Pot Luck

The How to Understand Thanksgiving Quiz

The How to Understand Thanksgiving Quiz The last Thursday in November is a major celebration day in the USA, it is a national holiday and a time for friends and family to get together. You have surely heard of Thanksgiving, it is often portrayed in American movies and...

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My Bucket List Sebastien

Sebastien shares his bucket list with us. To be fair, he was asked with little or no time to think about it, so maybe, if we did it again, as we most probably will do, the bucket list would probably be very fifferent than this one. It is quite an interesting exercise...

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3 Jardins and Palais of Marrakesh

Marrakech is famed for its pink walls and historic buildings and souks, but just as important to the city are its beautiful gardens. From the lush courtyards of the riads to the expansive formal gardens of its palaces and museums, these green spaces are havens from...

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The souks of Marrakesh Morocco

The souks of Marrakesh Morocco The souks of Marrakesh Morocco, Marrakesh has the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco and the image of the city is closely associated with its souks. The souks are the principal shopping attraction in the city: A honeycomb of...

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Drowning in Plastic trailer

Drowning in Plastic trailer Drowning in Plastic trailer - Liz Bonnin reveals the full scale of the world’s plastic problem and its impact on wildlife, exploring ways in which science can offer a solution. Our blue planet is facing one its biggest threats in human...

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The worst polluters in the world

The worst polluters in the world are generally assumed to be the oil, mining and manufacturing industries. Industrial wastes are one of the top sources of environmental pollution. Across the world, untreated or improperly treated industrial waste pollutes the air,...

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The symbols of Australia

The symbols of Australia The symbols of Australia include the flag, national colours, the coat of arms and the national anthem, but there are many other things that make up the symbols of Australia - listen to Sue interview an Australian about the symbols of...

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Yuka The Healthy Eating App

Yuka The Healthy Eating App that checks out the quality of your shopping basket Do you really know what you eat? Well yes! With Yuka The Healthy Eating App you can scan your products and analyze their impact on your health. In the blink of an eye, Yuka The Healthy...

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Molecular gastronomy

Molecular gastronomy is a subdiscipline of food science that seeks to investigate the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur in cooking. Its program includes three areas, as cooking was recognized to have three components, which are social,...

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Eleven More English Proverbs

Eleven More English Proverbs Eleven More English Proverbs to figure out from just an image. Can you work out the Eleven More English Proverbs from just one image? Proverbs are popularly defined as short expressions of popular wisdom, or as it is sometimes called...

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Invitoscope

Hervé Bellut, the creator of this self development board game, has had a varied and interesting career path. His formal studies were in astrophysics, and as an aerospace engineer he went on to become interested in occupational stress in the workplace. This interest...

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The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz - Learn English with the Football World Cup 2018 Learn English with the Football World Cup 2018. The 21st World Cup in Russia is starting on 14th June 2018. Are you a fan of...

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Why we struggle learning languages

Why we struggle learning languages Why we struggle learning languages, the only barrier to learning a language is memory. The process of language learning is the process of forming memories. Nothing more, nothing less. If you understand that, and you understand how...

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My 50 Greatest French Films

    France can, with some justification, claim to have invented the whole concept of cinema. Film historians call The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station, the 50-second film by the Lumière brothers first screened in 1895, the birth of the medium. French cinema is...

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Cannes film festival 2018 opening night

Cannes film festival 2018 opening night Cannes film festival 2018 opening night - have you heard about the Cannes film festival ? What are the images which come to mind? Glamour, the red carpet, champagne and movie stars? In this podcast, a cinema 500 miles away from...

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Experiences of being on stage

Experiences of being on stage Experiences of being on stage can be both a very exciting or a very stressful experience, especially if you suffer from Stage fright or performance anxiety. Susan asks Andy, a somewhat seasoned performer, and Chris who is just staring...

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The Top 10 Healthiest Foods you can eat

The Top 10 Healthiest Foods you can eat The Top 10 Healthiest Foods you can eat, health food is food marketed to provide human health effects beyond a normal healthy diet required for human nutrition. Foods marketed as health foods may be part of one or more...

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The consequences of an unhealthy diet

The consequences of an unhealthy diet The consequences of an unhealthy diet - researchers at Virginia Tech have found that veering away from your healthy eating habits for just 5-days could have negative effects on your metabolism and lead to long-term problems like...

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What is assertive communication?

What is assertive communication? What is assertive communication you may be asking yourself, but wht is assertive communication? Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive. In the field of psychology and psychotherapy, it...

