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APRIL 2018

= POETRY MONTH

01 - April Fool's Day
01 - Easter
07 - World Health Day
13 - Friday 13th + Superstitions 2
19 - National High Five Day
22 - Earth Day
23 - Saint George's Day
23 - World Book and Copyright Day
25 - World Malaria Day
27 - South Africa National Day
28 - Save The Frogs Day
28 - Arbor Day (in the USA)



30/03/2018


LESSON PLANS

China and Russia lead race to make hypersonic missiles (March 29, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The USA is worried about China and Russia developing hypersonic missiles that can travel up to twenty times the speed of sound."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Hypersonic Missiles - Level 0Hypersonic Missiles - Level 1 or  Hypersonic Missiles - 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)

Home: Enough x Too - a lesson plan with a movie segment
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)



Facebook apologizes after data breach (March 27, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the data breach that was revealed last week.
He took out full-page advertisements in broadsheet newspapers to make his apology."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Data Breach - Level 4  or  Data Breach - 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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EARTH HOUR

Earth Hour: Lights off to preserve the planet's environment - with pictures - 25 March 2018
"The world's most famous landmarks are plunged into darkness for one hour every year.
The global Earth Hour campaign raises awareness about the impacts of climate change. It started in Australia in 2007
and is now observed by participants in 187 countries, according to organisers.
Here are some major sites across the globe that dimmed their lights on Saturday 24 March 2018..."

(BBC)

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KIM JONG-UN

China Says North Korea Willing to Discuss Denuclearization - Text + Audio + Pictures - 28 March 2018
"China says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed during talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The trip was believed to be Kim’s first visit to a foreign nation since taking power in 2011."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wife Ri Sol Ju pose for a picture with Chinese President Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan
at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in this picture released to Reuters on March 28, 2018.


Kim Jong-un's visit to China fails to hide strain in relations - with pictures - 28 March 2018
"Kim and his wife were treated to a banquet, a performance and a lesson in Chinese tea culture"

(theguardian.com)

Kim Jong-un was in Beijing, China and NK confirm - with pictures and videos - 28 March 2018
"After days of speculation, it has been confirmed that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un did pay a visit to Beijing."
+ Video: Chinese TV showed footage of the two leaders with their wives
+ Video: Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump: From enemies to frenemies?

+ Why Xi's the one Kim still needs to see
+ Reading the moves - what our correspondents make of the visit
+ Six things to note about Kim's China visit

+ North Korea crisis in 300 words
+ US-N Korea talks: What could happen now?
+ Profile: Kim Jong-un

+ Trump: N Korea talks could bring world's 'greatest deal'
+ The political gamble of the 21st Century

(BBC)

 
Ahead of a meeting with Donald Trump,
Mr Kim makes his first known foreign trip since taking office.

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ART

What Iran's dazzling art tells us about its civilisation - with pictures - 23 March 2018
"A landmark exhibition celebrates the often misunderstood art of Iran’s Qajar dynasty. It can tell us a lot about the country’s fascinating culture, writes Joobin Bekhrad."

(BBC)


In contrast to the period’s dark history,
the art of the courts was sumptuous and original.

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HOW HARRY POTTER BECAME A RALLYING CRY

How Harry Potter became a rallying cry - with pictures - 26 March 2018
"Placards at the March For Our Lives protests on Saturday referenced JK Rowling’s best-selling book series.
Hephzibah Anderson looks at how tales of the boy wizard have influenced the movement."

(BBC)

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PUBLIC LOO

Norway has just opened the world's most beautiful public loo - 28 March 2018
"Perched on the tip of a fjord on the Scandinavian country’s western coast, Ureddplassen is a “wave-shaped toilet” with a viewing terrace that confronts the wide,
open Norwegian Sea. The snow-capped mountains of the Lofoten Wall frame the vista."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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FIRST FEMALE GENERAL

Afghanistan’s First Female General Calls for More Women in Military - Text + Audio - 27 March 2018
"In Afghanistan, joining the military is not an easy choice for women.
But the 103 female cadets at the Marshal Fahim Military Academy in Kabul want to change the military culture."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHEATING

Devastated Steve Smith breaks down during apology for ball tampering scandal - 29 March 2018
+ Former captain takes responsibility in emotional press conference
+ Warner and Bancroft apologise and Lehmann stands down
+ Cricket Australia CEO: Cheating is an appropriate word to use – video

(theguardian.com)

Cricket Australia admit players cheated - VIDEO - 28 March 2018
"Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland answers questions from the media after captain Steve Smith and vice-skipper David Warner were stripped of their roles
and banned for a year over their recent ball-tampering in South Africa.
Cameron Bancroft, who carried out the cheating, was given a nine-month ban."

