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Fantastic Mrs Fox

Source: Wikipedia (mariomasone)
Here's the transcript of the video about the fox we watched in class today. What are the 5 missing words?

R = Reporter    V = Vet

R: Life jacket on and ready to go.

R: A (1) dose of doggy paddle is exactly what the doctor ordered for fox cub Basil after she was found dehydrated and (2), trapped in a crisp packet.

V: To be fair, when she came in, she was very, very poorly, she was extremely dehydrated and erm it was a case of make a decision: do we try for her or we kindly let her go? So we decided to give her a chance.

R: Swimming helps to (3) her broken hip but she's by no means being tamed.

V: Our (4) is not to make this a pet. It's to basically to get the little girl released and it sounds awful but she'll just have to take her chances Erm but the quicker we can get her back in the (5), then I think the less chance she's got of being humanised or relying too much on people or being too friendly with people.

R: And after all that ex…

Hospital English

Photo Source: Wikipedia (Luv)


She was admitted suffering from shock.

pedir hora:

I'd like to make an appointment for Tues morning with Dr Rodriguez.

estar de baja:

I've been off sick for the last month / I've been on sick leave for the last month. ie I haven't been at work for the last month due to illness.

hacerse un análisis de sangre:

My doctor sent me to get a blood test to find out what is wrong.

que le tomen  la presión arterial:

She has high blood pressure. She needs to get her blood pressure taken every three months. (to get stg done)


The doctor suspected that I had appendicitis so he sent me to casualty / accident and emergency.

una revisión / un chequeo médico:

She needs to go every 6 months for arevisioncheck-up.

las muletas:

He was oncrutches for a week after spraining his ankle playing football.

dar el alta:

I was discharged from hospital. ie I was allowed to go home.

My doctor told me I was fit to go back to work.

un suero:

I could go for a w…

Pick up your dog's poo

Spanish town posts dog mess back to offending hound owners
A Spanish town has come up with an ingenious way to keep its streets clean of dog mess – by sending the offending deposits back to the owners in an official box marked 'Lost Property'.
The council of Brunete, a small town some 20 miles west of Madrid, launched the campaign to crack down on irresponsible dog owners.
During the course of a week a team of twenty volunteers patrolled the town's streets on the lookout for dog owners who failed to scoop. They then approached the guilty owner and struck up a casual conversation to discover the name of the dog.

Source: Daily Telegraph Vocabulary:
dog mess -

offending (adj) -

a hound -

to come up with (a way, an idea, a plan...) -

a council -

to crack down on stg -

on the lookout for stg/sb -

to fail to do stg -

to scoop -

to strike up a conversation (struck, struck) -

a breed -

a town hall -

a spokesman -

branded (adj) -

an award -

a drop -

to tackle -

an issue -

to chase -

Road hogs beware

Middle Lane Hogs Face £100 On-The-Spot Fines The Government is to announce a crackdown on anti-social motoring with penalties for tailgating and using the wrong lane. Drivers who hog the middle lane or tailgate other cars will face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points on their licence. Police are also expected to get powers to issue instant fixed penalty notices for not giving way at a junction or using the wrong lane at a roundabout.

Details of a crackdown on anti-social motoring are due to be released by the Government in a statement to Parliament today.

Source: Sky News Vocabulary:
a lane -

a (road) hog / to hog -

to face -

on-the-spot -

a fine -

a crackdown -

to tailgate -

to issue -

to give way -

a junction -

to be due to -

to release -

a statement -

careless (adj) -

to tackle (a problem) -

an offender -

court (n) -

a range of -

a driving offence -

to go unpunished -

to prosecute -

a summons -

to bring forward -

a hand-held mobile phone -

to deter -

at long last -

a pet hate -

What driving of…

Go vegetarian to live longer

Vegetarian diet could cut early death risk
A vegetarian diet could be the key to living a longer and healthier life, according to new research
Experts claim that cutting meat from the daily intake may be all that is needed to slash the risk of heart disease and early death.

A study showed that vegetarians were less likely to have died than meat-eaters when checked several years later. The latest research analysing the lives of more than 70,000 people revealed that those who shun meat and fish completely had the best lifespan benefits.

Source: Daily Express Vocabulary:

according to -

intake (n) -

to slash -

a disease -

likely -

latest -

to shun -

lifespan -

death rate -

a peer -

to lead (led, led) -

to tend to -

on average -

overall -

a pattern -

to lower / lower(comparative) -

Do you eat enough fruit and veg?

What's your favourite vegetarian dish?

What do you think you should you eat more of and what should you cut down on?