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11/02/2016


DOLLS

Thailand's love of the supernatural - Article + Photos + Video - 11 February 2016
"Situated in the nondescript outer western suburbs of Bangkok, Sawang Arom temple is already well known for its collection of kuman - plastic child-dolls
in historic costumes, usually clutching a bag of gold, and believed to be inhabited by the ghost of an unborn foetus...
The dolls cost anything from 50 to 500 dollars, or more."

+ The privileged world of Thailand's supernatural dolls
+ Video Watch: The people who buy and sell Thailand's 'supernatural' dolls
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TAXIS

Inside the Padmini taxis of Mumbai - PHOTOS - 11 February 2016
"London-based Glaswegian photographer Dougie Wallace spent four years documenting the black-and-yellow Premier Padmini taxis
that have been a feature of Mumbai, India's financial capital, since the 1960s."

(BBC)

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HUNTING

Pakistan's secretive Houbara bustard hunting industry - Article + Photos - 11 February 2016
"They're a shy, rare bird breed, the size of a chicken - and hunting them is officially banned in Pakistan.
But it is no holds barred when Arab royals begin their Houbara bustard hunting trips.
Arab princes and their wealthy friends like to hunt Houbara bustards both as a sport and because the meat is considered an aphrodisiac."

(BBC)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea's missile programme - 7 February 2016
"North Korea is believed to have more than 1,000 missiles of varying capabilities, including long-range missiles which could one day strike the US."
(BBC)

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MUSEUM

Video: Jimi Hendrix's London flat opens as a museum
+ COMMENT + QUIZ + ALSO SEE + Related articles 
(englishblog.com)

 

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ENGLISH ACCENTS

Test Your Knowledge of British Accents
(englishblog.com)

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CARTOON

Cartoon: Storms and Sheds - 10 February 2016
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + COMMENTARY + VOCABULARY + ALSO SEE + Related articles 

(englishblog.com)

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THEME PARK

The last artisan at Singapore's strangest theme park - Article + Photos + Video - 9 February 2016
"With its sprawling collection of surreal and gruesome statues depicting Chinese folklore and mythology,
Haw Par Villas has given generations of Singaporean schoolchildren nightmares."

(BBC)

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CYBERWAR

Gen. Michael Hayden Gives an Update on the Cyberwar - Article + Videos - 9 February 2016
"Gen. Michael Hayden talks about the difficulty of protecting people in the digital domain when the nation hasn’t agreed on privacy concerns."

(wsj.com)
"Michael Vincent Hayden (born March 17, 1945) is a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency."
(Wikipedia)

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SURVEILLANCE

The internet of things: how your TV, car and toys could spy on you - 10 February 2016
"As our homes get ‘smart’, the US intelligence chief has said the data involved could be used for surveillance. Here’s how that could affect us all."
(theguardian.com)

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RIO'S CARNIVAL

The greatest party on Earth: Rio's carnival – in pictures - 10 February 2016
"Themed parades by the big samba schools of Rio de Janeiro pass through the tiered Sambadrome stadium filled with crowds of spectators
enjoying the world’s most extravagant costume carnival."

(theguardian.com)

Rio Carnival: Mangueira samba school wins - Article + Photos - 10 February 2016
(BBC)

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US ELECTION

US election 2016: Trump and Sanders win New Hampshire - 10 February 2016
"Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have shaken up the US presidential race with decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary."

(BBC)

The billionaire v. the socialist - VIDEO - 10 February 2016
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have shaken up US politics - but how do the billionaire and the socialist stack up?"

(BBC)

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SHAKESPEARE

Marvellous Metaphors - a lesson
"This lesson looks at metaphors in general and then Shakespeare’s metaphors in more detail."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

The life of Shakespeare - a lesson
"This lesson is about Shakespeare’s life. It provides students with an insight into the major events of his life."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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ISIS

Islamic State foothold in Libya poses threat to Europe - Article + Photos - 10 February 2016
(BBC)

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CRIME

Making a Simpsons Murderer: "Vulture Remix," Episode 27
(YouTube)

 

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CHINESE NEW YEAR

Happy Chinese New Year 2016! The Year of the Monkey kicks off in London and around the world - Article + Photos + Videos
- 10 February 2016
"The Chinese New Year party in London is the biggest outside of Asia. Here's your guide to the celebrations in the capital and elsewhere."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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RABBIT

Giant rabbit needs new home - 8 February 2016
“We are looking for a specific home for Atlas due to his breed and size. A standard rabbit hutch won’t do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him.
“Atlas needs an owner with the knowledge to properly care for him, so ideally someone who has kept a continental giant before."

