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A little exercise earns you a free subway ride

21 Nov
  • Can you think of the best way to get fit?
  • Have you ever tried some of them? Did they work?
  • Think of some ways you could get exercise and make some money at the same time.

 

Ever wished you could ride the subway for free? Well, if you are living in Moscow and willing to do a little work, you can.

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Vystavochaya subway station has a vending machine set up that will count how many squats are done. If the person is able to complete the task within two minutes, it will print out a free ride ticket. Of course, for those keen to avoid turning up at work stinking of sweat, cash payment which is 30 rubles (about $0.93 for a single journey) continue to be accepted.

The special machine is part of a wider campaign being run by Russia’s Olympic Committee to promote next year’s Winter Games in Sochi and to encourage people to get in better shape.

“We wanted to show that the Olympic Games is not just an international competition that people watch on TV, but that it is also about getting everyone involved in a sporting lifestyle,” Alexander Zhukov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The machine will be available until December 3, while the games start in February. Other activities are planned to get people involved in the Olympics, including exercise bikes that produce electricity to charge cell phones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCOdiM4gJq8

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Proverbs

7 Nov

proverb

´´The pen is mightier than the sword.´´

Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.

´´When in Rome, do as the Romans.´´

Act the way that the people around you are acting. This phrase might come in handy when you’re traveling abroad notice that people do things differently than you’re used to.

´´When the going gets tough, the tough get going.´´

Strong people don’t give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.

´´No man is an island.´´

You can’t live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.

´´Fortune favors the bold.´´

People who bravely go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live safely.

´´People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.´´

Don’t criticize other people if you’re not perfect yourself.

´´Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.´´

This seems pretty clear.

´´Better late than never.”

This one’s clear, too.

´´Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.´´

If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them. That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they’re planning.

 ´´A picture is worth a thousand words.´´

Pictures convey emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations.

´´There’s no such thing as a free lunch.´´

Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost.

´´There’s no place like home.´´

Your own homeis the most comforatble place to be.

´´The early bird catches the worm.´´

You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.

 ´´Never look a gift horse in the mouth´´

If someone offers you a gift, don’t question it.

 ´´You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.´´

When you try to do something great, you’ll probably make a few people annoyed or angry. Don’t worry about those people; just focus on the good results.

 ´´God helps those who help themselves.´´

Don’t just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to achieve your goals.

´´Cleanliness is next to godliness.´

Be clean.

 ´´A watched pot never boils.´´

If something takes time to finish, don’t watch it too closely because it will seem like it’s taking forever.

´´Actions speak louder than words.´´

Just saying that you’ll do something doesn’t mean much. Actually doing it is harder and more meaningful.

´´Practice makes perfect.´´

You have to practice a skill a lot to become good at it.

 ´´Easy come, easy go.´´

When you get money quickly, e.g. by winning it, it’s easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.

 ´´Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.´´

If someone’s paying you or helping you out, you have to be careful not to make them angry or say bad things about them.

 ´´If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.´´

When you try to change someone’s behavior and it doesn’t work, you might have to change instead.

 ´´One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.´´

Different people have different ideas about what’s valuable.

´´Necessity is the mother of invention.´´

When you’re really in need, you think of creative solutions to your problems.

 ´´You can’t judge a book by its cover.´´

Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small might have amazing food, for example.

 ´´Good things come to those who wait.´´

Be patient.

 ´´A penny saved is a penny earned.´´

Save your money.

´´Two heads are better than one.´´

When two people cooperate with each other, they come up with better ideas.

 ´´The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill.´´

People tend to want whatever they don’t have.

 ´´Honesty is the best policy.´´

Don’t lie.

´´You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.´´

If you try to help someone, but they don’t take your advice or offers, give up. You can’t force someone to accept your help.

 ´´Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.´´

Your plans might not work out, so don’t start thinking about what you’ll do after you succeed. Wait until you’ve already succeeded, and then you can think about what to do next.

 ´´If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.´´

Don’t trust other people to do important things for you. You have to do things yourself to control the quality of the results.

More jokes about teachers and students

30 Oct

teacher jokes

Mother: “Did you enjoy your first day at school?”
Girl: “First day? Do you mean I have to go back tomorrow?

Little Johnny: Teacher, can I go to the bathroom?
Teacher: Little Johnny, MAY I go to the bathroom?
Little Johnny: But I asked first!

The teacher to a student: Conjugate the verb “to walk” in simple present.
The student: I walk. You walk ….
The teacher intruptes him: Quicker please.
The student: I run. You run …

Teacher: Did your father help your with your homework?
Student: No, he did it all by himself.

