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04/08/2015


SHOES

Beyonce buys £200,000 pair of shoes from Jewellery Quarter company - 2 August 2015
"The biggest name in pop will sport a pair of House of Borgezie Princess Constellation stilettos, costing a cool £200,000, for her next video.
And that perfect figure will be wrapped in the elite Jewellery Quarter company’s gem-studded, gold basque belt
- an accessory some will consider a waist at £55,000."

(birminghammail.co.uk)

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US-MEXICO BORDER

Inside US-Mexico border 'drug tunnel' - VIDEO
"Security forces in Mexico have discovered an underground tunnel leading to the United States.
The unfinished tunnel, in the border city of Tijuana, is believed to have been built by the Sinaloa cartel
with the aim of smuggling drugs into America."

(BBC)

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DINOSAURS

DINOSAUR EXHIBIT INDIANAPOLIS - 5 July 2015
(angrydino.hol.es)

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FIRES

California fires: Evacuation orders given to 13,000 - Article + Photos + Video - 4 August 2015
"Evacuation orders have been given to 13,000 people in California as firefighters struggle to contain some 20 wildfires."

+ 'Rocky' fire rages over 90sq miles in California - Video
(BBC)

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03/08/2015


DRONES

The man who plans to be ringmaster - of a drone circus - Article + Photos + Video - 3 August 2015
"Amsterdam will host the first ever drone circus later this year. Rose Eveleth talks to the man behind the machines."

(BBC)

 

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ROBOTS

HitchBOT scientist: 'Sometimes bad things happen to good robots' - VIDEO - 3 August 2015
"A robot that hitch-hiked around Europe and Canada has been smashed to pieces in the United States.
HitchBOT, who was created as part of a social experiment to see whether robots can trust humans,
had spent weeks successfully hitchhiking his way from town to town.
The robot was trying to cross the United States and had got as far as Philadelphia.
One of HitchBOT's creators Dr Frauke Zeller, Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, explains what happened."

(BBC)

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GREETING

27 ways to greet students
(pinterest.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

 

ONOMATOPOEIA

Onomatopoeia
(flickr.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.



PICTURES

Cecil The Lion And 160 Endangered Animals Projected On Empire State Building
"For three hours Saturday night, the Empire State Building’s facade was lit by up to 40 projectors shining striking images of 160 different endangered species. “Projecting Change” was organized by the Discovery Channel to promote its new documentary Racing Extinction,
which airs this December."

(boredpanda.com)

Le lion Cecil et les autres grimpent sur l'Empire State Building - Diaporama
"Comme King Kong avant eux, le lion Cecil et les autres ont grimpé sur l'Empire State Building.
Pour sensibiliser l'opinion publique aux risques de disparition des animaux en danger,
des images animées géantes ont été projetées samedi sur le bâtiment emblématique de New York."

(20minutes.fr)

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MIGRANTS

Immigration Bill: Landlords 'must evict' illegal immigrants - 3 August 2015
"Landlords will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in England under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration."
(BBC)

Calais migrants sprayed with tear gas - Video - 2 August 2015
"French police have used tear gas to force back a group of migrants who had cut through fencing at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Calais..."

(BBC)

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CONSTITUTION

James Madison, Father of the Constitution - Text + Audio + Video - 3 August 2015
"James Madison was one of the youngest and softest spoken members of the Constitutional Convention. He was certainly the shortest.
But he was one of the most important founders of the U.S. government. How did he get the delegates to agree to his ideas?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SONG

CocoRosie - We Are On Fire
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"I used to have eyes, the colour of sky
Now I can see, in the middle of the night...
Now I’m haunting and I’m looming 'round
The old church yard and the damn dog pound..."

(azlyrics.com)

 

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a 'Must Win' - Text + Audio - 3 August 2015
"The US has promised not to give up its fight against human trafficking.
The State Department released its 2015 report on human trafficking this week..."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ART

Underground Station in Capital to Become Arts Center - Text + Audio + Video - 3 August 2015
"An underground streetcar station in Washington, D.C's historic Dupont Circle district was closed 50 years ago. Now it is getting a new life.
A plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms into a space for art shows, talks, concerts and even a film set."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POLLUTION

Warning System Keeps Swimmers Out of Polluted Water - VIDEO - 2 August 2015
"Researchers are using computer models to predict the quality of ocean water. It now takes 18 to 24 hours for a laboratory to test the water.
Public health experts say that amount of time can and should be reduced."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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01/08/2015


CECIL THE LION

In pictures: Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion - 1 August 2015
"Cecil the lion was a favourite with the tourists who visited Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Here's a selection of some of their photos...
Walter Palmer, a US dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid about $50,000 (£32,000) to hunt down Cecil."

