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Swallow

To cause food, drink, pills, etc. to move from your mouth into your stomach by using the muscles of your throat. “A drug which could implant the entire vocabulary of … Continue reading

30/04/2012 · Leave a comment

Bulletproof

Something which is bullet-proof prevents bullets from going through it. Every year, millions of people suffer as a result of the irresponsible global arms trade, a booming and deadly business. … Continue reading

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Hardship

Difficult or unpleasant conditions of life. UNICEF has warned that hundreds of millions of children living in cities are more deprived (not having enough money, food or good living conditions) than … Continue reading

25/04/2012 · Leave a comment

Bedtime

“Stories are used to pass on accumulated wisdom, beliefs, and values. Through stories we explain how things are, why they are, and our role and purpose. Stories are the building … Continue reading

23/04/2012 · 2 Comments

Outright

The European Commission is to publish proposals in the spring designed to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Europe each year. Most of the 15,000 people who took … Continue reading

22/04/2012 · Leave a comment

Doodle

A drawing or pattern that you make while thinking about something else or when you are bored. Sunni Brown, a TED talker and the leader of the Doodle Revolution, disagrees with the … Continue reading

20/04/2012 · Leave a comment

Applicant

By the time I saw the job advertised it was already too late to apply. Please apply in writing to the address below. We’ve applied to a charitable organization for … Continue reading

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Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur, someone who starts their own business, especially when this involves seeeing a new opportunity. Enterprise, a project or undertaking, especially a bold or complex one; a business or company. … Continue reading

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Sinking ship

Shortly before midnight on 14 April 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank less than three hours later, a centenary honoured by towns and cities on both sides of … Continue reading

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Graffiti

“The work of Boa Mistura is all about the love of graffiti, colour and life. This group of 5 Spanish artists is, as the name says, a good mixture. Arkoh, … Continue reading

11/04/2012 · Leave a comment

Googol

“Google derives from Googol , the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was … Continue reading

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Easter

Easter is a religious Christian festival that is celebrated by Christians worldwide the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring. Decorating Easter eggs in … Continue reading

04/04/2012 · 1 Comment

OreO

The best selling cookie of the 20th century, consisting of a white filling  (or cream) sandwiched between two black biscuits, has recently celebrated its centenary in US and four other … Continue reading

02/04/2012 · Leave a comment
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