The Book Of Love

14 Φεβρουάριος 2014

 

   

 

Fill in the gaps while listening to the song.

The Book Of Love by Peter Gabriel

The book of love is long and ………………
No one can lift the …………….thing
It’s full of charts and facts some ……………..and instructions for dancing
But I
I love it when you read to me
And you
You can read me anything
The book of love has music in it
In fact that’s where music …………….from
Some of it is just …………………..
Some of it is just really ……………….But I
I love it when you sing to me
And you
You can sing me anything
The book of love is long and ………………….

And written very ………………

 It’s full of flowers and heart-……………….. boxes
And things we’re all too …………………to know
But I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
You ought to give me wedding rings

Interpretation:

The point of this song is to show that love is not rational. The «book of love is long and boring». If love were a book, say a textbook, it’s a deep, complicated subject and reading about it would be long and it would be boring. In fact it’s too complicated, it’s too heavy, so much so that «no one can lift the damn thing». 

And it’s tedious to talk or read about it. The best analogy for tediousness is the book would have to be «full of charts and facts and figures». And even more ludicrously, it has «instructions for dancing», as if you could learn how to dance by just reading about it! You kinda have to do it to learn it, just like you do for love — you learn about love by being in love.

But who cares about the «book»? All I know is that when I’m in love, I love everything you do, even you read me a stupidly long and boring book about love! So read what you want to me, even charts and facts and figures, and I will love it. And the book has music in it. Again, some of it is fantastic and some not, but as long as you’re singing it to me, I will love it. Love is irrational, as long as you’re with me and no matter what we’re doing together, I’ll love it and I’ll love you.

And the book has things in it that are nearly incomprehensible, that even the oldest and wisest of us, are «all too young to know.» Love is too complicated for even the smartest of us, no matter how many years of learning about it and thinking about it that we do, we’ll always be «too young.» Love is unknowable, how can there be a damn book about it?!

And finally, since I love you as much as I do, hmmm. well, — ahem. Just a thought here! I’m just too shy to say… Well here goes anyway: You should give me a wedding ring. Or better yet shower me with wedding rings! And you know I’ll love it when you buy me a ring because «I love it when you give me things». Marry me. Even though I have a cynical edge and that I think that the book of love is long and boring, marry me anyway. It’s a crazy thought that we are in love, because it is all irrational but marry me anyway.

Interpretation:

My own interpretation is as follows: «The Book Of Love is LONG and BORING», basically straight-off-the-bat saying that the idea of love, throughout history, is irrelevant. What is expected from love and everything that develops from love whether true or untrue is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is spending time with one another. Not expecting anything more, or over-analyzing every aspect, rather just spending time with that one you love and keeping it as simple as that. Nothing has to transcribe, nothing has to fit conventional ideas of love and relationships, rather that you should just enjoy spending time with your significant other.

All the kitschy, cliche elements to love «Heart-shaped boxes» etc. doesn’t convey the strength or love between two people in love, rather that spending time and enjoying the others company should be the main indicator of the strength of a relationship.

Then at the end the message of «the wedding ring» is repeated, as it is seen as an important icon of love.

Interpretation:

I believe the “Book of Love” could be referring to ancient “writings” of poetry or even possibly the ultimate book of love – the Bible.  And when he says it’s “heavy” – it could be talking about the fact that no one can live up to the standards that are set out for us – and that it DOES seem even boring at times.

 It is talking about “love” in general and not literally.  The feelings and emotions of love – and that can be heavy and even boring when talking about the many facets of love.

Love is overwhelming and even “dumb” – UNTIL!!!!!!  It happens to you.  Then love isn’t so dumb after all.  No.  It’s sweet and sad and happy all at the same time.

Love makes you helpless.  You surrender to it.  It makes you a better person.  You feel like you’re losing yourself to it.  And in a way – you do.  There’s nothing else to do – when love has totally embraced you.  You are never the same.  The ultimate culmination of that love is a “wedding” between two people – thus “you ought to give me wedding rings” at the end of the song.

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All of this is – love

 

 

 

Some THINGS to THINK about

1 Having read all the above interpretations which one do you identify with?

2 What is the hidden meaning to these lyrics for you?  Can you find it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts…

3 What would be the ingredients for a true solid relationship of love , to your mind?

4 “ Love in the hi-tech era” ,what is the influence of technology on love?

