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Spanish wife almost changed World War II plans

World War Two spy's row with wife 'almost ruined D-Day'
A row between a spy and his wife almost compromised World War Two D-Day operations, secret MI5 files show.

Juan Pujol, who was codenamed Agent Garbo, had helped to convince the Nazis the landings would not take place in Normandy but in the Pas-de-Calais.

But after being confined to their London house to protect his identity, his wife threatenedto go to the Spanish embassy in a row in June 1943.

She said she would tell all unless she was allowedto visit her mother.

Homesick

The family was based in Harrow, north-west London, where Agent Garbo had a network of sub-agents sending false intelligence reports to his German spymasters.

His feedback of false information to the Nazis diverted them away from the scene of the actual D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.

Mrs Pujol not onlystruggledtocope with the pressure of the family's double life but also became homesick.

She was missing Spanish food and became upsetat her husband …

Brangelina - the divorce of the year

Angelina Jolie to divorce Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, the actress's lawyer has confirmed.

Robert Offer said she filed for "dissolution of marriage" on Monday, adding the "decision was made for the health of the family".

"She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time," Offer added in the statement.

The couple have been together since 2004 but only married in August 2014.

It was Pitt's second marriage, having previously wed Friends star Jennifer Aniston, and Jolie's third after Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.

According to US entertainment website TMZ, Jolie cited "irreconcilable differences" in the divorce papers and listed the date of separation of 15 September.

It is understood she is asking for physical custody of the couple's six children and is asking the judge to give Pitt visitation rights.

The couple have six children together - Maddox, Pax…

Come on, YOLO!

Moobs and YOLO among new words in Oxford English Dictionary 
Moobs and YOLO are among hundreds of new words to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Moobs earns its listing as a slang term for a man's prominent breasts, and YOLO is an acronym for "you only live once".

New words and phrases are usually added to the dictionary once editors have enough evidence to demonstrate continued historical use.

Other entries focus on the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, with additions such as Oompa Loompa and witching hour.

Words related to food, speech, media and retail also feature.

The OED is a historical dictionary and a definitive guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of almost 830,000 past and present words, senses, and compounds from across the English-speaking world.

It differs from the online Oxford dictionary, which lists current definitions of English words, and has a lower threshold for accepting new entries to its list of words.

New additions

Some of …

Hope for animals in Spain

Has the time come for animal rights politics in Spain?
Growing support for the Pacma party could reflect greater awareness about plight of fauna
Spain's burgeoning animal rights movement staged an impressive display of force on Saturday, when thousands of people filled Madrid’s Puerta del Sol central square to demand an end to all fiestas that goad or kill bulls.

The demonstrators were also celebrating their recent victory over the so-called Toro de la Vega, a controversial bull run held for centuries in the woodlands outside the town of Tordesillas, and which, yeilding tomounting public pressure and hostile international media coverage, the regional government of Castilla y León has banned this year.

“The past is Tordesillas. The future belongs to all of you who defend animals rights!” said Silvia Barquero, president of the animal rights party Pacma, addressing the crowd.

She then laid out her party's next set of goals following the Tordesillas victory: “To end the becerrada…

Phrasal verbs with "put"

All the following sentences contain a phrasal with the verb "put".  Match the phrasal to its meaning.

A.

He's very good atputting his ideas across.What a mess! Can you putall these papers away, please?Don't leave the book there. Put it back on the shelf.The policeman told the man to put the knife down.The meeting was put off due to the pilots' strike.You are eating chocolate cake now?! It'll put you offyour dinner.       a. to return stg to where it was before it was moved       b. to delay an event until another date or time       c. to express       d. to discourage sb from doing stg       e. to put stg in its usual place       f. to put stg you are holding onto the floor

B. Can you put the light on? I can't see a thing.I put on a lot of weight over the holidays.It took the fire brigade ten hours to put the fire out.Can you put me through to customer services, please?He has nowhere else to stay so I'm putting him upfor a few days.How do you put up with

Free cultural activities for 18-year-olds

Italian teenagers to receive €500 'cultural bonus' from government
Italian school leavers may face thedismalprospect of 40 per cent youth unemployment, but at least they have one thing to look forward to – a €500 “culture bonus”, courtesy of the government.

From next month, every 18-year-old will be entitled toclaim the money and spend it on culturally enriching pursuits such as going to theatres, concerts and museums, visiting archaeological sites, and buying books.

The scheme, which starts on Sept 15, will benefit 575,000 teenagers, at a cost to the government of €290 million (£250 million).

Young people who turn 18 this year will be able to register online and then spend the money through a special app, called 18app.it, which can be downloaded on a smart phone, tablet or computer.

They will have until the end of next year to spend all the credit. They will be spoilt for choice – the country that gave the world Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Fellini has a galaxy of museums a…