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Unit 1

BRUSSELS SPROUTS.

    A British supermarket will be testing whether British customers like Brussels sprouts more when they are labelled "British". During the two-month testing period, the sprouts on display grown in Great Britain will no longer be advertised as "Brussels sprouts" but as "British sprouts". The manager thinks that the supermarket should tell its customers the truth, since the sprouts are a British product grown in Great Britain and not a Brussels or Belgian product.

    Perhaps Belgians should take revenge and in British restaurants order not chips but "Belgian fries" provided, of course, they come from Belgium.

COCAINE SMUGGLERS IN PRISON.

    Two men received 30-year jail terms for a two and a half million euros cocaine-smuggling operation. It is believed to be the longest sentence for smuggling pronounced in a British court.

WEEKEND FOR YOUNG TRAFFIC VICTIMS.

    The second weekend of November is in Great Britain "Road Victims Day". Inspired by this initiative the Belgian association "Parents of child road victims" also wants to organize a weekend in November commemorating their young road victims. According to statistics established two years ago ten per cent of road victims, i.e. 1397, were below eighteen. And if to this group one adds those between ages 19 and 24, the number of young victims reaches no less than 28 per cent.

HELPFUL POLICE.

    James Orr from Edinburgh was driving down the A1 heading for Wetherby in the neighbourhood of Leeds. A car started to follow close behind, so he signalled it to overtake. To his surprise it was a police patrol. They stopped him, and checked his car documents and driving licence. Then Jim told them he was in a hurry as he was going to a funeral. "Right," said the police,

    "follow us". And for the next 25 miles Jim had a police escort with flashing lights. The VIP treatment lasted all the way to the church in Wetherby. Says Jim: "Needless to say since then I've had the greatest respect for all police patrols in their difficult job."

ORIGINAL SIGNS.

    In the North of England there used to be a sign saying "Please do not throw stones at this notice".

    In the state of Texas, USA, on Highway 281 from Brownsville to San Antonio, there is a sign which reads: "Cemetery - Drive carefully".

Unit 2

IS MOBILE PHONE REALLY SAFE?

    According to recent studies, worries about a link between mobile-phone radiation and brain cancer can no longer be dismissed.

    Many people, however, can't imagine life without their mobile. They take it everywhere - cycling through the countryside, driving in the city, putting it on the bedside table at night. "I feel so much safer," they say. But at the same time, quite a few can't stop thinking about whether they are really protecting themselves. A lot of times when they are using their mobile phone, they admit that "they wonder if they may not get brain cancer". No less than 150 million Americans now use mobile phones, and hundreds of thousands of customers get connected every day. Health concern first made major headlines in 1993, when a man alleged that his wife had died of brain cancer from intensive cell phone use. He sued the manufacturer, but ultimately the case was dismissed.

SUMMER JOBS AND UNEMPLOYMENT.

    Unemployed as well as student summer job seekers apparently got what they were looking for and helped push the unemployment rate to its lowest level in fourteen years. The Labour Department says joblessness fell to 5.3 per cent in June, as businesses hired lots of teenage workers. Analysts say more Americans are spending their holiday in the US this year, increasing the demand for summer workers.

ARE HUMANS THE ONLY ANIMAL TO OVEREAT AND BECOME

    FAT?

    The answer is "no", although in many animals food intake is closely matched to energy expenditure. For example, before their long trip in autumn to warmer countries migratory birds tend to put on a lot of fat. Goldfish, on the other hand, will reduce the amount they eat if the water temperature is reduced, causing a reduction in their metabolic rate. A study in which laboratory rats were given an assortment of tasty foods led on the other hand to overeating and obesity in about 40 per cent of the animals.

WIDOW TURNS DOWN 3.2 MILLION EUROS.

    No pensioner in Hull was safe last week after the bizarre revelation that a 3.2 million euro National Lottery jackpot ticket is lying uncashed on an elderly local widow's front room table.

    Reporters, treasure hunters and officials of Camelot, the Lottery organisation, began a systematic attempt to persuade the reluctant winner to claim the prize.