(BBC)

"In the sport of cricket, ball tampering is an action in which a fielder illegally alters the condition of the ball.
The primary motivation of ball tampering is to interfere with the aerodynamics of the ball."

(Wikipedia)

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3D PRINTER

3D Printer Can Create Complete Home in One Day - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz - 28 March 2018
"An American company says it has completed the first permitted 3D printed home in the United States.
The company has teamed up with a not-for-profit organization to help provide a quick, lost-cost housing solution for needy people."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


The first permitted, 3D-printed home was created specifically for the developing world
by builder ICON and the not-for-profit New Story.

 

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WILDLIFE CRISIS

Alarmed conservationists call for urgent action to fix 'America's wildlife crisis' - 29 March 2018
"One-third of species are vulnerable to extinction, a crisis ravaging swaths of creatures, conservationists say in call to fund recovery plans"

(theguardian.com)

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SPACE JUNK

Astro litter-picker launches to help clean up 7,600 tonnes of space junk - with pictures and a video - 29 March 2018
"The world’s most advanced litter-picker will be launched into space next week to clean up floating debris
which is threatening satellites and the International Space Station (ISS)."

(telegraph.co.uk)


The RemoveDebris spacecraft deploying its net 

 

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THE US BORDER

Crossing the US border – in pictures - 30 March 2018
"The photographer John Moore has focused on all aspects of undocumented immigration to the United States along its border with Mexico for the past decade. His access to immigrants during their journey, and to US federal agents tasked with deterring them, sets his pictures apart. Moore has photographed the entire length of the southern border, and traveled extensively throughout Central America and Mexico."

(theguardian.com)

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CYBERBULLYING

How one teen’s app stops cyberbullying before it starts - with a VIDEO - 28 March 2018
"Social media is filled with rumours and offensive messages that stalk students from school to home – here’s one young woman's solution."

(BBC)

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POLITICAL GRAPHICS

THE POWERFUL POLITICAL GRAPHICS SPARKING CHANGE - with pictures - 28 March 2018
"How the new graphic iconography of memes, placards and posters is changing the way we communicate and protest."

(BBC)

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GENDER PAY GAP

Gender pay gap: multiple firms submit questionable data - 29 March 2018
"With just days until deadline some have entered zero in all fields or claimed mathematically impossible gaps"

+ QUICK GUIDE: Gender pay gap reporting
(theguardian.com)

Gender pay gap: what we learned in week five - 28 March 2018
"As the deadline looms it’s clear that companies with larger pay gaps have held off reporting results"

(theguardian.com)

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WEDDING

Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's £32 million wedding - 28 March 2018
"A flurry of flowers worth more than £110,000 scattered across Windsor, piles of sausage rolls stacked high on silver platters coming to £26,000, and a cool £1 million on a counter-drone system… These are just some of the items that may contribute to the £32 million estimated price tag for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP / AMAZON

Trump attacks Amazon for paying 'little or no taxes' - 29 March 2018
"President Trump has launched an attack on Amazon saying it pays little or no local or state taxes."

(BBC)

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US / RUSSIA / SALISBURY ATTACK

Russia expels diplomats in tit-for-tat action over Salisbury attack - 29 March 2018
"US consulate in St Petersburg to be closed and 60 American diplomats expelled in first wave of action, foreign minister says"

(theguardian.com)

Yulia Skripal no longer in critical condition, say Salisbury doctors - 29 March 2018
"Daughter of Sergei Skripal said to be improving rapidly while former spy remains critical after nerve agent poisoning"

(theguardian.com)

Skripals poisoned from front door of Salisbury home, police say - 28 March 2018
"Specialists report highest concentration of nerve agent at home of Russian spy"

(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES

'The most important thing I have': Rohingya refugees on what they most value – in pictures - 29 March 2018
"When you have to flee your home, what do you take? Since the last exodus from Myanmar in August, more than 688,000 Rohingya people have escaped to Bangladesh.
Here, refugees talk about the things that mean most to them"

(theguardian.com)

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AI

How to design AI to benefit business and society - 23 March 2018
"As AI applications continue to grow and develop, questions of how we make it a benefit to business and society, rather than a threat, arise"

(telegraph.co.uk)

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27/03/2018


LESSON PLAN

Fears over USA-China trade war (March 25, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The world is waiting to see if a trade war breaks out between the USA and China. Stock markets in Asia did badly in Friday's trading because investors are worried."
Try the same news story at these easier levels: Trade War - Level 0Trade War - Level 1 or  Trade War - 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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'ROBOT ORCHESTRA'

Machines Play Instruments to Create ‘Robot Orchestra’ - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 25 March 2018
"A German group called Joasihno is using robotic equipment to add instruments to its special high-technology sound."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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COMICS / SUPERPOWERS

