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1
http//www.lafragola.itPILLS
  • Raccolta di articoli in inglese scritti dalla
  • Classe 2 A
  • Anno scolastico 2003 2004
  • Prof. Enrica Puppo

2
INDEX
INDEX
INDEX
CRISTINA ANNIBALI 3 AGAINST AIDS 4
MUMMIES IN PERU ANDREA ARAGONE 5 COW HOLIDAY
IN AUSTRIA 6 SIRENS AGAINST PIDDLE IN THE
CARUGGI SERENA BADARACCO 7 MUSIC IS OFTEN
OUR LIFE 8 TO SMOKE OR NOT TO SMOKE? 9
THE CHARM OF VIDEOGAMES LUDOVICA BRUNAMONTI 10
FOUND THE DISAPPEARED CHILD 11 JFK FORTY
YEARS LATER FRANCESCA BUTERA 12 FIRST GAY
WEDDING IN FRANCE 13 KILL BILL BY QUENTIN
TARANTINO JESSICA ERRE 14 A MASKED-BALL TO
HELP GASLINI 15 COMPUTERS MAKE ALSO
COFFE 16 CELEBRITIES DEATH BRINGS MUCH
MONEY 17 GENOA AQUARIUM 18 PALM TREES
DAY 19 STONES AGAINST CARS 20 THE
IMPROVISERS ARRIVE 21 A KITE FOR PEACE 22
STUDENTS VISIT GENOA AQUARIUM
GIULIA FIORATO 23 PROBLEMS OF POLLUTION
24 A TRAGEDY IN PLFEZ 25 THE
VULGAR FARM MARTA MURGIA 26 ST. VALENTINES
DAY 27 8TH MARCH WOMANS DAY 28
DEATH SENTENCE 29 FENCING 30 SOUTH
CALIFORNIA ON FLAMES 31 THE POP STAR
ROBBIE WILLIAM 32 TO PLAY AN APRIL FOOL 33
YOUNG PEOPLE AND DRUGS 34 FUTURE IS
ALREADY HERE 35 THE BIGGEST CHOCOLATE IN
THE WORLD 36 THE WORLD OF TEA FEDERICA
ODONE 37 THE STORY OF A YOUNG
BOY-GIRL CORINNA OLIVERI 38 MORTAL
ADVANCES 39 SOMETHING MORE ABOUT DIANA 40
A PARTICULAR FUITINA 41 KILLED OUT
OF JEALOUSY 42 EASTER WEEK CHILDRENS
STORIES FRANCESCA PAMPALONI 43 HE IS FAT,
HE KILLS HIMSELF 44 NOT GUILTY
GIULIA PARTESANA 46 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER IN
SIENA 46 THE RETURN OF THE KING ELENA
PASTORINO 47 AMUSEMENT PARKS 48 MOOD 49
THE LATEST FASHION GIADA RAVAIOLI 50 A
FIRE BRAZIER VIRNA TACCONE 53 WHALES 54
GENOA AND RAINING 55 SWIMMING OR
DANCING 56 THE MOON 57 ARMADILLO AS A
STAR ISABELLA TORRE 58 JOANNE KATHLEEN
ROWLING AND HER WORLD OF WIZARDS 59 THE
TRAINING TROLLEY 60 AN ILL WOMAN REFUSES
TO BE OPERATED FRANCESCA VALENTE 61
LAIKAS STORY 62 MIRACLE IN CAMBODIA 63
NOTRE DAME 64 THE BEAGLE FOUND NEAR
LONDON

3
AGAINST AIDSCRISTINA ANNIBALI
AGAINST AIDS
  • The people who will undergo to the
    experimentation of the Italian vaccine against
    AIDS and called the green number of the Higher
    Institute of Health are beyond seventy. The
    suitable volunteers are assigned a secret code
    that will put them in a direct talk with the
    selectors of HIH. Fifty-six people affected by
    AIDS (not subordinate to any therapies) and
    thirty-two healthy persons that will take part in
    the first phase of the experimentation will be
    chosen for the screening. The objective of this
    first phase of the clinical experimentation is to
    demonstrate the harmlessness of the vaccine in
    the man, the absence, therefore, of toxic
    effects, and to estimate the induced immune
    answer of the vaccination.
  • The tests preview six months of treatment and
    other six months of observation, in a term that
    will be established for the HIH.

4
MUMMIES IN PERUCRISTINA ANNIBALI
MUMMIES IN PERU
  • In Arequipa, Peru, some workers, who were
    building the basement of a school, have found two
    mummies near the desert area of Nazca. They are
    the mummies of a boy and a man in his thirties.
  • According to the experts of the National
    Institute of culture they date back to 700 years
    ago. Moreover they belong to an ethnic group that
    lived along the arid coast zone between
    North-Chile and South-Peru where, in the opinion
    of some scientists, they built some villages
    around 800-1350 d. C. Some scientists consider
    the Chiribaya (the name of the ethnic group) as
    the "Lords of the Desert" because of their
    ability to survive despite the adverse climatic
    conditions of the arid coast of Peru. The finds
    will be transferred to a laboratory where they
    will be studied and cleaned out. The adult mummy
    has been identified as a farmer because of a
    spade found near it together with some sacks of
    seeds.

5
COW HOLIDA IN AUSTRIAANDREA ARAGONE
Cow Holiday in Austria
  • Now there are not only human laws, but there are
    animal laws too. In fact, in Austria, the
    Parliament have decided that animals must have
    some laws.
  • Caws must have three months holidays, boxers
    ears or dobermans tails cannot be cut, small
    dogs selling is not allowed and chicken cannot
    be reared in small places.
  • The Parliament have stated that caws must go on
    holidays during Spring or Summer because their
    meat would become better.
  • Surely Austria is the best country in the animal
    protection.
  •  
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6
SIRENS AGAINST PIDDLE IN THE CARUGGIANDREA
ARAGONE
Sirens against Piddle in the Caruggi
  • Genoa. The inhabitants of the Caruggi are
    exhausted by the people who make their
    necessities on the street.
  • The people who live in Vico San Raffaele and
    Vico Denegri have bought four loudspeakers and
    some meters of electricity wires. Next week they
    are going to put the loudspeakers out of their
    doors. The owners of the houses, during the
    night, will stay awake and when a person is going
    to unbutton his or her trousers the loudspeakers
    will ring.
  • Roberto Gambarino, a counsellor, has said that
    near Caricamento Square, and also in Caricamento
    Square, there is not any WC. The mayor has
    replied that as soon as possible there will be
    put WCs to solve the problem.

