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
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
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."
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..."
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."
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."
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."
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
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."
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."
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?"
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..."
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."
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."
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."
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..."
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."
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)