Superpowers Most People Don't Know Deadpool Has
"Everybody knows Deadpool has a mutant healing factor. That's kind of his thing. It's no secret that he's aware he's a fictional character, either — breaking the fourth wall is what set Deadpool apart from all those other grizzled, bulky, pouch-wearing '90s tough guys, and made him into the wise-cracking antihero he is today. But the Marvel Universe is lousy with mutants that can heal themselves — besides Deadpool there's Wolverine, Sabretooth, Mystique, and X-23, just to name a few — and Wade Wilson needed more if he was ever going to get ahead. Thankfully, Deadpool has plenty of other tricks up his sleeve. Here are a few...
Master of disguise | 0:31
Teleportation | 1:22
Hard to get drunk | 2:00
Superhuman strength | 2:52
Cursed to be immortal | 3:59
Resistant to psychic attacks | 4:48 "

(YouTube)

 

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GUN CONTROL

Why is the NRA so powerful? – video - 26 March 2018
"The National Rifle Association (NRA) is famous for its influence on American politics.
Under its executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre, the group has resisted changes to gun legislation for more than four decades, despite multiple mass shootings.
Here's how the group keeps the status quo."

(theguardian.com)

 

US Students Lead Massive Protests to Demand Gun Control - Video - 25 March 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

US Students Lead Massive Protests to Demand Gun Control - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 24 March 2018
"Hundreds of thousands took part in large “March for Our Lives” protests. They took place in major cities including Boston, New York, Washington D.C.,
Los Angeles, Chicago and Parkland, Florida. The February 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead and many more injured."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

'March for Our Lives' Protests Call for Stricter Gun Laws - with pictures - 24 March 2018
"Students from Florida school where 17 people were killed in February are the organizers of Saturday's event."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BIRDS AND BEES

The Strange Way 'Birds and Bees' Help Us - Text + Audio - 24 March 2018
"Spring is a season for growth and rebirth. Many insects, plants and animals are awakening. Bees and birds are especially active."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ALIENS

We asked astronauts if they think aliens exist. Here's what they said
(mashable.com)

 

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SPY POISONING

Spy poisoning: Russia accuses US of 'expulsion blackmail' - 27 March 2018
"Russia has accused Washington of pressuring nations to carry out a mass expulsion of its diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack in the UK."
+ Video: Boris Johnson on widespread expulsions of Russian diplomats

+ Russian media accuse West of 'crusade'
+ What the diplomat expulsions tell us

+ What next for Russia’s spy networks?
+ What was the Cold War?

+ Inside UK lab that identified ex-spy nerve agent
+ Has the Russian row given UK diplomacy new focus?
+ Ex-spy asked Putin if he could return

+ Russian spy: The story so far
+ Full coverage of the Russia spy poisoning

(BBC)

US, Europe Order Russian Expulsions over British Attack - Text + Audio + Pictures - 26 March 2018
"he United States has expelled 60 Russian diplomats in answer to a chemical attack on a Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain earlier this month."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Spy poisoning: What the diplomat expulsions mean for Russia - with pictures and videos - 26 March 2018
"This is building into the most serious diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West since Moscow's seizure of the Crimea."
+ Video: The war of words between the UK and Russia
+ Video:The BBC's Paul Adams looks at why the UK is expelling 23 Russian diplomats

+ What happens when you expel a diplomat?
+ Who controls the world's most toxic chemicals?
+ Russian diplomats leave UK

(BBC)

Spy poisoning: Russian diplomats expelled across US and Europe - 26 March 2018
"The United States and its European allies are expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in a co-ordinated response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK."

+ What the diplomat expulsions tell us
+ Russian spy: The story so far
+ Full coverage of the Russia spy poisoning

+ Inside UK lab that identified ex-spy nerve agent
+ Has the Russian row given UK diplomacy new focus?
+ Ex-spy asked Putin if he could return

(BBC)

US expels 60 Russian diplomats as EU members follow suit in response to Salisbury spy poisoning - with pictures - 26 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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FACEBOOK

Facebook collected call and text data from Android phones, users find - 26 March 2018
"On the same day Facebook bought ads in US and British newspapers to apologise for the Cambridge Analytica scandal,
the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices."

(telegraph.co.uk)

US government opens privacy investigation into Facebook - 26 March 2018
"US regulators are investigating whether Facebook broke a landmark privacy pledge, as the flurry of bad news continued to hit the social network
almost two weeks after the Cambridge Analytica scandal first emerged." 

