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LONDON

Cartoon: Domestic Olympics
"This cartoon is by Martyn Turner, an English political cartoonist, caricaturist and writer whose cartoons appear daily in The Irish Times.
In the cartoon, the cartoonist associates real Olympic events with their domestic counterparts."

+ COMMENT + TWO SIMILAR CARTOONS
(englishblog.com)


Reuters Video: Olympic pin craze grips London
"In line with Olympic tradition, pin enthusiasts from across the world gather at London 2012 to trade and collect pins. Tara Cleary reports."

+ TRANSCRIPT  + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

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James BOND

Reuters Video: James Bond's style legacy
"Style, sophistication and shaken, not stirred - a new exhibition in London showcases the fashion and design of James Bond. Lindsay Claiborn reports."

+ TRANSCRIPT + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

Cartoon: One lump - shaken not stirred ...
"This cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express relates to the Queen's appearance in the James Bond spoof
during the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday..."
+ COMMENT + EXPLANATION + VOCABULARY + LINKS

(englishblog.com)

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LONDON

Reuters Video: Uproar over empty seats at Olympic events
"Shut out of sporting events, fans sat in a field and watched highlights on massive television monitors while rows of seats went unoccupied.
Deborah Gembara reports."

+ TRANSCRIPT + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

Video: London Olympics opening ceremony highlights
"The London 2012 Games are officially under way after a spectacular opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium directed by Danny Boyle..."

(englishblog.com)

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UNIFORMS

Oxford University changes gender dress code (July 30, 2012) - a lesson plan with audio
"For centuries, students at Britain's Oxford University had to stick to a dress code regarding who wore suits and who wore skirts.
This will all change on August 4. Women can attend formal events and exams in a suit and bow tie and men can wear a skirt, blouse and stockings."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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RECIPE

Let's bake a Lemon cake
"Listen to Peter Carter and play the game :
Ordered List:
 Put the list in order before running out of attempts."

Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

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FOOD

Typographic Map of Food of the British Isles, on the wall of a small restaurant in Durham, England
( http://geographer-at-large.blogspot.fr/ )

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LONDON



Mix 'em, match 'em, trade 'em, obsess about pins
(thestar.com.my)


Olympic 'pin traders' return to the games
"In London, they've staked out a corner near one of the Olympic Park gates to display their wares."

(theglobeandmail.com)

 

Cartoon: Olympic Fever
"This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent on Sunday is a comment on the evolving attitude of the Great British Public to the Olympic Games."

+ COMMENT + LINKS
(englishblog.com)


Olympic Uniforms - Cartoons
(cagle.com)



Newsy Video: Was Danny Boyle's Olympic NHS Tribute Too Political?
"The Olympic opening ceremony heavily featured a celebration of the UK's National Health Service. Was there a subtext?" See transcript >>

+ LINKS
(englishblog.com)

Blind (South Korean) archer posts first world record of London Olympics - 27 July 2012
(edition.cnn.com)

London 2012 Olympics: Opening Ceremony - 27 photos
(online.wsj.com)

The Opening Ceremony - 6 photos
(framework.latimes.com)

Olympics: Opening ceremony - Lots of photos
(edition.cnn.com)

Navigating the 'Isles of Wonder': A guide to the Olympic opening ceremony
Article + Video (Fireworks)
(edition.cnn.com)

Olympics ceremony: 27m UK viewers watched opening
(BBC)

London 2012: Olympic medals locked in Tower
"The 4,700 gold, silver and bronze medals, made at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, near Cardiff, will be kept at the London landmark until needed...
The Olympic medal has a design featuring the Greek goddess of victory, Nike on the front, stepping out of the Panathenaic stadium.
On the back, the River Thames, under the London 2012 logo, is intersected by shards."