7
MUSIC IS OFTEN OUR LIFESERENA BADARACCO
MUSIC IS OFTEN OUR LIFE
  • Music is an important means of communication,
    above all among young people. You can listen to
    music everywhere and in every moment to relax or
    enjoy yourself with your friends or alone.
  • Music gives colour to our life. It rouses
    several and different sensations and emotions. It
    can represent a particular moment of our life,
    can remember us a person, a place, a feeling,
    something connected to our mood.
  • There are many kinds of music techno, hip-hop,
    disco, reggae and everyone has its personal
    tastes.
  • Young people often like going to the disco, or
    to concerts to listen to live music. Sometimes
    singers become their idols and they spend a lot
    of money to buy compact discs, music cassettes
    and posters.
  • Music keeps company if you are driving alone, or
    when you are working.
  • Music always breaks silence and monotony it is
    often the best way to relax our minds and our
    bodies. Everyone gives it a different meaning and
    it depends above all on our tendencies and
    personality.

8
TO SMOKE OR NOT TO SMOKE SERENA
BADARACCO
TO SMOKE OR NOT TO SMOKE? THIS IS THE QUESTION
  • Nowadays the great part of population smokes and
    a big percentage is made by young people. This
    facts creates some problems in social life
  • A very frequent question is Should smoking be
    banned from public places? A law has been
    recently passed to abolish smoking in pubs, bars
    and many other public places. It has created many
    debates because smokers do not agree. The
    solution to this problem is not simple because it
    is necessary to consider both the positive and
    the negative aspects of it, but, above all,
    everybody's rights.
  • Some people could be annoyed by smoke on their
    clothes, they might be allergic since in a
    restaurant during meals cigarette smell could be
    considered intolerable. It is sure that smoke is
    dangerous for our health and, sometimes, passive
    smoke is even more risky.
  • Anyway it is possible to understand smokers,
    too, because for them smoking is a pleasure above
    all after dinner, drinking a bier or when they
    are worried for something and for them this is a
    way to relax. In spite of this they should be
    more careful, in fact smoke could annoy mothers
    who are worried for their children.
  • A solution could be to create smokers and no
    smokers' areas everywhere because everyone has
    his vices and his rights that must be respected.

9
THE CHARM OF VIDEOGAMESSERENA BADARACCO

The Charm of Videogames
10
FOUND THE DISAPPEARED CHILDLUDOVICA
BRUNAMONTI
Found the Disappeared Child
  • Roberto, a two-year-old child, disappeared four
    days ago near Crotone, has been found safe and
    sound in the countryside. It is a happy ending
    story, but the detectives suppose that the
    childs father was trying to sell him to
    somebody.
  • The behaviour of Robobertos father, whose name
    is Armando Panebianco, is strange and presupposes
    that he had given somebody his child for money.
  • Roberto is in good health and it is clear that
    somebody looked after him during the last four
    days. Armando Panebianco may have given his child
    to a couple who wanted a son, to get money to
    better the economic situation of his family. In
    fact, he is a shepherd and has got five sons
    besides Roberto. A curiosity an officer of the
    carabineers Antonio Rocca who has the same name
    as the protagonist of a very known TV series
    Maresciallo Rocca was the first person who found
    the child.

11
30 HUMAN EMBRIOS CLONED IN SEUL
LUDOVICA BRUNAMONTI
30 HUMAN EMBRYOS CLONED IN SEUL
  • A team of Korean geneticists was able to clone
    30 human embryos to obtain staminal cells. The
    goal is to use them to cure genetic diseases,
    and, in particular, Alzheimer, but many people
    are worried because this could be the first step
    towards mans clonation.
  • However, in this test, the scientists stopped
    the growth of the embryos at the beginning of
    their development, when the cells are not yet
    ready to build the different parts of the body.
  • Scientists are divided as regards the
    experiment. Some of them believe that it is a
    great opportunity to cure serious diseases that
    every year condemn many people to death.
  • Others state that human clonation is immoral and
    the effectiveness of this kind of treatment is
    impossible to be proved.
  •  

12
JFK FORTY YEARS LATER LUDOVICA
BRUNAMONTI
JFK FORTY YEARS LATER
  • On the 22nd of November 1963 the president of
    the USA, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot in
    Dallas.
  • The murderer was Lee Oswald, but a lot of people
    thought that the president was the victim of a
    plot because he supported the civil rights of the
    black people and challenged the URSS as regards
    the problem of the Soviet missiles in Cuba. The
    world was on the brink of the III World War. The
    Americans booed their president and his family
    especially his wife Jacqueline, his birth family
    was one of the most powerful families of the
    country, however all this didn't save his life.
  • As concerns the domestic policy he can be
    considered a reformist, but in foreign policy he
    made some errors, for example he worsened the war
    in Vietnam. Forty years later, people still love
    Kennedy, but many historians consider him the
    most overrated president of the USA.

13
FIRST GAY WEDDING IN FRANCEFRANCESCA
BUTERA
First Gay Wedding in France
  • Noël Mamère, the mayor of Bègles, has announced
    that hes going to accept the wedding request of
    two men and to marry them on the 5th of June.
  • It will never be like San Francisco (with
    thousands of homosexual couples legally married),
    but Bègles will certainly be remembered as the
    first French town where two men have got married.
  • In fact Noël Mamère, the town mayor, has
    announced that on the 5th of June there will be a
    wedding between two men. According to the agency
    France Press, they asked Mamère for the marriage
    a week ago.
  • This year, on the 9th of April, the mayor (who
    is also a member of the National French Assembly
    and vice-president of the Urban Community of
    Bordeaux), said If someone asked me to marry
    two men or two women in Bègles, I would do it.
  • He is now in the middle of a heated debate. He
    said to The Guardian. I cant stand anymore the
    discrimination against homosexual people in this
    nation. They are the last category to be excluded
    from weddings. I have began a political struggle
    to help them in marrying and I wont stop it. I
    have received many anonymous letters, e-mails and
    phone calls about the matter, which, as I can
    understand, is considered as a taboo.
  • People insulted me and tried to persuade me not
    to marry the two men through religious or moral
    arguments, but, luckily, I received also much
    support, and not only from homosexual people.

14
KILL BILL BY QUENTIN TARANTINO LOVE AND
REVENGE FRANCESCA BUTERA
"KILL BILL" BY QUENTIN TARANTINO LOVE AND REVENGE
  • The latest film by Quentin Tarantino (40 years
    old), in the cinemas everywhere from 24th
    October, is a mix between an action movie and one
    of the latest series of Chinese-style movies,
    such as Matrix, in which we can see elegant
    fights alternating to technologic weapons.
  • The main character of the film (played by Uma
    Thurman, 33 years old) has not a particular name,
    but we know her nickname, the Bride. This makes
    us understand what she represents in the story.
  • Shes a young woman, who was ruined on the day
    of her wedding. In fact, a group of cruel people
    (led by a man called Bill) came into the church
    and killed everyone except her.
  • After some years spent in hospital, she came out
    of the coma and wanted to avenge her husband and
    her baby, who was already in her womb but died!
  • Then the Brides search, that will lead her to
    the truth, begins.
  • This film was thought out by Tarantino almost
    ten years ago, when he directed Pulp Fiction,
    starring Uma Thurman.
  • Now that it is ready, we will wait for the
    second part of the story, it is going to be in
    the cinemas in some months.
  • So, what is going to happen between the Bride
    and the Vipers (Bills group) in the second
    chapter of the story?
  • I can only reveal what Quentin always says,
    said Uma Thurman, the number one is kill, that
    is to say the search for revenge during a linear
    path, while the second chapter is Bill, the
    Bride arrives at the Vipers leader. So my
    character looks at her past through her
    suffering.