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TV and movie junkie Quiz

TV and movie junkie Quiz Are you able to recognize a film or TV series just by looking at one of its filming locations ? Which images from TV and film stick in your mind ? How observant are you ? Do you notice everything in films or do you just take going to the...

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Do you know how Learning Happens

Do you know how Learning Happens ? Do you know how Learning Happens, because many don't fully appreciate the processes that go into learning, nor the events that actually constitute learning. Learning is the process of acquiring new or modifying existing knowledge,...

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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...

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What is going on in these sequences

What is going on in these sequences What is going on in these sequences - can you tell just by listening to the sounds? The best language learners are a combination of people who are curious, who keep asking themselves questions and are actively involved in their own...

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Three items on my Bucket List – Merry

Three items on my Bucket List - Merry Three items on my Bucket List - Merry came in today to tell us a little about what three things are at the very top of her bucket list. She is just starting out with learning English and we are both very pleased and grateful to...

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What will humans look like in 1000 Years?

What will humans look like in 1000 Years? What will humans look like in 1000 Years? What will humanity look like in 1000 years? About 10,000 years ago, humans evolved a tolerance to cow's milk; over the past 150 years, we've added 10 centimetres to our average height;...

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The first time I saw snow

The first time I saw snow The first time I saw snow - Can you remember the first time you saw snow ? Do you live in a country where snow is usual or do you live in a region of the world where snow is a highly unlikely event? Some countries never get a single flake of...

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Making an easy and delicious Chicken curry

Making an easy and delicious Chicken curry - it is so easy when you know how. If you enjoy Indian or Asian food, then you probably like curries - delicious aren't they! Chicken curry is a common delicacy in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, as well as in the...

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To learn is to be free

To learn is to be free An inspiring talk about learning by Shahmeem Akhtar To learn is to be free - Shameem Akhtar posed as a boy during her early childhood in Pakistan so she could enjoy the privileges Pakistani girls are rarely afforded: to play outside and attend...

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My bucket list – Mylène

My bucket list - Mylène Listen to Mylène talking about what she has on her bucket list.  She also says that her bucket list changes through time, as she achieves some of the things on her bucket list, other things are added, so it becomes a lifelong journey. A list of...

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Which beer suits your personality ?

Which beer suits your personality ? Which beer suits your personality ? Beer is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world, and the third most popular drink after water and tea. Indeed in the middle ages beer was considered safer and a...

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Winter Sports quiz

Winter Sports quiz This Winter sports quiz includes some of the more common individual sports include cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, speed skating, figure skating, luge, skeleton, bobsleigh and snowmobiling. Common team sports include...

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The Medieval village of Bages Quiz

The Medieval village of Bages Quiz The Medieval village of Bages Quiz - In order to get the most out of this quiz, you should watch the video of Bages and find out more about this beautiful little village. The video can be found here. [quiz-cat...

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6 Nations Rugby Six amazing anthems

6 Nations Rugby Six amazing anthems The Six Nations Rugby tournament 2018 started on Saturday 3 February with the first match with Wales v Scotland from The Pricipality Stadium, followed by France v Ireland from Le Stade de France. This year's tournament promises to...

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Andy Pudding Podcast comprehension quiz

Andy Pudding Podcast comprehension quiz Andy Pudding Podcast comprehension quiz is a way to get to understand real, spoken English in a three-way conversation. We suggest that you listen to the podcast here before looking attempting the quiz so as to understand the...

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A British comedian in Toulouse

A British comedian in Toulouse Andy Pudding (it's his stage name, not his real name) is a comedian, living in Toulouse, France who does a stand-up comedy show called "Mad in France" and another that he is refining. His comedy revolves around his first-hand...

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The Medieval village of Bages, France

The Medieval village of Bages, France The Medieval village of Bages, France is set on the Mediterranean coast, near Narbonne. The name of Bages appears for the first time in a document at the end of the 8th century, the territory of the commune was crossed by man...

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New Words of 2017

The English language is constantly changing, growing and expanding with over 1,000 new words added to dictionaries this year. The English language is alive and well !  All on-line dictionaries monitor the number of times words are looked up and they also respond to...

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The origins of Boxing Day

The origins of Boxing Day Boxing Day is widely celebrated in countries that are part of the British Commonwealth. It's origins are obscure, but they date back centuries. In the UK it is a day where families get together and also a huge day for sporting activities such...

