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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
Recent Activity
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 12 minutes ago 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 19 minutes ago 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 19 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 2 days ago at The English Blog
For the first few years of its existence, The English Blog mostly featured sites which were useful for learning English. Many of these have now disappeared, but one that is still going strong is Better at English. Better at English... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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This is one of a series of colourful images illustrating idioms from different countries. Each one has been translated literally into English and its meaning explained. You can find the others here, along with some interesting cultural observations (thanks to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND David Cameron is bracing himself for a bruising showdown with Brussels after he hardened his stance in a £1.7bn budget row with the EU as the European commission threatened to retaliate by placing Britain’s multibillion pound EU budget rebate... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
This Halloween, you might see more than just orange pumpkins on your neighbors' porches. Teal pumpkins are all the rage this year, and there's an important message behind them. Food Allergy Research & Education, or FARE, is hoping to start... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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Thousands of illegal immigrants camped out in Calais hoping to reach the UK are "prepared to die", the mayor of the French town has said. The 51-year-old told the Home Affairs Select Committee that some 2,500 illegal immigrants are in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
2006 was something of a low point for The English Blog. I only posted articles in five months out of twelve. However, I was getting my EM Normandie students to create their own blogs. As part of their English for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
This two-minute video features some of the 50,000 new words which have been added to the latest edition of the Collins English Dictionary (read my review here). How many of the words do you know? You can find some definitions... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The European Union warned Britain on Monday it would put the country's cherished EU budget rebate at risk if it tried to change the rules in response to a surprise 2.1 billion-euro (1.65 billion-pound) bill from Brussels. British Prime... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
In your typical plane, there's the aisle seat, the middle seat and the window seat — the one with the best view, in my opinion. But what if pretty much everywhere you looked acted like a window? That's the aim... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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Bullying Brussels last night threatened savage financial penalties if Britain refuses to hand the EU an extra £ 1.7billion. Tens of millions of pounds in fines could be levied if the UK does not agree to the budget contribution. And... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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One of the few perks (in fact, possibly the only perk) of doing The English Blog is that I (very) occasionally get sent a book to review. So when I was offered an advance copy of the brand new Collins... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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The last UK base in Afghanistan, Camp Bastion, was on Sunday handed over to the control of Afghan security forces, ending British combat operations in the country. The move ends a UK engagement that has lasted for some 13 years... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
Thirteen European banks do not have enough cash to absorb a future financial crisis. This according to a stress test, published Sunday, reviewing the finances of 130 of the eurozone's largest banks. So what does it mean when 10 percent... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
This is a very short post from February 2005, which shows how different things were back then. Despite extensive research (OK, Google), I've found hardly any blogs aimed at learners or teachers of English. My blogroll is looking pathetically empty,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog