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11/07/2016


DRIVERLESS TECHNOLOGY

How Will Driverless Technology Change Our Lives? - Text + Audio - 10 July 2016
"Almost every day, we hear about a new development in the world of driverless technology. But how will this technology change our lives when cars
no longer need humans to drive them? Autonomous driving technology is developing fast, but is the public ready to turn the wheel over to a machine?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SLEEP

Company pays its workers to sleep (July 02, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
July 02, 2016. A company in the USA is paying its employees to sleep more. Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year extra."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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AMERICAN ENGLISH vs BRITISH ENGLISH

American English vs. British English - Text + Audio + Video - 2 July 2016
"On July 4th people in the United States celebrate Independence Day. The holiday honors the American colonies’ decision to split with Britain in 1776.
To show there are no hard feelings, we look at some ways American and British English are different."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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INFOGRAPHIC

Distracted driving and teens - an infographic
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

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DRUG

Two Years After Legalizing Marijuana Sales, What Has Happened? - Text + Audio + Video - 5 July 2016
"In 2014, Washington state and Colorado became the world’s first legal marketplaces for recreational marijuana.
Many people are watching the states closely to see what has happened. Do crime rates go up?
Are more young people smoking pot? VOA looks at the research."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TAX EVASION

Lionel Messi Receives 21-Month Prison Sentence - Text + Audio - 6 July 2016
"Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi received a 21-month sentence from a Spanish court on Wednesday for tax evasion."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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APPS

Apps to Help in a Disaster - Text + Audio - 6 July 2016
"Disasters almost always arrive unexpectedly. But there are computer apps to help people prepare for disasters.
Some apps alert users when a disaster has taken place. Other disaster apps can be used when people need rescue or other help."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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AIR POLLUTION

'There is no escape': Nairobi's air pollution sparks Africa health warning - 10 July 2016
"Pollution in the Kenyan capital is ‘beyond imagination’. With Africa’s predicted rise in population – and a constant stream of dirty secondhand cars
from Europe and Japan – this urban health crisis could kill 1.5 million within a generation."

(theguardian.com)

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TERRORISM

Dallas police reveal details of bomb-carrying robot it used as a 'last resort' - 10 July 2016
"Gunman Micah Johnson was killed using a Northrop Grumman tactical robot carrying one pound of C4 explosive in its arm following gun battle."
(theguardian.com)


"A bomb disposal robot similar to that used to end standoff with Dallas gunman Micah Johnson."

 

Dallas police shooting: gunman Micah Johnson wrote message in blood before he died - 10 July 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Donald Trump Praises Saddam Hussein for Killing Terrorists - Text + Audio - 6 July 2016
"He told supporters: “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy, really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists.
He did that so good. They didn't read them the rights, they didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHILD LABOUR

Child labour in Burkina Faso - a diaporama
(20minutes.fr)

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SLAVERY

Modern slavery and human trafficking on the rise in UK - 10 July 2016
(theguardian.com)

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LIMO

Longest Limo 100 feet Guinness Book World's record (100 feet long) - with pictures
(jayohrberg.com)

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ROLLERCOASTERS

Coast to coast:America's best rollercoasters - in pictures - 9 July 2016
"Thomas Crymes loves rollercoasters, he has ridden and photographed over 350 of them.
His latest book has photographs of over 100 rides in 38 parks and 17 states across the US."

(theguardian.com)

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COMIC BOOK

Comic Book Fans Create Community at 'Awesome Con' - Text + Audio + Video - 29 June 2016
"Fans of superheroes and other parts of nerdy culture come together once a year in Washington, DC at an event called 'Awesome Con.'
Together, they celebrate their shared interests in different non-traditional types of media."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GRAMMAR

Into the Woods: Wish + to + Infinitive - a lesson
"We can use 'wish' with the infinitive to mean 'would like' or 'want to'. This is very formal. We don't usually use a continuous tense with 'wish' in this case."