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Christmas Songs – Introductions Quiz

Christmas Songs - Introductions Quiz Can you name these Christmas Songs from the Introductions in this Christmas Songs - Introductions Quiz? Everyone likes a quiz, and some like Christmas songs, so if you like quizzes and Christmas songs, look no further - here is a...

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My Learning Crush Adventures

If you want to effectively learn English, then you need to get really motivated and what better way to get motivated than to go on an adventure? Another way to get motivated to use the language is to travel... We have put these elements together in an innovative way...

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The EFL PodBlog Giant Christmas Quiz

  The EFL PodBlog Giant Christmas Quiz The EFL PodBlog team wish you all a very happy Christmas and loads of success with your English learning in 2018. Test your knowledge of all things Christmas with our bumper Christmas quiz - it's fun for all the family, you can...

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Christmas lights in Toulouse, France

It's Christmas again - yeah, already ... how did that happen? Here is a selection of the lights in Toulouse, France. Christmas lights (also known as fairy lights) are lights used for decoration in celebration of Christmas, often on display throughout the Christmas...

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London Adventure – Twickenham to Brick Lane

From London Victoria to Twickenham for a great match between the all Blacks and The Barbarians, then a bus ride from Victoria to Brick Lane in The East End of London... A lovely trip! Music - Mostly Cloudy - 2 Man Embassy (Thanks Guys!) Facebook...

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Modals of Possibility – London travel

Chris has just been to the travel information office in London, where the information officer suggested some ideas on travelling around London. In this video, he tries to remember the advice that he was given. Some of the modals of possibility were used here : You can...

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Talking about the stars

It’s curious that so many people obsessively read their horoscopes. According to a studies, many Americans believe astrology is scientific. The study also revealed that skepticism of astrology is decreasing, and indeed you don’t have to look far online to find the...

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Quiz

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Quiz A table full of turkey, corn, stuffing and cranberries can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving! Aside from the tasty morsels, Thanksgiving is also a yearly celebration of gratitude that originated with the Pilgrims and Native Americans....

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Halloween; cult film Rocky Horror Show

The 31st October means just one thing.... Halloween! If you've had enough of all those clips explaining the origins of Halloween, go straight for the fun with this clip of the classic Rocky Horror Show song Let's do the time Warp again. The Rocky Horror Picture Show...

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Being bilingual, is it all good news?

Without doubt speaking more than one language is an advantage in the workplace, when traveling or just being able to watch movies in the original version.

Listen to this light hearted discussion with Laura about her real life experiences growing up in a bilingual situation speaking one language at home and another language at school.

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Tandem learning for language learning

In Tandem Language Learning both partners can meet in person (face-to-face Tandem) or learn by e-mail, chat, Skype, phone or other media (eTandem, also called Distance Tandem), placing emphasis on cultural integration as part of the language-learning process. Learning...

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Tennis vocabulary quiz

Tennis vocabulary quiz Tennis is one of the most popular sports. According to WithDirectory in 2012 tennis was the fourth most popular sport in the world, behind soccer, cricket and hockey. It estimated that 1.2 billion people play or watch tennis regularly, mostly in...

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Tour de France trivia

Tour de France trivia Do you know a lot about The Tour de France? Find out in our Tour de France trivia podcast. The Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España make up cycling's prestigious, three-week-long Grand Tours. The Tour de France is the oldest and...

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Can Siri help you to learn English?

Can Siri help you to learn English? If you are learning English and have limited or no access to native speakers, can you get help from elsewhere? Could you learn English with Siri, the iPhone voice recognition application? See if you can by watching this video....

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What fruit is this?

What fruit is this? What fruit is it? Is an example of some flashcards that you can use to help beginners learn the names of some fruits - it can also be used to refresh the memory of more advanced learners, and perhaps help them learn some new vocabulary. [h5p...

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Cannes Film Festival 2017 quiz

Cannes Film Festival 2017 quiz The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival is currently taking place from 17 to 28 May 2017, in Cannes, France. Spanish film director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar has been selected as the President of the Jury for the festival with Italian...

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False news and Logical Fallacies

A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. A fallacy is an incorrect argument in logic and rhetoric which undermines an...

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7 Secret Places Hidden in Plain Sight

7 Secret Places Hidden in Plain Sight When you wait for hours in line to get a new Facebook profile picture with some famous painting or monument, you can't help but wondering if it's worth the effort. After all, these are the most photographed places on Earth. Even...