    The strangest twist yet in the unpredictable history of lottery oddities was an unsigned letter to the local newspaper "The Hull Daily Mail". The woman's letter said the winning ticket had been bought by her husband shortly before his death. "It was a grand feeling to win, but too late".

    The woman also gave her age - which was courteously left out by the newspaper. Then she added: "Sorry, I don't wish to give my name. I am sure the fuss would finish me off. The ticket is on the front room table. I keep looking at it but I cannot make up my mind".

    The six-month deadline for claiming the jackpot runs out this week, and Camelot warned that the money would go automatically into the good causes pool if the winner failed to contact them by Friday.

PET GIVES BLOWS.

    In Arizona a 10-year-old boy got beaten up by a pet for no apparent reason. For a long time the family had had a chimpanzee in the house and the animal had always behaved normally. Last weekend, however, the chimp suddenly started behaving aggressively towards Bryan, the son, and gave him several hard blows on the head.

    Bryan's parents took the ape to the clinic where they didn't find anything abnormal. In the meantime the chimp quietened down and behaved normally

    again. According to the parents, his aggressiveness had no lasting consequences. Said the mother: "He's part of the family and he can stay on with us. We only have to find an appropriate punishment for his behaviour. He has to realize that he's not allowed to do this any more."

Unit 3

OIL PRICES UP ON OPEC TALKS DELAY.

    Oil prices rose again at the beginning of the week due to signs that the Middle East crisis is putting OPEC, the producers' cartel, under increasing strain.

    Saudi Arabia failed to persuade other OPEC members to attend an emergency meeting to increase production quotas. It is therefore expected to increase its own output to make up the shortfall of other 13 oil producing countries.

FRANCE TO SHELVE LOIRE DAM SCHEME.

    European environmentalists are rejoicing as the French government suspends its plans to tame the 600-mile Loire with a series of eight dams. Opponents fear that the Loire, Europe's last untamed river, could become polluted like the Danube or the Rhine. The environmentalists were assured that the two most controversial dams would not go ahead and that other flood control programmes will be abandoned or will be considerably reduced.

    The French president played a leading role in persuading the government to change its mind over a project intended to provide more water for the four nuclear power stations of the state electricity company, to feed new irrigation schemes, to control annual flooding, to improve navigation and to create new areas for industry and residents.

CREW SAVE PILOT SUCKED OUT OF WINDSCREEN.

    The pilot of a British Airways jet was sucked halfway out of the aircraft at 24,000 ft when the cockpit windscreen shattered over Oxfordshire. The pilot, aged 41, was pulled out of his seat and part of the way out of the window when the drop in pressure created a vacuum. He was grabbed by members of the crew, who hung on to him until the co-pilot made an emergency landing at Southampton airport a few minutes later. As

    passengers left by emergency chutes, firemen working from outside pulled the captain clear. The plane with 83 passengers from Birmingham was on its way to Malaga, Spain.

THE ECONOMY, FOOL'S GOLD IN A FOOL'S PARADISE.

    It's a paradox. Britain earns applause from the economists, but according to the criteria that most people use to judge their own and the country's prospects, neither the economy nor society is notably prospering. Low pay and job insecurity are spreading; investment is low and society is fragmenting. If there have been gains, they have been bought at heavy cost. It is in the world of work where the stress is most obvious. Some 60 per cent of the adult population is either without work or employed in jobs which are structurally insecure - notwithstanding the recovery. Two thirds of the new jobs created over the last five years are part-time jobs. Where jobs are full-time, three quarters are offered only on short-term contracts. These are hard times.

    This is the basis of the 30/30/40 society: 30 per cent of adults are marginalised, another 30 per cent of work is in insecure forms of employment and only 40 per cent have tenured full-time jobs.

MOVES TO PURGE CHILD LABOUR.

    Two major companies in sportswear want to help end child labour and improve conditions at their Asian factories. The chairmen and chief executives of Nike and Reebok are proposing joint monitoring of factory conditions. The move was welcomed by different associations which have campaigned against exploitation of workers in the footwear and clothing industry in developing countries. The decision was taken under pressure from British and American globalists who have campaigned relentlessly against child labour and exploitation of Asian workers.