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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STORIES

'From the Cabby's Seat,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
"When all you care about is money, you might treat the people around you badly. Have you ever done something to a loved one that you immediately regret? Read about a man whose job causes him to treat everyone around him badly in this classic American short story, 'From the Cabby's Seat,' by O. Henry."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

'Transients in Arcadia' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
"People often dream about how their lives would be be different if they had more money or if they were born to a different family.
Read about two people who just want to enjoy the best life has to offer in this classic American short story, 'Transients in Arcadia,' by O. Henry."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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AFTER BREXIT

After Brexit, What Is Next? - Text + Audio - 7 July 2016
"Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is affecting other European nations. In Hungary, there will be a vote on EU immigration quotas.
Some are pushing for an exit vote from the Netherlands. And some nations want more freedom from the EU,
though so far they are not proposing a total break."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PRISON

Peru opens a cold prison in Andes - 10 July 2016
"Peru has opened a sprawling new prison high up in the Andes, with solar panels glistening in the bone-chilling cold...
And the new facility launched on Saturday at 4,100 metres (13,451 feet) above sea level in Cochamarca, in the Pasco area,
will hold as many as 1,224 inmates."

(indianexpress.com)

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NORTH KOREA

US, South Korea to Deploy THAAD Missile Defense - Text + Audio - 8 July 2016
"The United States and South Korea have announced plans to deploy the THAAD missile defense system on the Korean peninsula.
China is voicing opposition to the deployment, saying it will seriously harm the security of countries in the area."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

US Orders New Sanctions on North Korea - Text + Audio - 7 July 2016
"The United States ordered new economic restrictions against North Korea this week that directly answer human rights abuse.
The restrictions are expected to have limited impact. The United States has almost no direct business connections to North Korea."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

North Korea Releases Dam Water into South Without Warning - Text + Audio - 6 July 2016
"Massive rains have led to high water levels behind North Korea’s Hwanggang Dam.
Wednesday, the North Koreans opened the dam sending millions of gallons of water downstream into South Korea."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONEY

TWL #9: The Secret Anti-Counterfeit Symbol
"You can’t copy money. Like really, it’s not just illegal, you just can’t do it on a photocopier."

(YouTube)

 

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MASCOTS

Military Mascots - a slideshow
"The collection includes images from Australian War Memorial, US Library of Congress and National Library of Scotland."
(picryl.com)

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LANGUAGE

Words to Describe the Highest Point of Achievement
"How does one express the greatest degree of success? Multiple optimal words are available to choose from..."

(dailywritingtips.com)

45 Idioms About Ordinal and Multiplicative Numbers
"The following is a list of idioms about ordinal numbers (first, second, and so on) and multiplicative numbers, or what the late English-usage expert Henry Watson Fowler called numeral adverbs (once, twice, and so on). (Because I have already devoted an entire post to idioms that include first,
I’ve omitted them here.)"

(dailywritingtips.com)

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FIREWORKS

Italian town to use silent fireworks for stressed dogs (July 08, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A small town in Italy has passed legislation requiring people to use only silent fireworks in displays and celebrations."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 4  or  Level 5
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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FOOD

Every Major American City's 50 Must-Eat Foods - with PHOTOS
(thrillist.com)

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Roald DAHL

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre - with a VIDEO
"Visit our great little award-winning Museum, situated in the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years.
The Museum, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, features three interactive galleries..."

(roalddahl.com)

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NEW SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND

10 Incredible Innovations at the New Shanghai Disneyland - with pictures and a video
"After years of anticipation and a multi-billion dollar budget, Shanghai Disneyland was finally opened to the public on June 16, 2016.
It’s the first Disney property overseas to largely reflect the culture of the country it’s in — this new park is not merely a Disneyland in China,
it’s a Disneyland built for the Chinese people. In addition to all new food menus, hotels, and sections, Shanghai Disneyland has some incredible rides
and attractions that can’t be experienced anywhere else. Here are the top 10 new features at Shanghai Disneyland."

(moneyinc.com)

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CANADA

How to be a Canadian
"From loonies to toonies and everything in between, celebrate Canada Day by learning how to be a Canadian."