Teacher: What are some products of the West Indies?
Student: I don’t know.
Teacher: Of course, you do. Where do you get sugar from?
Student: We borrow it from our neighbor.

One teacher said this to his students before the final test.
“A” is for God.
“B” is for me and my wife.
“C” is for the perfect student.
“D & F” are for all other students

Teacher: Tell me a sentence that starts with an “I”.
Student: I is the….
Teacher: Stop! Never put ‘is’ after an “I”. Always put ‘am’ after an “I”.
Student: OK. I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.

The Perfect Son

30 Oct

son

Complete the joke using Present Simple

A: I have the perfect son.
B: …….. he smoke?
A: No, he …….. .
B: …….. he drink whiskey?
A: No, he ………
B: …….. he ever come home late?
A: No, he ………
B: I guess you really do have the perfect son. How old is he?
A: He will be six months old next Wednesday.

 

Answer

A: I have the perfect son.
B: Does he smoke?
A: No, he doesn’t.
B: Does he drink whiskey?
A: No, he doesn’t.
B: Does he ever come home late?
A: No, he doesn’t.
B: I guess you really do have the perfect son. How old is he?
A: He will be six months old next Wednesday.

Crime and Punishment

24 Oct

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Use the following words to complete the sentences

arrested        solicitor        verdict        fine        juvenile delinquent        bail     prosecutioncommit        shoplifting        remanded in custody        evidence        proof     Crown Court        arson        sentenced        Magistrate’s Court        probation        embezzlement     charged        defence        barrister        witness        testimony       burglary        imprisonment

1.  The number of young people who ………………….. crimes has risen sharply  in recent years.

2.  Another house was broken into last weekend.  This is the third ………………….. in the area in the past month.

3.  The judge ………………….. him to five years’ ………………….. for armed robbery.

4.  After seven hours, the Jury finally reached its ………………….. ; the prisoner was guilty.

5.  Although the police suspected that he had been involved in the robbery, since they had no definite ………………….. there was nothing they could do about it.

6.  He parked his car in the wrong place and had to pay a parking …………………..

7.  This is the third fire in the area recently.  The police suspect …………………..

8.  The shop decided to install closed-circuit television in an effort to combat the problem of …………………..

9.  He was …………………..by the police outside a pub and ………………….. with murder.

10. There are two criminal courts in Britain – the ………………….. for minor offences and the …………………..for more serious ones.

11. A ………………….. is a young person who breaks the law.

12. A ………………….. is someone who sees a crime being committed.

13. The lawyer who prepares the case for his client prior to appearing in court is called a …………………..  The lawyer who actually presents the case is court is called a …………………..

14. The sum of money left with a court of law so that a prisoner may be set free until his trial comes up is called …………………..

15. The bank manager admitted taking the bank’s money during the previous three years.  He was found guilty of …………………..

16. The witness held the Bible in her right hand and said: “I swear by Almighty God that the ………………….. I shall give shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

17.The formal statement made by a witness in court is called a …………………..

18. If a person is ……………………, this means that he is put in prison before his trial comes up.

19. Since it was his first offence, he was not sent to prison but put on ………………….. for nine months.

20. At a trial, the barrister who speaks for the accused is called the Counsel for the ………………….., while the barrister who speaks against him is called the Counsel for the …………………..

Answer

  1. commit
  2. burglary
  3. sentenced / imprisonment
  4. verdict
  5. proof
  6. fine
  7. arson
  8. shoplifting
  9. arrested / charged
  10. Magistrate’s Court / Crown Court
  11. juvenile delinquent
  12. witness
  13. solicitor / barrister
  14. bail
  15. embezzlement
  16. evidence
  17. testimony
  18. remanded in custody
  19. probation
  20. defence / prosecution

Black Friday

24 Oct

Black Friday

Read the following statements and decide whether they true (T) or false (F) to find out how much you know about Black Friday.

  1. Black Friday sales begin on Black Friday
  2. Stores have ample stocks of doorbusters
  3. You need to camp out in line to get the best Black Friday deals
  4. Doorbusters are available in-store only
  5. In-store Black Friday shopping is a dangerous contact sport
  6. Every sale you come across on Black Friday is the best of the year
  7. Nobody will match Black Friday prices
  8. All of the good deals are printed in Black Friday ads
  9. Leaked Black Friday ads are totally accurate
  10. You have to go to the Apple Store for its Black Friday sale
  11. Designer and luxury goods don’t go on sale
  12. If you go overboard on Black Friday, you can return your purchases
  13. Cyber Monday sales offer better online deals than Black Friday
  14. Deals are excellent throughout Cyber Week
  15. Once processed, all Black Friday orders are final
  16. Customer Service can be overlooked in the name of deals

Now read the article to check your answers.

