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“A person who accepts and pays out amounts of money risked on a particular result, especially of horse races.” People in the UK and Ireland usually bet on all sorts of things… but this time many of them felt outraged when the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has … Continue reading

05/03/2014 · Leave a comment

Side by side

Close together and facing the same way. Pierre Dulaine, the well-known ballroom dancer, returns to Jaffa, his birthplace, with the idea of fulfilling his lifelong dream: teaching Jewish and Palestinian … Continue reading

29/05/2013 · Leave a comment


Make (a garment or other item) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine. It seems a delicate job for hard men, but … Continue reading

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What would you do IF you could put an end to hunger forever? A recent UN report has offered a possible answer to that question: eating more insects.  The authors … Continue reading

15/05/2013 · 1 Comment

Turn a blind eye

Pretend not to notice. 1.125, mostly young men and women, is the number of victims found , up to now, in the debris following the collapse of a clothes factory in Bangladesh. … Continue reading

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Suspended coffee

The idea is simple:- people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. They don’t have to “prove” anything to claim one, … Continue reading

26/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Hotel Living

There are a  lot of reasons to live in a hotel: you  are on a  business trip, your house is being repaired, you consider it an adventure, or many others. … Continue reading

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Social classes

The BBC has carried out a huge sociological survey of more than 161,000 people with the aim of reflecting modern occupations and lifestyles. The  study measured economic capital – income, … Continue reading

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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

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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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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

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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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