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Monday, 26th October, 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

A surprising video to bring attention to a dangerous situation for an entire country...


Q1) Who is holding a meeting under water? ???

   a) The people of Malta
   b) The government of the Maldives
   c) The it repairs photocopiers

Q2) Why is their country in danger? ???

   a) because global warming is causing sea levels to rise
   b) because their economy is very weak
   c) because India wants to invade them

Q3) Where is the country (general knowledge question)? ???

   a) in the South Pacific Ocean, west of Chile
   b) in the Atlantic Ocean, south-west of Africa
   c) in the Indian Ocean, south-west of Sri Lanka

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

Watch the vidcast and answer the questions.


This video is slightly out of date, but the mistakes are still the same! And I'm still the same age, for now (in 2009!).

Q1) How old am I? ???

a) Forty four happy birthdays.

b) Forty four years.

c) Forty four.

d) Forty four years old.

Q2) What's the weather like? ???

   a) It's fine.
   b) It's wet.
   c) It's hot.
   d) It's foggy.

Q3) Find the mistake:

   a) I have 44 years. ???
   b) Today is my happy birthday!
   c) I am born in 1965.

3) Today's News Expressions

Pronunciation Practice
Listen and repeat
ashes scattered evening's revelling
ill-fated aboard the ship
maiden voyage southern England

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


Last Titanic survivor's ashes scattered at port

Briton was 9 weeks old on voyage; died last May at age 97

LONDON - The ashes of the last Titanic survivor have been scattered at the English port where the ship began its ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912.

At 11.40 p.m. on April 14th, as passengers and crew were getting into bed after an evening's revelling, the Titanic tragically hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Newfoundland and sank two and a half hours later.

Millvina Dean, who was 9 weeks old when her parents took her aboard the ship, died May 31 at age 97.

Her ashes were scatted on Saturday by her partner, Bruno Nordmanis, on the water at Southampton Docks in southern England.

About 150 people including members of the British Titanic Society and friends of Dean gathered for the ceremony. David Hill, of the British Titanic Society, said Dean "was a lovely lady, and anyone who met her would say exactly the same."

Q1) Find expressions which mean...

   a) below northern England  ???
   b) the first time a boat goes to sea  ???
   c) to have fun at a party late in the day  ???
   d) to put a person who has been cremated (burnt) into the sea, for example  ???
   e) to be on a boat  ???
   f) going to have an accident or disaster ???

Q2) How old was Millvina Dean when the Titanic sank?  ???

   a) nine weeks ago
   b) 97 years old
   c) ninety seven years ago
   d) 9 weeks old

Q3) True or False?

   a) The Titanic sank in the early hours of the morning on 14th April, 1912. ???
   b) Millvina's ashes were scattered into the sea where the
Titanic left port nearly 100 years ago. ???
   c) Around 150 people were aboard the
Titanic when it sank in 1912. ???

4) Today's Song

This is an underground classic. Beautiful, haunting, enigmatic.

From Paul Weller, the ex-lead singer and guitarist from the legendary rock group from the late 70s and early 80s, The Jam.


Wild Wood  (lyrics)
(by Paul Weller)

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!)

High tide - late in the evening
People fly by in the traffic's boom
Knowing - just what you're knowing
Getting to where you should be going.

Don't let them get you down
Making you feel happy about
Black rain will bring you sadness
All the good things - you deserve now.

Climbing always climbing
Find your way out - of the wild wild wood
Now there's no justice
There's only your friends - that you can believe in

And I said - early in the morning
People pass by in the hazy gloom
Knowing - just where you're blowing
Getting to where you should be going.

Year by year your hope fades away
Waiting to feel - all the dreams that say
Old pain will bring you riches
All the good things - you deserve now - and I say
Searching always searching
You're gonna find your way out - of the wild wild wood
Said you're gonna find your way out... of the wild wild wood


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