5 In your opinion what are those things that may destroy a genuine relationship? (the Blackberry phenomenon, cohabitating, expecting perfection,not compromising, being argumentative, being a control-freak, not taking time for yourself,taking your partner for granted, killing the fun , not listening enough, nitpicking,too much intimacy, over-analyzing everything, worrying about the future….)

Love Quotes

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” 
― Dr. Seuss

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” 
― William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” 
― Nicholas SparksA Walk to Remember

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” 
― Jodi PicoultMy Sister’s Keeper

“We love the things we love for what they are.” 
― Robert Frost

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” 
― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” 
― Nicole KraussThe History of Love

Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s everything in between that makes it all worth living.

Falling in love is like jumping off a really tall building. Your brain tells you it is not a good idea, but your heart tells you, you can fly.

If I could chose between loving you and breathing I would use my last breathe to say I love you.

It takes a minute to have a crush on someone an hour to like someone and a day to love someone but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

   

 

 

Survival Story :worksheet

7 Φεβρουάριος 2014

SURVIVAL STORY             

      

Once when me and my friend were camping in Northern Ontario (Canada), we decided to follow a trail beside a river. We were stupid and foolish and (kind of) didn’t tell our moms where we were going (we were only 12/13). Being the nature freak I am, I wanted to keep going and see the rest of the forest, we ended up going past the campground boundaries and across a river. About 15 minutes after, I noticed wolf/coyote and bear tracks and got a little frightened. Then about 30 seconds later, it started raining and got me and my friend stuck in the mud. We decided to wait out until it stopped raining. Gladly it stopped about 2 minutes later, So we crawled out, crossed the river BACK to the original side we were on, climbed a rock wall about ten feet high(gladly it was slanted a bit), walked back to our bikes and biked back in the rain.It would have been a lot better if we had a cell phone or some kind of communication with our moms(or a tarp to stop the rain and a magnesium stick and dry tinder to keep us warm) and yes my «preparedness» level has been higher ever since.

 

Use the  words below to fill in the gaps of the sentences that follow.

 

preparedness- tarp- slanted- tinder- boundaries- freak- trail- crawl

 

1 His speech was ……………to the demonstrator’s unrest.

2 Traffic was moving at a ……………………

3 …………………roofs don’t accumulate water during storms.

4 Many refugees are sheltering under makeshift…………………structures.

5 The objective is to have a clear parental…………….and provide the guidance,limits and structure necessary to keep teens on track.

6 Many times in life we give something the title of “……………………….” Or “…………………………”if we do not understand it, relate well to it,or are frightened of it.

7 The criminal knew that the police were on his ……………

8 If there was ever a moment of ill-………………………..this was it. The ecological havoc following the disaster was unforeseen.

Answer the following questions:

1 Where did the writer’s adventure take place?

2 What intimidated the young girl making her want to get back?

3 What made their return even more strenuous?

4 In hindsight, what did the girl realize?

 

Fill in with should, should have ,must, must have

1 You …………………….(check) your report thoroughly before you handed it in.

2 You ……………………….(not/watch) TV all night yesterday, that’s why you feel so tired now.

3 I saw Cynthia crying a few minutes ago. She ……………………..(hear) the bad news.

4 My doctor told me that I ………………(avoid) too much stress as it disrupts my sleeping patterns.

5 Sam ………………………….(smoke) when he visits Meg next week as she detests the smell of it.

6 Tod ………………………………..(drive) without his seatbelt on as that’s what caused severe injuring.

7 Law-abiding citizens …………………(pay) their taxes to avoid the case of being imposed with a fine by the government.

Below there are some quotes about hindsight. Match the first half of the sentences to their second one so as to form meaningful sentences.

 

1 With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things a)and still hold its reins.”  
2 “It has been a mistake living my life in the past. One cannot ride a horse backwards b) In between you are otherwise”
3 “The problem with comprehension is, c) which we would wish had been done differently or not at all. 

4 “Before, you are wise; after, you are wise. d)it often comes too late.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Gilmour on «Coming Back To Life»

18 Ιανουάριος 2014

 

Pink Floyd – Coming Back To Life Lyrics

Where were you when I was ……………..and broken
While the days slipped by from my ……………..watching
Where were you when I was hurt and ……………..Because the things you say and the things you do ………………..me
While you were hanging yourself on someone else’s ………………….
……………..to believe in what you heard
I was ………………straight into the shining sun

Lost in thought and lost in …………….
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were ……………..
……………the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but ……………..pastime
I took a heavenly ride through our ………………
I knew the ……………had arrived
For …………….the past and coming back to life

I took a heavenly ride through our ………………..
I knew the waiting had begun
And ………………..straight..into the shining sun

Things to do……..