Unit 4

CLEANING UP THE DIRT.

    A campaign to clean up Britain's beaches has been launched by the group "Keep Britain Tidy". It's designed to increase public awareness and clean beaches will be awarded a blue flag. The problem of sewage around our beaches has been causing much concern: millions of tons of dirt and litter

    are pumped into the sea each year. Britain now has 400 designated bathing waters, about one fifth of which don't come up to European Union standards.

RECORD HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT IN JAPAN.

    For the first time since World War II, unemployment in Japan has reached more than 5 per cent, i.e. 3.3 million people are without work. This figure is, however, approximative since some 120,000 Japanese without work have not registered with the appropriate service.

    The reason for the worsening unemployment is well-known. The economy has slowed down considerably in the biggest industrialized countries and especially in the States. The Japanese electronic industry is particularly affected by the recession. More than 1 million workers have voluntarily handed in their notice. This voluntary unemployment has mainly affected workers below age 35. Second, the reforms undertaken by the government to lower Japan's foreign debt have also contributed to increasing the unemployment rate.

CRIME RISE IN MONACO.

    The chief of police was sacked because of a 400 per cent rise in serious crime in Monaco.

    This figure is a symbolic one, because there was no serious crime two years ago compared to three hold-ups and a jewel robbery last year. But the attacks showed sloppiness in the tax haven's police force as well as the inefficiency of its CCTV security system.

    The first duty of the new chief will be to find out why the mini-state's 500 policemen were unable to protect the 29,000 residents from the incursion of Marseille-style gangsters.

    Until last year, Monaco's most famous violent crime was committed with a champagne bottle - an antique dealer was hit on the head by his mistress. The Court of Assizes has not sat for five years and one of the tiny port's charms has been the feeling of safety as rich residents parade in jewels and with fat wallets.

MISS WORLD PICKED AMID INDIA PROTEST.

    The MISS WORLD contest went on in India last weekend after police arrested more than 1,300 protesters and broke up crowds by firing tear gas and striking demonstrators with batons.

    The crown went to Miss Greece, a professional model. The pageant prompted an intense national debate about the role of women in the poorest country ever to host the annual contest.

    Feminists said that such pageants lower the dignity of women by turning them into commodities. Hindu nationalists said Indian traditions give women a central role in families and do not approve of them parading before strangers.

    The leader of a new women's group had threatened that a dozen members would sneak into the cricket ground and set fire to themselves to protest against the dishonouring of Indian women. But tight security that banned matches and cigarette lighters apparently succeeded in keeping protesters out. A pageant spokesman said only 15,000 of the 20,000 seats were sold.

SMOKE SCREEN.

    A friend of ours found a novel but efficient way of dealing with the terrible transistor noise from the garden next door. Receiving no response to his friendly request to turn it down, our friend noticed that the wind came from the right direction. So he lit a smoky bonfire and when a protesting head popped over the hedge, our friend asked him: "Why don't you play our favourite record "Smoke gets in your eyes"?"

Unit 5

SHE PASSED HER DRIVING TEST WITH FLYING COLOURS.

    An Edinburgh woman was taking her driving test. At one point, the examiner told her to take the first turning on the left. At that moment a boy ran across the road just in front of the car. She braked hard, and the examiner who had been looking at his notes, hit the windscreen giving him a nice bump on his forehead.

    She passed the test with the dry but objective comment "Your emergency stop is excellent."

UNDERSTANDING HATRED.

    Bradford, a northern England town, was the site of Britain's third race riot last summer. It was also its worst: 281 policemen were injured and 36 troublemakers arrested.

    The riot's immediate cause was a rumour that the National Front, a right-wing extremist group, planned to march through the city. It didn't, but clashes between Asian and white youths turned into a fully-fledged battle. The riots shocked the Bradfordians, but didn't surprise them. For years the city had been sliding into a de facto apartheid, with Asian, Afro-Caribbean and white communities living, working and studying separately. On street corners, bored Asian and white youths say they have faced naked racism every day but at interrace meetings nobody has had enough courage to say "Hey, there are some lads in your community who are troublemakers". Everyone is afraid of sounding racist. The question then is: can multiracial society work and if so, how to make it work?