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The French Presidential election quiz

It's that time again, The French are going to the polls to elect their new president, the president who will take over running the country from François Hollande. The first round of the 2017 French presidential election is set to be held on 23 April 2017. Should no...

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The discovery of Trappist 1

The discovery of Trappist 1 Astronomers have just identified a nearby solar system hosting seven Earth-sized planets. Most intriguing: Three planets that orbit its central star — known as TRAPPIST-1 — may even be within a habitable zone. That means they fall within a...

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Sergeant Podblog and the coded message

Sergeant Podblog and the coded message Sergeant Podblog is called in to investigate a murder (again) - the poor man can't get a minute's peace. This time he investigates a murder of a famous writer, who has been stabbed in his own appartment. There is a body, slumped...

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On this day in History

On this day in History If you thought that the Pony Express - the original Wild West postal service, lasted for a long time, then you may be surprised to hear that it's existence was pretty short. What did they do on April 3 1860? How far did the Pony Express riders...

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Spaghetti-Harvest in Ticino

Spaghetti-Harvest in Ticino This is an old film of the world famous spaghetti harvest in action in Ticina, Switzerland. The spaghetti tree film is a famous 3-minute report broadcast on 1 April 1957 by the BBC current affairs programme Panorama. It told a tale of a...

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Serge on holiday in the west of The USA

  Serge on holiday in the west of The USA Serge on holiday in the west of The USA - a podcast with a French person who spent 3 weeks travelling around the National Parks in the west of The USA. Serge flew from Toulouse, France to Denver, Colorado via Paris, Heathrow...

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Why Do American Accents Sound That Way?

Why Do American Accents Sound That Way? Why Do American Accents Sound That Way? Have you ever wondered why accents sound as they do? Some think that there is such a thing as an American accents, however there are very divers accents all across North American that...

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Sergeant Podblog and The oil Mystery Episode 1

Sergeant Podblog and The oil Mystery Episode 1 Sergeant Podblog and The oil Mystery Episode 1 - Sergeant Podblog is called in to solve the case of The murder of Inspector Whatsisname, whose body was found at the foot of Cheddar Gorge, stabbed with a note with the...

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Start up to stand up

Start up to stand up Start up to stand up a good way of thinking about the process of getting a start up off the ground. Today we talk to Ahmed who has created a start up global business network. Start up to stand up talks about the ideas, the challenges and the...

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Murder mystery at the castle

Murder mystery at the castle Murder mystery at the castle - there's been a murder at the horrible castle, one of the horrible servants has killed the horrible Duke and nobody knows who the murderer is. Luckily the clever Sergeant Podblog from The Grammar Police is at...

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Ahmed – my country

Ahmed - my country Today we podcasted Ahmed, who now lives in France, about life in his country, how he left his country and what he misses from back home. This is a podcast for English learners and is non-political, non-religious and has no views on any issues that...

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The travel bet

The travel bet The travel bet - which is quicker, public transport or the car? have you ever wondered if you should give up your car journey in favour of using public transport? Which is the cheapest way to travel? Follow Chris and Sue as they bet on the quickest way...

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Top Ten Marriage Proposal Fails

Top Ten Marriage Proposal Fails Top Ten Marriage Proposal Fails - Oh dear - it's Valentine's day and I'll bet there are lots out there that are going to pop the question today ... but, is it a good idea? Are you sure that he or she will say, yes? If you are planning...

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Planning a holiday getaway

Planning a holiday getaway Planning a holiday getaway - have you ever tried to book a holiday on line? It's pretty confusing, isn't it? Listen to Chris and Sue go through the different options, flights and prices, while they are planning a holiday getaway. There's a...

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Rugby, what’s it all about?

Rugby, what's it all about? Rugby, what's it all about? I mean, it can't be that complicated can it? Or can it? Ahead of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Tournament, here are some questions, sent in by our listeners concerning rugby. Have we got it right? Are we on the ball...

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How rock and roll are you?

How rock and roll are you? This fun quiz will show you how Rock 'n Roll you are and in which British rock group you could easily fit into. Maybe it's time for a career change, leave the office behind and embark on a 50 date stadium tour. ...

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Cheer up, Today is Blue Monday

Cheer up, Today is Blue Monday Cheer up, today is Blue Monday, and according to experts, it could be most depressing ever because of celebrity deaths, Brexit, and fears about a Donald Trump presidency in the US, and the weather. In 2005 Dr Cliff Arnall, formerly of...

