Yemen: On the brink of starvation

Millions of men, women and children are starving in Yemen. Hunger is the Yemen´s silent killer. Food is unaffordable, unavailable, and humanitarian aid is hindered or blocked by a country devastated by war and genocide.  What? Where? Why? Improve your listening skills by watching this video report.  At the same time, ask yourself why this video has only had 3,350 views, while a video on how many girls Justin Bieber has dated has received over 1.7 million hits.

Disgustingly, the British and the USA governments directly support the war in the Yemen by capitalising on the sale of weapons, arms and bombs.

It´s time for us all to stop looking the other way.  Donating money might help in the short term, but using your voice to lobby governments and hold them accountable for their actions is bound to have a longer lasting effect.

Don´t let governments use your tax to sell weapons. Don´t let your governments justify this heinous action in the name of national economic prosperity. Don´t let the childish behaviour of politicians distract you from the ‘real’ issues.  Don´t let the lawyers and academics cloud your sense of moral and ethical justice with legal and intellectual debate.  Perhaps, I don´t know, or don´t have the intellectual capabilities to truly understand all the issues.  And, quite frankly, I don´t care; selling arms for economic and political gain is just wrong.

Role play: At the police station

Role play at the police stationWhat is the most likely response to this situational question?
”Why have you come to the police station this morning Sir?”

  1. I’d like to listen to some chilled-out tunes please.
  2. I’d like to inform you that corruption is immoral, unethical, dishonourable and dishonest.  And, where can I go to see a man about a dog?
  3. I’d like to report a crime please.

Please comment below. Is it 1, 2 or 3?

50 things to do before you die: appear in a police line up

police line upA police line up is a common policing technique used to  catch criminals when there are witnesses to a crime. A police line up consists of a group of people who stand in a line, and when their number is called they take a step forward. Personally, I think it’s a waste of the tax payer’s money because most people wouldn’t even be able to describe their partner with any real accuracy. In fact, at my graduation ceremony my mother took lots of photographs of a girl accepting her degree certificate who wasn’t me. Suffice it to say, there are no photos of me wearing the traditional graduation cap and cloak.
oceans 11 police line upSorry, getting back to the point! Ok, firstly, it goes without saying that this means: appear in a police line up if you are INNOCENT, because, if you are GUILTY, then this might be a bit of a problem for you! Secondly, is this my cup of tea? No! Despite the fact that I’d be surrounded by fit men in uniforms, I have to say that the only line up I’d want to be in is the one in Ocean’s 11. That’s right: hubber, hubber!!

To find the evidence: which film or TV series?

What well-known film or TV series are these lines from?

gambling’’The body is cold, the case is hot and the crime scene is the key to the killing. Crime scene investigators are a team of forensic scientists who bring crimes back to life. In the city of Las Vegas, between the high rollers and the low lives, between the hidden clues and the varied motives, lies the trail to the truth. The evidence never lies”.

To solve a crime: which film?

What well-known film or TV series are these lines from?

van‘’”In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, ….then maybe you can hire…….

Social Events: Inglés Málaga Murder Mystery

CSI malagaOMG, there’s been a murder, but who did it?

What was the murder’s motive? Where is the evidence? Which witness is lying and who is telling the truth? How can you catch the criminal and make the evidence stick? Do you have the deductive powers and linguistic abilities to work out the clues and solve the mystery of who done it?

If you think you’ve got what it takes and you want to improve your English skills at the same time, then why not take part in the Inglés Málaga Crime Scene Investigation event ( CSI-Málaga)?

For further information and to apply to be a CSI-Málaga detective please contact Senior Chief CSI Detective Janette O’Carroll at:Janetteocarroll@gmail.com

Although you must be quick; it’s a race against time as the criminal is already getting away.

WRITING CHALLENGE:The Ideal Job: Criminal or Law Enforcer?

catwomanThe British TV broadcaster, Channel 4, is looking for contestants for a new reality TV show about jobs. The first episode asks the question: Would you be a criminal or a law enforcer?

Well, this isn’t a difficult question for me, without a shadow of a doubt, I would be a criminal, specifically Catwoman, because who doesn’t want to look like Michelle Pfeiffer and say any of these lines:

  • ”I don’t know about you Miss Kitty, but I feel so much yummier!
  • The thought of busting Batman makes me feel, mmmmmm, dirty!”

So, which side of the law would you be on?

Would you choose to be a criminal or would you choose to be part of the judicial system; perhaps a lawyer, a judge, a police officer, a detective or a forensic scientist?

To apply, write a short article to Channel 4 explaining whether you would be a criminal or not.

WRITING CHALLENGE:CRIME PREVENTION

common crimesYou have just read an article in a local newspaper about the increase in crime in your local area. The police are asking for advice from local residents about the different ways to prevent crime.

Write a report to the police outlining details about the four most common crimes committed in your local area and provide suggestions on different ways to prevent them.