(scottishspca.org)

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REFUGEES

Turkey threatens to open the gates and send refugees to Europe - Article + Photos + Videos - 11 February 2016
"There could come a point at which Turkey says "goodbye" to migrants, Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns EU."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Nato offers people-smuggling patrols - 11 February 2016
"Nato ready to patrol Aegean Sea to deter people-smugglers taking migrants from Turkey to Greece, US says"

(BBC)

Migrant students ‘more motivated to learn’ - Article + Photos - 10 February 2016
"The refugee crisis has seen schools in many countries having to accommodate new arrivals. But the OECD's education director, Andreas Schleicher,
says the evidence of international tests suggests migrants are as likely to become an asset to their new schools rather than a problem."
(BBC)

Athens given deadline as EU looks to send more refugees back to Greece - 10 February 2016
"EU authorities want to reintroduce Greece to ‘Dublin system’, which lets governments send asylum seekers back to the first country they arrived in."

(theguardian.com)

Inside the camp home to 11.000 Syrians (trying to cross into Turkey) - VIDEO - 10 February 2016
(BBC)

In pictures: Syria refugees at Turkey border - 8 February 2016
"About 35,000 Syrians are waiting on the Turkish border opposite Kilis after fleeing a Syrian government offensive on rebel-held positions near Aleppo...
Turkey already hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees - at least 2.5 million."

(BBC)

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09/02/2016


CHINESE NEW YEAR

E.L.L. Practice + Prompt | Chinese New Year by Larry Ferlazzo
((earning.blogs.nytimes.com)

Video: Everything You Need To Know About The Chinese New Year
+ TRANSCRIPT + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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FASHION

Underground fashion in Britain, 1960-1990 – in pictures
"From the fair isle jumpers of the 60s art-school boho, through to the bone necklaces and black string vests worn by early 80s goths,
changing youth fashions have come to reflect everything from class to political beliefs, as a new book illustrates..."

(theguardian.com)

 


"Workers in Bangladesh get paid as little as 5p an hour for making cheap chic clothes destined for UK chains, says a report.
The garments end up in Primark, Tesco and Asda's George range, according to anti-poverty group War on Want."

(news.sky.com)

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CHILD LABOUR

UNICEF Ad Against Child Labour
(welovead.com)

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PRONUNCIATION

Tongue Twisters for Pronunciation Practice+ Free Mp3 Downloads
(download-esl.com)

12 Tongue Twisters in English with Audio
(english-tonight.com)

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WHALES

Japan and the whale - Article + Photos + Video - 8 February 2016
"Hunting whales is irrelevant to feeding Japan's population, draws global condemnation and is certainly not economic. So why does Japan still do it?"

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: '27 dead' off Turkey as boat sinks - 8 February 2016
"At least 27 migrants have died off the Turkish coast trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos, Turkish media say."
(BBC)

Syria conflict 'could send 600,000 more refugees' to Turkish border - Article + Photos + Video - 8 February 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SUPERBOWL

Broncos, Bruno Mars, Beyonce Win Big at Super Bowl 50 - Text + Audio + Photos - 8 February 2016
"The Denver Broncos football team won America's biggest sports championship on Sunday night.
The Broncos won the National Football League championship game, known as the Super Bowl.
Two other winners were singers Bruno Mars and Beyonce, who energized the halftime show."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ART

Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection - 8 February 2016
"More than 100 drawings and sketches brought together over a 30-year period by Canadian Dr Dennis T Lanigan are on show in the UK for the first time.
The collection comprises works by around 60 of the most prominent artists of the Pre-Raphaelite period,
with many of the pictures portraying their wives and girlfriends.
Here we explore the story behind a selection of the pictures on show. "
(BBC)



Haunting images beneath the sea - 8 February 2016
"Some 400 sculptures make up the most recent installation from British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Get a sneak peek before it opens to the public."

(BBC)

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PANCAKE DAY

It's Pancake Day 2016! The best recipes and everything else you need to know - 9 February 2016
"Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries.  Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date, rather confusingly, changes every year,
because it is determined by when Easter falls. But it is always the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent),
and always falls in February or March. This year, you'll need to get your pans ready for Tuesday, February 9th."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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NORTH KOREA

Cartoon: North Korean Missile Launch - 8 February 2016
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + VOCABULARY + Related articles 
(englishblog.com)

 

Rocket Launch May Strengthen Kim Jong Un - Text + Audio - 8 February 2016
"North Korea’s rocket launch on Sunday and the international criticism of its nuclear test last month may have strengthened its leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea’s state media regularly report that Kim’s actions defend the country against hostile American and South Korean forces."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PET PANTRIES

What is the incidence of pet pantries?
"The latest trend is social welfare programs to give free food to dogs and other pets (NYT)
The pantries have become part of a broader movement among animal welfare organizations, pet lovers and others that aims to reduce the population of animals in shelters by assisting pet owners before they resort to giving up their companions. The ASPCA has awarded $400,000 in grants since 2010 to 121 organizations nationwide to support pantries, food banks, and other programs that distribute free food for pets."

