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Endangered

Seriously at risk of extinction. ” In the city, we feel the same insecurity that outsiders do in the forest, says an Awá man named Blade. But the dense Amazon … Continue reading

30/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Soap Operas

A television or radio drama serial dealing typically with daily events in the lives of the same group of characters. (The origin of this word dates back to 1930s when … Continue reading

28/05/2012 · 2 Comments

Fireworks

Good luck 2º Bach!!

25/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Willpower

The mental ability used to control and direct your thoughts and actions, or a determination to do something, despite any difficulties or opposition.  A new book Willpower: Rediscovering our Greatest Strength suggests … Continue reading

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Misdemeanour

An action which is slightly bad or breaks a rule but is not a crime. Hundreds of US schools have police patrolling the playgrounds and corridors to keep order. But … Continue reading

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Torch Relay

A group of people who continue an activity that others from the same team or organization have been doing previously. The Olympic torch will be carried round the UK by … Continue reading

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Introvert

A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. “It is often assumed extroverts do best in life. But contrary to popular opinion, introverts … Continue reading

16/05/2012 · 1 Comment

Sunbeds

A structure like a bed containing a device for producing light, which you lie on in order to make the skin go darker. Last year, UK government banned under-18s from using … Continue reading

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Supermoon

The “supermoon” phenomenon, which we could see last weekend, means the Moon appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual, as it comes closer to the Earth . … Continue reading

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Apathy

When someone shows no interest or energy and is unwilling to take action, especially over something important. Dave Meslin, in his TED talk “The antidote to apathy”, identifies seven barriers  that … Continue reading

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Abduct

To force someone to go somewhere with you, often using threats or violence. Chinese police rescued more than 24,000 abducted women and children in 2011, according to a report by … Continue reading

09/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Twitter

(of a bird) to make a series of short high sounds. (of a person) to talk quickly and nervously in a high voice, saying very little of importance or interest. … Continue reading

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Restoration

The act or process of returning something to its earlier good condition or position. Universal Pictures, the Hollywood studio known for classic films such as To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, … Continue reading

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Dope

 To give a person or an animal drugs in order to make them perform better or worse in a competition. Organisers of the London Olympics are determined to keep this … Continue reading

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