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Monday, 28th December, 2009
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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Expressions
4) Song of the Day!
5) HPE English Packs


1) Today's Video Analysis

Does your GPS always do exactly what you ask it? Honestly? Always..?!
Watch the video and answer the questions.


Q1) Where is the man at the start of the video? ???

   a) at a crossroads?
   b) at a pedestrian crossing?
   c) at a roundabout?
   d) what man?

Q2) What hits the man when he 'zooms in'? ???

   a) a big orange ball
   b) a mobile phone
   c) a satellite

Q3) Put these sentences in the order of the video: ???

   a) The man drops his phone
   b) The battery runs out
   c) The man seems lost
   d) The man is hit by a satellite
   e) The man sees a big orange ball

Lots of Vidcasts & Podcasts to help you improve your English!2) Today's Podcast

Listen to the podcast and answer the questions.

Read the text and comment on the
Mega Minute Blog

Blog : Podcast 41 : Dreams Are Renewable'

Q1) According to the quotation, dreams are...? ???

a) Regrettable
b) Reviewable
c) Renewable
d) Forgettable

Q2) Answer the following questions:

   a) What percentage of our dreams do we forget? ???
   b) Name a famous book inspired by a dream.
   c) Can you move when you dream?

Q3) What did the man give the woman for their anniversary? ???

   a) A pearl necklace
   b) A wonderful surprise

   c) A book about dreams

3) Today's News Expressions

Pronunciation Practice
"Six of the Best!"
Listen and repeat
bloodied by attack greeting supporters
knocked to the ground shouting slogans
helped to his feet I'm a decent chap

Listen to and read this news story from the BBC and answer the questions.


Italy's PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally in Milan.

Pictures showed Mr Berlusconi with a badly cut lip and blood on his cheek and chin. A man has been arrested.

The prime minister, looking dazed, was helped to his feet by aides and put in a car. He got out and tried to climb on the car to show he was all right.

Reports suggested he had either been punched or hit with an object.

Mr Berlusconi had been greeting supporters in a square in Milan when the assault took place.

According to Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, a small group of protesters were shouting slogans and whistling during the rally.

During the gathering he told supporters: "They paint me as a monster, but I don't think I am one - firstly because I am good-looking and secondly because I'm a decent chap".

Q1) True or False?

   a) The Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has lost his feet in a car explosion in Milan. ???
   b) Mr Berlusconi was about to talk to his supporters in a Milan square when he was hit. ???
   c) Berlusconi thinks he is physically attractive, a generally good person and a good Prime Minister. ???

Q2) What injury does Mr Berlusconi have?  ???

   a) a broken chin
   b) a cut lip
   c) a damaged ego
   d) a bloody cheek

Q3) Find expressions from the 'Six of the Best' section which mean...

   a) repeating a special phrase in a loud voice  ???
   b) assisted in standing up  ???
   c) to have fun at a party late in the day  ???
   d) hit by something which cut his skin  ???
   e) to say he is a respectable person  ???
   f) made to fall down by being hit by something ???

4) Today's Song

Killing in the Name is a song by American rap metal band Rage Against The Machine. The main theme is racism in security services such as the police and the army, and strong language is used to get the point across.

The song is currently (December 2009) the Christmas number one in the UK, by downloads alone, thanks to a Facebook campaign. The campaign successfully stopped the winning artist from the TV show The X Factor automatically getting the number one spot once again.

An amusing video (below) adds to the general humiliation of the 'manufactured pop star' TV show.


Killing In The Name  (Part 1)  (Part 2)
(by Rage Against The Machine)

Some of the words below have been changed.

Listen to the song, and try to hear the correct words.

(Click on the ??? to see if you're right!)

Killing in the name of!

Some of those that watch TV, are the same that buy Levis


Killing is the game of!

And then you do what they tell ya

Those who tried are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen ones
You justify those that tried by wearing the badge, they're the chosen ones

All of those who work forces, are the ones who burn crosses

Oh yeah!

Killing in the name of!

And now you do what they told ya

And now you buy what they sold ya, now you're on the dole

And now you do what they told ya!

Those who died are justified, for wearing the sacks, they're the chosen blacks
You justify those that died by wearing the sacks, they're the chosen blacks

Come on!

OK! Let's go!

Actually, I'd prefer not to do that

No listen, honestly, I'd really rather not!

Nasty person!



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