A HOLIDAY LOUIS WON'T FORGET IN A HURRY.

    Louis Ross was overjoyed with the view of Blackpool from his hotel room on the 17th floor. The weather being gorgeous, he thought it would be worthwhile exploring the city. Unfortunately, he forgot to take down the name of the hotel and the street in which it was located.

    As he promptly got lost, he couldn't find his way back and he spent the rest of his three-day mini break looking not only for his lost lodgings but also for the hat, coat, suitcase and money he had left in his room. But without success. He went to the police but all he could tell them was that he could see towers from his window. A police spokesman said: "He really didn't give us a serious clue to go on."

UNITED STATES REPATRIATES IMMIGRANTS.

    The United States forcibly repatriates Latin and Caribbean immigrants by the millions who have entered the country illegally. Whatever you may think of this practice, the principle, anyway, has been widely accepted in the US. It is indeed difficult if not impossible to make a distinction between political and economic refugees. Furthermore, since the tragic events of the eleventh of September 2001 the US wants to reintroduce a visa for quite a few of the 5 million visitors that come to the States every year.

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST IN PRISON.

    Animal rights activist Keith M. whose tactics had all the characteristics of terrorism has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. He carried out several attacks on mega chains serving a lot of meat.

Unit 6

FLY CATCHER FLIES TOO.

    A 22-year old Swiss who at night wanted to chase flies and mosquitoes from his room, fell out of his window, landing 18 metres lower. Astonishingly, he was only slightly injured.

    The man had climbed onto the radiator and window sill to chase these pestering insects when he lost his balance and fell out of the window. Fortunately his fall was broken 10 metres lower by the sun shade of the restaurant right below his room. Then the man fell yet another 8 metres ending up in the water of the Limat river, which at this place is two and a half metres deep.

EL NIÑO PUTS WEATHER IN A GLOBAL SPIN.

    A major change in water temperature in the Pacific Ocean years ago could account for last year's violent rainstorms that caused the Mississippi river to flood. It may also influence global weather for a decade to come, researchers said last week.

    The oceanographic phenomenon known as El Niño, where a rise in sea-surface temperatures occurs every two or three years in the equatorial Pacific off South America, is known to affect local climate.

    More recent research has shown that El Niño can have wider effects by producing atmospheric changes that can cause additional drought in the Sahel or a rainfall shortage affecting the maize harvest in Zimbabwe. But atmospheric changes such as these are however short-lived. Now researchers are suggesting that a big El Niño can produce changes in ocean patterns that may last decades.

ROW OVER FISHING NETS.

    British fishermen accuse the Spanish of anarchy while the Spanish say the British are using oversized nets. Several British trawlers had their fishing nets cut by the Spaniards. The Spanish fishermen claim that one British trawler had a dolphin caught in its nets.

    Overfishing is at the heart of the conflict. The latter will intensify unless the world's oceans are better managed. Fleets must be reduced to fit the resource.

    World fisheries caught 84 million tons of fish, almost 400 per cent more than 50 years ago.

SECRET CAMERA.

    Not so long ago the Doncaster police had a secret camera set up in the changing rooms of a local soccer club in order to catch a persistent thief. Last night, when they played back the film, the police found that they had succeeded in filming one of their own policemen wandering around naked and looking for his clothes which had been stolen. On the film, however, there was no trace of the thief.

PLANE SHOT DOWN ACCIDENTALLY.

    The USS-Vincennes warship accidentally shot down a commercial airliner with 290 people on board. The American President said his country was prepared to pay compensation to the families of the unfortunate people who were on the plane. Polls showed that Americans were on the whole rather opposed to such compensation. But the President told reporters: "We are compassionate people and we feel sorry for all those families who have lost people dear to their hearts".

    So far the black box of the plane has not been recovered yet by search teams. The flight recorder could indicate whether the plane received warnings from the warship before it was shot down. It could also clear up questions about whether the airliner was flying within commercial airspace.

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