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Chapter 1 Interesting Reading Articles

What makes an article interesting for you?

Jeremy Corbyn โ€“ 2017 Speech to CBI Conference

There follows the text of the speech made by Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, to the CBI Conference on 6 November 2017.


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How Dover Castle became the Key of England โ€“ the Great Siege of 1216

Eight hundred years ago, a French prince and his baronial allies controlled most of England. Holding out almost alone against him, Dover Castle and its stalwart defenders played a crucial part in preventing Prince Louis of France from becoming King Louis I of England.


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The Secret of Living a Meaningful Life

What's the secret of life? What can we do to make life more interesting?


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Welcome to France

Visitors to the famous white cliffs of Dover are getting a nasty surprise when they want to use their mobile phones โ€“ they are picking up a French signal at higher charges.


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Life in the USA

This is from the perspective of someone who has lived in the uS most of their life, but has spent almost 6 years in the early 90s and 4 years of early childhood living in Japan.


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Lost bearings

One of the things I've noticed while travelling on the train is the number of people who momentarily don't know where they are when they peer out the window . They might be reading, listening to music or just


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With its mighty castle perched dramatically on a ridge above its rooftops, Stirling is one of Scotland's most historic towns. Once upon a time it was Scotland's capital and is still known as the "gateway to the Highlands". It's also a thriving modern city, Scotland's newest in fact with excellent arts provision, a go-ahead university and excellent shopping.


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Who really invented the light bulb?

It was over a hundred years ago that one of the great innovators of Britain's 'Golden Age' passed away. Sadly few people know of him today, if you were to mention his name to someone they would most likely just stare at you blankly. But his legacy is to be seen all around us; it is used in every home, at every office, and on every street across the globe.


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Easily Influenced

Q. My company has a strict policy that employees are not permitted to accept gifts from vendors or outside contacts that exceed a very low value, about the cost of a pen or a logo t-shirt. The exception is restaurant meals, although we are expected to pay the bill with our corporate credit cards if we dine out with these connections. I understand the ethics behind the policy, but it seems somewhat silly to me. Why would it matter to me who paid the bill for dinner? Are people really that susceptible to corruption that a small gift would make such a difference? Can such policies be designed more rationally?


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Catalonian Independence

Arriving at this historic moment, and as President of the Generalitat I take it upon myself to say, in presenting to you the results of the referendum before Parliament and our co-citizens, that the people have determined that Catalonia should become an independent state in the form of a republic.


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London Sights

Standing over 300 metres tall! PETER BUCHANAN (Actually, he's not really that tall.)


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Chapter 2 Science and Nature

Articles related to science, the universe and all aspects of nature.

Fall into a Black Hole

It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human race, or maybe you're just on a long walk and you slip. Whatever the circumstances, at some point we all find ourselves confronted with the age-old question: what happens when you fall into a black hole?


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Viewing a solar eclipse

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, and the moon's shadow covers part of the Earth, and a total solar eclipse takes place when the moon's shadow blocks out the sun entirely.


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Countries of the World - Statistical Web Quest

Chose a statistic and thee countries. Ask the others to guess the correct order for these countries. Then Click the column headers to sort the table. Guess the top three countries before sorting to check!


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Chapter 3 The World

Articles about different countries and places around the world.

London Taxi

Strange things that have been left behind in London taxis in the past.
Read the article and answer the questions.


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Damage. (A Freak Tornado!)

How many words do you know that describe damage?
Fill the gaps with suitable words.

A freak tornado ripped through a residential area of the capital today, tearing apart buildings and injuring six people.


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Chapter 5 Famous People from History

Read about them and read what they say.

TED Bill Gates

Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes at an elite technology conference to make a point about the deadly disease malaria.


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Europe's Borders

Over one million refugees made their way to the continent last year, with most of them headed for Germany and Scandinavian countries.


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Bob Marley and the Wailers

A malapropism is using the wrong word instead of another word because they sound similar to each other, and which is funny as a result. Each numbered word is a malapropism. What words were replaced intentionally by malapropisms?


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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, in America's heartland. She spent much of her early childhood in the upper-middle class household of her maternal grandparents. Amelia's mother, Amelia "Amy" Otis, married a man who showed much promise, but had never been able to break the bonds of alcohol. Edwin Earhart was on a constant search to establish his career and put the family on a firm financial foundation.


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Chapter 6 The British Isles

Read about places in Britain. England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

London Soho

One of my favourite parts of London is Soho, which is right in the centre, and includes picadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, and Leicester Square. One of the main reasons I like it is that it is always lively and colourful, with people dashing around going about their business, which is mainly honest but not always.


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