When it comes to deals, few holidays beat Black Friday. Not only will you see many items at their lowest prices of the year, but you’ll also see sales on a wide range of items, from clothing to washing machines.

However, as we enter the holiday season, it’s a good idea to stay vigilant; along with great Black Friday deals come a lot of hype and misinformation. These 16 Black Friday myths are about to get busted.

Myth 1: Black Friday sales begin on Black Friday

Here at DealNews we see more Editors’ Choice deals on Thanksgiving Day than on Black Friday. In previous years we’ve even seen some deals sell out before Black Friday. (Luckily, you can use this shopping tidbit at the dinner table as an excuse to step away from your drunk Uncle Roger.) Moreover, this year there are only 25 days (four full weekends) between Black Friday and Christmas, so we expect to see retailers releasing Black Friday sales as early as two weeks before the namesake day.

Myth 2: Stores have ample stocks of doorbusters

Unfortunately many “doorbusters” are exceptionally low-priced items meant to generate buzz and lure shoppers in-store on Black Friday. Most retailers have very limited quantities of these products, and it’s likely that only the first few shoppers in line will snag them. For example, if you see a Black Friday TV deal that slashes a 55-inch HDTV to just $429, chances are high that the retailer will have only about 10 units of that item per store.

Myth 3: You need to camp out in line to get the best Black Friday deals

If you’re looking for an in-demand, limited-stock doorbuster, then being first in line when a store opens may be necessary to secure a highly coveted product. But these days, more and more Black Friday deals are available online as well as in-store. In fact, data from previous years have shown that up to 70 percent of in-store Black Friday deals were also available online for the same price — or less.

Myth 4: Doorbusters are available in-store only

Speaking of doorbusters, while their name may lead you to believe they’re available in-store only, in the past few years we’ve found that many doorbusters are available online as well. So unless you really need to escape the house for a few hours, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to purchase an advertised doorbuster online instead.

Myth 5: In-store Black Friday shopping is a dangerous contact sport

While there are always reports of overly aggressive shoppers on Black Friday, a majority of consumers actually express a feeling of camaraderie while waiting in line pre-dawn. Plus, no store wants instances of violence associated with its name in the news, so they will do everything in their power to keep things in check. You might have to deal with large crowds and a mess of inventory, but the chances of encountering an actual brawl are extremely slim.

Myth 6: Every sale you come across on Black Friday is the best of the year

Although many Black Friday deals offer the lowest prices of the year, you should probably wait to buy toysbrand-name HDTVs, and winter apparel. Toys see the deepest discounts right before Christmas, brand-name HDTVs sink in price between December and February, and winter apparel sales are best after Christmas. Be sure to consult our upcoming November buying guide for more information on what items you might not want to buy next month.

What’s more, retailers often sprinkle in mediocre discounts with their doorbuster deals in the hopes that shoppers trying to bang out all of their holiday shopping will bite on high-profit items. Plus, keep in mind that while a price for an item might be exceptionally good, it doesn’t mean that the product itself is worth your money. If an ultra-cheap TV is from an unknown brand, it might weaken the value of the deal for certain shoppers.

Myth 7: Nobody will match Black Friday prices

Last year Best Buy was one of a handful of stores that matched Amazon’s Black Friday promotional prices. Already this year Staples has announced that it too will begin price matching Amazon’s discounts. In a few weeks, we’ll publish an extensive list of stores that will offer price matching on Black Friday. Expected in the list will be Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and Meijer, all of which met competitors’ prices last year, and in some cases offered better deals.

Myth 8: All of the good deals are printed in Black Friday ads

On Thanksgiving Day, retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have historically advertised additional Black Friday deals that weren’t in their circulars. These “secret” deals are only found online, so the trick is to uncover them on the Web before heading in-store on Black Friday. Moreover, some retailers will respond to competitor pricing and make last-minute price cuts in order to compete. So even if you’ve already perused a store’s leaked Black Friday ad, you should continue to check for updates.

Myth 9: Leaked Black Friday ads are totally accurate

Since stores will release “secret” deals during Black Friday week, that means that early leaked ads aren’t always telling the whole story. Not only will stores alter their sales, but the fine print isn’t always present, which is crucial information if your heart is set on a doorbuster deal that will actually be available in extremely limited quantities.