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David Bowie The Last Five Years

David Bowie The Last Five Years Today would have been the 70th birthday of David Bowie. Most people do not need a lengthy introduction to the artist, actor and musician, famous for 5 decades of inspirational music that has influenced so many people in so many ways....

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The Tradition of Epiphany in France

The Tradition of Epiphany in France Epiphany, or the 12th day of Christmas, falls on January 6 and marks the official end to the festive season for many Christians. The ancient Christian feast day is significant as a celebration of the baptism of Jesus by John the...

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Where should you live in France?

Where should you live in France? Where should you live in France? Take this quiz to see which French city you should live in. Where should you live in France? France is a very diverse country with landscapes that range from high mountains to kilometers of beaches....

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2016 The Good The Bad and The Ugly

2016 The Good The Bad and The Ugly 2016 The Good The Bad and The Ugly - a montage of many of the biggest events that shaped the previous year. Loss, Success, Division and Achievement: it’s been a mixed year! Check out this video review of the year edited in the style...

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3 Christmas Traditions Explained

3 Christmas Traditions Explained 3 Christmas Traditions Explained - why do we put up Christmas trees and lights and where did the tradition come from? Where did the idea of giving presents and gifts at Christmas come from? Why do we use mistletoe in our decorations at...

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News Intro Compilation Europe 2016

News Intro Compilation Europe 2016 This is how some of the different European countries see the start of their news programmes. If you are a teacher, why not get your class to make their own news intro and we will post it here on EFLPodBlog and on our Facebook page....

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How to Make pop-up Christmas Cards

How to Make pop-up Christmas Cards How to Make pop-up Christmas Cards that are easy to make and look good too. Make easy yet stunning Christmas greeting cards at home. After all, nothing can beat the charm of elegant homemade Christmas cards. You do not need to be...

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Buster The Boxer Christmas Ad

Buster The Boxer Christmas Ad Buster the Boxer Christmas Ad is the story of a little girl called Bridget who loves to bounce. When her mum and dad buy her a trampoline for Christmas, they soon discover that she isn’t the only one with a passion for jumping Love them...

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Are you a manager or a leader

  Are you a manager or a leader Try this quiz  Are you a manager or a leader to find out where you are. 5 Ways Being A Good Follower Makes You A Better Leader   NB: This is a podcast / blog site - we are not an encyclopaedia, any information is...

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How much do you know about France?

How much do you know about France? How much do you know about France? We all (well most of us) know where France is, but how much do you know about this fascinating country? Did you know that it has the most UNESCO sites in the world and the number just keeps on...

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Top 10 Most Intelligent People of The World

Top 10 Most Intelligent People of The World Top 10 Most Intelligent People of The World are not surprisingly closely linked to the fields of mathematics and physics. So who are the Top 10 Most Intelligent People of The World? There are a lot of intelligent people all...

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President Obama’s Final Turkey Pardon

President Obama's Final Turkey Pardon Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year to be an American. It’s a day to count our blessings, spend time with the ones we love, and enjoy some good food and some great company. But it’s also one of the worst days of the year...

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Drones handle with care

Drones handle with care Drones handle with care as they are used in many contexts from military uses to leisure and for fun. But are they just dangerous toys or just accidents waiting to happen? There have been many stories and reports of drone near-misses and...

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Could you be President of The USA?

Could you be President of The USA? Could you be President of The USA? Try out and see if you have what it takes to be President of The USA in this fun quiz with some offbeat answers. The race to succeed Barack Obama as president of the United States is in its final...

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Book Signing in Toulouse

Book Signing in Toulouse Book signing is popular because an author's signature increases the value of books for collectors. The author may add a short message to the reader, called a dedication, to each book, which may be personalized with the recipient's name upon...

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Are you an Olympics Mastermind?

Are you an Olympics Mastermind? Are you an Olympics Mastermind? The Rio Olympics are over, as we look forward to the Paralympics, we thought that our readers may like to try their hand at our last RIO olympics quiz of 2016. [mlw_quizmaster...

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Paralympic Sports Rio 2016

  Paralympic Sports Rio 2016 Paralympic Sports Rio 2016 - The Rio Olympics are over ... or are they? Well, no, they are not - the Paralympics Sports start in Rio from 7 to 18 September 2016. Get ready for the intense excitement of 23 Paralympic sports. 528 events over...

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Great Olympic Moments

Great Olympic Moments Few events have the ability to capture the public’s imagination like the Olympic Games. Each Games seems to produce flashbulb moments that live in our collective memory for years. From Jesse Owens’ triumph in Germany to Mo Farah's historic runs...