1 Fill in the empty spaces while listening to the song.

2 The following are all interpretations of the lyrics of the song. It is clear that most opinions converge on a forsaken love.

Try to fill in the gaps with a suitable word.

difficulty – betrayed – tough – love  –killing  -prospects  –stability – mistrust –  pain –  term -howl  -energy  -pose – define – life – meant

 

It’s about someone who was once deeply in………………  but ……………..and now getting over his……………… heading towards a new beginning. It’s about getting a new……….. , not only in terms of love, it could be anything. Motivation, happiness, long ………….goal , inner peace ,achievement, mental…………… anything at all. It is about a person finding himself/herself once again after going through a bundle of ……………times!

 

I think it’s about finally meeting the person you are meant to spend your life with… And realizing you spent time and ………………on another person that wasn’t …………….for you. «Where were you?». She was trying to make a marriage work, and not available… But the past is the past… They are finally together now 🙂

 

It’s about a guy who’s been in deep love with the girl and her thoughts surround him all the time. And now he’s headed straight into the shining sun i.e. has overcome his past by ………….it and looking towards brighter………………

 

 

We all have moments in our lives that …………………..us as beings; those moments are ever-lasting.

The lyrics, in my mind, suggest that we all, at times find ………………in relating to others.

We tend to «sense» things very differently; consequently, what may have significant meaning to ourselves, can generate misunderstanding and, at times, …………….. in others, and in the world in which we all live.

Although one may have «stared directly into the sun», while others «………………… at the moon» it may……………….the question as to who and why we «are what we are» as individuals.

      

 

Law-Order-Crime-Punishment

16 Ιανουάριος 2014

 

A PRISONER DIARY

 

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2005

 

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All stories have beginning, my blog shall not be an exception. The beginning of this Blog is sorrow. Simple word, «Sorrow«, yet the most painful feeling. Sorrow is sadness. Sorrow is when u r sad, alone & emptiness. The worse thing is, it is silent. U will suffer without anyone knowing. U suffer in this emotion prison alone. U will shout, no man will hear. U will speak, no man will understand. This is the sorrow I am toking abt.

It had been days, weeks or months? I forgotten. Everyday in the prison seems the same. Same 4 walls wif all ur happy moment craved on it. Same bars tat have words of sad moment on it. It is dark and there is no different between day & night. I will lie on the hard cold bed, facing the walls. I will laugh when i saw tat happy times. I saw tat beautiful smile when he is playing wif his younger brother. I saw his back, full of confidence when he receive awards on stage. I heard the voice of a leader tat teaches and guides ppl. I saw the him happily deeply in love wif his lover. He enjoys every stages of his life. Since his birth he leads a life full of joy, pride, confidence, love. and I wispered softly …Matthias.. It is me. I noe tat voice, tat face. It is me….

I stood up. Walked right to the bars. thinking to break free yet I saw… my sad moment. Broken relationships. Shattered Family. Unforsee future. I am lost. Emptiness haunts me. Friends who had left me. My love tat had forsaken me. My family tat broke and shattered like glass. My future which is so dark and unknown. It is saddness, disappointment, emptiness & lost became a voice… tat echoed among the 4 walls. In my mind. I teared. Run back to my bed and hid my face. I shouted. I lunged out all my despair. Yet all tat is wif me is tears.

I hid to one corner and turn my face away. But each day, I will still see the 4 walls and the cycle repeats itself… No one noes… No one hears the cry for my soul is imprisoned in the mind…

«This blog is written in the prison
Name: Matthias

1 According to Mattias sorrow is the most painful feeling. Give his account of what sorrow is identified with.

2 What do the walls and what do the bars represent for him?

3 Matthias is trying to picture the life of a young boy in his mind ,in different stages of his life. Which boy is this and which stages of life is he captured in, in the prisoner’s imagination?

4 The bars somehow urge him to break free but also depict sad moments of his life. Which unpleasant, dramatic and painful experiences are mentioned here?

5 When in despair what is his sole company?

6 “No one hears the cry for my soul is imprisoned in the mind…”

This sentence can be interpreted in different ways due to a variation of syntax it contains. The word “for” can either be a preposition or a conjunction meaning because . Explain the double meaning this phrase conveys.