Myth 10: You have to go to the Apple Store for its Black Friday sale

In reality, the entire Apple Black Friday sale will be available online with free shipping sitewide. However, in our Black Friday predictions, we actually advise against shopping this sale at all. Not surprisingly, Apple is skimpy with the discounts, and most resellers — like Amazon, Mac Connection and MacMall — will offer discounts that are twice as good as Apple’s promotions on iPads and MacBooks.

Myth 11: Designer and luxury goods don’t go on sale

While Black Friday is mainly a blockbuster event for lower-end goods, several high-end retailers have slowly broken the age-old trend of skipping Black Friday promotions. That said, don’t expect the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to offer clearance sales in their main stores. Instead, you’ll see Black Friday discounts at their outlets like Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Barney’s Warehouse and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH.

Myth 12: If you go overboard on Black Friday, you can return your purchases

Stores actually tighten their return policies considerably during the holidays, making it harder to return items. Some retailers will only offer store credit even if you have a receipt. A handful of stores are now also keeping track of serial returners and banning them. And if you don’t remember to ask for a gift receipt, your recipients might be doubly unhappy: They’ll likely receive a store credit for only a portion of the purchase price.

Myth 13: Cyber Monday sales offer better online deals than Black Friday

For those who prefer to fully digest a delicious Thanksgiving meal and not stand in line at midnight before the dawn of Black Friday, we understand. If you want to shop exclusively online, though, don’t think for a second that you should wait until Cyber Monday. The sales that pop up on Monday will indeed be good, but a majority of the best Black Friday deals are available online starting Thursday morning. So why wait until Cyber Monday to bag bargains?

Myth 14: Deals are excellent throughout Cyber Week

While a number of online retailers advertise weeklong Cyber Monday sales, the truth is that the best deals appear on Sunday and Monday only. Just as we saw with Black Friday, many of the best Cyber Monday deals have crept into the preceding day, in this case Sunday. Moreover, of all the deals we posted on the Sunday before Cyber Monday last year, 33 percent of them were Editors’ Choice deals. By comparison, only 27 percent of the deals posted on Cyber Monday were Editors’ Choice deals. By Tuesday and Wednesday, many of the best deals had already expired.

Myth 15: Once processed, all Black Friday orders are final

Unfortunately, submitting an online order — even after entering payment information — doesn’t guarantee that the items you purchased will be yours. Retailers occasionally display inaccurate inventory and will sometimes let consumers buy an item that is actually out of stock. This is a particular problem on Black Friday, given the speed of transactions.

Moreover, if a site accidentally publishes the incorrect price for an item and shoppers take advantage of the amazingly low price, a store may decide to cancel all orders for the item. Best Buy notoriously did this in 2011 when it mistakenly offered a $100 iTunes gift card for $60. The store then canceled all orders and asked customers to instead purchase the deal for the intended price of $80.

16. Myth: Customer service can be overlooked in the name of deals

If anything, a rush of Black Friday shoppers vying for in-demand deals is even more reason for retailers to be organized, cordial, and customer-friendly … particularly when they run out of stock! Disgruntled shoppers always complain, but nowadays they’re even more prone to texting, tweeting, and sharing negative experiences with anyone who will listen. Poor customer service also has the potential to affect public perception and drive customers away from certain retailers.

Now that you have the facts about Black Friday straight, check out our hub for Black Friday ads and features. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be!

Choose the word 3

24 Oct

Choose the word which best completes each sentence:

1.  I’m afraid I really couldn’t eat any more.  I’m ……………………

a)      full up

b)      fed up

c)       filled up

d)      famished

e)      satisfactory

2.  It’s a …………………… of time talking to him.  He never listens.

a)      lot

b)      loss

c)       slash

d)      waste

e)      model

3.  He was found guilty of having lied when giving evidence in court. As a result, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment for ……………………

a)      fraud

b)      a liar

c)       perjury

d)      deception

e)      lying

4.  Don’t tell her about Steve and Jessica.  You know she can’t …………………… a secret.

a)      hold

b)      keep

c)       save

d)      stop

e)      prevent

5.  Can I borrow your pen?  I seem to have …………………… mine at home.

a)      left

b)      forgotten

c)       lost

d)      kept

e)      missed

6.  You’ll have to use the stairs as the lift is out of ……………………

a)      function

b)      work

c)       order

d)      form

e)      service

7.  Have you seen a glass?  We seem to be one ……………………

a)      missed

b)      less

c)       under

d)      short

e)      deficient

8.  There was a flash of lightning quickly followed by a loud …………………… of thunder.

a)      bang

b)      clap

c)       smash

d)      noise

e)      stroke

 

  Answer

  1. a
  2. d
  3. c
  4. b
  5. a
  6. c
  7. d
  8. b