BERLIN WALL OPENED - 9th NOVEMBER 1989

On the 9 November 1989, the Border separating Western from Eastern Germany was was opened, allowing citizens from both west and east to cross freely through checkpoints.
 
 

The wall was built a wall in the dead of night on 13 August 1961 by communist East Germany and for 28 years kept East Germans from fleeing to the West.
 
Why was the wall built?
 
At the end of World War II, the Allied powers divided conquered Germany into four zones, each occupied by either the United States, Great Britain, France, or the Soviet Union. The same was done with Germany's capital city, Berlin.
In 1949, the three zones occupied by the United States, Great Britain, and France combined to form West Germany (the Federal Republic of Germany). The zone occupied by the Soviet Union formed East Germany (the German Democratic Republic).
This same division into West and East occurred in Berlin, a major city in Germany, located located in East Germany. The split of Berlin resulted in an island in the midst of the sea of East Germany.
 
The Berlin Wall Goes Up
 
Just past midnight on the night of 12-13 August 1961, the Berlin Wall was built around West Berlin

BABY PRINCE GEORGE CHRISTENED

 
Dressed in a lace and satin gown designed in the 1840s, Britain's 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George, was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare gathering of four generations of the royal family.
The occasion had historic overtones: the presence of Britain's 87-year-old monarch and three future kings, Princes Charles, William and, of course, little George.
Queen Elizabeth II, usually the center of attention, quietly ceded the spotlight to her rosy-cheeked great-grandson, who seemed to wave at her when he arrived -- an illusion created by his father, Prince William, playfully moving the infant's arm.
The private affair at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace was also attended by Prince Charles, next in line to the throne, and the queen's 92-year-old husband, Prince Philip, who has shown remarkable stamina since returning to the public eye after a two-month convalescence following serious abdominal surgery.
 
All told, it was an exceptional day for a monarchy that seems to be basking in public affection since the 2011 wedding of William and Kate Middleton and the maturing of Prince Harry, who appears to have put his playboy days behind him.
George, who was born on July 22, wore a replica of an intricate christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter and first used in 1841.

THE FAMILY



 
Lottie is 10 years old and she lives in England with her dad and sister. Listen to her talk about her dad. Is Lottie's dad like your dad?
 
 
 Test your memory: 1 (Listening), 2
 
 
 Here are some activities for you:
 
Family Vocabulary: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

The 'S Possessive: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Complete the text about The Simpsons.

Have got: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Be or Have?:1, 2, 3, 4
 
 

FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL

Listen to the conversation and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills.
 
 

AT SCHOOL

Look at the school timetable and do the exercises to practise and improve your writing skills.
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE VERB TO BE

Fill in the blanks with am,is,are,choose the correct option. Click  here

THE NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL SUNDAY 24 & MONDAY 25

Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival. Twenty miles of vibrant colourful costumes surround over 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls,(make sure you visit Mama’s Jerk Station, on the corner of Portobello Rd and Oxford Gardens) over 40,000 volunteers and over 1 million Notting Hill carnival
revellers.
 
Starting its life as a local festival set up by the West Indian community of the Notting Hill area, it has now become a full-blooded Caribbean carnival, attracting millions of visitors from all over the globe. With many astonishing floats and the sounds of the traditional steel drum bands, scores of massive sound systems plus not forgetting the hundreds of stalls that line the streets of Notting Hill. The Notting Hill Carnival is arguably London’s most exciting annual event.
 
The Notting Hill Carnival used to get under way on the Saturday with the steel band competition. Sunday is Kids’ Day, when the costume prizes are awarded. On Bank Holiday Monday, the main parade takes place. It generally begins on Great Western Road, then winds its way along Chepstow Road, on to Westbourne Grove, and then Ladbroke Grove. In the evening, the floats leave the streets in procession, and people carry continue partying at the many Notting Hill Carnival after parties.
 
 

FEAST OF ST JAMES THE APOSTLE IN SPAIN - 25TH JULY

 
Many people in Spain celebrate the life and deeds of James, son of Zebedee, on Saint James' Day (Santiago Apostol), which is on July 25. Saint James was one of Jesus' first disciples. Some Christians believe that his remains are buried in Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Many events are organized on and before Saint James' Day in the Basque Country and Galicia. These include: •Special church services to honor the life and work of Saint James.
•Exhibitions of art work by artists born or living in or near Santiago de Compostela.
•Theatre productions and street shows.
•Concerts of modern and traditional music, including bagpipe performances.
•Traditional dance events held outside.
Special services are held in the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela on July 25. Church officials swing a large incense burner at full speed during this service. They fill the whole church with incense smoke.