(YouTube)

 

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

Independence Day for Kids with Jeff Goldblum - 3:14
"Jeff Goldblum reads "Independence Day" as a kid-friendly version of the 1996 blockbuster, so new audiences can get caught up quickly."

(YouTube)

 

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10/07/2016


NEW PAGES:

MONEY



CONTENTS:

Animations Interactive games Songs
Bitcoins Lesson plans Stories
Buy Nothing Day Listening Superstitions
Cartoons Luck Tax havens
Cinema Numbers The bank
Conversation questions Pictures The Panama Papers
Exercises to print Pocket money Videos
Facts Poems Vocabulary
Idioms and Proverbs Poverty / Wealth Webquests
Interactive exercises Shops / Shopping  

 


NEW PAGES:

HOUSES, FLATS and GARDENS

East, west, home's best. - W.K.Kelly (1859)

 

CONTENTS:

Activities to print Interactive activities The bedroom
Architecture Interactive games The cellar
Buildings and Places Lesson plans The dining-room
Cartoons Listening The garage
Cinema Pictures The garden
Conversation questions Rhymes The kitchen
Crafts Safety The living-room
Dwelling types Songs The rooms
Famous houses Storage places The study
Furniture and Things Stories The utility-room
Games to print Superstitions Tools
Household appliances The attic Videos
Idioms and Proverbs The bathroom Vocabulary

 


4th of July

Films on the 4th of July
(vimeo.com)

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05/07/2016


NEW PAGES:

HOUSES, FLATS and GARDENS

East, west, home's best. - W.K.Kelly (1859)

 

 

CONTENTS:

Activities to print Interactive activities The bedroom
Architecture Interactive games The cellar
Buildings and Places Lesson plans The dining-room
Cartoons Listening The garage
Cinema Pictures The garden
Conversation questions Rhymes The kitchen
Crafts Safety The living-room
Dwelling types Songs The rooms
Famous houses Storage places The study
Furniture and Things Stories The utility-room
Games to print Superstitions Tools
Household appliances The attic Videos
Idioms and Proverbs The bathroom Vocabulary

 

04/07/2016


INDEPENDENCE DAY

The story of American Independence Day - VIDEO
"We take a look at the origins of American Independence Day, which falls of the fourth of July each year
and celebrates the day the US secured independence from the British Empire after the Revolutionary War."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ISIS

Iraq: Baghdad suicide bomb attack dead rises to 165 - 4 July 2016
"A lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the Karrada district while families were shopping for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
It is believed to be the deadliest single bomb attack in Iraq since 2007...
So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it carried out the suicide attack."

(BBC)

Bangladesh siege: Twenty killed at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka - Article + Photos + Video - 2 July 2016
"Twenty people, most of them foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a cafe in Bangladesh claimed by so-called Islamic State."

(BBC)

Islamic State group: Two senior leaders 'killed in US-led air strike' - 1 July 2016
"Two senior military leaders of so-called Islamic State (IS) were killed by a US-led coalition air strike near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Pentagon says."

(BBC)

US Government Using Social Media to Determine Terror Threats - Text + Audio - 29 June 2016
"The United States government is increasingly using social media to investigate people who may represent a security threat to the country.  
The latest example comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection office."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Turkey Attack Points to Growing Problem of Terrorism - Text + Audio + Pictures - 29 June 2016
"The suicide attack in Istanbul that killed at least 41 people is the latest in a series of deadly terrorism strikes to hit Turkey. More than 200 were injured.
The increasing terror attacks in Turkey have led to growing uncertainty about the country’s economy and national security."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BREXIT

Brexit Poem — It's Great to Have My Country Back
Poem "by English poet Luke Wright"
WORDS + COMMENT + NOTES + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

If You Wannabe Prime Minister
"When it comes to the next leader of the Conservative party, these politicians will "tell you what I want, what I really, really want."