 

Ex-Convicts: Life After Prison

When a person is convicted of committing a crime in the United States, depending on the crime’s nature, he or she may serve prison time. Life during prison can be difficult, but for many inmates, life after prison is even more challenging.

How Many People are Incarcerated at Any Given Time?

At any given time, there are approximately 2.3 million men and women incarcerated in the United States. Prison sentences for inmates range from a few days to multiple life sentences. Often, prisoners are not required to serve their entire sentence if they are able to accept a plea deal, win an appeals case, or be released early for good behavior.

What Services Exist to Help Ex-Convicts Assimilate into Society After Prison?

There are a number of incentives for private businesses to hire ex-convicts after they are released. These incentives include government-funded training for those recently released from prison and tax breaks for the private companies that hire them. According to the Bureau of Justice, approximately half of all of those released who cannot find employment in the first month after will be rearrested. According to the same source, approximately 93 percent of all who are able to find employment within the first month of release are not rearrested and are able to successfully assimilate back into society.

What is Project Hope?

Project Hope is a public organization that brings members of the community and ex-convicts together to talk about issues facing those recently released from prison and how the community can overcome them. The organization also works to break down the barrier of stereotypes that often exist between the general public and those who have been incarcerated. It is also the hope of the program that ex-convicts will be able to make connections with people who will help them find a job or put them in touch with someone who can. Project Hope aims to help those recently released from prison develop a solid and positive base of friends willing to help them through the difficult times ahead.

The  vocabulary items below have been taken from the above article. Use them to fill in the gaps of the sentences  that follow.

Incarcerate  – barrier  – inmate   – plea  –  incentive  –   assimilate  –  convict  – range  –  fund  –  release

1 We ………………… people because they post a danger to society.

2 I think our mobile phones are out of ………………….of the nearest radio tower..

3  In prison he organised the killing of another …………………….

4 Anthony can ……………….without discarding his heritage.

5 After adolescence many pupils lack ………………….. for an education that has no direct reference to a career.

6 People must try hard to overcome the …………………………that separate them from the real essence of life.

7 Two out of three re-offend within two years of …………………………

8 He resolutely denied her …………………. to have the picture removed

9 He has made money available to ……………….. community-building efforts, and his message to everyone is that these efforts are important.

10 The court then acquitted him on the grounds that a jury did not have substantial evidence to……………….him for the crime.

Finally,  a quote to bear in mind….

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present , and the present is where everything begins. (Carlos Santana)

 

 

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Macaca mulatta rhesus monkey Worksheet

9 Ιανουάριος 2014

 

 

 

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Macaca mulatta

rhesus monkey

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Populations of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) are most commonly found in western Afghanistan, through India to northern Thailand. This species was abundant historically in southern China and Tibet, but humans have caused drastic decline of populations in these areas over the last sixty years. Because M. mulatta is often used for research, today populations are kept in captivity world wide.

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Macaca mulatta lives in a wide range of habitats, and shows a great deal of adaptability. Some populations live in flatlands, while others, in northern India and Pakistan, live in the Himalayas at elevations up to 3,000 m. These primates are able to aclimate to a variety of climatic extremes, from the hot, dry temperatures found in deserts, to cold winter temperatures which fall to well below the freezing point.

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These smallish monkeys have grizzled-brown fur dorsally, with the fur on the ventral   being slightly lighter in color. The hair is short on the head. The face and buttocks of adults are red.

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Although rhesus monkeys show mate preferences, in general they are highly promiscuous. As they live in multi-male, multifemale groups, there are ample opportunities for individuals to copulate with multiple partners.

Males attract mates either by having high dominance status within the social group, or sometimes by being friendly (grooming, carrying infants, etc) to females.

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Rhesus monkeys are highly active and very loud. They enjoy being in water and are good swimmers. They live in groups of up to two hundred individuals. When a group’s size reaches 80 to 100 members, a subgroup of females may split off to form a new group.

Dominance hierarchies exist in both sexes. This is far more evident in males, where competition for mates may occur regularly. The female members of a group usually live in complete harmony and rarely have violent interactions with one another.

Although rhesus monkeys live in groups, they are not territorial. Each group of individuals usually has its own sleeping space, but the territories of neighboring groups may overlap considerably. Confrontations between groups are rare. Usually when groups meet, the weaker group will avoid the stronger group. Any confrontations that arise are because of an uncertainty concerning strength and dominance.

