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Monday, 13th July, 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

What happens when the world's smallest man meets the planet's longest legs? Watch to find out more...


Q1) How tall is the world's smallest man? ???

   a) two feet three inches
   b) two feet six inches
   c) two feet and two arms

Q2) How long are the woman's legs? ???

   a) four feet four inches
   b) four feet eight inches
   c) five feet four inches

Q3) What is Ping Ping's profession? ???

   a) he runs a restaurant
   b) he poses for photos with tourists back home
   c) he's 20 years old

Q4) Guinness Book of Records editor, Craig Glenday, said he wants to... ???

   a) make the book a freak show
   b) celebrate people's differences
   c) let people have fun by pointing and laughing

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 on the
Mega Minute Blog

Blog : Podcast 38 : 'The Same Today'

  [Listen to the podcast] 

Q1) According to the quotation, which two things change us the most? ???

   a) The things we eat
   b) The people we meet
   c) The films we watch
   d) The the things we need
   e) The books we read

Q3) How old, and how long is the Great Wall of China? ???

   a) 7200 years old / 6700 km long
   b) 2700 years old / 7600 km long
   c) 2700 years old / 6700 km long
   d) 6700 years old / 2700 km long

Q3) Which definitions are correct for shoots? ???

   a) form of the verb 'shoot', to attack with a gun and a bullet
   b) to smile quickly at someone
   c) new growing parts of trees, eaten by animals

Q4) Which definitions are correct for leaves ???

   a) form of verb 'live', to stay or spend your life in a place
   b) flat green parts of plants and trees
   c) form of verb 'leave', to go out of a place

3) Today's News Expressions

Listen and repeat
Twitter (noun) to twitter (verb)
a twitterer (noun) twittering (noun)
a tweet (noun) to re-tweet (verb)

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


Twitterers defy China's firewall

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen killings, social networking sites such as Twitter and the photo-sharing site Flickr were blocked in China in an attempt by the government to prevent online discussion on the subject.

But Chinese twitterers proved that there are ways to get round the great firewall of China.

Frequent twittering from users in China has contributed to Tiananmen becoming one of Twitter's most discussed topics during the anniversary.

One twitterer wrote: "I cried when I watched a video about 4 June 1989. All my memory came back. We are living inside a big wall, like in prison."

Those who are not old enough to have personal memories of 1989 forwarded links to articles in foreign media or simply re-tweeted other people's posts.

Q1) Which of the following are correct definitions of the verb 'to twitter'? ???

   a) to make a lot of short, high noises, typically by birds
   b) to send short messages using the popular Internet messaging service, Twitter
   c) to chat noisily and quickly, at a party for example

Q2) Match these definitions with the words in the box above:

   a) a short message sent by the Twitter internet message service ???
   b) to use the internet message service Twitter ???
   c) a person who uses the Twitter internet site ???
   d) an internet site which allows people to send short messages to a lot of people ???
   e) to forward (send on) a tweet to other people ???
   f) the general activity of people using Twitter ???

Q3) True or False?

   a) Access to Twitter and Flickr was denied in China recently. ???
   b) One
twitterer wrote that the Chinese are now a free people. ???
Twitter is being used to share sensitive information by the Chinese. ???

4) Today's Song


Although I was an enormous Beatles fan, I still loved many of the Stone's songs, and Paint It Black is one of my favourites!


Paint It Black  (lyrics)
(by The Rolling Stones)

Some of the words in the song below have been changed!

Listen, read and try to correct them.

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

I see a black door and I want it painted red
No colours anymore I want them to drop dead
I see the girls walk by dressed in their winter clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of bars and they're all painted black
With trousers
and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly stare at me
Like a new born baby it just happens can't you see?

I look inside my fridge and see my tart is black
I see my red door I must have it given back
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the quacks
It's not easy facing up when your whole world is totally dark grey

No more will my green peas go turn a deeper pink
I could not foresee this thing falling down the sink
If I look hard enough into the rising sun
My love will laugh at me then shoot me with a gun

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colours anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

Hmm, hmm, hmm,...
I wanna see it painted, painted black
Black as white, black as snow
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black



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