(YouTube)

 

 

WTF is Brexit? - Foil Arms and Hog
(YouTube)
Thanks to Isabelle D. (Ac. Versailles)

 

 

The Word of the Month (June 2016), by Gymglish: POLL
(thewordofthemonth.com)

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RIO 2016

Olympic Chief: Zika Not Top Concern at Rio Games - Text + Audio - 30 June 2016
"Dirty water, disease-carrying mosquitoes, political change and security are a few of the concerns that Brazil faces
as it prepares to host the 2016 Rio Olympic Games."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WEAPONS

10 Fictional Weapons from Movies Becoming a Reality Now
Cyborgs - EMP Blasts - Fusion Reactor - Freeze Rays - Laser Injections -
Lightsabers - Raygun - Shockwave Generators - Sonic Black Holes - Tractor Beams

(moneyinc.com)


Cyborgs

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CARS

BMW and Intel plan robot car production - 1 July 2016
"BMW, Intel and computer vision firm Mobileye have signed a deal to develop autonomous vehicles."

(BBC)

What's it like to drive with Tesla's Autopilot and how does it work? - 1 July 2016
"Tesla’s Autopilot is in the spotlight after a fatal crash. Samuel Gibbs used it when he drove to France in a Model S
– here’s how he found the experience of driver assistance."

(theguardian.com)

Cognitive computing: the systems that are changing the world - 28 June 2016
"When you look at the car parked outside your home, do you see a four-wheel device used to get you from A to B
or a cognitive data platform with a social role to play?
It is, in fact, both..."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Cognitive computing (CC)
describes technology platforms that broadly speaking, are based on the scientific disciplines of Artificial Intelligence and Signal Processing.
These platforms encompass machine learning, reasoning, natural language processing, speech and vision, human-computer interaction,
dialog and narrative generation and more.[1][2]

(Wikipedia)

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ASYLUM SEEKERS / MIGRANTS

Danish police seize valuables from asylum seekers for first time - 30 June 2016
"Cash seized from five Iranians under law that allows police to confiscate property to cover costs of their accommodation."

(theguardian.com)

Migrants die as dinghy sinks off Libya - 30 June 2016
"At least 10 people drowned and more than 100 others were rescued when an inflatable boat carrying migrants capsized 32km (20 miles) off Libya."

+ MAP: Migrant shipwrecks Jan 2014 - April 2016
(BBC)

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MUSEUMS

39 Fun Museum Facts - mental_floss List Show Ep. 426
(YouTube)

 

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YACHT

Inside the life of a yacht broker to the rich and famous - 2 July 2016
"Living between Monaco, New York and London — and catering to every little on-the-water whim of the wealthy."

(BBC)


"Today, at 59, Beckett is traversing the globe as chief executive of Burgess,
a yacht broker that sells large boats to wealthy people from around the world."
(Credit: Burgess)

 


"In Monaco, Joff Beckett meets clients on their yachts all day long."
(Credit: Frederic Nebinger/Getty Images)

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CINEMA

The BFG
"is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison,
based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl...
In the film, an orphan human girl befriends a benevolent giant, dubbed the "Big Friendly Giant", who takes her to Giant Country,
where they attempt to stop man-eating giants that are invading the human world."

(Wikipedia)
The BFG (short for "The Big Friendly Giant")

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SONG

JUSTIFIED - ¨LONG HARD TIMES TO COME¨ by GANGSTAGRASS & T.O.N.E.Z.
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"On this lonely road, trying to make it home
Doing it by my lonesome-pissed off, who wants some
I'm fighting for my soul, God get at your boy
You try to bogart--fall back, I go hard..."

(metrolyrics.com)

 

 

Justified "is an American crime drama television series that premiered on March 16, 2010, on the FX network.[2][3]
Developed by Graham Yost, it is based on Elmore Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole".[2]
Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a tough U.S. Marshal enforcing his own brand of justice in his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky.[2]
The series is set in Lexington and in the Appalachian mountains area of eastern Kentucky, specifically in and around Harlan.[4]
The series, comprising 78 episodes aired over six seasons, concluded on April 14, 2015.[5]"

(Wikipedia)



 

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ISLANDS

Britain's most beautiful islands - 14 PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)


Isle of Skye

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