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The dietary habits of rhesus monkeys can vary greatly depending upon where they live. Macaca mulatta is omnivorous, and often eat roots, herbs, fruits, insects, crops, and small animals. The diet can also vary with the season. For example, rhesus that live in the mountain forests of northern Pakistan feed primarily on clovers during the summer, but during winter when snow covers the ground they are forced to switch to foods with lower nutritional values and higher fiber contents, such as pine needles and oak leaves. These monkeys seem to choose their environments carefully with respect to food resources. Even when they are forced to switch to lower quality food sources during the winter months they do not exhibit higher mortality rates, although they may lose a considerable percentage of their body weight.

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Macaca mulatta is a popular zoo animal because of its innate curiosity and active lifestyle. These monkeys are also used extensively for research. They are especially useful in biological, medicinal, and psychological research. Macaca mulatta is most often used in psychological research when the emphasis is on perception, learning, or behavior.

Rh factor is also called «Rhesus factor» because it was first discovered in the blood of Rhesus monkeys (small monkeys from India often used for experimentation). Rh factor is an antigen, a substance which stimulates the production of antibodies to fight foreign invaders, such as viruses, bacteria and transplanted organs. A given individual either has the antigen already in their blood (they are Rh positive), or they don’t (they are Rh negative). A patient’s Rh status effects how he or she handles blood transfusions or organ transplants.

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Rhesus monkeys can live up to 30 years.

 

 

Try to identify the position of the following headings in the description.

Reproduction  –  Lifespan/longevity  –  Importance for humans  –  Geographic range  –   Food habits  – Behaviour  –   Physical description   –   Habitat

Use the following vocabulary items from the text to fill in the gaps of the sentences. Make any changes necessary.

innate   –   abundant   –    groom   –   dorsal   –   adaptable    –     promiscuous    –    mortality    –    elevation    –    territory    –    confront

 

1)      Successful businesses are highly ………………. to economic change.

2)      The city is at an ……………….. of 2000 metres.

3)      We have ………………. evidence to prove his guilt.

4)      The term to refer to sth connected on the back of a fish or animal is ……………

5)      Having many sexual partners is ……………………… behavior.

6)      The horses are well-fed and ………………………….

7)      Mating blackbirds will defend their ……………………..against intruders.

8)      She knew that she had to………………..her fears sooner or later.

9)      …………………. from lung cancer is still increasing.

10)   It is believed that humans are ………………. violent.

 

 

What are the best and the worst aspects of man’s relationship with animals? In your opinion how could it be improved?

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Look at the different explanations of each idiom and then order the words of the idiom that match the explanation.

1) Tony really drinks a lot of alcohol.

Tony fish like a drinks


2) Whenever the boss is out of the office, the colleagues do whatever they want.

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3) I am really nervous about my job interview.

I have stomach in my butterflies


4) Susan always exaggerates the smallest problems!

a Susan always makes molehill out of a mountain


5) Bobby didn’t like my birthday present to him and I told him not to be ungrateful.

I told him not to gift horse look mouth in the


6) Andy wanted to celebrate passing his exam before he even got his results! I told him not to do that.

I told him not to chickens before count hatched they’re


7) Betty never talks much in class.

She is mouse as a quiet as


8) When I went for a job interview I was so nervous I almost couldn’t speak.

The boss asked me if cat got the has tongue my


9) Some people will never change their habits and behaviours.

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10) Simon was extremely happy when Fatima agreed to marry him.

He was like two dog with a tails…………………………………………………………………………………

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Law and Order Crime and Punishment

8 Ιανουάριος 2014

 

 

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Scales of Justice

 

