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terça-feira, 30 de agosto de 2011

domingo, 21 de agosto de 2011

Tales of 20th Century London

Explore and discover what it was like living as a child in 20th Century London.
You have got four great interactive stories to choose:
*Work, Worms and War (1900-1918)
*Blitz, Bombs and Blackout (1939-1952)
*Fog, Fashion and Football (1952-1969)
*Pop, Punk and Parting (1971-1999)

A cute ghost appears and disappears along the stories telling you what to do.
You can name your own ghost, change his colour and choose different items for him.
At "Fun Stuff" section you can do quizzes or play games to test your knowledge about 20th Century London.
Each time you read and complete a story, you will get a sticker.
Collect all the stickers to receive a special certificate!
Good luck, kids!

Chocolate Porcupine

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quarta-feira, 17 de agosto de 2011

Taylor Swift Biography

Carrot Cake Muffins

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English Vocabulary - Interactive Hangman Game

Test your vocabulary with our Hangman game! 
Guess the hidden word by clicking on the letters. 
You must choose a level (beginner, intermediate and advanced) 
and a topic:
animals, colours, days of the week, months, parts of the body, numbers, city places and buildings, family members... 

quinta-feira, 4 de agosto de 2011

President Barack Obama's birthday


Marilyn may not be there to pop out of a cake-- but President Obama’s 50th birthday is set to be a star studded event. The Washington Post has just a few of the lavish details.

“The event includes a gala fundraiser featuring Chicago musicians Jennifer Hudson and Herbie Hancock. Campaign donors can also attend a birthday dinner with the President for the bargain price of $35,800.”

Can’t afford the high-priced grub? Maybe you could just join a house party instead.

Obama’s 2012 campaign staff is peddling the idea of 50-person parties that can live-stream a (quote) ‘special conversation’ with the birthday boy himself.

But not everyone’s vying for a spot at the bash. Critics are using the President’s quick turn from financial disaster back to the campaign trail as a chance to highlight shortfalls. The Daily Mail’s Paul Bentley adds to a Fox News blog....

“With hindsight, a low-key dinner with close family and friends would probably have been more appropriate.”

Conservatives aren’t the only ones making jabs. Late night comedians used the occasion as a chance to poke fun at the Commander in Chief.
“Pro: Our nation’s President is turning the big 5-0! Con: Our nation’s debt is turning the big 5-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.... Not good”
“And finally, Pro: At his party, Obama opened the door and 100 people jumped up and yelled Surprise!!! Con: The Secret Service shot 12 of them.”

And while the President may still be waiting for his gifts to arrive-- the Washington Post’s Dana Milibank has wasted no time dreaming up the birthday greetings his fellow lawmakers may send.
From Eric Cantor-- “Wow. The big 5-0. Does this mean you’re finally ready to have an adult conversation?”
From Nancy Pelosi-- “So is there no party? Or was I not invited? I’m still relevant, you know-- even if you don’t take my calls.”
And from the infamous Anthony Weiner-- “You still look hot.”

The star-studded event will be held in Chicago’s historic Aragon Ballroom tonight. At midnight - the president will officially be another year older.

Full English Breakfast

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segunda-feira, 1 de agosto de 2011

Death Raises Awareness Over Excessive Gaming


Chris Staniforth officially died of a blood cloth traveling to his lungs.
But many in the media are pointing to different reason – video games.

U.K.’s The Sun lead with the headline ‘Death by Xbox’ -- adding the 20 year old developed Deep Vein Thrombosis (Throm-bo-sis) – or DVT - after playing Halo daily for up to 12 hours at a time. The Sun quoes Staniforth’s father, David.

“He lived for his Xbox. I never dreamed he was in any danger. As a parent you think playing computer games can't do them any harm because you know what they are doing.”

Reports say there has recently been an increase in the number of DVT cases reported. But the BBC says -- it’s not just because of video games.

“The condition is usually associated with long-haul flights. But studies suggest any situation where somebody spends hours sitting in one place including in front of a screen, at a desk, increases the risk...”

And Michael French, editor-in-chief of MCV, questions The Sun’s method of labeling the story.

“The Sun throws in that ‘in recent years it has been increasingly been seen among those who sit for long spells in front of computer screens’. As tragic as this story is, that’s an odd claim to throw in when it can occur in anyone immobilized or still for a long period of time. (And let’s not forget an Xbox needs to be plugged into a TV, not a computer.)”

Chris’s father David has a launched a campaign to raise awareness about DVT and games. The Daily Mail reports...

“David does not blame Microsoft, the manufacturer of Xbox, he simply does not want another child to die from playing on it for hours on end.”

David did have this one last message for all other parents on BBC

“Don’t stop your child from playing the game. They love doing it. It’s great for em. It’s not to where – you know – move them around a bit and not spoil the fun, but just be aware.”

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