Police act against Scooter Crime in The UK

Police act against Scooter Crime in The UK

Police officers will use their vehicles to knock moped thieves off their bikes – even during high-speed pursuits, Scotland Yard has said.

Commander Amanda Pearson, of the Metropolitan Police in London front-line policing unit, said a hard-line approach using “tactical contact” is needed to stop dangerous chases and arrest suspects.

In a briefing at Scotland Yard on Friday, police chiefs warned there is no maximum speed for police cars to hit mopeds, and that it is a common misconception among moped thieves that officers will end their pursuit if the suspect drives dangerously or removes their helmet.

“A lot of them get up and run away, looking aghast at how dare we,” Ms Pearson said.

Comprehension quiz Celebrating a Milestone Birthday.

Comprehension quiz Celebrating a Milestone Birthday.

A Milestone Birthday celebration in Toulouse – a time to reflect, an occasion to celebrate, or a time to dread, or even an occasion to ignore.

Milestone birthdays — from turning 21 to the big 50, 65 and beyond — hit some people very hard.

They can be days fraught with emotion, other people let them glide by without bemoaning the passage of time.

It’s a state-of-mind issue when people can view this as a choice in how they look at it, some can look forward, some look, backwards and some just live for the moment.

What’s healthy to ignore, are the negative aspects of these milestones: This means I’m old and decrepit. It’s all downhill from here.

For many people, birthdays, especially the big ones, make them think about how their life is progressing — or not going as well as they hoped. They can be wake-up calls to improve on health or ditch bad habits.

Sometimes we get so busy we don’t stop to think about what we want out of life and some people spend time re-examining their life goals.

People can ask themselves:

What do I want to do with the years I have left?

What do I want to do with my career?

Is there something I want to do in my life that I haven’t done yet?

Regardless of the birthday, it’s a time to celebrate accomplishments, friends and family – and that is exactly what Susan did.

It can be also be a time to hit the bucket list.

After listening to Susan talk about what she did for her milestone birthday celebration, test your comprehension with this quiz.

Milestone Birthday Vocabulary Quiz

After listening to the podcast "Celebrating a Milestone birthday" try this quiz to check your understanding of vocabulary and meaning.

A Milestone Birthday celebration in Toulouse

A Milestone Birthday celebration in Toulouse

A Milestone Birthday celebration in Toulouse – a time to reflect, an occasion to celebrate, or a time to dread, or even an occasion to ignore.

Milestone birthdays — from turning 21 to the big 50, 65 and beyond — hit some people very hard.

They can be days fraught with emotion, other people let them glide by without bemoaning the passage of time.

It’s a state-of-mind issue when people can view this as a choice in how they look at it, some can look forward, some look, backwards and some just live for the moment.

What’s healthy to ignore, are the negative aspects of these milestones: This means I’m old and decrepit. It’s all downhill from here.

For many people, birthdays, especially the big ones, make them think about how their life is progressing — or not going as well as they hoped. They can be wake-up calls to improve on health or ditch bad habits.

Sometimes we get so busy we don’t stop to think about what we want out of life and some people spend time re-examining their life goals.

People can ask themselves:

What do I want to do with the years I have left?

What do I want to do with my career?

Is there something I want to do in my life that I haven’t done yet?

Regardless of the birthday, it’s a time to celebrate accomplishments, friends and family – and that is exactly what Susan did.

It can be also be a time to hit the bucket list.

Listen to Susan talk about what she did for her milestone birthday celebration in Toulouse, France.

After listening to the podcast check your comprehension with this quiz.

Learn English wedding vocabulary by becoming a Royal Wedding Expert; The Everything You Should Know Quiz.

Learn English wedding vocabulary by becoming a Royal Wedding Expert; The Everything You Should Know Quiz.

Learn English by becoming a Royal Wedding Expert; The Everything You Should Know Quiz.

