Category Archives: Words in the News

Learning English – Words in the News – Auctioning Marie Antoinette’s Clothes

Learning English – Words in the News – Auctioning Marie Antoinette’s Clothes

18 October 2012
“A pair of Marie Antoinette’s slippers and a garment she wore while in prison were auctioned in Paris to mark the anniversary of her execution. Among the 80 lots on offer were portraits and etchings of the queen and her ill-fated husband King Louis XVI”.
Reporter:
Christian Fraser

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guillotine, amassed, opulent, execution, goes under the hammer, scaffold, fragment, etchings, artefacts and tyranny.

Learning English – Words in the News – Football ticket tension in Naples

Learning English – Words in the News – Football Ticket Tension in Naples 

from  the BBC

16 October 2012
Hardcore football fans in Naples, known as ultras, have sent a warning to the owners of the club against selling tickets online. Many of these ultras are involved in crime syndicates which sell tickets at inflated prices, which could be threatened if tickets can be sold online.
Reporter:
Publish PostMark Duff
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