies."

(telegraph.co.uk)

US and UK accuse China of sustained hacking campaign - 20 December 2018
‘The tentacles of the campaign are vast,’ UK official says, as two Chinese nationals charged in US

(theguardian.com)

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JOURNALISTS

US Included on List of Deadliest Countries for Journalists - Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 December 2018
"On a list of countries where journalists fear for their lives, the United States is number 5."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VIDEO GAMES IN 2019

Which video games will be big in 2019? - with a video - 20 December 2018
"BBC Click Marc Cieslak looks at The Last of Us 2, Anthem, Far Cry: New Dawn and Wizards Unite."

(BBC)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Leading to Strange Poisonous Fish - Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 December 2018
"Pufferfish in Japan are moving to warmer waters and creating new hybrids along the way."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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19/12/2018


WRITING EXERCISES

11 Writing Exercises to Inspire You and Strengthen Your Writing
(dailywritingtips.com)

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2018 IN REVIEW

2018 wasn't ALL bad. Here are all the good things that happened in the world.
THE WORLD/ THE US / HUMAN RIGHTS / HEALTH AND SCIENCE / ENVIRONMENT / SPORTS / SPACE / ELSEWHERE

(CNN)

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CHRISTMAS AD

McDonald's 2016 Good Times Christmas Advert "Juliette the Doll"
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'SILENT NIGHT'

200 Years of 'Silent Night' - Text + Audio + Video - 16 December 2018
"On the night before Christmas in 1818, an Austrian clergyman and a music teacher sang a song that they wrote together for the first time.
They did not know it at the time, but their song would go on to be the world’s most famous Christmas carol."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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POLITICAL CARTOONS

Political Cartoons: Exploring Serious Subjects in Fun Way - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 16 December 2018
"U.S. political cartoons date back to the mid-1700s. Yet even today, they remain an important part of American culture.
They also represent the nation’s constitutional right to a free press."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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HOW DID THE ANIMALS CROSS THE ROAD?

How Did the Animals Cross the Road? - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 16 December 2018
"To help the animals, the U.S. state of Washington is finishing work on its largest-ever wildlife bridge.
The 11-meter-tall, 20-meter-wide structure begins in the forest. It forms two arches above the highway, one for each direction of traffic."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WORRISOME WARMING

Worrisome Warming of North, South Poles - Text + Audio - 15 December 2018
"Scientists worried about melting at the Poles"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Theresa MAY

Theresa May sets January date for MPs' Brexit vote - 17 December 2018
"MPs will vote on the UK's Brexit deal in the week beginning 14 January, Theresa May has told Parliament"
+ Video: Theresa May announces Brexit vote date

+ Video: PM on EU: "There is no plot to keep us in backstop."
+ Video: Jeremy Corbyn: May taking shambolic government to new level

+ Video: Could there be a second Brexit vote?
+ Parliament Live: Rolling updates on Theresa May statement to MPs
+ Corbyn: PM's led UK into national crisis
+ Brexit: A really simple guide
+ Reality Check: How could new referendum work?
+ Kuenssberg: Don't forget there is actually a deal

+ Watt: Could John Bercow end the Brexit gridlock?
+ Cameron 'advising PM on Brexit options'

+ New Brexit poll logical outcome - Blair
+ Your guide to Brexit jargon
(BBC)

 

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NEVADA

Nevada becomes first US state with majority-female legislature - 19 December 2018
"Appointment of two Democrats in Las Vegas means 51% of 63 state legislative seats are now filled by women"
+ The trailblazing candidates who have broken barriers in the midterms – video

(theguardian.com)

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HOMELESSNESS

Wooden sleeping pods offer privacy to London's homeless - with pictures - 19 December 2018
(theguardian.com)

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