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Iconic red phone boxes

Click on the title to this post to watch a video about the red phone boxes. Then answer these questions.
What are the other icons of British life?Why does Ron think that red telephone boxes are so important?According to Ron, what is the problem with mobile phones and why are they "well worth retaining"?How does the scheme to save the telephone boxes work?
Listen as many times as you need. Try to complete these sentences.

Few aspects of British life have been so loved, ___ __ _________.If you've got one of these (a mobile), ___ __ _____ would you need to visit one of these (a telephone box)?___ __ ____ __ ___, since then, about a third have been removed by BT (British Telecom).Councils now have to decide whether they ___ _____ ______ __ ____.
Here are some jumbled up words from the video with their definition. Can you guess what they are and hear them in their context.

cloaf inpot : the thing that everyone looks at or is interested ingleneedtc : not receiving enough care or at…

When are you going to get it done?

Has she had her nose and chin done? Photo:

I need to get my oven fixed. It hasn't been working for ages.

I should have my eyes tested again. I think I might need new glasses.

I never have my hair cut. I save some money by cutting it myself.

If you need to get something translated, I can do it for you.

My parents are always having some room in the house redecorated.

I remember how we used to get the newspapers and milk delivered to our house.

If the bags under my eyes get much worse, I'll get them removed.

Listen to the Grammar Challenge and practice the "get/have something done" structure here. Then create, like I have, some examples of your own.

You had a Bad Day - Daniel Powter

Where is the moment we needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
You tell me your blue skies fade to grey
You tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need nocarryin' on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee to go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces everytime
And I don't need no carryin' on

Because you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Well, you need a blue sky holiday
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carryin' on

You had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don'…

Jailed abroad

Sex-on-beach trial Britons guilty

A British man and woman have beensentenced to three months in jail in Dubai after beingfound guilty of having sex on a beach.

Michelle Palmer, 36, of Oakham, Rutland, and Vince Acors, 34, of Bromley, south-east London, were arrested on 5 July.

They were fined 1,000 dirhams (£160; $350) and will be deported after serving their sentences.

Their lawyer says the pair will appeal against the verdict.

A spokesman for the judge said Acors and Palmer would be jailed and then deported for the offences of unmarried sex and public indecency.

He added that they had been fined for being drunk in a public place.

"The sentence of three months is usual in these cases. We get many cases of this kind," he said.

Acors and Palmer were not at Dubai's Court of First Instance to hear the ruling but had been ordered not to leave the emirate.

'Not happy'

Their defence lawyer Hassan Matter said the pair wereupset but not surprised by the verdict.


Old but alert

106-year-old voter chooses Obama

A 106-year-old American nun living in a convent in Rome could well be one of the oldest voters to cast a ballotin the 2008 US Presidential election.

Sister Cecilia Gaudette, who last voted for President Eisenhower in 1952, has registered to vote and says she will vote for Democrat Barack Obama.

Although hard of hearing, she keeps herself informed by reading newspapers and watching TV at the convent.

"I'm encouraged by Senator Obama," she says.

"I've never met him, but he seems to be a good man with a good private life. That's the first thing. Then he must be able to govern," she adds.

Sitting in her modest office in the convent where she has lived for the past 50 years, the diminutive nun appears uninterested in the row inside the American Catholic church over Senator Obama's support for pro-choice policies on abortion.

Asked about her hopes for the US under an Obama presidency, she says: "Peace abroad. I don't wor…

How to live until your hundreds...

105-year-old virgin says no sex the key to long life

A woman celebrating her 105th birthday says that celibacy and staying single has been the key to her long life.

Clara Meadmore, a retired secretary, who still has her own hair, teeth, and sharpwit, never had time for a family and lived alone until going into care.

She said: "I've always had lots of platonic friendships with men but never felt the need to go further than that or marry."

Miss Meadmore, who was born in Glasgow, and lived in Canada and New Zealand, before settling in Cornwall 40 years ago, also added that she had never had any interest in sex.

"I imagine there is a lot of hassle involved and I have always been busy doing other things," she said.

"When I was a girl you only had sex with your husband and I never married. I grew up in an era where little girls were to be seen and not heard so I had to learn to stand up for myself and earn my own living.

"Some men don't like that in a wom…

Racism in Sport

England veto Madrid for Spain tie

The Football Association will not allow a planned friendly with Spain to be played at Madrid's Bernabeu stadium because of fears over racist abuse.

Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips suffered racist abuse the last time England played there in 2004.

"We are currently in talks with the Spanish Federation," said FA director of communications Adrian Bevington.

"The FA were clear from the outset that we would not play the game in Madrid due to racial abuse we faced in 2004."

England manager Fabio Capello had two spells as manager at Real Madrid, winning La Liga in 2007.

"This fixture is one of the friendly games that Fabio Capello requested to play," added Bevington. "But as yet, a venue is still to be confirmed and the contract still to be signed.

"Fabio is totally supportive of this fixture."

The friendly would be an attractive game with Spain, the European champions, having a number of England-based pl…

Famous Gaffes

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia preside over the military parade The royal couple took the salute in what was a smaller display than normal.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, together with the Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, presided over the military parade on the Day of the Armed Forces yesterday.

Also in attendance was the leader of the Partido Popular, Mariano Rajoy, who described the parade the previous day as a ‘coñazo’ – ‘pain in the arse’– speaking without realising that a microphone was open and tape recorders were running. He later apologised for his comments.

More than 4,600 soldiers took part in yesterday’s parade in the Plaza de Colón in Madrid, with the flags from 13 countries represented, including the United States.

The Prince and Princess of Asturias were also in attendance and the Minister for Defence, Carme Chacón greeted the several Spanish missions abroad by video.

The flypast was on a smaller scalethis year, because of the meteorological condition…

The Sexiest Vegetarian

Leona Lewis turns down £1million to open Harrods sale over fur

Leona Lewis has reportedly turned down a £1million offer to open the sale at Harrods because the store sells fur.

Celebrities including Victoria Beckham, Lily Allen, Eva Longoria and Christina Aguilera have all officially opened the sales in the past - after a parade around Knightsbridge in a horse-drawn carriage then given a private tour of the famous department store by owner Mohammed Fayed and first pick of the discounted selection.

But Leona is said to have turned down the offer - and the seven figure pay packet - because the shop sells fur coats and accessories. Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall is said to have been offered the job instead.

The X Factor winner has been avegetariansince the age of 12 and avoids all fur and leather.

Afterbeing voted this year’s World’s Sexiest Vegetarian by animal rights group PETA, she explained: “I’m totally against animal cruelty.

“I don’t have clothes, shoes or bags made from any animal…

What sign language do you know?

Head teacher forced to use sign language at school of 24 nationalities
Staff and pupils at a primary school where 26 different languages are spoken are learning sign language so they can communicate with each other.

Of the 311 children at Fairlight Primary School in Brighton, East Sussex, 55 are from overseas, originating from a total of 24 countries.

Between them, they speak 26 languages ranging from Spanish and Polish to Arabic and Mandarin Chinese.

The school's new head teacher, Damien Jordan, realised he and the other teachers would struggleunless they found a way to communicate with all of the pupils, but it would be impossible for them to learn all the different languages.

So he and his staff have learned how to use the basics of Makaton , a form of signing that involves speech and facial expressions as well as gestures, and are now using it in classes with children as well.

Recent figures show one in seven primary school pupils in England now speaks English as a second langu…

Books v PCs

Italy pupils ditch books for PCs

Pupils at a school in Italy are replacing all their text books with computers for a year - in what is being described as a unique experiment.

More than 60 children - aged between eight and 10 - at Turin's Don Milani school will be using mini laptops with the full curriculum.

Their access to the internet will be controlled by special software.

The experiment, which is backed by parents, aims to test how a computer alone can improve the learning process.

Cheaper alternative

Until Wednesday, the Don Milani di Rivoli elementary school was like any other in Italy.

Children turned up, got out their books and pens and began the process of learning.

But now, 60 fifth grade pupils and a number of third graders will start using computers only.

The mini laptops, which run Windows software, weigh less than a kilogram, can be dropped from a height of one-and-a-half metres and are waterproof.

Instead of spending the equivalent of $700 (£400) a year on books, the …

The Jungle Book - The Bare Necessities

This is one of the songs that I sing in the shower from time to time, or hum going along the street to cheer myself up.

I don't think they make cartoons like they used to.

Source: You Tube Key words: bare necessities jungle book

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature's recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn't be fonder of my big home
The bees are buzzin' in the tree
To make some honey just for me
When you look under the rocks and plants
And take a glanceat the fancy ants
Then maybe try a few

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And y…