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August 2022

Too much water but nothing to drink or flush your toilets with!

So, what’s going on? SECTION ONE Some 180,000 residents in Jackson, Mississippi have “indefinitely” lost access to reliable running water after excessive rainfall and flooding. Rising floodwaters over the weekend breached the city’s main water treatment facility, bringing it to the brink of collapse. A state of emergency has been declared, and schools, restaurants and …

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What do you do with your old clothes? (Intermediate Lesson)

Introduction Model Ellie Jolliffe says she was shocked at the amount of waste she saw when working on modelling jobs, in particular for e-commerce companies. (What is  UPCYCLING?) “I’ve been on shoots where there are boxes and boxes of deadstock – clothes which are no longer on sale. They’ve never been worn. No-one wants to …

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In the UK we use robots to deliver Pizzas, Fish and Chips and other take-away food. (intermediate lesson)

In the UK businesses use robots to deliver food such as Pizzas and Fish and Chips It’s a fiercely hot afternoon in Milton Keynes in the UK and I’m chasing a small orange flag as it waggles just above a line of low garden walls. The flag is attached to a white robot with six …

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The process of aging

Introduction Aging is a gradual, continuous process of natural change that begins in early adulthood. During early middle age, many bodily functions begin to gradually decline. People do not become old or elderly at any specific age. Traditionally, age 65 has been designated as the beginning of old age. Understanding the Dynamics of the Aging Process …

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Cockroaches (Baratas) in food (chocolate)

Most people who are allergic to chocolate aren’t having a reaction to cocoa or any of chocolate’s other official ingredients. No, the flare ups are most likely triggered by the ground-up cockroach parts that contaminate every batch.  According to ABC News, the average chocolate bar contains eight insect parts. Anything less than 60 insect pieces per 100 …

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Young people watch almost seven times less TV than the over-65s

Young people now watch almost seven times less broadcast television than people aged over 65, according to a recent report. GRAMMAR:  In this text please identify any perfect tenses you discover. It has been reported 16 to 24-year-olds spend just 53 minutes watching TV each day, a two-thirds decrease in the past 10 years. Meanwhile, …

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Mmmmmmm! What’s for dinner mum? (ARTICLES a, am & the)

Fly farming is a mini-livestock industry poised to get big https://www.eatgrub.co.uk/shop/ For years Arnold van Huis has evangelized about the prospect of people around the globe happily and sustainably eating insects for protein. A tropical entomologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, van Huis has, among other things, coauthored a landmark United Nations report on the subject—as well as a cookbook. …

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Sugar tax tackles health and carbon emissions in single blow

In a surprising twist, researchers calculated that diverting EU sugar cropland to other uses yielded big carbon reductions—in Brazil.   A group of researchers in the European Union have proposed a solution to tackle escalating health problems and greenhouse gas emissions in one go: place a tax on sugar consumption. They say this would bring …

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Is the world heading towards all out war?

INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED LESSON This week China has branded a landmark visit to Taiwan by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “extremely dangerous”. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-62398029 It accused Mrs Pelosi, the most senior US politician in 25 years to visit the island China claims as its own, of “playing with fire”.   “Those who play with fire will …

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