15
A MASKED-BALL TO HELP GASLINIJESSICA ERRE
A Masked-Ball to Help Gaslini
  • In the Orizont Disco, at Piani dIvrea
    (Varazze), a masked ball is going to take place
    on Friday the 27th of February.
  • It will start at 9 oclock. There will be raised
    money for Gaslini Hospital. During the night, a
    big buffet will be served. There will be a lot of
    music, games and happiness for everybody taking
    part in the party!

16
COMPUTERS MAKE ALSO COFFE JESSICA ERRE
Computers Make also Coffee
  • How many times have we heard that in the future
    computers will make also coffee?
  • Nick Pelis, a student at Colorado university
    succeeded in modifying his computer to operate it
    also as a coffee-pot.
  • Nick is one of the many modding fans. Modding is
    a hobby that consists in making functional and
    aesthetical changes in computers, to make them
    more and more original.
  • Modding fans change computers into a very big
    can of beer an old radio or an aquarium. A
    Japanese man, Juho Hayashi, decorated his
    computer with gold-dust, in the traditional style
    of Kimono.
  • There are many sites on the net on the matter.
    They give people instructions to make very
    particular modifications to their computers.
  • There are also a lot of firms that sell
    accessories for this kind of operations. An
    American firm suggests a special kit that lets
    the modding fans transform their computers into
    an aeroplane.
  • Modding is a very strange hobby but it is funny
    and it is diffusing all over the world.
  • In the future computers will be quite original!
  •  

17
CELEBRITIES DEATH BRINGS MUCH
MONEYJESSICA ERRE
CELEBRITIES DEATH BRINGS MUCH MONEY
  • On the sixteenth of August 1977 Elvis Presleys
    death was announced all over the world.
  • However not all people were worried about this
    fact.
  • His business partner commented the event like
    that lt This is a very good move for his career
    gt.
  • In fact death for many celebrities does not
    represent the end of a career but, on the
    contrary, a new and a more brilliant start.
  • Eight years ago, Kurt Cobain, the singer of the
    most famous Rock-Group in the world Nirvana ,
    obtained the cover of a musical magazine after
    his suicide.
  • The black singer Aaliyah, instead, died in an
    air crash accident when she was 22 years old.
  • Few weeks before the tragedy she was only one
    among the many and her album had sold 62.000
    copies.
  • After his death, its sales amounted to 306.000
    copies and a publisher dedicated a book to her.
  • The death of a celebrity contributes to create
    the myth of a personage.
  • Nowadays there are agencies specialized in the
    exploitation of disappeared celebrities
    properties.
  • Marilyn Monroes image was used to sponsorize
    clothes, dolls, slot machines and bottles of
    wine.
  • And so death, instead of making everybody equal,
    can make somebody unique, immortal and above all
    very rich!
  •  

18
GENOA AQUARIUMJESSICA ERRE
GENOA ACQUARIUM
  • Achille and Cleo have revealed something
    about THE MAGIC WORLD OF DOLPHINS 
  • Dolphins are funny animals who always feel like
    making friends. They are not toys and so they
    have to be respected.
  • Dolphins are mammals animals who suckle their
    puppies as people. Their birth and the nursing
    are events that we can hardly see in the open
    sea.
  • The birth of Cleo in 1994 and of Achille in 2002
    in Porto Antico Aquarium offered deep emotions
    and allowed to know important information about
    their relationship between puppies and their
    mothers.
  • Pregnancy lasts twelve months and first of all,
    comes out the puppys tail that starts stretching
    out and stiffening .So he is able to reach the
    surface and to take the first breath.
  • During the first period, mothers always swim
    next to their puppies to protect them and to
    direct their movements.
  • Nursing is very complex and it requires a
    perfect coordination.
  • The nipples are on the tummy, inside two
    pockets. When the puppy approaches, its mother
    turns its body a bit and slows down the swimming
    to make the operation easier.
  • For six months the puppy feeds on of only milk
    .Then it starts eating small fish but it will
    take two or three years before it stops eating
    milk at all.
  • During the first sucks, mothers give out a
    typical whistle called whistle signature.
  • It is a signal that allows puppies to recognize
    their mothers among the animals of the shoal.
    Mothers teach their whistle to their puppies who
    memorize it forever.
  • The first whistles of the puppies are rough and
    irregular, but after five months they develop an
    accurate one that will be used to say to their
    mother ltI am here, where are you?gt.

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PALM TREE DAYJESSICA ERRE
Palm Tree Day
  • A fascinating botanic show Dies Palmarum,
    devoted to the most exotic tree, will take place
    in Sanremo.
  • Every year many people come from all over the
    world to take part in this beautiful show.
  • The palm is a plant that reminds of Africa and
    oasis, but actually it is Ligure more than we
    can think.
  • In Sanremo there is still a strange ritual
    called Parmurà a man (who does not suffer from
    vertigo), climbs a palm tree up to its top with a
    long rope.
  • When he arrives at it, he ties the tuft and the
    other leaves of the palm tree with some laces and
    shapes them all together as a cylinder.
  • With this kind of operation, the plant will be
    healthier and more beautiful.
  • The show usually ends in the evening with a
    big dinner.

20
STONES AGAINST CARSJESSICA ERRE
Stones against Cars
  • Genoa, 2 - 02 - 2004.
  • Yesterday three children, about fourteen years
    old, were caught by the police while throwing
    stones against cars on the motorway.
  • They come from Rivarolo, a district just out of
    Genoa. One of them has no parents and lives with
    his grandparents the others have divorced
    parents.
  • The children told the police that they wanted to
    spend a different day, so they skipped school and
    went to the motorway, where they began to throw
    stones at cars.
  • It is not the first case of this kind, in fact,
    in Tortona, about seven years ago, another group
    of boys went to the motorway to throw stones.