 


St James, son of Zebedee, was an apostles and a brother of John the Apostle, according to Christian belief. He lived at the same time as Jesus. He may have traveled to the area that is now Santiago de Compostela.
St James was beheaded in Judea in the year 44 CE. Some Christians believe that his disciples carried his body by sea to Padrón on the Galician coast. They then buried his body under what is now the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
St James' relics were discovered sometime between 791 CE and 842 CE. Santiago de Compostela then became a place of pilgrimage. Pope Leo XIII asserted that the relics of St James at Compostela were authentic in a papal bull. This papal bull was published on November 1, 1884.
Common symbols of St James include a traveler's hat and a scallop shell. The scallop shell is used to mark a network of pilgrimage routes. These routes lead to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela from many European countries, including:
Thousands of people walk, cycle or ride a horse along the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela each year. Many people hope to arrive just before Saint James' Day.

ROYAL BABY PRINCE NAMED GEORGE

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their son - George Alexander Louis.
 
 
 
 
The first child of Prince William and Catherine, who is third in line to the throne, will be known as Prince George of Cambridge.

George was the bookmakers' favourite for the first name of the prince.
There have been six King Georges up to now, most recently the Queen's father, although his first name was Albert and he was known to his family as Bertie.
The name Louis is Prince William's fourth name and is likely to be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947.
 
Alexander is said to be a favourite of Catherine's.
As well as being an established regal name, George is also a saint's name. St George was an early Christian martyr and is the patron saint of England.


DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE GIVES BIRTH TO BOY




The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a boy. The child was born at 4.24pm on Monday afternoon and weighed 8lb 6oz. The duchess arrived at the Lindo wing of St Mary's hospital, Paddington, in the early stages of labour at about 5.45am accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge. He is on two weeks' paternity leave from his job as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot
 
 

KATE MIDDLETON IN HOSPITAL TO HAVE ROYAL BABY

 
Kate Middleton has been admitted to the hospital to give birth, according to a Kensington Palace
spokesman.
"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour. The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge," the palace said in a statement today.
Middleton was admitted shortly before 6 a.m. today with The Duke by her side, and she is progressing normally, the palace said. There is no suggestion that she was induced.
Regardless of the baby's gender, Prince William and Kate Middleton's firstborn will be third in line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William.
Kate and William have chosen to be surprised and do not know the sex of the baby, according to royal sources.

SWAN UPPING ON THE RIVER THAMES

Swan Upping 2013 will take place from 15 - 19 July



The census of people takes place every ten years. The census of swans takes place annually during July on the River Thames in a ceremony known as Swan Upping. Swans are counted and marked on a 70 mile, five day journey up the River Thames.

The Swan Upping event takes place in July each year, commencing on the third Monday at Sunbury and ending at Abingdon on the Friday.

The swans on the River Thames are Mute Swans (Cygnus olor). They are not actually mute, they can honk and hiss alot. Mute swans are seen in Britain all year round and are distinguished by a bright orange beak, which has a knob of black tissue on the top.

Swan Uppers searching for cygnets

The Swan Uppers catch and check the health of the swans and their cygnets through five counties, from Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, to Abingdon, Oxfordshire.






HAPPY SUMMER

 
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!!!!
 

ETON STYLE

Rapping, Eton-style: Now pupils at Britain's most exclusive school make a Gangnam parody for YouTube
 
   - The boys, dressed in their tail coats and white ties, performed Psy's trademark horse-style dance moves as they sang about their school.
   - Eton headmaster Tony Little said that he had watched the boys' comedy video and had enjoyed it.



 

ROAD SAFETY RUN


Dino the dog likes running. But there are lots of dangerous things on the road - tyres, rubbish bins and bouncing balls! If they hit him, he's in trouble! In this game you have to help Dino run, and answer questions about road safety along the way. How far can Dino run?

TROLLEY DASH

Welcome to Trolley Dash! You have sixty seconds to collect everything on your shopping list. Finish in time and move to the next level.


GAMES TO LEARN ENGLISH

Games to learn English is a site for students of English as a foreign language. 
A website to practise your English and have fun at the same time.
Enjoy playing games!!!

DESIGN YOUR OWN FASHION ONLINE


Do you love fashion? United Styles is your site because it lets you design your own unique clothes online.
Choose from a variety of styles, prints, colours... and preview your designs in 3D.
 
 
 
 Sendra lets you customize your own cool boots.