Nice place to live
What a shape!
Angel is a surname
The Grand Canyon may seem like a very desolate and unfriendly place, but it’s actually home to a variety of plants and animals. Grand Canyon National park has 75 species of mammals (coyotes, mountain lions, deer), 50 species of reptiles and amphibians (rattlesnakes, lizards, toads), 25 species of fish and over 300 kinds of birds (falcons, bald eagles)! It is also home for a number of scorpions and spiders! Humans have also lived in and around the grand Canyon for thousands of years.
Stonehenge is a mysterious circle of giant stones in southern England. It was built probably between 3000 and 2000 BC. Some of the stones weigh over 25 tons! The giant rocks were obviously arranged with some purpose in mind. But what was it? Most historians agree that it was built as a temple, but it was also probably used as an early astronomical tool!
The Bermuda Triangle is an imaginary triangle in the Atlantic Ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. Planes and ships have disappeared in the area, and some people blame the disappearances on supernatural forces. There are also natural explanations, though. The scientists say that this is one of two places on Earth where a magnetic compass points towards true north, instead of magnetic north, so planes or ship could get off course if they don’t make adjustments.
Can the trains go under the sea? Now they can! The Channel Tunnel is 31 miles long, and 23 of those are underneath the English Channel! It takes only 20 minutes to travel from England to France. They made a huge 90 acre park with all the dirt they dug up to built it. It took nearly 13,000engeneers, technicians and workers to build it!
The highest waterfall in the world in Angels Falls in the rainforest of Venezuela. It’s about 20 times taller than Niagara Falls – the water drops a distance of 3,212 feet! Because it’s surrounded by thick forests, Angel Falls wasn’t discovered until the early 1930s. The waterfall was named after American explorer James Angel, who crash-landed his planet near it soon after its discovery.
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On August 23rd, the Norwegians’ sledges were ready. They took them outside, and the dogs pulled them across the ice. The sun came up for a half an hour, but it was too cold – 1.______. They could not travel in that weather. They went back to the camp and waited. They waited two weeks, 2._________. Then, with the temperature at 37 degrees below zero, they started. They ran happily across the snow to the south – eight men, seven sledges and 3.________. Only Lindstrom, the cook, stayed behind in the camp. At first everything went well. They went twenty-eight kilometers on Saturday and 4._________. It was easy. Then, on Monday, The temperature went down to – 56 degrees. There was white fog in front of their faces. They couldn’t see anything. But they travelled twenty-eight kilometers. That night, in their tents, they nearly died of cold. Next day, they stopped and 5._______. Inside the snow houses it was warm.
46 degrees below zero
made snow houses
until September 8th
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O’Henry whose real name was William Porter (1862-1910) _____ one of
the _________ writers born in America and in Europe.
He had tried various professions before he turned to journalism. He ________ at a chemist’s and then in a bank. Although he was innocent he was accused of having stolen one thousand dollars and was put in prison.
It was there that he began to write _____ short stories.
Their heroes are ordinary American_____ in big cities or in the wild West. Great humour is an outstanding characteristic of most of O’Henry’s stories. Be
А. a rock star
B. a radio presenter
C. a pop promoter
D. an opera singer
E. a music historian
People tell us about their careers in music.
I was born in Wales, and I think it was probably thanks to my father that I got interested in music at the first place. He used to sing in the choir every Saturday and Sunday, and I used to go along too to watch and listen. Anyway I was about eight, I went to private lessons, and it was there I really began my thinking. A lot later on, I went to drama school, which was very good for me, because obviously I needed training in acting as well as singing. I got used to appearing in theatres and in front of audience, and that was there I spotted by i=one of the big producers. I went off to London to sing and to start me off on my career.
I didn’t always go on tour with my band, it has been the last five years. Till then, I was with an orchestra playing for musicals, but I got tired of doing the same thing, so I joined the band because they needed a guitarist. So I have a background in classical music, of course you can’t tell because the heavy metal stuff we play is about as different as you can get. And all those days taught me how important it was to practice, so I like to think we’re pretty professional.
I grew up like most people, I suppose, liking all sorts of pop music, buying singles and in fact I still listen to that sort of thing quite a lot. I wanted to know more about musical styles and traditions. Then a bit later on I got very interested in eighteen century music, and I did some research on the subject when I was at university. Now I lecture at university.
It’s a funny business – you get to meet a lot of famous people and if you’re organizing a tour for them you to get to know them quite well, because you can be together more or less all day for two or three weeks; but a lot of what I do isn’t exciting – I have to make sure that the hotel are booked, that the groups have got everything they need for the concerts. They are used to get everything they want, and it’s my role to look after them.
I got into this line of work because the jazz scene was always a passion of mine, and one of day I happened to meet a friend who told me there was a vacancy for someone to do a new jazz programme. So I applied, and I didn’t really expect to get the job because I hadn’t had much experience, but I got it, and the show has been running for ten years now.
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In a lonely part of South America there is a mysterious mountain valley, separated from the world of men, 1._____. Many ago it was possible for men to travel through the dangerous mountains and reach this wonderful place. A few people indeed go a family or so from Peru who were trying to escape from an evil ruler. Then came a 2.________, followed by landslides and sudden floods. One side of an old mountain slipped and came down with a noise thunder, and so the Country of the Blind became 3.______. The valley had in it everything that anyone could want – sweet water, grassy meadows, a good climate and slopes of rich brown soil with small trees that bore excellent fruit. The people did very well there, and their animals soon increased in numbers. But one thing spoiled 4._______, although it did not spoil it greatly, a strange disease spread among them which made children 5._________.
born in the valley blind
called the Country of the Blind
separated from the outside world for ever
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One of the________ global products today is Coca-Cola.
Coke ______ invented by a pharmacist called Dr. Pemberton in 1886. Pemberton produced a syrup for a new drink and
accidentally ______ carbonated water. The result was a soft drink that was called ‘both delicious and refreshing’.
During its ______ year Pemberton sold just nine bottles per day, but from these small beginnings Coca-Cola gradually grew into the world’s largest manufacturer of soft drinks.
Every day Coca-Cola products are served more than 1 billion times to people in more than 200______. Strong