21
THE IMPROVISERS ARRIVEJESSICA ERRE
The Improvisers Arrive
  • It is a real competition among actors. Its name
    is MATCH. It comes from Canada.
  • The audience takes part in competitions,
    applauding the best actors and, if it is
    necessary, throwing slippers, supplied
    intentionally by the organization, at the worst
    actors.
  • Two teams face particular other in many
    theatrical improvisations about a subject, a
    style and a time.
  • So an actor can mime a happy hammer, perform a
    play by Shakespeare or create a scene about a
    dismissal.
  • MATCH is very successful.
  • On the 10th November the first school about
    theatrical improvisation was opened in Liguria.
  • Both actors and ordinary people who want to
    learn something about the theatre, are put to the
    test and, at the same time, can enjoy themselves.

22
A KITE FOR PEACEJESSICA ERRE
A Kite For Peace
  • One Sky, One World, the manifestation of kites
    for peace, will return in the Riviera delle
    Palme tomorrow. This is the most original social
    initiative in the latest years.
  • Thousands of kites of different shapes and
    dimensions will fly in the sky towards ten
    different lands, exceeding barriers and borders,
    prejudices and conventions to launch a good
    message about peace, brotherhood and solidarity
    among people.
  • The manifestation is to start at ten oclock and
    children can also build their personal kite.
  • The Gecko is , maybe, the best and most
    original kite. It is thirty metres long.
  • In the evening there will be a game Business
    of Ecology Waste. It consists in picking up as
    much ecology waste as possible.
  • The first prize will be won by the heaviest
    sack.

23
STUDENTS VISIT GENOA AQUARIUMJESSICA ERRE

Students Visit Genoas Aquarium
  • One of the aims of Comenius project is
    exchanging experiences among children. So, today,
    a large group of students from some primary
    schools in Norway, Portugal, Holland, France,
    Spain and Greece, will be accompanied by Miss
    Mariella Ratti to visit the Aquarium, Colombos
    house and the Carlo Felice.
  • The foreign children and their Italian
    companions are taking part in a workshop in La
    Spezia until Saturday.
  • Before reaching the Doges Palace, where they
    will also join a cocktail party, the students
    will visit the port by boat.
  •  

24
PROBLEMS OF POLLUTIONGIULIA FIORATO
PROBLEMS OF POLLUTION
  • In the past years, with the extension of cities
    and industries, pollution has become a serious
    problem for the whole world.
  • Global warming can cause lots of problems to the
    Earth and forests are slowly disappearing,
    leaving space to deserts. This fact is also
    changing the Earths climate and, even if we do
    not have immediate real troubles, the ice in the
    poles is melting and consequently the sea level
    is rising.
  • The pollution produced by the use of new
    materials and energies causes serious problems
    because they are promoters of grave diseases like
    cancer or allergies and also physical
    malformations.
  • Over eleven million gallons of oil spills have
    been poured into the oceans and rivers for a long
    time. Many people like Green Peace and the
    Friends of the Earth, are trying to stop it and
    other natural disasters. The oceans cover 70 of
    the earths surface, and supply 99,7 of the
    earths water.
  • Oil spills are mostly caused by people who make
    mistakes, by natural disasters such as
    hurricanes, war and deliberate acts by
    terrorists.
  • Recycling can help 80 of the world to keep
    clean. Instead of throwing away paper, plastic,
    glass, paper cups and plates, iron or other
    materials we should recycle and re-use them. It
    can help our Earth to be clean. People can help
    the world to become a better place by recycling.
    Whenever we see rubbish on the ground we have to
    put it into a recycling bin.
  •  

25
A TRAGEDY IN PLFEZ GIULIA FIORATO
A TRAGEDY IN PLFEZ
  •  
  • Sara and Dario, two guys from Genoa, had a car
    accident in Plfez in New Years Eve. The boy was
    driving slowly, when a car, that had not
    respected the road signs, collided with them at
    130 km/h. Four people died.
  • Dario was a good boy and one of the most
    incredible friends I have ever had. And his
    girl-friend was very kind. The speaker is
    Darios cousin who has made a big banner in order
    to hang it in the stadium of Udine during the
    next football match, to remember them. It was
    difficult for us to make it because we are still
    shocked by this tragedy, but this banner wants to
    show that our friendship will last forever.
  • The funerals will take place in S. Martino
    district (Genoa) and then, as the victims
    parents explain They will rest together in
    Staglieno, were Saras grandma lies. They were
    very close, and they will be close again.

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THE VULGAR FACTORYGIULIA FIORATO
THE VULGAR FACTORY
  • Rome A new storm on The Factory the reality
    show on Italia uno.
  • Yesterday evening Roberto da Crema during an
    outburst ( he did not know he was on the air)
    said a blasphemy.
  • It has been a bed hitch, that will not be
    repeated . These are the words of Luca
    Tiraboschi, the director of Italia uno. It
    doesnt matter the protagonists did not know
    they were on the air- he has said - the fact is
    that yesterday happened something that must not
    be broadcast on Italia uno. I apologize with
    the audience. This mistake will not be made
    again.
  • The accident was stressed by Alba Parietti
    during the show. On the contrary, Daria Bignardi
    tried to mask it.
  • The problem arose from Roberto da Crema and
    Milton while they were complaining about the duel
    between Ducruet and Quinn. Roberto da Crema was
    furious because, in this week, Ducruet has
    endured seven injections.

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ST. VALENTINES DAYMARTA MURGIA
St. Valentine's Day
  • St. Valentines day is celebrated every year, on
    the 14th of February.
  • An old legend says that Valentine was Roman who
    helped persecuted Christians and because of this
    he was captured and jailed.
  • In prison he fell in love with a girl and began
    to write love letters to her, signing them with
    the words From your Valentine.
  • He was executed on the 14 of February. On that
    day, from there on, boys and girls have been
    writing love messages to each other and
    exchanging all kinds of presents.

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8th MARCH WOMENS DAY MARTA MURGIA
8th March Women's Day
  • On the 8th of March 1908 a lot of American
    female workers died in their factory in New York
    during a fire.
  • They had protested against low wages and abuse.
    As a consequence, their employer had shut them up
    in their own factory.
  • When the factory caught fire there was no escape
    for them. Their tombs were all covered with
    mimosa flowers growing near the factory.
  • Since then, 8th March has been celebrated as
    womens day and mimosas are usually given them as
    a present.
  • Those American workingwomen were fighting for
    their right of being paid as much as men. They
    wanted to be appreciated. This date should not be
    the only day in the year when women deserve
    consideration for what they are and what they can
    do.

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DEATH SENTENCE MARTA MURGIA
Death Sentence
  • Many nations still practise death sentence. In
    the USA 38 states have death sentence. In 14 of
    them thee are regularly executions and two of
    them- Illinois and Maryland- have declared the
    moratorium.
  • 76 countries in the world have abolished death
    sentence for all the crimes15 have abolished it
    for all the crimes except exceptional crimes. In
    the world there are 83 states that have death
    sentence, among them USA, China and Japan. There
    is a lot of work to do to abolish it completely.

