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06/07/2017


D-DAY

D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy:
"An online resource that includes dozens of posts on D-Day's historical background, a comprehensive timeline, troop numbers,
causality numbers, officer biographies, weapons info, and landing craft info. It also includes first-hand accounts of the events of D-Day
from paratroopers, combat engineers, beachmasters, British commandos, and French villagers."

(historyonthenet.com)

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Clint SMITH

Clint Smith - Poet
""When you sing that this country was founded on freedom, don't forget the duet of shackles dragging against the ground my entire life."
This is how poet Clint Smith begins his letter to past presidents who owned slaves.
In honor of Black History Month, Smith offers his Brief But Spectacular take on the history of racial inequality in the U.S."

+ Video: Why we shouldn’t forget that U.S. presidents owned slaves
(PBS)


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EU / BREXITEERS

Laughs of derision as EU boss mocks Brexiteers and compares Britain to Monty Python's limbless Black Knight - 5 July 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP

US Denies Visas for Gambian, Afghan Robotics Teams - Text + Audio - 5 July 2017
"The United States has denied visas to a team of Gambian students to attend a major international robotics competition.
A few days ago, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan also denied visas for an all-girls robotics team."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

North Korea Celebrates ICBM, US Calls for Global Action - Text + Audio - 5 July 2017
"North Korea’s test of a long-distance missile that traveled high above the earth had been denounced by United States officials.
The U.S. military answered with missile exercises while the U.S. president and secretary of state criticized North Korea."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

North Korea ICBM launch: US and S Korea respond with drill - 5 July 2017
"The US and South Korea have held a ballistic missile drill, after North Korea tested a long-range missile experts believe may reach Alaska."
+ Video: "Missiles fired during US-South Korea drills serve as warning to North Korea"

+ Video: "One expert says the missile could reach Alaska"
+ Video: "North Korean state TV announces "successful" missile test"

(BBC)

'A gift for the American bastards': North Korea's Kim fires back at Donald Trump - Article + Pictures + Video - 5 July 2017
"Kim Jong-un saw the opportunity for maximum mischief offered by the most auspicious date in US history to launch a missile, literally and verbally."

(theguardian.com)

Latest North Korean Missile Launch Adds to Pressure on China - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 July 2017
"North Korea’s most recent missile test of a long-range missile landed in Japan’s special economic zone.
Leaders of the United States, Japan and South Korea plan to discuss the latest test when they all meet at the G-20 meeting in Germany."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VOCABULARY

Explainer: Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change - VIDEO - 4 July 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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Lewis CARROLL

Lewis Carroll’s Original Illustrations For Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (1864) - with the text
"The pages with no illustrations aren't there."
(flashbak.com)

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A FAMOUS DOG

The Most Famous Dog Who Ever Lived
"This is the story of Hachiko, who is likely the most famous dog in human history. But what is it about this dog that convinced the world to take notice?
We went around Japan to tell the story of the loyal dog who unwittingly saved his breed. Say hello to Hachiko, a very good dog."

(YouTube)

 

Film and book adaptations
(Wikipedia)

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FASHION

34 Historical Fashion Facts - mental_floss List Show Ep. 513
(YouTube)
"You might think that fashion trends are weird now, but our clothing has gone through many cycles of weirdness for various reasons -beauty, comfort, utility, yeah sure, but mostly fashion is for distinguishing class and rank among people. It's good to be rich, powerful, and/or trendy, and it's even better to show off those things to everyone who sees you through your attire. John Green tells us how those various trends manifested themselves in history in the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show."

(Neatorama)

 

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VOCABULARY

Words We Got From Weather
(YouTube)

 

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GIF

How Do You Pronounce GIF? It Probably Depends on Where You're From
(mentalfloss.com)

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MARS

Mars covered in toxic chemicals that can wipe out living organisms, tests reveal - 6 July 2017
"Discovery has major implications for hunt for alien life on the red planet as it means any evidence is likely to be buried deep underground."

(theguardian.com)

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G20 SUMMIT



Protesters march as world leaders gather for the G20 summit, in pictures - 30 pictures - 6 July 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)


"People gather to protest in Hamburg"

2017 G20 Hamburg summit
"The 2017 G20 Hamburg summit is the twelfth meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20) held on 7–8 July 2017 in the city of Hamburg (Germany).[1]"

(Wikipedia)

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ENERGY OBSERVER

Energy Observer "is a hydrogen vessel launched in April 2017.
Developed in collaboration with engineers from the CEA-LITEN (fr) the boat will test and prove the efficiency of a full production chain that relies on the coupling of different renewable energies. Energy Observer will be the "first hydrogen vessel around the world". Following its launch, scheduled for winter 2017, the boat will leave in the Spring for a world tour lasting 6 years in order to optimize its technologies and lead an expedition that will serve durable solutions for energy transition...
Victorien Erussard, offshore racer and merchant naval officer will lead the expedition along with Jérôme Delafosse,
professional diver and producer of wildlife documentaries."

(Wikipedia)

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04/07/2017


FAKE NEWS

Factitious - a game that tests your news sense
"Can you tell real news from fake news?"
(factitious.augamestudio.com)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

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TRUMP

North Korea hails 'ICBM test' success - Article + Pictures + Video - 4 July 2017
"North Korea says it has successfully tested its first "intercontinental ballistic missile" (ICBM)."

