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  1. Parks and pleasure

    Posted May 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a Read the passages and answer the questions. Favourite theme parks 1 Top Towers Set in the English countryside, the park covers 800 acres with beautiful gardens and 35 different rides and attractions. It was opened in 1980 and has a good range of eating outlets. The service is good and the staff friendly. The park is open from end of March to late ...

  2. City sights

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a This is a skimming exercise. Glance through the list of attractions in a large city, read the questions at the bottom, and then try to locate the information which will enable you to answer them. 1 Museum of Toys, open daily, 10am-5pm, admission free. A large old house is packed with old toys. There are hundreds of dolls, dolls' houses, ...

  3. Coping with homonyms

    Posted Apr 17th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a Homonyms are words which look alike but have different meanings. For example, a row (an argument or a line of things), a clock (a timepiece) and to clock (to hit someone). When a homonym is used, you need to use the context to work out the meaning of the word. 1 The young man had not been at the palace for long, but he already had a plan in his mind. One day ...

  4. Evening is the Whole Day

    Posted Dec 14th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Annetta

    ... Philip Annetta Evening is the Whole Day There is something of the explorer's satisfaction - the thrill of the new - in reading an assured debut novel and Preeta Samarasan's Evening is the Whole Day delivers this generously. The story centres on the fortunes of the Rajasekharans, a wealthy Tamil Indian family in the town of Ipoh, Malaysia (the France-resident ...

  5. Bad teachers turn English into a test of endurance

    Posted Dec 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung Psychologists say 'we fuse with the words we use'. But local English teachers are clueless. They seldom read a book for enjoyment, watch English programmes, ... bare scaffolding. Philip Yeung is a Hong Kong-based writer. philipkcyeung2@yahoo.com ...

  6. Environmental protection

    Posted Jan 31st 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a Sometimes you will need to turn written information into graphic form, maybe a mind map, a flow chart or a bar-graph. Read the interview with a government officer and complete the flow chart as you do so. Can you tell me the procedure followed in the case of an environmental nuisance? When we find that we have a case of environmental ...

  7. The ancient sport of kabbadi

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a Part A Read this description of an old sport and then decide whether the statements which follow contain information which is true (T), false (F) or is not given (NG). Imagine a fairly small field - about one half of a basketball court. It is divided into two halves. Two seven-men (or seven-women) teams come out. Each team has an additional five players ...

  8. More dubious decisions from Hong Kong Inc

    Posted Apr 29th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Does the hypocrisy of Hong Kong's establishment know no bounds? Where are the limits to self-serving, government-approved cartels? Can the bureaucracy ever distinguish ... to Guangzhou - lots of lucrative construction contracts there - without presenting any cost/benefit analysis. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  9. Iron congee bowl

    Posted Dec 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring There have been many highlights in Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's long career as a servant of his superiors, British and Chinese - but last week was outstanding. At this time ... separate economic and social system. As it is, the chief servant seems set - to use the biblical phrase - on 'selling its birthright for a mess of pottage', or bowl of congee. Philip ...

  10. Help the workers

    Posted Nov 18th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... The government must concentrate spending where it is most effective as we head into a lean 2009, writes Philip Bowring What should the government do? It is now almost certain that 2009 ... - but that will not be so for the small businesses supplying services to them. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...




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