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Diamond Jubilee

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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Expressions
4) Song of the Day

5) HPE Lesson Packs!


1) Today's Video Analysis 

Watch this funny Mr. Bean video and answer the questions.


Q1) What doesn't work properly in Mr. Bean's house?  ???

   a) The kettle
   b) The tap
   c) The toaster
   d) The cup
   e) The light
   f) The hammer

Q2) The shop assistant...  ???

   a) is texting someone
   b) is standing on the counter
   c) is talking on the phone
   d) is smoking a cigarette
   e) is eating something
   f) is sitting on the counter
   g) is watching television

Q4) True or False?

  a) The shop assistant is helpful ???
   b) The shop doesn't have Mr. Bean's mug  ???
   c) Mr. Bean isn't happy with the service in the shop  ???
   d) Mr. Bean leaves the shop with a new mug  ???
   e) The shop assistant carries on talking when Mr. Bean leaves  ???

Q3) What colour is Mr. Bean's car?  ???

   a) red and blue
) green and red
   c) black and green
   d) white and orange
purple and red
   f) pink and blue
   h) grey and green

Lots of Vidcasts & Podcasts to help you improve your English!2) Today's Podcast 

Listen to the podcast and answer the questions.

Read the text and comment on the
Mega Minute Blog

Blog : Podcast 46 : 'Jubilee Hi-Jinks'

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Q1) According to the quotation, the Queen's life...  ???

   a) will be devoted to the British Empire
   b) will be short
   c) will be devoted to her family
   d) will be long
   e) will be devoted to the British people

Q2) True or false?

   a) The Queen only has one passport  ???
   b) Queen Elizabeth was born on two different days
   c) The Queen used a computer in the mid-seventies

Q3) According to the jokes, where do kings and queens get crowned?  ???

   a) In Westminster Abbey
   b) On the throne
   c) On the head
   d) In Saint Paul's Cathedral

3) Today's News Expressions 

Pronunciation Practice
Listen and repeat
most watched event beautiful photography
Party at the Palace presenters were under-prepared
mind-numbingly tedious Her Majesty The Queen

Listen to and read this news story from the The BBC Website and answer the questions.


Diamond Jubilee coverage draws millions of viewers

The Queen's Jubilee celebrations drew millions of TV viewers amid some criticism of the BBC's coverage.

The most watched event was the Diamond Jubilee concert, with an average of 14.7m viewers and a peak of 17m.

That was higher than the Party At The Palace during 2002's Golden Jubilee, seen by an average of 12.5m viewers.

Sunday's Thames River pageant was seen by 10.3m but some critics, including actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry, called it "mind-numbingly tedious".

"This is eggier and cheesier than a collapsed souffle," he wrote on Twitter. "Expected better of the Beeb."

Gillian Reynolds, the Daily Telegraph's radio critic, told Radio 4's Today programme she felt "deeply let down" by the lack of information given during the coverage.

"I couldn't reconcile the meticulous framing of the shots and beautiful photography with the words coming out," she said.

"Nobody explained what Dunkirk was and nobody explained that what these boats did was extraordinary."

Even the BBC's former Royal Correspondent Michael Cole joined the criticism, saying the presenters were under-prepared.

"I think it's outrageous when you hear a person who's been paid to be a commentator refer to Her Majesty The Queen as Her Royal Highness," he said.

"No preparation, no homework. There was no gravitas. I don't remember one memorable phrase or evocative expression."

Q1) Find expressions which are similar to:

   a) wonderful images  ???
   b) extremely boring
   c) fun event at the Queen's home  ???
   d) commentators were not ready  ???
   e) Britain's symbolic leader  ???
   f) highly popular spectacle  ???

Q2) True or False?

   a) a maximum of 14.7m viewers watched some part of the Diamond Jubilee concert on TV.  ???
   b) 2002 people watched the Party at the Palace 10 years ago.  ???
   c) Former royal correspondent was not impressed by the BBC's reporters
   d) Actor Stephen Fry enjoyed the event on TV  ???
   e) 'eggier and cheesier' approximately means unoriginal, uninformative, clichd and sychophantic.  ???
   f) Plates, cups and mugs are traditional royal souvenirs for jubilee events.  ???

Q3) Grammar & Vocabulary Challenge:

   a) Find three comparatives and a superlative (e.g. quicker / quickest)  ???
   b) Find two examples of
reported speech (e.g. he said it was boring)  ???
   c) Find as many
job titles as you can (e.g. teacher)  ???

4) Today's Song  

Number 1 in 1977, the year of Punk, the Sex Pistols' God Save The Queen was banned from the radio in her Silver Jubilee year. But still got to No.1.

Enjoy, if that's the right word, this classic of subversive British culture...

Watch the video and do the exercises below...



God Save The Queen  (lyrics)
(by The Sex Pistols)

I've changed the spelling of the words in this song: sorry!

Listen and try to correct the mis-spelt words...

(Click on the ??? to see if you're right!)

God say've the queen
The fashist regime
They maid you a moron
Potenshal H-bomb

God save the kwene
She ain't no human been
There is no futcha
In England's dreeming

Don't be told wot you wont
Don't be told wott you nede
There's no future, no future,
No future for yoo

God save the quiene
We meene it man
We luv our quean
God sayve's

God saive the queen
'Cause toorists are muney
And hour figurehaid
Is knot what she seams

Oh God save histoiry
God save your mad paraid
Oh Lord God have mehrsee
All crymes are pay'd

When theirs no future
How can they're be sin
Were the flours in the dustbin
Where the poison in you're human machine
We're the future, you're future

God save the quene
We mean it man
We love our queen
God saves

God save the quein
We meen it mahn
And their is no future
In englands dreeming

No future, no future,
No future for you
No future, no future,
No future for me

No future, no future,
No future for you
No future, no future
For you








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