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Slow

The Slow Movement, which is not controlled by a single organization, is a worldwide trend which “supports a growing cultural shift towards slowing down.” The movement started when the Italian … Continue reading

31/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Pride and Prejudice

Today is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a story full of wise and humorous observation of the people and manners of her times. … Continue reading

28/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Aussie

Australian person. Every 26th January Australians celebrate Australia Day, the national holiday marking the moment of British colonisation in 1788. Although cities and towns sometimes organise large-scale picnics, Aussies prefer gatherings … Continue reading

25/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Skyscraper

A very tall modern building, usually in a city. Skyscrapers are usually built where land is expensive, but economy of space isn’t the only reason. They are considered symbols of … Continue reading

24/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Cheat

To behave in a dishonest way in order to get what you want. Armstrong’s confession Why do sports people take prohibited substances?  It is important to be honest? “You can … Continue reading

22/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Wealth

A large amount of money or valuable possessions that someone has. The President of Uruguay Jose Mujica has been dubbed by international media as ‘the poorest president in the world’. … Continue reading

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Spray

A liquid which is forced out of a special container under pressure so that it becomes a mass of small liquid drops like a cloud. Ray Ferrer is a NY … Continue reading

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Prank

A trick that is intended to be funny but not to cause harm or damage. Last Sunday tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in 60 … Continue reading

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Over-fussy

Not easily satisfied; having very high standards or very fixed standards about particular things. Half of all food wasted Are you fussy about what you eat? What can we do … Continue reading

14/01/2013 · Leave a comment

The Tube

 The underground railway system in London, which takes its popular name from the almost circular tunnels through which trains travel. This week London celebrates the 150 anniversary of  the world’s  first underground railway, … Continue reading

10/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Kindness

The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. (Oxford Dictionary) The act of going out of your way to be nice to someone or show a person you care, something that apparently does … Continue reading

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Onwards

Beginning at a particular time and continuing after it. Who is the main character? What do we know about him?

07/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Goal

The object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. Eating healthier, joining the gym, saving money, paying off debts, quitting smoking are some of the most … Continue reading

03/01/2013 · Leave a comment