Law and order,Crime and Punishment
1 Is it a crime to try and kill yourself?
2 Is it illegal to help somebody to commit suicide?
3 Can you be executed for murdering a policeman?
4 If , after a murder, all the victim’s relatives plead: “please don’t prosecute!” can
charges against the suspected culprit be dropped?
5 If two armed thieves break into a house, guns in hand, and one of them shoots
and kills the house owner, is his accomplice guilty of murder?
6 If I surprise an intruder in my lounge at night stealing my millions, have I a
legal right to assault him with a weapon?
7 If I set a trap – a fifty-kilo weight just above the front door- for any burglars
who might try and enter the house, am I breaking the law?
8 After a divorce or a legal separation can a wife be required to pay alimony to her
ex- husband?
9 If I promise to marry my girlfriend and then change my mind shortly before the
wedding, can she take me to court?
10 If you said to your teacher in the middle of one of his lessons:»You don’t know
the first thing about teaching” could he bring a civil action against you?
11 Would I be in danger of committing an offence if I put an advertisement for my
school in the paper saying »Male white teacher required”?
12 If as a defendant or the accused ,I am not satisfied with the way my barrister
has handled my defence, can I sue him?
13 If you were in my house uninvited and the ceiling, which had had a large crack
in it for some time , caved in and broke your leg ,would it be a good idea to
consult your solicitor?
14 Can a person suspected of and charged with rape be allowed bail?
Answers
1 No, not any more.
2 Yes, even mercy-killing(euthanasia) is against the law.
3 No, capital punishment was abolished in the 1960s.
4 No, murder is a crime against society(this involves criminal law) and not just a
civil matter btw individuals.
5 Yes. Joint guilt. In the eyes of the law both are guilty.
6 No. At least, only in self-defence.
7 Yes.
8 Yes.
9 No,not now. Some years ago she could have sued me for breach of promise.
10 Yes,he could claim it was slander(or libel,if you wrote it in a newspaper). He
probably wouldn’t though because of the legal costs.

11 Yes, because of the Sex Discrimination Act and the Race Relations Act.
12 No.
13 Yes. You could sue me for negligence and I would probably have to pay
damages.
14 Yes.
Crimes and offences
blackmail kidnapping arson trespassing manslaughter smuggling forgery
bigamy baby- or wife-battering conspiracy fraud driving without due care
and attention mugging drug peddling espionage spying shoplifting
treason hijacking obscenity bribery and corruption petty theft
Which of the above would or could involve the following?
1 counterfeit money 2 pornography 3 hostages 4 a ransom 5 state secrets
6 heroin 7 contraband 8 a traitor 9 a store detective
Punishments
death penalty-life imprisonment-solitary confinement-on probation-community
service-impose a heavy fine-corporal punishment-suspended
sentence(punishment one would suffer only if they were to break the law again in
the future) -pay compensation-banned from driving-licence endorsed-summons
for driving offences-case dismissed-found not guilty-get aquitted of a crime-case
is found not proved.
Legal Terms
To be arrested for the murder of………
to be charged with rape
to drop charges
to be tried for the murder of….(trial)
the jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to death
an appeal was turned down
to be executed
a chief suspect and an eye-witness
a nationwide search for a criminal
to be apprehended
alleged statements
to confess to a crime
plea of insanity
to be accused of

 

Worksheet on Value and Cost of Things

8 Ιανουάριος 2014

 

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Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

People focus far too much on the price or cost of things instead of what they’re actually worth.

I’ll give you an example from my life, something that happened recently.

I came back to Vietnam after a lovely holiday in warm and sunny Cambodia to find that temperatures had  plummeted  and the thin blanket on my bed was no longer enough to keep me warm at night. I was reluctant  to buy a duvet (a French word, pronounced ‘doo-vay’)  because I’m trying to save money and only have 3 weeks left before I fly down south to warmer climes.  However,  after a couple of nights of shivering and broken sleep, I decided that I would have to face facts, dip into my savings and fork out for some warmer bedding. I was  lucky  enough to find a duvet on sale but it was still £25 and it was money I resented having to spend.

 

Fast  forward  two weeks and I woke up this morning after another very satisfying night’s sleep to  realise  that the £25 was money well spent. The  mistake  I had made was to focus on the price, or cost of the duvet rather than on the value  or worth  of it.  The  warm, comfortable, snuggly feelings it gives me are worth way more than £25 and the peaceful, deep sleeps I’m experiencing as a result of my purchase are priceless.

The  word  ‘values’  is  a synonym  for  ‘beliefs’. Our values are beliefs which we emotionally invest in, which we hold dear and which reflect our ethics and morals.