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FENCING MARTA MURGIA
FENCING
  • Havana, the world fencing competition ended in
    triumph for Italy.
  • With three gold medals, a silver and four
    bronzes, Italy is placed first before Russia that
    has won the same number of gold and silver
    medals, but fewer bronze medals than Italy.
  • This is a confirmation of the good quality of
    the Italian school of fencing.
  • Here are the results of the Italian athletes
    Vezzali, gold medals in the foil silver medals
    for Vanni in the foil and there are four third
    places Cassarà in the mens foil Montano and
    Bianco in the sabre and Cascioli in the sword.
  • A GREAT SUCCESS!!!
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SOUTH CALIFORNIA ON FLAMES MARTA MURGIA
South California on Flames
  • Los Angeles
  • South California has been burning for many days
    and the fires have already at least 200 houses
    and about 8000 hectares of vegetation destroyed
    the destruction of the fires has forced about a
    thousand people to evacuate from their houses.
  • California has declared A state of emergency.

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THE POPSTAR ROBBIE WILLIAMS I WOULD LIKE TO
BE A POOR MAN MARTA MURGIA
The Popstar Robbie Williams
"I would like to be a poor man"
  • The British singer Robbie Williams dreams of
    being a poor man.
  • Happiness has nothing to do with money- said
    the pop star- some times I think that I should
    get rid of all the money that I have. I think
    that my life would be easier than now, if I had
    only 100 pounds in my pocket in this way I could
    conduct the quiet life that I want very much.
  • This is what the pop star has declared to a
    British newspaper. Between this happiness and
    Robbie Williams there are however 100 million
    dollars.
  • In the past the pop star already declared that
    he wanted to leave his career as a singer, but
    obviously he has always changed his mind.
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TO PLAY AN APRIL FOOL MARTA MURGIA
To Play an April Fool
  • Every year, on the 1st of April people enjoy
    themselves with tricks and jokes. They make fun
    of one another and try to take a joke
  • Why such a strange behaviour on that day? There
    are many stories about it.
  • This tradition might be born from an Egyptian
    tale.
  • Cleopatra was in love with Marco Antonio. She
    organized a fishing-competition and her lover,
    who took part in it, tried to cheat, but
    Cleopatra discovered him and punished him hanging
    an artificial fish on his hook. Perhaps this is
    the reason of the phrase to play an April fool.
  • Another story tells, that till 1582 New Years
    Eve party was celebrated from the 25th of March
    to the 1st of April. Pope Gregorios calendar
    moved New Years Day to the 1st of January. So
    people began to make fun of the ones who did not
    know about the change.
  • This tradition is also likely to come from old
    Spring time, when fishermen do not catch any
    preys and people make fun of them.

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YOUNG PEOPLE AND DRUGS MARTA MURGIA
Young People and Drugs
  •  
  • Death by overdose is a news item that appears
    frequently in our newspapers or on television.
  • In recent years, drug addiction has, become a
    serious social, medical and psychological
    problem, which it is difficult to find a solution
    for.
  • Some years ago taking drugs was considered a
    form of protest against society, but now the
    phenomenon is more widespread and there is no
    easy answer.
  • It seems that many young people take drugs
    because they want to feel more important. Urged
    on by their friends or by family problems, such
    as an unhappy background, they begin to take
    soft drugs, that make them depend on them and
    soon they feel compelled to move on to stronger
    drugs needing larger and larger doses to reach
    the desired effect.
  • One of the most common and dangerous drugs is
    heroin. It can cause blood poisoning and can
    induce young people to take an overdose.
  • In a short time a drug addict may become violent
    because, in order to get a daily fix, he is
    forced to steal or to become a pusher, that is to
    sell drugs to other people.

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THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE MARTA MURGIA
The Future Is Already Here
  • The Internet is a communication network system
    that links up 40 million computers all over the
    world.
  • A click of your mouse and you can soon be
    linked up to the outside world.
  • You can send and receive messages on any
    subject the Internet has never-ending
    possibilities.
  • Its service costs the same as a normal telephone
    call and its users range from companies or
    individuals that have a lot of personal
    correspondence, to teenagers who like video
    games, or scientists who exchange information
    with colleagues around the world.
  • The internet replaces hand written and typed
    letters, television, newspapers, study and
    business trips you are able to talk with
    students round the world or visit museums,
    libraries etc all over the world, without leaving
    home.

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THE BIGGEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD MARTA
MURGIA
The Biggest Chocolate in the World
  • The biggest bar of chocolate in the world has
    been produced by a firm in
  • Perugia for the Euro chocolate it is now a
    Guinness record.
  • It has been made with 3500 kg of chocolate and
    about a thousand nuts.
  • It weighs 5980 kg it is 2,15 m tall and 7 m
    wide.
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THE WORLD OF TEA MARTA MURGIA
The World of Tea
  • Tea is considered the most traditional and
    popular British drink. It is usually taken with
    milk and sometimes sugar. It is drunk at all time
    in the day, when still in bed, then at breakfast,
    during the morning, at lunch or dinner and in the
    evening.
  • It is often accompanied by various kinds of
    pastries or cakes, especially muffins or other
    teacakes. Tea is also served in teashops as well
    as in restaurants and snack bars. A cuppa is a
    colloquial term for a cup of tea and it was, and
    still is, the British ideal way to relax.
  • Tea was imported to Britain for the first time
    in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In
    1706 Thomas Twining began to offer this exotic
    drink as the specialty of his coffeehouse, Toms
    Coffee House, in London. From then Twining
    meant, and still means, real English tea all over
    the world.
  • In the nineteenth century England began to
    import tea not only from China but also from
    India.
  • Today, traditionally, London still remains the
    center of tea-trade.

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THE STORY OF A YOUNG BOY-GIRLFEDERICA
ODONE
The Story Of A Young Boy-Girl
  • Brian Reimer was born in 1965 in Winnipeg, in
    Canada. When he was born his parents decided to
    circumcise him but something went wrong and his
    penis came off.
  • It was a tragedy but one year later they heard
    of a doctor who could change Brian into a girl
    and so they brought him to this doctor. Brian
    became a girl and changed his name in Brenda.
  • Brendas parents thought that now it could be
    all right but Brenda was interested in boys
    things and not in girls ones. He always played
    with boys and when he was thirteen years old a
    psychologist let him know that he was a boy and
    not a girl and so he wanted to be a boy again.
  • This time his name was David. He grew up and
    became a man and, after some years, he married a
    woman who had already had three children. But
    things got wrong. Brian/Brenda/Davids twin
    committed suicide because he was the witness of
    too many bad things. Davids wife ran away with
    her three children, David was fired from his work
    and at the age of thirty-eight he wrote a
    good-bye message to his parents and killed
    himself.