(marginalrevolution.com)
"The New York Times reports:
Cookie, a snow-white pit bull with light gray spots, knows the hand that feeds her. She has become a regular visitor at a new pet food pantry in the Bronx that sends free Costco-size bags of kibble home with owners who may not have enough money to feed themselves, let alone their animals.
Animal Care Centers of NYC, a nonprofit that runs the city’s animal shelters, opened this pet food pantry in December, and in the first month alone, the pantry gave out more than 2,000 pounds of food for 71 dogs and 50 cats."

(Neatorama)

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TELEPHONE CALL

A telephone call - Video
(facebook.com)

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ENVIRONMENT

AMAZING! Orangutan asks girl for help in sign language
(YouTube)

 

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08/02/2016


NEW SITE

English in Nexon - Created by Cyril DUSSUCHAUD

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HORSE

70 Words and Phrases to Identify a Horse
(dailywritingtips.com)

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US ELECTIONS

What's The Difference Between A Caucus And A Primary?
(YouTube)

 

 

Clinton, Sanders Debate in New Hampshire - Text + Audio - 5 February 2016
"The Democratic presidential candidates traded sharp words as their competition to become the party's nominee gets closer.
Clinton accused Sander's campaign of practising the "art of the smear." 

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Election Central - an educational guide to the US elections
(pbseduelectioncentral.com)

 

Republican debate as it happened

Key Points:

  1. Seven Republicans debated ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday
  2. Chris Christie attacked Marco Rubio, who came third in Iowa and is polling second in New Hampshire, for his track record as Florida senator
  3. Donald Trump, currently top of New Hampshire polls, battled Jeb Bush over government enforced land seizure
  4. Texas Senator Ted Cruz talked emotionally about drug abuse in New Hampshire and across the US
  5. Ohio Governor John Kasich denounced Mr Trump's plan to deport 11m undocumented immigrants

+ Key Video

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MUSIC

Lesson Plan | Teaching With Protest Music
(learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

 

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CINEMA

Recreating Movie Road Trips - infographic
Easy Rider - Dumb and Dumber - Road Trip - Little Miss sunshine
(carleasingmadesimple.com)

Movie Plot Generator
(neatorama.com/)

 

Recreating Movie Road Trips - infographic
(carleasingmadesimple.com)

The 10 best fashion films
"From Derek ‘Blue Steel’ Zoolander to Anna ‘Nuclear’ Wintour, who are the kings and queens of the catwalk on screen?"

(theguardian.com)

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AIRPORT

Dubai world's busiest international airport (February 04, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Dubai International Airport (DXB) has retained its crown of being the world's busiest international airport in terms of passenger numbers"

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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GUNS

Texas Law Permits Open Carry of Guns - Text + Audio - 4 February 2016
"People can now carry guns openly in public in the southwestern state of Texas. The new law is receiving support and criticism.
Some private businesses are banning guns on their property."

(Learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SCULPTURE

Drowned world: welcome to Europe’s first undersea sculpture museum - 2 February 2016
"On the seabed off the coast of Lanzarote, British artist Jason deCaires Taylor is creating an extraordinary series of underwater artworks, concrete figures representing desperate refugees and selfie-taking tourists that are transformed as they become slowly colonised by marine life."

+ See a gallery of more of Jason deCaires Taylor’s undersea sculpture

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REFUGEES / IMMIGRATION

NEW LINKS

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SHAKESPEARE

New BBC Learning English Course: Shakespeare Speaks
COMMENT + Related articles 
(englishblog.com)

Shakespeare's Globe actors perform Hamlet in Calais refugee camp – video - 3 February 2016
(theguardian.com)

Ayesha Dharker as Shakespeare’s Titania: ‘The forgeries of jealousy’ – video
"Ayesha Dharker plays Titania, the queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania has quarrelled with Oberon, king of the fairies. As the pair have control over the weather, their argument leads to a vision of nature’s chaos."
(theguardian.com)

 

 

David Morrissey as Richard III: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’ – video
"David Morrissey speaks the opening lines from Richard III in which the scheming Richard lays out his plan to turn his brothers,
the Duke of Clarence and the newly enthroned King Edward IV, against each other."