+ Video: North Korean state TV announces "successful" missile test
(BBC)

China’s Xi Warns Trump about ‘Negative’ Parts of Relationship - Text + Audio - 3 July 2017
"Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned President Donald Trump about some “negative factors” hurting U.S.-China relations.
Xi’s warning came during a telephone call Sunday with Trump, according to official Chinese media."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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JULY 4th

Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Fourth of July - Text + Audio - 3 July 2017
"Most Americans celebrate Independence Day with barbecues, parades and, yes, fireworks. But a few celebrate by eating all the hot dogs they can."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Five Awesome American Flag Scenes in Movies - with videos
(tvovermind.com)

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MIGRANTS

Italy-Austria tension over border troops at Brenner Pass - 4 July 2017
"Italy has summoned Austria's ambassador after the government in Vienna announced it was ready to deploy border troops to block any migrant influx."

(BBC)

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STARS and STRIPES in ENGLAND

The corner of England where the Stars and Stripes fly high - with pictures - 4 July 2017
"With its picturesque villages and quiet country lanes, the county of Suffolk embodies a vision of a certain kind of Englishness. Yet nestled away in its north-western corner lies a pocket of pure Americana, where the cars are huge, you can pay for a haircut in dollars and the Stars and Stripes flutter proudly.
The accent is unmistakably American."

(BBC)

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WAYS TO WALK

100 Different Ways to Walk (Animation Reference)
(YouTube)

 

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03/07/2017


CANADA DAY 2017

Canada Day 2017 - in pictures - 2 July 2017
Canada celebrates 150 years since its founding
+ Full report on the celebrations

(theguardian.com)


"In Winnepeg, 4,000 people showed up to celebrate,
with some forming a ‘living leaf’
at the historic downtown intersection of Portage and Main."


Celebrations across Canada mark country's 150th birthday - 1 July 2017
"The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, leads festivities in Ottawa with guests including Prince Charles and members of U2."

(theguardian.com)

An illustrated guide to Canadian slang - with an infographic and a video
"Want to learn to speak Canadian? Here's some helpful terms that will help you blend in, just in time for Canada Day.
Just a little something fun for the holiday. Here's to 150 more years!"

(expedia.ca)

 

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TRUMP

South China Sea: China calls USS Stethem warship 'a provocation' - 3 July 2017
"Beijing has called the presence of a US warship near a disputed island in the South China Sea "a serious political and military provocation"."

+ Video: In 2015, the BBC got a view of a new Chinese runway on Mischief Reef
(BBC)

 

Cartoon — Trump to Visit Paris - 1 July 2017
BACKGROUND - THE CARTOON - LANGUAGE - COMMENTARY - HISTORICAL NOTE

(englishblog.com)


'I'm president, they're not': Donald Trump savages media at veterans rally - 2 July 2017
"President pins tweet referring to ‘fraud news’ before suggesting media have subversive agenda and criticising his travel ban troubles."

+ Video
(theguardian.com)

Trump, Moon Show Unity Against North Korea - Text + Audio - 30 June 2017
"President Donald Trump says the United States can no longer be patient with North Korea.
Trump spoke after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House Friday.
Their talks lasted 30 minute longer than officials planned."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

New Rules for US Travel Ban to Require Family, Business Ties - Text + Audio - 29 June 2017
"The new U.S. State Department guidance comes days after the Supreme Court partially reestablished a travel ban announced by President Donald Trump. The high court will hold a hearing on the case in October."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HANDSHAKES

Five of the Best Handshake Scenes in Movies - with videos
(tvovermind.com)

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GOODWOOD FESTIVAL

Supercars and smoky starts: Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 in pictures - 69 pictures - 1 July 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 in pictures - 15 pictures - 1 July 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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PLAGUE

Plague Is Found in New Mexico. Again. - 27 June 2017
(nytimes.com)

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CHOLERA

Yemen's cholera death toll rises to 1,500, says World Health Organisation - 2 July 2017
"War between Saudi-led coalition and Iran-aligned Houthi group makes Yemen a breeding ground for cholera."

(theguardian.com)

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SCULPTURE

Saint Martha and the Tarasque in Provence
(curiousrambler.com)

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MOSSUL

Battle for Mossul - 27 pictures
(20minutes.fr)

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JULY 4th

July 4th Brain Games
(learninggamesforkids.com)

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Jack LONDON

'The Law of Life,' by Jack London, Part Two - Text + Audio + Video
"Some people say that would like to live forever. But just like any other part of life, death is very important.
Find out how one man finally accepts that he is at the end of his life in this classic American short story by Jack London."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


The Law of Life by Jack London, Part Two - Video
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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CHANGING OF THE GUARD

First Woman Captain Leads Britain’s Changing of the Guard - Text + Audio - 29 June 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"Canadian Captain Megan Couto, right, makes history by becoming the first female Captain of the Queen's Guard
as she takes part in the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 26, 2017."

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ROBOT

Explainer: Robot Workforce
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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TROLL

News Words: Troll
"Watch this week's News Words to learn about an internet troll."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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WORLD FOOD PRIZE

World Food Prize goes to Nigerian banker (June 29, 2017) - a lesson plan wth AUDIO
"The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has won the 2017 World Food Prize."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  World Food Prize - Level 0World Food Prize - Level 1  or  World Food Prize - 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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IRONY

Learn What Irony (Really) Is and How To Use It - Article + Pictures + Videos - 27 June 2017
CONTENTS:
What is irony?
Dramatic Irony
Situational Irony
Verbal Irony
Quiz Yourself: How Well Do You Know Irony?

(blog.reedsy.com)

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FAKE PHOTOS

The hidden signs that can reveal a fake photo - 30 June 2017
"A picture may say a thousand words, but what if the photograph has been fabricated?
There are ways to spot a fake – you just have to look closely enough."

(BBC)

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Ulysses GRANT

Ulysses S. Grant: Well-Meaning - Text + Audio + Listening Quiz + Quiz + Video
"Today we are talking about Ulysses S. Grant. He took office in 1869. But his presidency is not what made him famous.
Grant is best remembered for being the commander of Union forces at the end of the Civil War.
He led the United States to victory over the Confederate States of America."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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