(BBC)

 

London 2012 Olympics: go for gold with the Telegraph Olympic Quiz
"To celebrate the arrival of the London 2012 Olympics, Gavin Fuller has compiled a bumper 200-question quiz
to test your Olympic knowledge, in association with British Eurosport."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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Jane Eyre
 "is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.
The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë." 
(Wikipedia)

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KUNG FU

China’s kung fu revival - Photos
"In the last several decades, as China has risen as an international power, a renaissance in the ancient art of kung fu has emerged in the area
surrounding the legendary Shaolin Temple – long renowned for its association with Chinese martial arts – in China’s Henan Province..."

(BBC)

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LONDON

The (Secret) City of London Part 1: History
"The City of London is not the city named London."

(YouTube)

 


Reuters Video: The Shard turns London super high-rise

"Western Europe's tallest building, the Shard in London, is being inaugurated.
The developers say it will be a ''vertical town'' with space for offices, restaurants, a hotel and penthouse apartments,
but it's not yet clear who is going to move in. Joanna Partridge reports."
+ TRANSCRIPT

(englishblog.com)

London's Shard skyscraper rises above its critics - 4 July 2012
"It has been turning heads all over London. Walking down streets, in parks, even stuck in traffic jams on the M25,
people have been watching the steady ascent of a towering landmark on the capital's skyline."

(BBC)

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TEXTING

Texting is fostering bad grammar and spelling, researchers claim
+ Texting more popular than face-to-face conversation 
(telegraph.co.uk)

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LONDON 2012

London 2012: 50 of the best unusual museums in London
(telegraph.co.uk)

London 2012: 100 of the best things to do in London
(telegraph.co.uk)

Olympics: the diplomats invited to the London 2012 party
"The diplomatic guest list for Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony has been announced by Downing Street
– and the line-up is perhaps more interesting for who isn't included as who is.
There will be 35 presidents, 23 prime ministers, six princes, six governors, two queens, a chancellor, Taoiseach, grand duke,
chief justice, sultan, princess and a First Lady.
But the diplomatic guest list for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games is perhaps more interesting for who isn't coming as who is.
"
(telegraph.co.uk)

Newsy Video: Olympic Opening Games Epic, Historic, Cheeky
"Director Danny Boyle created a mystical and mythical meadow, a history lesson rolled into a London stageshow production."  See transcript >>

+ LINKS
(englishblog.com)

London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony - in pictures
+ LINKS
(englishblog.com)

London 2012 Olympics opened - a lesson plan with audio
(newsenglishlessons.com)

Olympics 2012 opening ceremony: 'A Britain as never seen before'
(BBC)

Olympic Torch Relay Week 9 Highlights - London 2012
"Watch the highlights from the last nine weeks of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. In total 10.2 million people have lined the streets to see the Flame."

(YouTube)


 

Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony: London games declared open by the queen - 28 July 2012
(wptv.com)

As it happened: Olympics opening ceremony - with videos
"London has opened the 2012 Olympic Games with a glittering opening ceremony watched by over one billion people worldwide..."

+ Photos + Opening ceremony in numbers
(abc.net.au)

In pictures: Olympic opening ceremony
(BBC)

English for the Games
"Welcome to our free teaching resources based around the London 2012 Games.
There are lesson plans and activities at different language proficiency levels on themes such as the Olympic and Paralympic sports and values.
Each week we will add a new resource."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

The modern summer Olympic games – competing countries - with a world map - interactive
"The timeline... shows how these numbers have changed since the days of the first modern games.
Just 245 athletes from 14 countries headed to Athens in 1896..."

(economist.com)

The Munich massacre
  "is an informal name for an attack that occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Bavaria in southern West Germany,
when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed by the Palestinian group Black September..."

(Wikipedia)
"The effect of these Games was that security at the Olympic Games is more tight and throughly inspected."
(ihsblog)

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NSA / HACKERS

US NSA chief courts hackers at Def Con - 28 July 2012
"US spy master Keith Alexander has courted hackers at an infamous Defcon gathering rife
with software tricksters wary of police and ferociously protective of privacy.
National Security Agency (NSA) director Alexander was the latest, and perhaps the most controversial, federal official
to attend the annual hacker conference in Las Vegas to recruit warriors for battles being fought in cyber space."