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MORTAL ADVANCESCORINNA OLIVERI
MORTAL ADVANCES
  • On St Valentines day a tragedy happened in
    Como, in a Pizza-Restaurant.
  • I. B., a twenty-three-year-old boy was waiting
    for his girlfriend, a waitress. While waiting,
    I.B. began looking at a young girl and making
    advanced. The young girls boyfriend, an underage
    boy (16 years old), was vexed about it, so they
    began brawling. The owner of the Pizza-Restaurant
    sent them out. The brawl continued a bit more
    and, at a certain moment, the sixteen-year-old
    boy took a knife out of a pocket and stabbed I.B.
    three times. I. B. s friends called for help,
    but he was already dead.
  • The killer was arrested and confessed the
    murder. He has been in prison since the 15th of
    February the charge is wilful murder.

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SOMETHING MORE ABOUT DIANA CORINNA
OLIVERI
Something More about Dianas Death
  • On 31st August 1997, Diana Spencer, the princess
    of Wales, died in Paris in a fatal car accident.
    In the same accident her new fiancé, Dodi Al
    Fayed, and the driver of the car where they were
    travelling, died.
  • At the time all the English showed their deep
    sorrow and, six years later, during the
    anniversary of her death, the gate of her house
    was filled with flowers to remember her.
  • These days her death has taken a curtain call
    because Dianas butler, Paul Burrell, is going to
    publish a book, Royal Duty, that includes all
    the letters the princess sent him.
  • In the letters she wrote about her fear to be
    killed, probably in a car accident, since they
    wanted to get rid of a troublesome person.
  • And now more than ever, the English think
    Dianas death is wrapped in mystery and,
    probably, behind the mystery there is the Royal
    Family, which wanted to do away with a person
    that could interfere with prince Charless love
    affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
  • However, to discover the contents of the
    letters, we must wait for the publication of the
    book that, of course, will be a great success!

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A PARTICULAR FUITINA CORINNA OLIVERI
A Particular "Fuitina"
  • An incredible elopement has happened in a little
    town near Trapani.
  • Elopements sometimes happen in Southern Italian
    little towns like Castelnuovo (they are called
    Fuitine), but this time the protagonists are
    not normal ones,
  • The man is a priest, 33 years old, loved by all
    of his parishioners.
  • The girl, 22 years old, is a young student of
    theology.
  • Since they met, there have been more and more
    rumours about their love story, but nobody could
    imagine they would really run away.
  • After an important religious ceremony, they
    decided to drop everything and to run away from
    home.
  • The girl was engaged to a young man, a friend of
    the priests, who had introduced her to him. Now
    he is trying to forget her, but everybody knows
    he is really disappointed.
  • Two days after the elopement, the fugitives
    phoned their relatives the girl said that she
    was well the man said he would never return
    home, he did not want to be a priest anymore.
  • Now, their relatives and friends are waiting for
    their coming back and hope everything will end
    properly.

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KILLED OUT OF JELOUSY CORINNA OLIVERI
Killed out of Jealousy
  • A few days ago a woman, R.D., was killed in
    Florence by a mysterious killer. Nobody was able
    to understand who wanted her to die, because R.D.
    was a beautiful and polite woman.
  • A tangled murder, just like Agatha Christies
    mysteries.
  • But the police discovered an important clue the
    victim and her husband, P.B., received some
    silent phone calls.
  • So, the police investigated a lot, controlled
    the printouts of the calls, and discovered the
    name of an unknown woman, D.C.
  • After some hours of interrogation, D.C.
    confessed she had killed R.D.!
  • She was jealous of her because she lived happily
    with the man she loved. In fact D.C. had met P.B.
    some years before, at the University. They were
    not friends or acquaintances they only attended
    the same courses.
  • But D.C. was sure. He was the only man she could
    have loved, so she stabbed her rival, R.D.,
    only out of jealousy.

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EASTER WEEK CHILDRENS STORIES CORINNA
OLIVERI
EASTER WEEK CHILDREN'S STORIES
  • Easter Week, in Italy, has been characterised by
    some really dramatic stories of children.
  • Maria G.s story is the most dramatic. She was a
    three-year-old child, lived in Città di Castello,
    in Umbria and was raped and killed. After a deep
    coma, she died because of the heavy lesions and
    serious injuries suffered.
  • Her story has had a great prominence owing to
    its drama and mystery G.G., a family friend, has
    already confessed the murder, but not the rape
    and has called somebody else into question. Who
    is this mysterious man? One of Marias
    neighbours' revealed that the child sometimes was
    covered with bruises and she thought in Marias
    house there was something wrong. Nobody can
    explain why Marias mother, T.D., did not take
    her child to the kindergarten and entrusted Maria
    to G.G. The event is still shrouded in mystery
    and the police are still investigating.
  • The second story is Robertos. Roberto a
    two-year-old child from Crotone, disappeared when
    he was near a lake with his father, A.P. The
    police soon began suspecting A.P., who had tried
    to sell one of his childrens some years ago. He
    was sent to prison while the police began
    searching the area near the lake.
  • The enquire did not have any outcome the police
    did not find the child. But, two days after his
    mysterious disappearance, Roberto was found in
    the same place where he had been left by his
    father. His father has come out of prison and the
    police are still investigating.
  • Then there is Jacopos story he is a newborn
    baby, found in a small garden, in front of a
    block of flats in Modena. It was early in the
    morning, really cold, and the baby was naked. As
    soon as he was found, he was brought to hospital
    now he is in a deep coma and in a critical state.
  • And finally, a beautiful story E., a
    six-year-old child, covered 10 km through the
    undergrowth to reach his house and tell his
    relatives that his father was seriously wounded
    in the wood.

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HE IS FAT, HE KILLS HIMSELFFRANCESCA
PAMPALONI
He is Fat, He Kills Himself
  • On the 14th October 2003 a boy, Gianni, decided
    to take off his life because he could not stand
    anymore the fact that he was too fat. Gianni was
    not tall, weighed 103 kilos and was 17 years old.
    He was born in Rimini and in this town you
    cannot be fat because there are beaches and
    there take place the festivals of fitness and
    discos.
  • Gianni was very depressed and he could not hide
    it. He did not go to school anymore because he
    could not face the others. He wrote on a sheet of
    paper that he could not identify himself.
  • He did not live with his parents but in the
    hotel of his family because he wanted to be
    alone.
  • Gianni decided to hang himself but the belt that
    was to strangle him broke off. In a flash he
    phoned 118, but, then, he thought that he had to
    explain too many things. So he went to the
    terrace that was 25 meters high and flopped down.
  • He left his short story of fat boy, a story that
    he could not stand anymore, on a sheet of paper.

