Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Suspended Coffee.

How much coffee do you drink every day?

Suspended Coffee

What is it? 
Where did the idea come from?
Who is it for?


Read the beginning of the article and reassess your answers.

The daily trip to a local coffee shop may give you your caffeine fix - but thanks to a new scheme, it could also give you a chance to do a small good deed.

Watch the first 40 seconds of the video and see if you are correct. If you are still not sure read the two paragraphs below the link. 

The idea of "Suspended Coffee" is simple: When you buy yourself a coffee at a participating cafe, you also pay for a second one - which can then be claimed by someone who cannot afford it themselves.
They don't have to "prove" anything to claim one, but the scheme relies on the good faith of everyone involved.

From the BBC Stop / Start Series. See link above

What are the benefits and disadvantages of the scheme for: 
the community?
the coffee shop? 
the donators?
the people who get free coffee?

Watch the rest of the video clip and see if they mention any of your ideas.

Watch the video again and decide who says these phrases: 
the shop manager 
the donating customer 
the using customer

hard up on their luck 
it's all sorted 
it's not intrusive
local scheme
a tally on the wall
come out of themselves
staring at the same four walls
a direct and local way
at the end of the day

Can you rephrase the sentences to say what they mean in your own words. 

Work in groups - 

Group A - You are going to argue in favour of a Suspended Coffee scheme in San Sebastian. 

Group B You are going to argue against a Suspended Coffee scheme in San Sebastian.

Work with your groups and come up with reasons to support your arguments. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Look at the words and the title of the video and decide what you think it will be about.

Boy 'lived as a robot' for two months

bone marrow transplant
family friend
mucking about
isoloation room
two older brothers
silicon valley
microphone and speakers
remotely navigated
mute button

Now watch the first 2 minutes  and see if you are correct

Now answer these questions 
Do you think this is a newstory or an advert?
Why do you think they mother liked the Gradybot?
What problems do you think might occur?
What improvements can you think of for the anybots?
Who might enjoy having an anybot?
What practical uses can you think of?
How much do you think it costs?
What one obvious problem is there?

Watch the whole video and see if you're ideas are mentioned. 

Now see if you can work out what these words mean.






X Factor Lesson

As sly as a _____

As free as a ____

As quiet as a _____

As mean as a _____

as sharp as a ____

as ugly as a ____

As stealthy as a ____

Strong like a _____



I like the song but ...

I like the song however...

I like the song despite...

I like the song although...

I like the song and...

I like the song because...

I like the song and therefore...

It was by far the nicest of the three. 

It was three times as good as the others.

It was easily the best.

It was slightly better than the others.

It was just as good as the others.

It was much worse than the others.




 As sly as a fox, as strong as an ox 
As fast as a hare, as brave as a bear 
As free as a bird, as neat as a word 
As quiet as a mouse, as big as a house 
All I wanna be, all I wanna be, oh 
All I wanna be is everything 
 As mean as a wolf, 
as sharp as a tooth 
As deep as a bite, 
as dark as the night 
As sweet as a song, 
as right as a wrong 
As long as a road, 
as ugly as a toad 
 As pretty as a picture hanging from a fixture 
Strong like a family, strong as I wanna be 
Bright as day, as light as play
 As hard as nails, as grand as a whale 
 All I wanna be oh, all I wanna be, oh 
All I wanna be is everything 
Everything at once Everything at once, oh Everything at once 
 As warm as the sun, as silly as fun 
As cool as a tree, as scary as the sea 
As hot as fire, 
cold as ice 
Sweet as sugar and everything nice 
 As old as time, as straight as a line 
As royal as a queen, as buzzed as a bee 
As stealth as a tiger, 
smooth as a glider 
Pure as a melody, pure as I wanna be 
 All I wanna be oh, all I wanna be, oh 
All I wanna be is everything 
Everything at once