(telegraph.co.uk)

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FRANCE SHOOTING

France shooting: Police kill supermarket gunman - with pictures and a video - 23 March 2018
"Armed police have killed a suspect who shot dead three people in a series of attacks in southern France."
+ Video: "This was a heroic act" on the part of the lieutenant-colonel, says Interior Minister Gérard Collom

(BBC)

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GENDER PAY GAPS

Google reveals UK gender pay gap of 17pc - 26 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Gender pay gaps in academy school chains among the worst in UK - 25 March 2018
(theguardian.com)

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Michael COHEN

Michael Cohen: Who is Trump's pugnacious and loyal lawyer? - 27 March 2018
"Cohen’s loyalty to Trump may have drawn him into legal jeopardy even as it has carried him near the pinnacles of American power"

(theguardian.com)

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WATER

Water power: How one pump is helping an entire community - 22 March 2018
"Dodging hippos along the Niger river, photographer Aisha Augie-Kuta reached the remote village of Norandé.
It is here that she connected with a community that, despite its proximity to the river, faces a daily struggle for clean water."

(BBC)

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DRONES

The drone that drops lunch on your desk - with a VIDEO - 27 March 2018
"India’s dabbawala network of food-carrying couriers has existed since the 1800s – but drone deliveries could provide a new way to grab lunch, in India and elsewhere."

(BBC)

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THE HEALTHIEST DIETS in the world

What are the Healthiest Diets in the World? - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 26 March 2018
"We are what we eat. That is an old expression, but one worth knowing. A recent look at diets around the world shows that people who eat healthy food
-- and not too much of it -- live longer."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE

Inside Wentworth Woodhouse, one of great mansions of Georgian England, in pictures (12 pictures) - 26 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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25/03/2018


GUNS



Thousands join ‘March For Our Lives’ - with pictures - 24 March 2018
(BBC)

March For Our Lives: Mass rallies on US gun control begin - 24 March 2018
"Hundreds of thousands of Americans are gathering for nationwide rallies in support of tighter gun control.
March For Our Lives grew out of a movement calling for change after 17 people were killed by a gunman at a high school in Florida last month."
+ Video: Why this mass shooting is different - the evidence
+ Video: Marjory Stoneman Douglas students "excited and nervous" for Washington rally

+ March For Our Lives: Live updates
+ The teenagers taking on the US gun lobby
+ Why I'm marching on Washington
+ America's gun culture in 10 charts

+ What do young conservatives think?
(BBC)


Students gather on Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue ahead of the march


'You have the power to change America': Parkland students interview Bernie Sanders - 23 March 2018
"Rebecca Schneid and Dara Rosen, two student journalists from the Florida high school where 17 people were shot dead, interview the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders
and ask him whether he thinks Donald Trump has the courage to take on the NRA..."

(YouTube)

 

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US / CHINA

China Reacts to US Import Taxes with Similar Measures - Text + Audio + Pictures - 23 March 2018
"China’s measures include possible tariffs of 15 percent on goods such as fruits, nuts, wine and steel pipes.
A 25 percent tariff on pork and aluminum imports is also being considered."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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'Paul Bunyan'

Paul Bunyan,' An American Folk Tale - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz - 23 March 2018
"Today we tell a traditional American story called a “tall tale.” A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life.
The descriptions in the story are exaggerated – much greater than in real life. Here's a tall tale about Paul Bunyan, a hero of North America’s lumberjacks."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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FRENCH SUPERMARKET SIEGE in CARCASSONNE

Arnaud Beltrame: France lauds policeman who swapped with hostage - with pictures and a video - 24 March 2018
"Tributes are pouring in for a French police officer who died saving the lives of hostages in a supermarket siege by an Islamist gunman on Friday...
Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was shot and stabbed after he traded places with one of the captives following a shooting spree in southern France."
+ Video: Eye-witness says French hostage-taker ran after him

(BBC)

French supermarket siege: gendarme dies after taking place of hostage - 24 March 2018
"Number of victims rises to four with death in hospital of Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame following attacks in Carcassonne, southern France...
Isis claimed responsibility for the attacks, without providing evidence. Macron said French authorities were investigating the claim."

(theguardian.com)

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FACEBOOK

Elon Musk pulls Tesla and SpaceX from Facebook - 23 March 2018
"Entrepreneur Elon Musk has had the official Facebook pages for his Tesla and SpaceX companies deleted."
+ Video: The moment the SpaceX rocket exploded

(BBC)

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FAKE NEWS

Tumblr says Russia used it for fake news during 2016 election - 24 March 2018
"Site unmasks 84 accounts used by 13 people linked to Russia’s ‘troll farm’, the Internet Research Agency, and says law enforcement has been notified...
A Tumblr statement said it discovered the accounts “were being used as part of a disinformation campaign leading up to the 2016 US election”."

(theguardian.com)

To Vladimir Putin, we in the West are stinking hypocrites who disrespect Russia - 24 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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