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You too can Haiku

Haiku is a short form of poetry. It originated in Japan as the opening stanza in a longer collaborative linked poem. By the 17th century master poets began writing haiku as independent, standalone poems. These poems were often written by

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Let’s be sure of the reality!

Do we really want to read more of these horrific headlines in our newspapers? ‘’Plastic pollution killed sperm whale found dead on Spanish beach.’’ (read the complete article https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/plastic-pollution-killed-sperm-whale-dead-spain-beach-bags-blue-planet-a8293446.html) ‘’Whale found dying off coast of Norway with 30 plastic bags

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Look Who’s Laughing Now!

Let’s do an experiment. Read the two texts below and then try to answer these questions: What is each text about? Which nationalities or social groups do you think the people come from? Text 1 “My findings indicate that while

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How to survive a long-haul flight

The Australian airline Qantas recently made history by operating the first non-stop scheduled flight from Australia to the UK. It lasted 17 hours. That’s a long time to be on a plane. I consider myself a reasonably experienced air traveller.

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Experts? Who needs them?

‘How is it possible that one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history, vaccines, which saves millions of lives every year, is rejected by millions of parents?’ Luis Alfonso Gámez asked this question and explored the consequences here. Luis is talking about

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