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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
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BACKGROUND The Commonwealth Games are taking place in Glasgow, running from Wednesday 23 July (which features the opening ceremony) through to Sunday 3 August. Read more >> THE CARTOON The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows UK... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
Officials from Burkina Faso say they've found the wreckage of the plane carrying 116 people that went missing Thursday morning, though they still don't know what caused it to crash. The head of the country's crisis unit says the wreck... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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BRITAIN will bake in scorching temperatures for at least another two weeks, making this one of the hottest summers ever. The red hot weather will continue well into August, with highs reaching 90F (32C), forecasters said last night. The news... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Tartan-clad performers, spinning oversized Tunnock's tea cakes and a giant kilt were among the highlights at a feel-good Commonwealth Games 2014 opening ceremony on Wednesday night. The Queen officially opened the games before a 40,000-strong crowd in Glasgow's Celtic... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
A Florida State University professor has created a project that tracks your cat pictures and then figures out where that cat lives. Wait ... seriously? ​It's called I Know Where Your Cat Lives, and you can keep hitting the "Random... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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Three of the UK’s leading supermarkets have launched emergency investigations into their chicken supplies after a Guardian investigation uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings in the poultry industry. Undercover footage, photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers has revealed how... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
This parody of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" should appeal to grammar nerds! It is one of eight videos released by Weird Al Yankovic over the past week to mark the release of his new album, "Mandatory Fun." The videos did... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Despite widespread anger over the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, European nations have shied away from measures that would further isolate Russia. Dependent on Russian gas and oil, wary of confrontation on the Continent and alive to the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
In continuing its "let's give our customers all the things" ideology, Amazon has launched "Kindle Unlimited." Amazon unveiled the service Wednesday in a promotional video. "Introducing Kindle Unlimited, the freedom to explore over 600,000 titles and thousands of audio books... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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A raft of reforms to school accountability, including an education commissioner for Birmingham, inspections of city academy chains and new oversight of school governors, were announced on Tuesday by the education secretary in response to a damning report into extremist... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND It's Prince George's first birthday, today and since his first public appearance aged one day, royal baby watchers have been rushing to buy up whatever babywear brand he happens to be wearing — the so-called "Prince George effect". In... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
A Florida jury awarded a smoker's widow one of the largest ever legal wins against a tobacco company — a whopping $23.6 billion in punitive damages. Cynthia Robinson sued the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, maker of Camel cigarettes and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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David Cameron lost patience with Vladimir Putin’s “bluster and obfuscation” on Monday night and called on Europe to impose “hard-hitting sanctions” on Russia after the downing of Flight MH17. In his strongest intervention since the disaster, which killed 298 people,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The United States upped pressure on Vladimir Putin on Sunday over his response to the Malaysia Airlines jet shoot-down in eastern Ukraine, with Secretary of State John Kerry noting on CNN that it was a “moment of truth” for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
It was a sweet, sweet Sunday for the McIlroy family. That's because Rory just captured his third major title Sunday at The British Open, just as father bet he would a decade ago. Full transcript >> Related articles Rory's dad... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
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Masked, hooded men ran along the platform nervously waving their guns, as the large grey door to one of five train carriages was levered open. A ghoulish stench poured out; inside the glint of shiny black body bags piled in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
Ahead of its second-quarter earnings call on Tuesday, Microsoft is in the headlines for something other than its financial comings and goings. The New York Times reports Microsoft plans to "eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year." This... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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The first group of international investigators who arrived on the scene of the Malaysian Airlines disaster were involved in a tense standoff with the armed separatists who control the crash site at Grabovo. A unit of heavily armed rebels blocked... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott blamed Russia on Friday for the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jetliner over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board. Abbott appeared to go further than other Western leaders in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
Grieving families, grim press conferences, poignant memorials. It's a haunting spectacle that's become all too familiar for Malaysia Airlines. The company was already struggling to recover from the mysterious disappearance of Flight 370 four months earlier. And after the horrific... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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Pro-Russia separatist groups in eastern Ukraine are hastily covering up all links to the Buk missile battery suspected to have been used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, according to western-based defence and intelligence specialists. Full story >>... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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'Norman. Come quickly. Somebody's stolen our fridge!' BACKGROUND Yesterday was the hottest day of the year with 29.1C recorded in London. The super-warm air is expected to hover over Britain until tomorrow. Southern areas will be hotter than Nouakchott, Mauritania,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The English Blog
U.S. officials have confirmed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a surface-to-air missile Thursday but haven’t determined its origin, according to several news outlets. Full transcript >> Related articles Air Missile Kills 295 Aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight In Ukraine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The English Blog
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Nine Britons were among 298 people killed yesterday when a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was apparently shot down over war-torn Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists, backed by Moscow, were thought to have downed the airliner, which was en route from Amsterdam to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The English Blog
Last week I posted a Tour de France crossword to mark the legendary cycle race's start in England. This week's crossword is on the theme of cycling in general. See if you can tell your lugs from your forks! You... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The English Blog