Learn English by becoming a Royal Wedding Expert; The Everything You Should Know Quiz. On Monday 27 November 2017 The Prince of Wales announced the engagement of his son Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle and since then wedding fever has gripped the UK, the USA and many other countries in the world. Now with only days to go before the big event the buzz is getting bigger day by day.

The wedding will take place in Windsor, a small town west of London and in the past week the place has been totally transformed with international television crews setting up their stands and tourists from all over the world checking into local hotels to be in position to soak up the atmosphere when Harry and Megan “tie the knot”.

However, against the backcloth of Royal tradition this wedding is breaking all the rules; Megan is an American actress, a divorcée  and a child of a mixed race marriage. This has been seen as a breath of fresh air to the traditional, stuffy customs and etiquette of the older Royals. However, this air of modernity also comes with fodder for the paparazzi as Megan’s half siblings have been selling their story to the press and Megan’s father feeling the terrible stress of press scrutiny, so much so that he is in ill health and can not attend the wedding. 

On the day millions of television spectators all over the world will be waiting to see Megan’s dress and who will walk her down the aisle.

We just hope that the British weather will be kind to them.

Try this quiz to build your knowledge of general wedding vocabulary so that you too can speak about weddings in your life.

Learn English by being a Royal Wedding expert. The Everything You Should Know Quiz.

Try this quiz to test your general wedding vocabulary plus your knowledge of the intricacies of royal wedding traditions, etiquette and modern changes. 

If you want to find out more take a look at this 40 minute documentary all about the Royal couple.

If you are a RRF (Real Royal Fan !) try this quiz about Queen Elizabeth II and learn some interesting facts about the UK at the same time. 
Don’t be fooled April fool quiz

Don’t be fooled April fool quiz

Don’t be fooled on April Fools Day !

Have you heard of April Fools day ?

It occurs in many countries but not necessarily on April 1st.

It is a day when people like to play practical jokes on each other and then shout  “April fool” at the unfortunate victim(s). These days more and more newspapers, magazines and social media platforms report very strange unbelievable stories as a joke.

So watch out for these stories and don’t be fooled.

As a practice take this quiz to see if you can spot some fake stories.

Don’t be fooled !!!

Welcome to your April Fool; don't be fooled !

 

 



What is the origin of the word "fool"?


Did this really happen?

In 1979 officials in the European Union confirmed what many have long suspected: that carrots are not, in fact, a vegetable, but are actually a variety of fruit. The officials urged that appropriate reclassification efforts should begin at once.


Which group wrote and sang Fool on the Hill in 1967?

Day after day alone on the hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still,
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he's just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,
But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning around.
Well on his way his head in a cloud,
The man of a thousand voices talking percetly loud
But nobody ever hears him,
Or the sound he appears to make,
And he never seems to notice,
But the fool on the hill . . .
Nobody seems to like him
They can tell what he wants to do.
And he never shows his feelings,
But the fool on the hill . . .


This bracelet is made of "Fools gold", an alloy of copper and zinc. It is also known by another name, what is it?


Did this really happen ?

In 1993 city officials in Cologne, Germany imposed a new regulation on people jogging through the city park. Runners were required to pace themselves to go no faster than six mph. City officials warned that if runners ran any faster they would disturb the squirrels.


Did this really happen ?
In 1999 the American Left-handed Association lodged a formal request with well known fast food chains to add left handed burgers to their menus. The AL-HA stipulated that it wanted the same ingredients as right handed burgers but adjusted 180°  for left handed customers.


Has this really happened ?

New GMO technology has been able to produce spaghetti that grows on trees for ease of picking.


Following Brexit all international English proficiency tests (TOEIC, BULATS, Cambridge etc) will now include Welsh, Northern Irish and Scottish accents.
 

 



This picture shows the main characters from a very popular British TV comedy series, Only Fools and Horses. What is the name of the car they used to drive ?


Which of the following is NOT a real law in the USA?

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