(theguardian.com)

 

 

Villain or victim, Shakespeare’s Shylock is a character to celebrate
"In his contemporary revision of The Merchant of Venice, Howard Jacobson set out to explore Shylock’s enduring appeal,
not make amends for his Jewishness"

(theguardian.com)

 

EXPLORING ENGLISH: SHAKESPEARE - British Council
"Improve your English language skills by looking at the life and works of William Shakespeare and his enduring popularity
This free online course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he secured his central place in English literature.
We will look at five of Shakespeare’s plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world.
They will explain and explore the universal themes Shakespeare addressed in his work.
The plays are: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Macbeth.
Our video tutor will guide you through the course and look at some of the words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language.
Short quizzes will check your understanding and you’ll be asked to share your ideas and opinions on the topics Shakespeare raises
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(futurelearn.com)

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"VERY"

How to avoid "very"
(pinterest.com)

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SUPER BOWL

Do You Watch for the Game or the Ads? - Text + Audio - 6 February 2016
"The 2015 Super Bowl was the most-watched ever. This year should be no different.
But why do people watch the Super Bowl? Of course, the game is a big deal, but … those ads! "

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Super Bowl: From Size I to Size L
(nytimes.com)

Watch 20 Leaked Super Bowl Commercials Before the Big Game
(rollingstone.com)

Super Bowl Ad of the Day: PayPal is New Money
COMMENT - LESSON IDEAS / QUESTIONS - ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

 

What The Budweiser "Puppy Love" Super Bowl ad Teaches About Video Storytelling
"The Poynter Institute's Al Tompkins uses a hugely popular 2014 Super Bowl commercial to show
how journalists can learn about story structure, character development, story focus and video and audio basics."

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STREET ART

Du Cambodge à La Réunion, le street art parcourt le monde - with PHOTOS
(lefigaro.fr)

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WATER

Fontus Transforms Thin Air Into Water
"This bottle collects moisture from the air and converts it into water through condensation, the whole process taking less than an hour.
The fresher the air, the cleaner the water is."

(technobezz.com)

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FOOD

French law forbids food waste by supermarkets - 4 February 2016
"Food banks and other charities welcome law making large shops donate unsold food and stop spoiling items to deter foragers."

(theguardian.com)

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GLOBAL COST OF LIVING

Global cost of living
(pinterest.com)

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RHINOS

The snipers trained to protect rhinos - Article + Photos - 7 February 2016
"In Kenya's Borana nature reserve, drastic new measures are being taken to protect vulnerable rhinos from poachers
who kill the animals for their horns, writes Chris Haslam."

+ Poaching the creature that's more valuable than gold
(BBC)

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TERRORISM / IS

Islamic State Widow Shames IS Leaders - text + Audio - 7 February 2016
"Public criticism of Islamic State leaders is rare. Critics face severe punishment, including beatings, torture and execution.
But in an online letter, the wife of a dead Islamic State fighter has voiced rare criticism of the terror group’s leaders.
She complained about their treatment of widows."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Tunisia builds anti-terror barrier along Libya border - 7 February 2016
(BBC)

Twitter suspends 125,000 'terrorism' accounts - 5 February 2016
"Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 "for threatening or promoting terrorist acts".

(BBC)

Al-Shabab 'retakes' key Somalia port city of Merca - 5 February 2016
(BBC)

Saudi Arabia offers to send ground troops to Syria to fight Isis - 4 February 2016
(BBC)

IS conflict: Counting the civilian cost of US-led air strikes - 4 February 2016
(BBC)

Control and crucifixions: Life in Libya under IS - 3 February 2016
(BBC)

Top IS commanders 'taking refuge' in Libya - 3 February 2016
(BBC)

Listening + 9-Page Handout + Quizzes on Terrorism
(listenaminute.com)

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GLOBAL WARMING

Listening + 9-Page handout + Quizzes on Global Warming
(listenaminute.com)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea fires long-range rocket despite warnings - Article + Photos + Video - 7 February 2016
"North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology."

(BBC)

UN Condemns N. Korea Missile Launch - Text + Audio
"The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned North Korean’s launch of a long-range rocket at an emergency meeting on Sunday.
Meanwhile, South Korea and the U.S. announced a plan to begin talks on deploying a missile-defense system."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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AIRLINE FOOD

Airline Food: Economy Vs. First Class (10+ Pics)
(boredpanda.com)

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DOGS

Life Before And After Getting A Dog (9 Pics)
(boredpanda.com)

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THE AMISH

Explaining the Amish Way of Life - VOA Story
"Not far from the hustle and bustle of city life live the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. These deeply religious people shun the conveniences of modern society to live a simpler life where transportation is a horse and buggy and horsepower really means horsepower..."

(YouTube)

 

 

Devil's Playground 1
(YouTube)


First trip
"A group of Amish teens on rumspringa take their first trip aboard an airplane and land smack dab in the middle of urban London."

(channel.nationalgeographic.com)

 

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