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Team up

To join another person, or form a group with other people, in order to do something together. Sesame Street is a popular American children’s television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett in 1969. … Continue reading

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The Red Cross

Humanitarian organisation which aims to help those caught up in armed conflicts around the globe. Its work is guided by seven principles – humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity … Continue reading

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A business which washes clothes, sheets, etc. for customers. The Irish government has finally said sorry to 10,000 women and girls incarcerated in Catholic Church-run laundries where they were treated … Continue reading

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3D printers

3D printing: In  a process known as “additive manufacturing”, 3D objects are created by sending a digital file or scan to a printer which then builds the item layer by layer. A new … Continue reading

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 To make a lot of short, dry, sharp sounds. Ex:The logs crackled and popped in the fireplace.   Norwegian public television, NRK, plans to broadcast a burning fireplace for 12 hours … Continue reading

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To make someone have a particular strong feeling or reaction. “We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.” World Press Photo Foundation 2012 Awards Describe the pictures talking … Continue reading

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One Billion Rising

ONE BILLION RISING IS: A global strike. An invitation to dance. A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture … Continue reading

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Love line

How does love make you feel? Does love turn you upside down? Do you prefer to love or to be loved? Are there any rules to love? What colour/ smell/ … Continue reading

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Sylvia Plath

“Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was one of the most dynamic and admired poets of the twentieth century. By the time she took her life at the age of thirty, Plath already had … Continue reading

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A loose-fitting one-piece leisure garment for adults, covering the torso and legs. (“Onesies” is a popular brand of infant bodysuits.) This warm and cosy all-in-one garment, originally designed to be … Continue reading

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Any small device. A gadget, especially one whose name the speaker does not know or cannot recall. This gizmo is one of the peculiar utensils that have come out of the … Continue reading

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Rosa Parks

Segregate:To keep one group of people apart from another and treat them differently, especially because of race or sex. Today is the 100th birthday anniversary  of American civil rights movement … Continue reading

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