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Laura Gamesmaker London 2012

Laura Gamesmaker London 2012 As the Rio Olympics get under way, Sue caught up with Laura, a gamesmaker from London 2012 to talk about her experiences. London 2012 volunteers were called ‘Games Makers’, as they helped to make the Games happen. The Games Maker...

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Comparing Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt

Comparing Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt Comparing Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt - In David Epstein's 2014 Ted Talk, he put Owens' race time into perspective. "Consider that Usain Bolt started by propelling himself out of blocks down a specially fabricated carpet designed to...

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Rio Olympics Quiz

Try our Olympics quiz - Rio Olympics Quiz - it's the opening of the Summer Olympic Games 2016 in Rio! Every day, for a week, there will be a new post published with videos, links and interesting information about the games, Brazil and much more! [mlw_quizmaster...

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July 1 The Battle of the Somme

July 1 The Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme, German: Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German...

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Brexit – Independence Day or Divided Kingdom?

Brexit - Independence Day or Divided Kingdom? Brexit - Independence Day or Divided Kingdom? The United Kingdom emerges from the polls with an overwhelming decision to leave the European Union with a majority of 51.9% to leave agains a 48.1% vote to remain in The EU....

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Today’s the day Britain goes to the polls

Today's the day Britain goes to the polls A divided nation with two days to go: As one poll shows Brexit two points ahead but another gives Remain the advantage, data reveals the deep splits between young and old, the north and the south Polls have revealed a mixed...

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Highlights of BBC’s EU Great Debate

Highlights of BBC's EU Great Debate The UK public are being asked to choose whether the UK should stay in the European Union or leave in the first vote on the UK's links with Europe for more than 40 years. It has been a campaign which BBC political editor Laura...

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An Economist’s Guide to the Brexit Debate

An Economist's Guide to the Brexit Debate There's a lot of rhetoric surrounding Britain's EU membership referendum with each side trying to prove their point. Bloomberg Intelligence Economist Dan Hanson has been breaking down some of the most contentious issues....

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Brexit – 7 days to go

Brexit - 7 days to go The Brexit - 7 days to go - the possible exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, often shortened to Brexit (a portmanteau combining the words "Britain" and "exit"), has been pursued by various individuals, advocacy groups,...

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How healthy are you?

How healthy are you? How healthy are you? It's time to find out if you're a health nut or a couch potato. For a lot of us, health perhaps isn’t our first priority. In fact, 61 per cent of adults are considered to be obese according to Public Health England. And...

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Fast and Furious Roller Derby

Fast and Furious Roller Derby Fast and Furious Roller Derby, a sport that is really taking off in recent years. Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. A game play consists of a series of...

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Test Your Olympic Knowledge

Test Your Olympic Knowledge Test Your Olympic Knowledge - with the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics just around the corner, it's time to see how well you know the Olympic greats of yesteryear. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games...

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20 unusual bucket list ideas

20 unusual bucket list ideas Have you been thinking about making a bucket list for a really, a really long time? Are you procrastinating because it seems almost impossible to think up any unusual bucket list ideas? Creating a Bucket List, is a great way to give your...

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Victoria’s Gap Year

Victoria's Gap Year Listen to Victoria talking to Susan about what she did in Victoria's Gap Year and see if there are any differences between what she did and what others do, as set out below or in Gapyear.com. In the professional or career world, a gap year is a...

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Did you know – Leicester

Did you know - Leicester Leicester has been in the news in the UK recently due to the amazing exploits of their football team, going from near relegation to winning the Premier League title in one season. How much do you know about Leicester? Try your hand at our quiz...

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22 emojis everyone gets wrong

Have you ever got a text that didn't make sense? Maybe the embedded emojis were to blame. As more emojis appear on our phones, the emotions they convey becomes more specific and nuanced. Many of these emojis are being misused in texts because we misunderstand each's...

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Emoji Do You Know What They Mean?

Emoji Do You Know What They Mean? If you're like us, you use emojis all of the time, but Emoji Do You Know What They Mean? Did you know that for each emoji, there is an original meaning it was supposed to have? A lot of us use emoji to say something else completely –...

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Musicians Who Died Young The 27 Club

Musicians Who Died Young The 27 Club There's something spooky about the number 27. Over the years, a large number of musicians have died at the young age of 27. This is how the idea of the so-called 27 Club was born, a concept as glamorous as it is tragic. These...

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What kind of foodie are you?

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