Reading comprehension questions

1 Where  did the writer experience a change in temperature?

2 Why did the writer find it  necessary to buy a duvet?

3 What made him reluctant in his decision to buy the duvet?

4 What changed his mind ?

5 How does  the whole experience of the writer relate to Oscar Wilde’s quote at the top of the page?

6 Name at least 3 values which reflect the ethics and morals of your country.

Money – Banking

account, bank statement, bankrupt, borrow, budget, cash,
cashier, check,credit card, currency,debt, deposit, exchange rate, interest (rate),
 invest , investment, lend, loan, mortgage,owe, save, savings, shares, withdraw
 
 

1 He had to …………………. his house to pay his legal costs .

2 Millions were ………………………..in Swiss bank accounts.

3 People who own ……………………receive part of the company’s profits.

4 We decorated our house on a tight ……………………..

5 It took three years to repay my student ……………………

Money – Buying

Bargain, bill, cost, expense, installments, price, purchase, purse, receipt, reduction, refund , spend, wallet

1 We paid for the car by/ in  monthly………………….

2  In the market dealers were ………………………..with growers over the price of coffee.

3  Tickets cannot be exchanged or money …………………………

4 The equipment can be ……………………………by your local supplier.

5 We ran up a massive hotel ……………..

Money – Earning

Bonus, earn, earnings, income, gross income, net income, rise, salary , wage

1 The particular amount of  money you earn before tax has been taken off it is your ………………. Income.

2  The ………………. Weight of something is the weight without its container or the material it is wrapped in.

3 …………………… are paid on Fridays.

4 He decided to ask his boss for a ………………

Money – Giving

Collection, donate, fee, grant, income tax, inherit, inheritance, pension, pocket money, scholarship,rent,tip, winnings

1 They were given a……………….to start the clinic of $250,000.

2 Does the bank charge a …………………. For setting up an account?

3  The verb for “ come into” is …………………….

4  He  gave the waiter a generous ……………………

Money – Related Adjectives

Affluent, broke, generous, hard up, mean, poor, prosperous, rich,stingy, wealthy, well-off

1 Children of ………………..families further their studies after graduating from High School.

2 I was really ……………………. three months ago  as a result of my jobless situation   . Bills were piling up and there was nothing I could do.

3 Being thrifty or frugal is good as opposed to being ……………..

 

Form the correct version of the word using the word root to the right of the phrase. Click on the arrow to see if you have answered correctly.

1 I,ve just bought a new ……………. policy.               INSURE

2 He has just spent all his …………….on a brand new car.    SAVE

3 The old violin proved to be …………………..      WORTH

4 The bank ……………….. asked to see my passport.        CASH

5 This is not his …………………….on the check            SIGN

6 $ 50 000 ! Thank you for your ………………….           GENEROUS

7 We had to take out a …………………from the bank to purchase our house.      LEND

8 Unfortunately , my business is not very …………………..         PROFIT

9 I’ve always wanted to stay in a …………………. hotel.        LUXURY

The Ideal Candidate For An Exchange Programme

8 Ιανουάριος 2014

 

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The Ideal Candidate For An Exchange Programme

Exchange programmes offer the opportunity of  exploring new cultures, new knowledge and new talented people and  enrich one’s  ways of seeing things from different perspectives. Someone who is  interested in them should possess advanced and innovative ideas . By broadening their horizons in the chosen countries that have vibrant art, historical and cultural backgrounds and via visiting galleries and museums, it will strengthen their new media art sense. Apart from  personal growth, the extension of interpersonal relationship can also help grab opportunities to participate in art exhibitions and collaborate with international artists.

The ideal candidate ought to be  open minded. That’s the only real trait they need to possess. Obviously it should be accompanied with being well mannered, hard working, and intelligent, but  many exchange students  aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer and they thrive. Well mannered is essentially required to succeed anywhere .  Hard working also goes with mentally tough.

Finally , they  ought to have completed at least two semesters of college, be  open-minded and flexible, and willing to push themselves beyond their comfort zone.

 

Intelligence
Independence / Confidence
Commitment
Literacy / numeracy
Literacy, mostly described as good writing and language skills as well as the ability to express and organise ideas

Time management / organisational skills
The ideal  student is organised, can plan their work, meets deadlines, pays attention to detail and meets regularly with supervisors.

Curiosity / ability to learn
A valued quality  is intellectual curiosity and the willingness and ability to learn new things. This curiosity includes having an inquiring and open mind, as well as flexibility and adaptability.
Enthusiasm and passion
A successful student is enthusiastic, passionate and has a deep interest in the subject or research.
Ability to think
The ability to think refers to the capacity to develop necessary research skills including the ability to analyze, synthesize, conceptualise, develop an argument and think critically. Ideal students can think broadly (‘get the big picture’), laterally and logically.
Hard working/ diligence
Studying a research degree requires diligence and hard work. Strong work ethics, discipline, focus, efficiency and professionalism are all necessary for successful study and research.
Motivation

EDUCATION NEWS PARENTS CAN USE!