(theaustralian.com.au)

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SUPERHEROES

What Kind of Superhero Are You? - A Choose Your Own Origin Story Adventure!
"Things aren’t going so well. You’re a nerdy, untalented guy without parents or motivation. Also you live in a suspiciously dangerous city for some reason.
You often wonder if a huge inciting incident would finally inspire you to embrace your destiny
and dedicate your life to justice, but what are the odds of that ever happening?"

(collegehumor.com)

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TUNNG - Bullets
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS (lyricstime.com)
"We're catching bullets in our teeth
And though it's easy when you know how it's done
They split the secret up six ways before they gave it to us just before dawn
And now we don't remember..."

 

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Bastian Baker - Lucky
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS
(sweetslyrics.com)
"Lucky I’m lucky and I hope I’ll always be
Lucky all my life so nobody
Will ever need to worry about me
I’m living free..."

 

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Soko - Destruction of the Disgusting Ugly Hate 
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS
(lyricshall.com)
"Scars on my heart
Can't you see
What have you done to me
Scars on my arms, can't you see
Where I am sinking..."

 

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Ed Sheeran - The A Team 
(dailymotion.com)
+ LYRICS (metrolyrics.com)
"White lips, pale face
Breathing in snowflakes

Burnt lungs, sour taste

Light's gone, day's end
Struggling to pay rent..."


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MUSIC

American Folk Music, From Traditional to 'Freak' + SCRIPT
"Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HISTORY

American History: Life in the 1970s and '80s + SCRIPT
"Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MONEY

Super-rich 'hiding' over $21 trillion (July 24, 2012) - a lesson plan with audio
"The world's wealthiest people have over $21 trillion dollars - that's 21 followed by 12 zeroes - hidden away from the tax authorities."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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FOOD

Nutrients: essential to good health! (1st part) - Visual Dictionary
"The various nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins) are distributed in four major food groups:
grain products, vegetables and fruit, milk and milk alternatives, and meat and meat alternatives."

(ikonet.com)

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LONDON 2012

SLIDE SHOW: OLYMPIC CARTOONS
(newyorker.com)

Olympic venues - interactive



Collecting precious medals - interactive
"Since the 1950's, the world's super powers in terms of winning Olympic medals have been the U.S., Russia and Germany.
Here are the top ten countries dating back to the first games in 1896..."

(hosted.ap.org)

London 2012 security: Covering all fronts - interactive
"A closer look at some of the extreme security measures which will be present throughout London for the duration of the Olympic Games."

(hosted.ap.org)


Dressed for a world record?
(washingtonpost.com)

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Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

 

WEIGHT

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 60 SECONDS
(YouTube)

 

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LONDON 2012

Olympic ceremony just hours away - 27 July 2012
"The opening ceremony of the London Olympics is just hours away after seven years of preparations, amid a day of national celebration."
Olympic ceremony build-up Live
River finale for Olympic torch
Mass bell-ring heralds Olympics
Olympics puts tech to the test
A defining moment for Britain
12 facts for 2012 visitors
(BBC)

Cartoon: Olympic Cash
"This cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Daily Express relates to the decalaration by UK Treasury minister David Gauke
that paying tradesmen in cash is morally wrong..." 
+ BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + VOCABULARY  + QUESTIONS + LINKS
(englishblog.com)


The Olympic Games: a short animated history
"This animation from guardian.co.uk is a perfect potted history, should you need it, of theOlympic Games.
From Ancient Greece's nude athletes – mercifully free of corporate stooges – to the present day's economy-bustingly expensive extravaganza of London 2012."
(englishblog.com)



Olympic Security - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

Olympics 2012 - New cartoons
(cagle.com)

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