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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
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BACKGROUND Germans are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led several events Sunday, including the placing of a rose in one of the few remaining sections of the Wall to commemorate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The English Blog
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The project that has taken up most of my time over the past couple of years (apart from the blogging) is the EM Normandie's iTunes U site, which was officially launched in September 2103. There are now 20 video lessons... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at The English Blog
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The teenage killer of Ann Maguire winked at a friend as he walked over to the Spanish teacher’s desk, where he stabbed her seven times and returned to his seat “as if nothing happened”, a court heard . William Cornick,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The English Blog
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It occasionally happens that two cartoonists come up with very similar cartoons purely by chance. And that's the case today with these cartoons by Peter Brookes from The Times and Adams from the Daily Telegraph. Both cartoonists use the story... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The English Blog
A U.K. women's rights charity behind a popular pro-feminism T-shirt has vowed to investigate claims the shirts are produced in sweatshop conditions. The shirts, which are a collaboration between the Fawcett Society and Elle magazine, sell for £45, or more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The English Blog
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In March 2012, about a year after getting an iPad, I decided to start another blog: iPad English. The idea was to talk about apps and other ways in which the iPad could be used for learning English. It seemed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Winds as cold as -4C (25F) will bring last month’s record mild spell to a shivering halt with Bonfire Night expected to be the chilliest this century. After the record mild spell, the mercury will plummet by 12C (53F)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at The English Blog
If the timetable for exactly when countries need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions has always seemed a little vague to you, well, we just got a deadline: 2100. That's according to a new report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at The English Blog
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Britain is to get a freezing blast of winter with temperatures set to nosedive from today. Winds as cold as -4C (25F) will bring last month’s record mild spell to a shivering halt with Bonfire Night expected to be the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at The English Blog
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I got my first iPad in the spring of 2011, and in July I announced the launch of my Business Words app. Unfortunately, it hasn't made me a millionaire, but it's still available in the iTunes Store. I'm pleased to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at The English Blog
Space travel can be risky, that's a given. Just getting up out of the Earth's gravitational pull requires massive amounts of energy. But the explosion of Orbital Science's Antares rocket on Tuesday and Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crash on Friday has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at The English Blog
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Sir Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic has been accused of ignoring a series of warnings that its $500 million rocket was unsafe for flight. A number of senior aerospace engineers repeatedly voiced fears over the design of Sir Richard’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at The English Blog
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By 2010 "Words in the News" had become a regular, almost daily feature in The English Blog. This one is from February 2010 when the Eurozone crisis was threatening to plunge the region into turmoil — and Nicolas Sarkozy was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at The English Blog
A test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spaceplane ended in catastrophe Friday after some sort of anomaly caused the craft to break apart in midair. SpaceShipTwo was conducting a test of its rocket engines over the Mojave Desert when it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The English Blog
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This is the moment Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket exploded in the air during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. The rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture exploded in a fireball during a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The English Blog
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Back in April 2009, Gordon Brown was the UK Prime Minister and we were in the middle of a swine flu pandemic. It all seems so long ago (except that we've not got Ebola, of course). By now, cartoons had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The English Blog
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Tonight is Halloween, and this cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail illustrates two important Halloween traditions: dressing up in scary costumes and trick or treating. A group of children dressed as a witch, a skeleton and a ghost are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The English Blog
One of the most powerful men in the tech and U.S. business industry Tim Cook has announced he's gay. In a 10-paragraph op-ed for Businessweek published early Thursday morning, the Apple CEO wrote, "While I have never denied my sexuality,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The English Blog
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The billions Britain pours into foreign aid are actually doing harm by making corruption worse in many parts of the world, a damning report reveals. It says projects funded by UK cash are increasing opportunities for bribery. In some areas,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The English Blog
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2008 was a pivotal year for The English Blog. There were no posts at all from January to May, and I remember being tempted to give up completely. In the end, I went the other way and decided to take... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The English Blog
This Halloween ad from sandwich chain Subway was criticized by TIME and Jezebel for being sexist and promoting 'thinness', among other things. What do you think? TRANSCRIPT GIRL 1: You guys are eating burgers? GIRL 2: Hey, summer's over. GIRL... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Britain is gearing up for a warm Halloween with a blast of hot air from the Continent bringing an unusual end to the month.The mercury is expected to start rising today (Thursday) before reaching 71F (21C) on Friday in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The English Blog
Google X — you know, the team behind Google's self-driving cars and contact lenses that measure glucose levels — is at it again. This time, the company's looking to tackle disease detection and prevention by pairing tiny, tiny ingestible particles... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The English Blog
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There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the government’s first evidence-based study. Examining international drug laws, the groundbreaking Home Office document published brings to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The English Blog