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NOT GUILTY FRANCESCA PAMPALONI
NOT GUILTY
  • Naples.Friday morning. Vincenza Visone, a
    seventeen- year - old mother of a
    thirteen-month-child, was going to school with
    her mother because she wanted to be protected by
    her ex-friend. She was a hard-working pupil and
    she loved school. Yesterday while she was on the
    Lancia Y with her mother, her ex-friend fired
    four shots to the car. The rush of Vincenzas
    mother to protect her daughter was useless.
    Vincenza died on the blow and her mother was
    hurt. The killer is probably Raffaele B.,
    twenty-two years old, with troubles and drug
    problems. He killed Vincenza in revenge. He could
    not accept to be the father of the little child.
    The police found him in an abandoned shop where
    he continued to repeat that he was not guilty.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER IN SIENAGIULIA
PARTESANA
Saturday Night Fever in Siena
  • Even if Siena may appear a silent and mysterious
    city to foreign tourists, in winter Saturday
    nights it hides a lot of meeting places, in
    some lanes or little alleys.
  • Since a lot of years, Saturday evening after
    dinner has been considered a moment of
    aggregation, especially for the youngest people
    who work hard to be allowed to stay out one or
    two hours longer than usual in the night.So every
    Saturday becomes a real party.
  • Nowadays Sienas young people are used to
    organize their Saturdays in the afternoon,
    concentrating themselves both on their Saturday
    dinner and on the rest of the evening.
  • Because of the euro, dinners at home with
    friends have become very trendy or, better, the
    availability of a house to eat pizza together
    waiting for a party in contrada has become
    fashionable. It is very popular that young boys
    and girls crowd the parties in contrada where
    people can meet.
  • For the older people the meeting places are not
    so different. At about midnight the bars of each
    contrada fill with them. There they speak only
    about one argument the Palio.
  • Also Sienas pubs, at this time, are full of
    persons. There you can chat with some friends or
    play board games with the others. Nothing too
    strange or particular.
  • Siena is like this, without any fashionable life
    and the Sienese, with their contrade, help it
    to remain the same.
  • All that may seem strange or atypical, maybe
    somebody can judge it a bit retro-fashion, closed
    and not forefront, but these are some of the
    things that make Siena a unique, matchless and,
    above all, immutable city, because nobody, at the
    very end, wants Siena to change!
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THE RETURN OF THE KING GIULIA PARTESANA
THE RETURN OF THE KING
  • In these days, cinemas are full of persons who
    want to watch the last episode of the most famous
    story by Tolkien "The Lord of the Rings". The
    story of this film is not simple and almost
    impossible to be understood by people who have
    not seen or read its first and second part.
  • Sauron's forces have laid siege to Minos Tirith,
    the capital of Gondor, in their efforts to
    eliminate the race of man.
  • The survivors of the fellowship of the Ring
    prepare themselves for the final battle to defend
    the middle land ruled by Gandalf, who is
    desperately trying to persuade the dismembered
    army of Gondor to act. In the meantime, Frodo and
    Sam are trying to cast the One Ring into the fire
    of Mount Doom, but the closer Frodo gets to his
    final destination, the heavier his burden becomes
    and the more he must rely on his friend Samwise
    Gangle.
  • At the end of the film, the One Ring falls into
    Mountain Doom and the forces of the wicked Sauron
    get completely destroyed.
  • Then Aragorn, a member of the fellowship of the
    Ring, becomes the new king of Gondor and a long
    period of peace starts for all the creatures.
  • This film, whose director is Peter Jackson, has
    won six Oscars.
  • Some numbers about the film
  • -The budget to produce the 3 films of the
    trilogy and the DVDs was 600 million dollar
  • -2,9 billion dollar have been already earned
    -1600 feet for the Hobbits.
  • -Jackson has spent seven years to realize his
    project -250 horses used
  • -274 days of shots
    -1000 armours
    made
  • -1440 eggs cooked every morning for the
    cast-breakfast -1500 new extras a week
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AMUSEMENT PARKSELENA PASTORINO
Amusement Parks
  • Every year a lot of people go to amusement
    parks.
  • Age is not important. We usually think that
    children are attracted by amusement parks more
    than adults on the contrary adults are regular
    visitors.
  • Every year, in amusement parks there are some
    new attractions. 2003 was a record year for this
    kind of parks. In Gardaland (Italy) there is a
    new route on the water called Spill water it
    cost 15.000.000 euro and is the longest one in
    the world (630 m). Another new attraction is the
    Top Thrill Dragster in Ledar Point (USA) it is
    the highest attraction in the world.
  • The most expensive one is the Space Mission in
    Disneyworld (Florida) 100.000.000 euro. It
    simulates a space mission to Mars. In Disneyworld
    there is also The Tower of Terror, it is a kind
    of lift that falls down 13 floors.
  • These are only some of the attractions that
    amusement parks can offer.
  • In Riccione a new, big amusement park is going
    to open, it will be divided into eight sections,
    and visitors will be able to see the eruption of
    a volcano or to know how our world was born. It
    will be fantastic!!!

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MOOD ELENA PASTORINO
MOOD
  • We often wake up in a bad mood and begin the day
    in the wrong way everything seems to be wrong
    Our bad mood lasts all the day long and we can
    not try to change it!! It is sure that it is not
    an emotion.
  • Rosanna Trentin, a psychology teacher, says that
    the most obvious difference between mood and
    emotion is that the former lasts the whole day!!
    Our mood influences our behaviour, and it comes
    from something inexplicable. We always know what
    has stirred up an emotion but we never know what
    has stirred up our bad or good mood. So, what is
    it useful for? Paul Ekman, a teacher of
    psychology at California University, says that it
    is useless. On the contrary Randy J. Larsen, a
    teacher at Washington University, says emotions
    are able to tell what we feel about the
    surrounding that loads us, and that our mood is
    able to tell how we are in our interiority.
    Larsen also says that the expressions of our face
    are the mirror of our emotions and tics are the
    mirror of our mood the way we move and walk
    depends on our mood.
  • Being in a good mood is very important and also
    very useful for our health. A research on 168
    French nuns has shown that the 90 of the nuns in
    a good mood when they took their vows died over
    85. Moreover a good or bad mood is contagious
    being in a good mood helps the relationship
    between us and the people near us.

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THE LATEST FASHION ELENA PASTORINO
THE LATEST FASHION
  • In America, persons who come from different
    ethnic groups are in fashion. Five years ago all
    cover girls had blond hair and blue eyes, now pop
    stars like Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez,
    Beyonce and actresses like Jessica Alba are the
    new stars! In the U.S.A, the key to be popular is
    the number of races in your genetic patrimony.
  • Leo Jimenez (25 years old), a Colombian top
    model, says that at the restaurant Brad Pitt
    waits for a table for a longer time. Cover girls
    of teen people (the most famous American
    magazine for young people) are Porto Rican-
    Italian girls.
  • This is a revolution! In the last census 7
    million Americans have more than one race in
    their genetic patrimony and 14 millions are
    Latinos. This fact is very important.
  • In our future the word race will not be used
    to mean social and cultural differences but to
    mean a fashionable element of a person.

