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Monday, 18th January, 2010
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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 bit of a stereotype of blondes being stupid, but still funny.
Watch the video and answer the questions.


Q1) Where is the action set?  ???

   a) in a burger restaurant
   b) in a library
   c) in a book shop

Q2) What does the blonde woman want to order?  ???

   a) a library
   b) fresh flies, a burger and a book shop
   c) French fries, a burger and a milkshake

Q3) This advertisement is for...  ???

   a) a car
   b) a bar
   c) a restaurant
   d) a library

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

Watch the vidcast and answer the questions.

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Blog : Vidcast 16 : {Interview} 'Aberdeen vs Glasgow'


Q1) Where are Morna and Andrew both from? ???

Q2) Which three Scottish towns are not mentioned in the video? ???

   a) Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness
   b) Aberdeen, Perth and Dundee
   c) St. Andrews, Inverness and Dundee
   d) Glasgow, Melrose and Stornoway

Q3) What meat is Aberdeen famous for? ???

   a) chicken
   b) beef
   c) pork
   d) venison

Q4) Andrew says there is a lot of granite in Aberdeen. What can you build with granite? ???

   a) castles
   b) tents
   c) swimming pools

Q5) True or false?

   a) People from Edinburgh are called 'Burgers'. ???
   b) People from Glasgow think people from Edinburgh are a bit snobbish.
   c) People from Aberdeen are called 'Aberdeeners'. ???
   d) '
Aberdeen Angus' is a type of whisky. ???
   e) People from Scotland seem to be very unfriendly. ???

3) Today's News Expressions

Pronunciation Practice
"Six of the Best!"
Listen and repeat
feared dead run into billions
cannot confirm presidential palace
people are affected number of nations

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


Haiti earthquake: Thousands feared dead

A massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

Haitian President Rene Preval has said thousands of people are feared dead following a huge quake which has devastated the country's capital.

Describing the scene in the capital as "unimaginable", he said: "Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed.

"There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them."

Mr Preval said the UN mission chief in Haiti was among the dead, but the UN cannot confirm this. It said 14 other UN staff had died and 56 were injured.

Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told US network CNN he believed more than 100,000 people had died.

The Red Cross says up to three million people are affected.

Describing the earthquake as a "catastrophe", Haiti's envoy to the US said the cost of the damage could run into billions.

Haiti's worst quake in two centuries hit south of the capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, wrecking the presidential palace, UN HQ and other buildings.

Many people have spent the night outside amid fears of more aftershocks.

A number of nations, including the US, UK and Venezuela, are gearing up to send aid.

Q1) True or False?

   a) The Burj Khalifa tower is 2,716m high.  ???
   b) Building work started in 2004.  ???
   c) You can swim in the world's highest swimming pool if you can afford it!  ???

Q2) Which is NOT the highest in the world?  ???

   a) Burj Khalifa's swimming pool
   b) The Burj Khalifa tower
   c) The Eiffel Tower's observation deck
   d)  Burj Khalifa's service lift
   e) The observation deck of the Burj Khalifa

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

   a) give back the money it owes  ???
   b) a time when companies are successful  ???
   c) a place, usually high up, where you can see everything  ???
   d) the person or thing which is the highest, smallest, largest, etc.  ???
   e) an exciting event with explosions  ???
   f) the official start of something  ???

4) Today's Song

At the time of writing this lesson, Blue Skies are the last thing we have! It's either snow or rain at the moment!

So let's put a little sunshine into our lives with the timelessly happy Mr. Blue Sky from the Electric Light Orchestra, and do the exercise...


  Mr. Blue Sky  (Part 1)  (Part 2)
(by Electric Light Orchestra)

The verses of the song have been mixed up!

Listen to the song, and try to put them in the correct order, from 1 to 10.

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

Mr. Blue Sky
Mr. Blue Sky
Mr. Blue Sky

Mr. Blue you did it right,
But soon comes Mr. Night,
Creepin' over, now his
Hand is on your shoulder,
Never mind I'll remember you this way.
Hey there Mr. Blue (Sky)
We're so pleased to be with you (Sky)
Look around see what you do, (Blue)
Everybody smiles at you.
Mr. Blue Sky, please tell us why,
You had to hide away
For so long (so long)
Where did we go wrong.
Sun is shinin' in the sky,
There ain't a cloud in sight
It's stopped rainin'
Everybody's in a play
And don't you know
It's a beautiful new day.
Hey hey...
Runnin' down the avenue,
See how the sun shines brightly
In the city on the streets
Where once was pity,
Mr. Blue Sky is living here today.
Hey hey
Hey you with the pretty face,
Welcome to the human race
A celebration Mr. Blue Sky's
Up there waitin' and today
Is the day we've waited for
Hey there Mr. Blue
We're so pleased to be with you
Look around see what you do,
Everybody smiles at you.

5) And don't forget..!

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