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 The Big Mac Index

May 27th 2004
From The Economist print edition

Currencies

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Britain's happiest places mapped

By Matt McGrath
BBC World Service environment reporter

The most sparsely populated county in Wales is where you will find Britain's happiest place, say researchers.

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Jackie: Hello, welcome to bbclearningenglish.com with me, Jackie Dalton. In a previous How to, we looked at how to tell someone you’re not happy about something and ask them to change their behaviour in a polite way,with phrases like ‘Would you mind…?’
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Neil, I hope you don’t mind me mentioning this…but, would you mind keeping the toilet seat down after you’ve used the toilet?
Jackie: In this programme, we look at more direct ways to tell someone you’re unhappy with their behaviour - expressions that might come up in very informal contexts. If you’re not already in an argument when you use

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William: Hello, and welcome to How to… The BBC Learning English phrase book for everyday situations…
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William: My name’s William Kremer. Now, it’s often said that we English people hate making complaints – but, just for you, I’m going to make a programme about making complaints. This edition of How To will look in detail at the language of spoken complaints. Earlier on, I spoke to my colleague Catherine, who told me about a time she’d made a complaint a couple of years ago. The incident happened at her brother’s wedding, which was being held in a hotel. Now, Catherine arrived at the hotel one hour before the wedding but to her surprise, the hotel told her that she had to pay £10 extra for checking in early. What did Catherine say?

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Jackie: Hello, welcome to How to… with bbclearningenglish.com. I’m Jackie Dalton. In this programme we’ll look at how to express anger and annoyance about something. Of course, there are all sorts of very strong words in English used to show annoyance (some of which you probably already know!), but we’ll be focusing on those expressions which aren’t quite so offensive, so you don’t find yourself upsetting people! Let’s hear our first one. I’m at a party drinking a glass of wine but then (smash!)

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Amber: Hello, I’m Amber with another edition of ‘How to …’ the series that gives you useful language to do things in English.
In an earlier programme we looked at simple ways to apologise – to say sorry when you’ve done something wrong. In this programme, we look at how to reply when someone says sorry to you for something they’ve done wrong. Now the good news is there are lots of short and friendly expressions that you can use to accept an apology. For example, if you’re with someone who’s really sorry for what they’ve done, you can just say: That’s OK.

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最難做的IELTS 5 Test 3 Reading 2 單字我已經查好了!!!

提供大家參考

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我已經在Google Docs裡面開了六個檔案

並且開設共同編輯權限,通知信件已經寄到大家的email裡了!!

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Our experts tackle the big questions that keep you up at night
If you started just before the first dinosaurs appeared, you’d probably be finishing your hike just about now.
Here’s how it breaks down: One light-year—the distance light travels in one year, used as the yardstick for interstellar distances—is about 5.9 trillion miles. If you hoofed it at a moderate pace of 20 minutes a mile, it would take you 225 million years to complete your journey (not including stops for meals or the restroom). Even if you hitched a ride on NASA’s Mach 9.68 X-43A hypersonic scramjet, the fastest aircraft in the world, it would take about 95,000 years to cover the distance.
You’ll need to bring a big bag, too; walking such a distance requires substantial supplies. The average adult burns about 80 calories per mile walked, so you’d need two trillion PowerBars to fuel your trip. You’d also produce a heap of worn-out shoes. The typical pair of sneakers will last you 500 miles, so you’d burn through some 11.8 billion pairs of shoes. And all that effort wouldn’t get you very far, astronomically speaking: The closest star to the sun, Proxima Centauri, is 4.22 light-years away.

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Boy scouts: forget the moss. A new study shows that cows may sense Earth’s magnetic field



Lost in drive-by country? Look for a cow. It will probably be pointing north—or south.


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Australia has backed Chinese aluminium giant Chinalco's recent purchase of a 11% stake in Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto.



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First-time mothers-to-be will accept greater risks than clinicians for a natural birth, research suggests.


A Sydney, Australia study also found the women prepared to accept higher pain levels, reports the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Researchers asked 102 pregnant women and 341 midwives, obstetricians and other doctors what complications would make them choose a Caesarean section.

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Distributing anti-retroviral drugs in Malawi has led to a huge fall in Aids-related deaths, an official says.



Mary Shawa told the Reuters news agency that 67% of those taking the ARV drugs are still alive.

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German consumer confidence has fallen to a fresh five-year low, as recession and high inflation fears continue to sour the mood among shoppers.


The news came from market research firm GFK, whose forward-looking consumer confidence index has dipped to 1.5 points for September from August's 2.1.


Further gloom was offered by restated official data which confirmed that the economy contracted from April to June.

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The Consequences of Global Warming On Wildlife


Rising temperatures ravage coral reefs and melt the habitats of polar bears and Antarctic penguins.


Ecosystem Shifts and Species Die-Off

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A buyer's guide to harnessing the energy of the sun



Dear EarthTalk: I am considering solar panels for my roof to provide heat for my hot water and possibly to do more than that. Are there some kinds of solar panels that are better than others? How do I find a knowledgeable installer? --Elise, Watertown, MA


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By Rahul Tandon
BBC News, Calcutta



The head of the opposition party in the Indian state of West Bengal has called for an indefinite siege of the factory building the world's cheapest car.

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