(BBC)

Zimbabwe 'seeks lion Cecil's killer' Walter Palmer from US - 31 July 2015
"The US dentist who killed a lion in Zimbabwe should be extradited to face charges,
Zimbabwe's Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri has said."

(BBC)

Cartoon: Mac on Lion-killing Dentist Walter Palmer - 31 July 2015
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + VOCABULARY + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

Lion Killer - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

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WALES / SPORTS

Adventure holidays: the seven wonders of Wales
" From zip wires to a man-made surfing lake, we choose the seven new outdoor wonders of modern-day Wales."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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MIGRANTS

Calais migrant crisis: 'Too many people to count' - VIDEO - 31 July 2015
(BBC)

Calais migrants: Inside 'The Jungle' migrant camp 'village' - VIDEO - 30 July 2015
(BBC)

Calais migrant crisis: Cameron warns UK is 'no safe haven' - Article + Photos + Videos - 30 July 2015
(BBC)

Why is there a crisis in Calais? - 30 July 2015
"The British and French governments are coming under increasing pressure to deal with the migrant crisis in Calais
from where thousands of people have tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in an attempt to get to the UK."

(BBC)

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STEREOTYPES

US Student Filmmakers Fight Racial Stereotypes - Text + Audio + Video - 30 July 2015
"Three high school students in Maryland explore the problems that can result from having beliefs about people based only on their race.
The film project is based on minority students talking about their thoughts and experiences.
The producers show the film in classrooms and hold discussions after."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Changing Arctic Conditions Threaten Polar Bears - Text + Audio + Video - 30 July 2015
"Researchers, following the animals on the Arctic, discovered sea ice is melting faster than predicted, making it harder for polar bears to survive. They are calling on nations to reduce greenhouse gases. If that does not happen, polar bears could one day disappear from our planet."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TAX HAVENS

Why do offshore tax havens still exist? - Article + Photos + Video - 30 July 2015
"Described by the former British cabinet minister Vince Cable as "sunny places for shady people", tax havens are much maligned."

(BBC)

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NUCLEAR

North Korea: 'No Interest at All' in Nuclear Deal - Text + Audio - 29 July 2015
"U.S. special diplomat to North Korean talks is meeting with Chinese and South Korean officials about restarting talks with North Korea on its nuclear program. However, North Korea has said it is not interested in giving up its weapons. The six-party talks were suspended in 2009."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SPACE

Great robotic missions to explore space - 30 July 2015
"The world watched in awe as the New Horizons spacecraft sent back the first detailed pictures of Pluto.
And this week, scientists published results from the Philae lander which touched down on a comet last year.
Such missions not only add to our scientific knowledge, they cause cultural shifts that expand our perception of ourselves
and our place in the Universe. Here are five other robotic space missions that have also had that effect."

(BBC)

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STORY

'Feathertop' by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Text + Audio + Video
"This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration.
His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BREAKFAST

What 12 highly successful people eat for breakfast
(businessinsider.sg)

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PHRASAL VERBS / SPORTS

TALK2US: Phrasal Verbs About Sports and Activities - VIDEO
"Caty and Ashley talk about "getting into" cycling and "trying out for" a team.
You can get a good language "work out" by watching their video."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CARTOON

The ultimate virtual reality experience
(neatorama.com)

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ESPIONAGE

The Longer View: Espionage
"From the early days of the Secret Service to the murky circumstances of Alexander Litvinenko’s death,
the covert world of spies and intelligence rarely comes to light. When it does, the revelations tend to make headline news.
The mystery and secrecy that surrounds the world of espionage has intrigued the public
since the inception of the Secret Service over a century ago."

(BBC)

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SANDWICHES

13 Sandwiches from all over the World
"How many sandwiches from around the world do we actually know?
Some have international reputations, like the panini or the croque monsieur.
Some are definitely worth getting to know better, such as the choripán or the Gatsby.
All of them have great stories to tell..."

(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 


MAGNA CARTA

Magna Carta 800 Years song and lyrics
"To celebrate 800 years since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215, this song was part of the Horrible Histories special:
Crooked King John and Magna Carta-Series 6 Episode 1."

(horriblehistoriestv.wordpress.com)

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Thanks to Evelyne Vittoz (Ac. Amiens)

 


PLUTO

The Word: Pluto
(thewordofthemonth.com)


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