16 Ιούνιος 2013

parentsand childrenWhat Do Parents Owe Their Children?education news parents can use

If I had to select a word that best describes the majority of American parents that word would be guilt-rid­den. It’s often sad to see parents be­coming the willing victims of the «give-me-game» only to discover that, no matter what they do, it’s not enough. Finally they are despised for the lack of firmness and blamed when their children get into trouble. With this in mind I’ll try to answer the question: «What do parents owe their children?», but I’ll start with what they don’t owe them.

Parents don’t owe their children every minute of their day and every ounce of their energy. They don’t owe them round-the-clock car service, sing­ing lessons, tennis lessons, expensive bicycles, a motorcycle or a car when they reach sixteen, or a trip to Europe when they graduate.

I take the firm position that pa­rents don’t owe their children a col­lege education. If they can afford it, fine: they can certainly send them to the best universities. But they mustn’t feel guilty if they can’t. If the children really want to study, they’ll find a way. There are plenty of loans and scholarships for the bright and eager who can’t afford to pay.

After children marry, their parents don’t owe to buy a house for them or give money for the furniture. They don’t have an obligation to baby-sit or to take their grandchildren in their home when the parents are on vaca­tion. If they want to do it, it must be considered as a favor, not an obliga­tion.

In my opinion, parents don’t owe their children an inheritance, no matter how much money they have. One of the surest ways to produce a loafer is to let children know that their fu­ture is assured.

Do parents owe their children any­thing? Yes, they owe them a great deal.

One of their chief obligations is to give their children a sense of personal worth, because self-esteem is the basis of a good mental health. A youngster who is constantly made to feel stupid, constantly compared to brighter broth­ers, sisters or cousins, will become so unsure, so afraid of failing, that he (or she) won’t try at all. Of course, they should be corrected when they do wrong — this is the way children learn. But the criticism should be balanced with praises, preferably with a smile and a kiss. No child is ever too old to be hugged.

Parents owe their children firm guidance and consistent discipline. It’s frightening for a youngster to feel that he is in charge of himself; it’s like being in a car without brakes.

Parents owe their children some religious training. The fact that so many strange cults are enjoying such suc­cess is proof that children feel the need for something spiritual in their life.

Parents owe their children a com­fortable feeling about their body, and enough information about sex to bal­ance the misinformation that they will certainly get from their friends.

Parents owe their children privacy and respect for their personal belong­ings. This means not borrowing things without permission, not reading dia­ries and mail, not looking through purses, pockets and drawers. If a mother feels that she must read her daugh­ter’s diary to know what is going on, the communication between them must be pretty bad.

Parents owe their children a set of solid values around which to build their lives. This means teaching them to respect the rights and opinions of others; it means being respectful to elders, to teachers and to the law. The best way to teach such values is by

example. A child who is lied to will lie. A child who sees his parents steal tools from the factory or towels from a hotel will think that it’s all right to steal.

No child asks to be born. If you bring a life into the world, you owe the child something. And if you give him his due, he’ll have something of value to pass along to your grandchil­dren.

 

 

 1.     Fill in the correct word derived from the word in brackets.

As your children move towards…….(depend) it’s important to make sure they understand what decent values are. To prevent them from becoming …….(spoil) and…….   (greed) you shouldn’t indulge them too much.

To make sure they grow up well-…….(manner) they should be……. (teach)  to be  polite  from  an  early  age.  Children  should  be  scolded  for  bad …….(behave), which will be an…….(effect) way of helping them to …….(distinct) right from wrong. You need to reward your children when they do things well to give them a sense of…….(proud). You should try to make your  children…….(tolerate) and……. (respect)  of  other people’s…….(believe) by exposing them to…….(differ) races and cultures. Parents should try to place great…….(important) on setting a good  example  to  their  children,  as  children’s…….(behave) is often  an …….(imitate) of that of their parents’.

 

Points for discussion.

•  Do you agree with Ann Lander’s opinion? Do you disagree with anything she says?

•   Do you think that children prefer firm parents or parents who let them do what they want? What can you say about your parents?

•   Are teenagers really frightened when they feel that they are in charge of themselves?

•   Do you agree that boys like girls should know how to clean house, cook, sew buttons, wash their clothes and so on?

•   Do parents have the right to know where their children are, with whom, and when they will be home? Do parents have the right to forbid their children to communicate with some of their friends they don’t like?

•   Which is best: to be the oldest child in a family, the youngest child  or in between?

 

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