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The Schrankhaus: Living on twelve square meters
The Schrankhaus: Living on twelve square meters

The Schrankhaus: Living on twelve square meters.

In the downtown areas of many cities the demand exceeds the offer for housing by far. Sharply rising rents are the result. Not only is this, that so many people in the town want to live, but also the changing living conditions: the number of single person households has steadily increased over the years. This provides architects and urban planners completely new challenges. On the construction trade fair bautec which opened yesterday in Berlin, is it currently presents an interesting concept: the only twelve-square-meter Schrankhaus wooden.

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Maria Arroyo
Maria Arroyo

Maria Arroyo


 A new show of paintings opened in New York last week. The name of the artist is Maria Arroyo. People in New York don’t know her, but she is quite famous in some other countries. She grew up in Mexico.

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Michael Greenberg is a popular man. He is· not famous in sports or 10 the arts, but people, especially poor people, on the streets of New York know about him.
For these poor people, he is not. Michael or even Mr. Greenberg. For them, he is “Gloves”. “Here comes Gloves,” they say when ·they see him walking down the street. How did he get that name?

Mr. Greenberg looks like any other businessman. He wears a suit and carries a briefcase, but he is different. In his briefcase there are not only papers and books but also several pairs of gloves. On cold winter” days, Mr. Greenberg does not walk quickly down the street like other New Yorkers. He looks around at people; he looks for poor people with cold hands.

That is why he carries gloves in his briefcase. He stops when he sees someone poor with no gloves and gives him or her a pair of gloves.

Every day during the winter, Mr. Greenberg gives away gloves. During the rest of the year, he buys gloves. Also, people who know about him send him gloves. He has a mountain of gloves in his apartment. There are gloves of all colors and sizes: children’s gloves, work gloves, and evening gloves for ladies.
Why does Mr. Greenberg help these people? When he was a child, his family was poor. However,
his father always gave things to other people. He thought it made everyone happier. Michael
Greenberg feels the same way. He feels very happy when helping the poor.
A. Mark the following statements True (T) or False (F).
T F 1. Mr. Greenberg is a famous actor.
T F 2. Mr. Greenberg is called “Gloves” because he always wears gloves.
T F 3. Mr. Greenberg gets all his gloves at shops.
T F 4. In his apartment, Mr. Greenberg has a lot of gloves.
T F 5. Mr. Greenberg comes from a rich family.
B. Answer the following questions.
1. What does Mr. Greenberg have in his briefcase?
2. Why does Mr. Greenberg not walk very quickly on cold days?

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Sonia and Sam used to live in New Jersey



Sam, 54, is from Rosebud’a small town in New Jersey. Rosebud looks like many other towns in the United States. On Main Street, there is a post office and a bank. There is a bookshop between the post office and the bank. Opposite the bank, there is a shopping centre with a supermarket and a clothes shop.

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Heroes are not new. Every age produces its quota of individuals who distinguish themselves from other members of their community by some superior achievement. Their praise serves as an inspiration for others to follow their example.

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Gossip Vs. Rumour
Rumour and Us


A rumour is a widespread report that is unproved in fact. It often serves to provoke, or to increase, antisocial collective behaviour. Rumour must be distinguished from lack of communication, for the rapid spread of rumour may very well be due to effective communication.
The term rumour refers not to a method of its communication, but to its content. Under crowd conditions, it becomes difficult to check the source and accuracy of the information one receives, and thus to evaluate it, and so rumours are acted on as if they were true information.

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City Building
Young City Builders

“My children really understand solar power and geothermal energy,” says a second grade teacher in Saugus, California. “Some of them are building solar collectors and turbines for their energy course.” These young scientists are part of the City Building Educational Program, a unique curriculum for kindergarten through twelfth grade that uses the process of city planning to teach basic reading, writing, and math skills.

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Images of Felt
Felt Images

When you close your eyes and try to think of the shape of your own body, what you imagine (or, rather, what you feel) is quite different from what you see when you open your eyes and look in the mirror. The image you feel is much vaguer than the one you see. And if you lie still, it is impossible to imagine yourself as having any particular size or shape.

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Agony Column and Newsapers
About Agony Column

There is one part of women’s magazines that every man reads. It is the section popularly known as the ‘agony column’, where women, and increasingly men, write for advice on what are sometimes referred to as ‘affairs of the heart’. The person who answers these letters usually  has a very reassuring sort of name, which suggests a gentle middle-aged lady of great wisdom and experience, but who at the same time is as homely and approachable as your favourite aunt.

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Do you believe in ghost ?

Herr Adam is a lawyer working in Rosenheim, a small town in Bavaria, West Germany. In the summer of 1967, the telephones in his office seemed to go wrong. He called in Siemens, who had installed the phones, but they couldn’t find a fault. He then called in the Post Office. They replaced the Siemens phones with official Post Office ones and put meters that showed calls being made in the office.