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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
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In this lesson we take a trip around Plymouth's historic Barbican and discover some interesting facts about its past. You can download a PDF with a transcript and glossary here, and see all the previous episodes on the LEWP YouTube... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The English Premier League starts today. The world's most popular football league is back after a three months hiatus. The new season promises more excitement, thrills, drama, upsets and surprises. Champions Manchester City will battle a resurgent Manchester United... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
It's the universal trend that has stayed fashionable for centuries. So could blue jeans really be fading away? NBC reports the 2013 sales of jeans in the U.S. dropped 6 percent. That might not seem like a huge percentage, but... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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Police investigating an allegation of child abuse against Sir Cliff Richard defended their handling of the case on Friday as new potential witnesses came forward with information. South Yorkshire Police admitted it had “worked with” the BBC, which broadcast live... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND A student accused of funding terrorism in Syria walked free from court yesterday after she was cleared of trying to smuggle cash out of the UK in her knickers. University student Nawal Msaad, 27, was caught with £16,000 in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
Climate scientists have argued human activity is responsible for a significant portion of glacier melting but haven't been able to pinpoint just how much of an affect we've had until now. A panel of researchers put together by the United... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND David Cameron has returned to Downing Street from his holiday in Portugal a day earlier than expected to assume direct command of the government's response to the Iraq crisis. The prime minister had been expected to return to Downing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at The English Blog
It's the moment we've all been waiting for. According to the USB Implementers Forum, or USB-IF, we won't have to struggle with plugging in those pesky USB cables much longer. And that's because we're finally getting a reversible USB cable.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Today the Daily Express is launching a crusade to help the sick, the elderly and their families by calling for an end to unfair hospital car park charges. As many as 74 hospitals made more than £500,000 from parking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The English Blog
Hollywood icon and American actress Lauren Bacall died Tuesday at the age of 89. According to TMZ, the iconic actress died from what a family member described as a massive stroke in her home. The Humphrey Bogart Estate shared the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The English Blog
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Robin Williams faced ‘serious money troubles’ shortly before his death. He was forced to accept a string of second-rate but lucrative acting roles which insiders say made his battle with depression even tougher. The actor had admitted that he was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Rory McIlroy battled back from a poor start to claim his second straight major title in the fading gloom of Valhalla Sunday with a one-shot victory over Phil Mickelson in the PGA Championship. In near pitch darkness, the 25-year... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at The English Blog
Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63. The shocking news came Monday evening from the Sheriffs' Office in Marin County, California and was quickly picked up by several outlets. In a statement, the Sheriffs' office said... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at The English Blog
As ISIS continues to rampage across Iraq, they've saved the worst of their rage for an ancient religious group called the Yazidi. Never heard of them? Well, you're not alone. Although they've been around since the 11th century, you won't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at The English Blog
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The United States is exploring options to evacuate thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq by Islamic militants after four nights of humanitarian relief airdrops, officials in Washington said. At least half of the 40,000 people... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at The English Blog
​If there's one rumor that's consumed tech media for the past two years, it's this one. The iWatch has been the subject of several concept designs and countless speculations about size, features and release dates. And no, we can't stop... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The English Blog
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A single pint of beer could soon be enough to put you over the drink-drive limit and get you banned from the road under a tough clampdown proposed by MPs.They also want cigarette-style warning labels on every alcoholic drink and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, as the US military began an airborne operation to bring relief to thousands of minority Iraqis driven to a grim, mountain-top refuge. Describing the threats against stranded... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The English Blog
Go ahead and cue "The Terminator: Rise of the Machines" metaphors. A Pew Research Center report shows various industry experts believe artificial intelligence or robots or digital agents are coming in droves to eliminate jobs in popular fields like healthcare,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The English Blog
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Britain could join America in launching military strikes against Islamist extremists in Iraq should the situation descend into genocide, government sources said. US forces began raids against fighters in northern Iraq on Friday after Barack Obama pledged to prevent a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Commuters and railway staff teamed up to free a man by rocking a train carriage to free his leg after he became trapped between the platform and a carriage on Wednesday morning. The man was boarding a rush hour... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at The English Blog
Cancer survivors smoking? Sounds pretty crazy right? A new study shows 1 in 10 cancer survivors still smoke. ​The CDC reports smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., and more than 16 million Americans suffer from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at The English Blog
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Nurseries are at risk of being taken over by religious extremists, the Education Secretary will warn as she announces that toddlers are to be taught “fundamental British values”. In her first major policy announcement, Nicky Morgan will say that local... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at The English Blog
Oops! A United Airlines employee forgot to fill in the blanks when sending an apology letter to a customer, and now everyone on the Internet knows about it. An unknown user posted the letter to Reddit with the heading, "United... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The English Blog
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Two British medical students have been stabbed to death in Borneo after getting into an argument in a bar. Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22 and in their fourth year at Newcastle University, were on the Indonesian island on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The English Blog