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Federer and Oxfam Win Wimbledon

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

5) HPE Lesson Packs!


1) Today's Video Analysis 

Watch this funny advertisement for The Daily Sport and answer the questions below...


Q1) According to the ad, what was man interested in 'in the beginning'?  ???

   a) funny stuff / sex / food
   b) girls / herbal tea / sport
   c) moisturising / funny stuff / football
   d) sport / girls / funny stuff
   e) yogo / herbal tea / being considerate

Q2) Name four things the Daily Sport thinks are NOT manly.  ???

Q3) True or False?

  a) The newspaper is published every day  ???
   b) The main target audience is women  ???
   c) The advert is not supposed to be funny  ???
   d) The newspaper thinks men have simple, basic interests  ???
   e) The expression 'Be a bloke' means 'Be a sensitive, modern man'  ???

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 48 : 'Federer & Oxfam Win Wimbledon'

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Q1) According to the quotations...  ???

   a) Andy Murray was not disappointed at losing
   b) being British made the defeat worse
   c) the crowd supported Murray a lot
   d) Federer thinks Murray will never win a Grand Slam title

Q2) True or false?

   a) Federer is the most successful player of all time  ???
   b) He has two girls the same age
   c) Federer is a reluctant card player

Q3) Answer these jokes without reading the words  ???

   a) What do you serve but don't eat?
   b) Why don't fish like tennis?

3) Today's News Analysis 

Pronunciation Practice
Listen and repeat
nearly a decade ago his loyalties were split
made a wager calling for Murray
now collect a payout reached that mark

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


Roger Federer Wimbledon triumph wins Oxfam 100,000

A bet placed on Wimbledon champion Roger Federer nearly a decade ago has netted more than 100,000 for Oxfam.

In 2003 Nick Newlife, from Oxfordshire, made a wager of 1,520, at odds of 66/1, that the Swiss tennis star would win seven Wimbledon titles by 2019.

Mr Newlife died in 2009 but had left the betting slip to Oxfam in his will.

Federer's defeat of Britain's Andy Murray in Sunday's Wimbledon final means the charity will
now collect a payout from William Hill of 101,840.

Andrew Barton, from Oxfam, told BBC Radio 5 live that it had been a difficult match to watch because
his loyalties were split.

"It's just so unfortunate that he nailed it against Andy Murray," he said.

"I was just sitting there watching the tennis and I kept finding myself
calling for Murray, particularly in that long game in the third set.

"And then my head is telling me: Andrew, remember Oxfam gets the money if Federer wins."

Mr Newlife, from Tackley, who was 59 when he died, had written to William Hill requesting the bet in 2003.

Spokesman for the bookmaker Graham Sharpe has described the wager as "unique".

William Hill said it had already paid out 16,750 to Oxfam from another bet placed by Mr Newlife, of 250 at 66/1, that Federer would win 14 Grand Slam events.

The Swiss
reached that mark at the 2009 French Open and is now a 17-time Grand Slam champion.

Q1) Find expressions which are similar to:

   a) achieved that total  ???
   b) he wanted both players to win
   c) almost 10 years in the past  ???
   d) supporting Federer's opponent  ???
   e) receive money  ???
   f) placed a bet  ???

Q2) Who is...

   a) the Wimbledon 2012 men's champion?  ???
   b) the man who placed the bet iin 2003?  ???
   c) William Hill?
   d) the Oxfam spokesman?  ???
   e) the losing Wimbledon men's finalist?  ???
   f) the 17-time Grand Slam champion?  ???
   g) the representative for William Hill?  ???

Q3) Grammar & Vocabulary Challenge:

   a) Say these numbers aloud:

 2003 / 1,520 / 66/1 / 2019 / 101,840 /
59 / 16,750   ???

   b) Find words (one per paragraph) which are similar to:

 success / resulted in / bet / ticket / cheque / game / achieved
 cheering / receives / asking for / betting company / requested / attained  ???

   c) Find up to seven different references to Federer (e.g. 'he') in the article.  ???

4) Today's Song  

10cc were a high quality pop group from the 70s, and Dreadlock Holiday is one of my favourites.

Enjoy the track and see how much you can you can understand.

Watch the video, listen to the song, and do the exercises below...  



Dreadlock Holiday  (lyrics)
(by 10cc)

I've taken out all the nouns: sorry!

Listen and try to hear (and then sing!) the correct words...

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

I was walkin' down the _______
Concentratin' on truckin' right
I heard a dark _______ beside of me
And I looked round in a _______ of _______
I saw four _______ one mad
A _______ from the _______
They looked me up and down a _______
And turned to each other

I say
I don't like _______ oh no
I love it
I don't like _______ no no
I love it
Don't you walk thru' my _______
You got to show some _______
Don't you walk thru' my _______
'Cause you ain't heard me out yet.


Well he looked down at my silver _______
He said I'll give you one _______
I said you've got to be jokin' _______
It was a _______from me _______
He said I like it I want it
I'll take it off your _______
And you'll be sorry you crossed me
You'd better understand that you're alone
A long way from _______.

And I say
I don't like _______ no no
I love it
I don't like _______
I love it
Don't you cramp me _______
Don't you queer me _______
Don't you walk thru' my _______
'Cause you ain't heard me out yet.


I hurried back to the swimming _______
sippin' _______ _______
I heard a dark _______ beside me say
Would you like something harder
She said I've got it you want it
My _______is the best
And if you try it you'll like it
And wallow in a Dreadlock _______.

And I say
Don't like _______ oh no
I love her
Don't like _______ oh no
I love her oh yeah
Don't you walk thru' her _______
You got to show some _______
Don't you walk thru' her _______
'Cause you ain't heard her out yet.

I don't like _______
I love it Dreadlock _______
I don't like _______
I love it Dreadlock _______
Don't like _______
I love her Dreadlock _______.









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