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A FIRE BRAZIERGAIA RAVAIOLI
A FIRE BRAZIER
  • A fire brazier
  • in a starry night
  • The light that emerges
  • from the ocean in your eyes.
  • A rose petal
  • broke
  • the dew on your lips.
  • An infinite universe
  • in my heart.

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WHALESVIRNA TACCONE
WHALES
  • Ligurian people will not go far to see whales.
    In fact whales are populating the Ligurian Sea,
    where they can live peacefully because the
    Ligurian Sea is a part of a Sanctuary, a
    protected area (about 100.000 square km) in the
    Mediterranean Sea, that washes the coasts of
    Liguria, Tuscany, the Principality of Monaco and
    some coasts of France.
  • Generally speaking, whaling is now less
    practised all over the world, and the life of
    whales is better and more protected.
  • Maybe, in the Mediterranean Sea, whales have
    found their ideal habitat and now they live
    mainly in the Ligurian Sea.
  • An observatory called Delphi , endowed with
    459 boats, looks at the life of whales in the
    Sanctuary and observers study their evolution and
    behaviour.

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GENOA AND RAINSVIRNA TACCONE
GENOA AND RAINS
  • This year, in Genoa, the absence of rains has
    generated a situation of deep alarmism for the
    water reserves of Brugneto. This is the most
    important basin for Genoa. In the last ten days,
    it has rained intensely, but it has not been
    sufficient to fill the basin. In fact rains have
    elevated the water level of only 40.
  • Meteorologists are trusting in further rains
    because, to exceed the water rationing, the basin
    must be filled almost 70.
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SWIMMING OR DANCINGVIRNA TACCONE
SWIMMING OR DANCING?
  • In 1990, in S. Francisco, a company called
    Project Bandaloop introduced a new sports
    discipline aerial swimming.
  • Its dancers dance in three-dimentions. They are
    tied with some cables to skyscrapers aerials,
    slopes, cliffsand they can go up, down and turn
    round. This is a wonderful show.
    Three-dimentional dance is as synchronized
    swimming in the air. Dancers perform captivating
    and particular choreographies. More than 100.000
    spectators have looked at the last performances
    of the company.
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THE MOON,MARS AND NEW DISCOVERIESVIRNA
TACCONE
The Moon, Mars and New Discoveries
  • Washington on 14th January, the president of
    the U.S.A. spoke about the plan to carry out new
    missions to the space in 2008-2015.
  • The U.S.A. will work on this project with other
    countries.
  • In 2008 robots, space probes and new space
    vehicles will explore the Moon.
  • In 2010 the Shuttle will stop working as it will
    be old and so a Crew Exploration Vehicle will
    start for its first mission by 2014.This new
    spacecraft will take astronauts to the Moon in
    2015. There they will build a launch site for
    missions to Mars and other planets and, maybe,
    astronauts will land on Mars in 2025-2030.
  • By now Europe is waiting for the photos from
    Mars Express, a space probe is taking and
    sending from Mars.
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ARMADILLO AS A STARVIRNA TACCONE
ARMADILLO AS A STAR
  • There are twenty species of armadillos nineteen
    of them live in South-America and only one in
    North America.
  • The armadillo is a very important animal for
    genetics studies. Every spring, females bring
    forth four identical cubs. They have got the same
    DNA.
  • Scientists are studying them, because they are
    the sole animals that can contract leprosy.
  • The armadillo is also a very good swimmer. It
    can float inflating its stomach and its intestine
    with air. Then it can dive and swim under water
    without breathing for six minutes.
  • In Texas the curious animal has become a pet.
    Many parties, fairs, feasts and country-music
    festivals are organized for it.
  • In the 70s Racing Armadillo was born, that is
    a race with different armadillo-teams.
  • In 1981 Texas declared the armadillo its
    national symbol.
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JOANNE KATHLEEN ROWLING AND HER WORLD OF
WIZARDSISABELLA TORRE
JOANNE KATHLEEN ROWLING AND HER WORLD OF WIZARDS
  • She is one of the richest women in the world
    even if she isn't yet widely known. Joanne
    Kathleen Rowling is a writer who has become
    famous with a book called "Harry Potter and the
    Philosophal Stone". This was the first book of a
    lucky series dedicated to the young wizard Harry
    Potter. The series consists of seven books and
    constitutes an only story. Harry potter is the
    protagonist. The story takes place in a magic
    castle called Hogwarts, where young people study
    magic arts. Joanne Kathleen Rowling's books are
    very popular among young people and when a new
    story of Harry potter was published the bookshops
    sold all the copies in few days. Rowling's s
    books are becoming a fashion, while she is
    becoming richer and richer. The stories of Harry
    Potter are imaginative and fascinating, and
    perhaps, because of that, all young people love
    her books so much.

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THE TRAINING TROLLEYISABELLA TORRE
The Training Trolley
  • In a world dominated by look, more and more
    people would like to have a perfect body and to
    be fit.
  • On TV we always see thin and beautiful girls
    showing their body. Losing weight without doing
    exercises in the gym is a dream for many persons.
    Thinking about our being fit while we are in a
    supermarket is quite impossible, but an English
    supermarket chain has invented a trolley that
    measures the consumed calories.
  • The trolley, called Trim Trolley, is really like
    a tapis roulant or a cyclette. In fact you can
    make the wheels more resistant if you want to do
    more exercise while you are walking in the
    supermarket. If you have a trolley with a
    defective wheel you lose more calories then if
    you have a normal one. With a Trim Trolley you
    will lose even more calories. The people, who
    have tested it, seem to like this new equipment,
    but it has also a bad note. After doing the
    shopping with this special trolley you will be
    very tired and sweaty so you will have to go
    directly home.
  • Perhaps the trolley will be introduced also in
    other countries and it will help people to lose
    weight.

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AN ILL WOMAN REFUSES TO BE OPERATEDISABELLA
TORRE
AN ILL WOMAN REFUSES TO BE OPERATED
  • It is the second case in a month. B. G. has
    gangrene on her left leg, but she refuses to be
    operated. Doctors should amputate her leg and the
    operation is not very difficult. The
    sixty-seven-year-old woman is from Sanremo and
    has a husband and four children. All of them are
    very worried about her situation and are trying
    to persuade her, but she says that she entrusts
    God with her life.
  • A month ago another woman refused an operation
    and died after two weeks.
  • The relatives of the woman do not want her to
    make the same mistake and ask for a guardian. A
    judge has named the woman's son as her guardian.
    The psychiatrists who h
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