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Kate Winslet 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards Best Actress Speech

I found this a bit embarrassing to watch.

Do you ever feel embarrassed for anyone? Can you think of an example?


What do they want her to do when they ask her to "wrap up"?


Who are the cast of a film? What does she mean when she describes them as remarkable?


Kate isup againstPenelope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress at the upcoming Oscars. Kate beat Pe at these Golden Globes but might Pe win at the Oscars? Have you seen either film? What do you think of their performances?

11-year-old in bullfighting ring

Young matador, 11, slaughters six bulls to claim a controversial place in history
A child matador has infuriated animal rights activists by killing six young bulls in a bid to have his name entered in the Guinness Book of Records.

Michelito Lagravere, who is just 11, believes he should hold the world record for his controversial feat.

Source: Daily Mail

Vocabulary:
to slaughter -
to claim -
in a bid to ... -
to hold the world record -
a feat -
a bull-ring
to give the go-ahead -
a calf -
to plead -
to gather -
to achieve -
to ban -
to target -
despite

What do you think about child matadors? 

Why did fewer Brits survive the Titanic?

'Polite' Britons died on Titanic

More British passengers died on the Titanic because they queued politely for lifeboats, researchers believe.

A behavioural economist says data suggests Britons in that era were more inclined to be "gentlemanly" while Americans were more "individualist".

Source: BBC News

Vocabulary:
to queue -
to sink (sank, sunk) -
a maiden voyage -
an iceberg -
chummy (inf) -
wealthy (adj) -
may as well + verb -
unsinkable (adj) -
freezing -
according to ... -
the peak -
social norms -


What other stories have you heard about the Titanic?

Over to Obama

Obama is sworn in for second time

Barack Obama has been sworn in as US president for the second time in two days, because one word was given out of order during Tuesday's ceremony.

The Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, John Roberts, administered the oath again at the White House.

The decision to repeat the oath was taken out of an abundance of caution, an official said.

But Mr Obama joked: "We decided it was so much fun...." before adding: "We're going to do it very slowly."

In contrast to the first oath-taking, Mr Obama did not swear on a Bible and his wife Michelle was not at his side.

And instead of an audience of millions, only a few close aides saw the second attempt, with even journalists excluded from the Map Room of the White House.

Tuesday's stumble went largely unnoticed at the time.

In the oath, as set out in the US Constitution, the new incumbent swears to "faithfully execute the office of president of the United States".

But …

My Way - Frank Sinatra

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which Im certain.

I've lived a life that's full.
I've traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, I've had a few;
But *then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

I've loved, Ive laughed and cried.
I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I did it my way.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then…

Bye Bye Bush!

How will you remember the Presidency of George W Bush?


He's apparently the most unpopular President ever. Do you think history will judge him kindly?


What are some of the images that represent his eight years as President?


Look at thisvideoand thesepicswith the lyrics tojog your memory.

Lies and the truth.

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Do you remember all these lies I told you?
I come from Edinburgh.I have a famous relative - Ewan Mcgregor.I went to Moscow for my summer holiday last year.I lived in Paris for seven years.
Here is the truth:
I am actually from Inverness.I just have the one brother.I went to Brussels last summer - hardly exotic, I know.I have lived in Rome.


Where is Inverness?
It's in the North of Scotland, next to Loch Ness.

Is it a big town?
It's actually a city but itsn't that big.

How many people live there?
Around 60, 000. Its population is growing.

How far is it from Edinburgh?
It's about 3 and a half hours by car.

What'sitlike?
It's quite pleasant with a river and a castle.

What'sthe weatherlike there?
It can get quite cold in the winter but it doesn't snow so much.

What about the summer - what's it like?
You can never guarantee sunshine unfortunately.

How often do you go back?
I usually go home twice a year - in summer and at Christmas.

Would you like to go back to live there?

Nuns on the net

Spain's barefoot nuns put faith in YouTube to find new convent recruits

For the 11 remaining "Barefoot Carmelite" nuns at the San Jose convent in Ecija, near the southern Spanish city of Seville, the future looked grim.

No young novices had joined the convent for three years and, as is happening in convents all over Spain, their numbers were dwindling so fast as the elder ones died that it looked as though it may have to close after almost 400 years.

Source: Guardian
Vocabulary:
barefoot -
grim (adj) -
to dwindle -
to look as though -
to break out of (jail) -
not only .... but .... -
footage (n) -
to sew -
uplifting (adj) -
the joys -
the grilles -
to claim -
tough (adj) -
all the better -
to join up -

No pavement pizza!

Swearing 'banned' in city centre

Council bosses are trying to stamp out swearing in a city centre as part of a campaign against anti-social behaviour.

Signs and banners have been put up across Preston pointing out "Rules 'Round Town" such as "No 'Effin and 'Jeffin" and "No Aggro".

The posters are part of the Respect Our City campaign, designed to reduce anti-social behaviour such as swearing, spitting and litter dropping.

The rules will be enforced by police and council officers.

Police can give outfixed penalty notices of up to £80 for various public order offences while council officers can impose £75 on-the-spot fines for litter offences.

Posters have been put up in shops, restaurants and takeaways in the city centre and stickers will be used on beer mats in pubs and clubs.

'Respect your city'

Later this week, 10ft (3m) banners will be displayed on the sides of buses.

Otherreminders on the posters are "No Pavement Pizza&quo…

There's probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy life

Man refuses to drive 'No God' bus

A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a bus with an atheist slogan proclaiming "There's probably no God".

Ron Heather, from Southampton, Hampshire, responded with "shock" and "horror" at the message and walked out of his shift on Saturday in protest.

First Bus said it would do everything in its power to ensure Mr Heather does not have to drive the buses.

Buses across Britain started displaying atheist messages in an advertising campaign launched earlier this month.

Mr Heather told BBC Radio Solent: "I was just about toboard and there it was staring me in the face, my first reaction was shock horror.

"I felt that I could not drive that bus, I told my managers and they said they haven't got another one and I thought I better go home, so I did.

"I think it was the starkness of this advert which implied there was no God."

When he returned to work on Monday he was called into a meeting…

New Year Resolutions

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Have you made any resolutions for 2009?


Have you made one and broken it within a matter of days?

I haven't even bothered to make any these last few years, because experience tells me that I will soon break them.

But this year is going to be different.....

I haven't been to the gym since last summer. Once you stop going, it is a great effort to get back to the routine. I am going to start going again and I'll try to go at least three times a week. I haven't decided whether to go back to the same one or not.

I have to improve my Spanish this year. I haven't studied for ages and my level has been the same for too many years. Actually, I sometimes think it' s worse than some years ago. So I am going to make a great effort between now and the summer; and hopefully, people will notice the difference. I might even do an exam to have clear evidence of improvement.

I think I only went to the cinema twice last year. And both times, I was left disappointed. I am going to d…