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Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. … Continue reading

02/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Fool’s Day

April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the … Continue reading

01/04/2013 · Leave a comment

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

27/03/2013 · Leave a comment

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

11/03/2013 · Leave a comment

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

10/03/2013 · Leave a comment

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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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

04/03/2013 · Leave a comment

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

27/02/2013 · 1 Comment

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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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

14/02/2013 · 1 Comment

Onesie

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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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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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