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Light polllution

Brightening of the night sky that inhibits the observation of stars and planets, caused by street lights and other man-made sources. After landmark buildings across the world faded into darkness … Continue reading

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Piggy bank

Small container, sometimes in the shape of a pig, that is used by children for saving money. The present  economic downturn has made money a common issue in our family … Continue reading

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Poetry

A poem is a piece of writing in which the words are arranged in separate lines, often ending in rhyme, and are chosen for their sound and for the images and … Continue reading

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Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

There are no more options left. David Livingstone, born  at Blantyre, south of Glasgow on 19 March 1813, was a missionary and one of the greatest European explorers of Africa. In … Continue reading

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Shamrock

The Shamrock , the symbol of Ireland, is said to have been used by Saint Patrick to illustrate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity  when he first arrived in Ireland in the 5th century. On St. Patrick’s … Continue reading

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Conservation

 The protection of plants and animals, natural areas, and interesting and important structures and buildings, especially from the damaging effects of human activity. For the last two weeks, delegates from … Continue reading

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Dog TV

Dog TV, a channel just for dogs successfully launched in the United States last year , is now been broadcast by an Israeli TV company. The main purpose is to comfort … Continue reading

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Horsemeat

Rising beef prices and a public preference for cheap food were contributory factors leading to the horsemeat scandal. The horsemeat scandal erupted in January when tests in Ireland revealed some … Continue reading

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Mothering Sunday

A day each year when people give a card or present to their mother or do something special for her. Thank You Mom is a video in which real people … Continue reading

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Dreamless

Describes sleep in which you do not dream. “When you have nothing else to lose and all the doors close while being pursued, only your mind will let you dream”. … Continue reading

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No longer

In the past but not now. International Womens Day from Imaginatio on Vimeo. Watch the following video and find out why these artists from different parts of the world believe … Continue reading

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Meme

An image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations. Harlem Shake, the viral video which … Continue reading

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Teen curfew

A regulation requiring people to remain indoors between specified hours, typically at night. What it was a regulation usually  issued during a war or a period of political trouble is … Continue reading

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Bullying

Hurting or frightening someone who is smaller or less powerful than you, often forcing them to do something they do not want to do. “My experiences with violence in schools … Continue reading

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