Monday, 14 July 2014
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Nowadays, it is widely believed that vegetarianism is as beneficial as meat consumption, since it includes all the vital materials that human beings need, like proteins,
fats and vitamins. According to experts, vegetarians are extremely unlikely to suffer from protein deficiency,since they consume all the types of pulses, such as beans and lentils. Additionally, individuals who prefer greens include many kinds of cereals in their nutrition,which is valuable as they are fortified with vitamins. As a result, vegetarians are not in need of vitamin s supplements, which are not the proper remedy for deficiencies and can sometimes harm the whole organism. As far as animals’ rights are concerned,it can be argued that in some way being a vegetarian will contribute to the rescue of our fauna, as the number of animals which are slaughtered is increasing every day. Vegetarians are really sensitive with this matter because they maintain that animals are an essential part of our life cycle and they do not need to suffer.
On the other hand, one of the drawbacks of being a vegetarian is that green snacks can be hard to find in some places; thus, vegetarians sometimes give the impression that they are unnecessarily fussy and difficult at social events where they refuse to eat the same dishes as everyone else. Another disadvantage* is the missing pleasure, when vegetarians have to avoid all the delicious dishes which contain meat. Furthermore,vegetarians and vegans, which is an extreme form of vegetarianism, must not bring up their children on a vegan diet, (comma) since they need daily produce and eggs, otherwise they will be malnourished. Last but not least, we need to keep in mind that
most of the vegetarians and vegans especially are likely to suffer from iron deficiency and from lack of vitamin B12, which plays an extremely vital role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system.
Taking everything into account, I am inclined to believe that the drawbacks of vegetarianism outweigh the advantages. (Full stop) However, a vegan or a vegetarian
ism nutrition is like a double edged sword,as individuals can reap the benefits from an environmental perspective, but can simultaneously cause bodily malfunctions if their diet does not include all types of food in moderation.
*cons-> used in the plural only to refer to the negative side of an issue
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
First of all, it is fiendishly healthy to consume greens in a daily diet, since blood pressure is maintained in normal levels because of the low quantity of cholesterol that is produced. That is why the majority of vegetarians do not suffer form heart diseases; more specifically, it is observed that those who avoid meat are 40% less likely to develop heart attacks and cancer as well. From an environmental viewpoint, animal rights are protected by this alternative nutrition, since the animals slaughtered are being reduced. Therefore, other living beings are respected if more people opt to consume more vegetables.
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Diseases such as smallpox ................ yet.
John has ................ the post of treasurer by two committee members.
Please could you ................ that arrives for me after I’ve gone.
Her complexion ................ the colour of that dress.
He decided ................ cigarettes and bad food in the new year.
A new car park ................ next to the shopping centre.
Any mistakes on the exam script may ................ a soft eraser.
Details of the financial scandal ................ the government.
- have not been stamped out
- been put forward for
- send on any mail
- was enhanced by
- to give up
- is being put up
- be rubbed out by
- were covered up by
- you run out of
- are cut out for , are cut out to be
- has come in for criticism
- over being sacked/made-redundant
- was taken in by
- looked after, this washing machine
- was taken aback by
- offered the position but turned
- came down with flu
- pick up infections more
- thought up the plot without
Until she passes her medical exams, she ................ qualified to be a doctor than I am.
It has warmed up considerably compared to yesterday.
It is ................ yesterday.
Mandy and her mother are as beautiful as each other.
Mandy is ................ her mother.
I don’t like either candidate but Michael Jones is not quite as bad.
I don’t like either candidate but Michael Jones is the .................
Not as many people attend the gym now as when it first opened.
There are a ................ the gym now as when it first opened.
Her son thinks he’s really clever but he isn’t.
Her son isn’t ................ he thinks he is.
The …………………………………. higher and higher these days.
- is no more
- not nearly as cold as (it was)
- every bit as beautiful as
- lesser of the evils
- lot fewer people attending
- half as clever as
- cost of electricity is getting
- nearly as good a
- hardly any difference between
- height has doubled
My wife accused me of ................ when she was talking.
It was wrong of you to ................ someone else after you broke the window.
I have ................ that it is pointless trying to win an argument against Jonathan.
Doctors believe that a strong ................ smoking and premature death
My mother ................ me because I forgot to do the washing up.
6 The conflict between the two political parties will carry on for a long time.
The conflict between the two political parties is ................ over.
The concert performance .................
The company must ................ it is losing money.
This has nothing to do with you so…………………………………………………..
Going on safari isn't a decision you can make……………………………….……………moment. You need to plan things very carefully.
- not paying attention (to her)
- put the blame on
- reached the conclusion , come to the conclusion
- link exists between , link has been established between, link has been made between
- lost her temper with
- by no means
- surpassed (all) my expectations
- face the fact that , face up to the fact that
- keep out of it.
- on the spur of
- ever comes to light.
- set her mind on , set her heart on
- was virtually nobody , was virtually no-one
- was no sign of the
- an eye on the new
- should come as no surprise
- foregone conclusion
- take it as read
- no idea whatsoever
- to keep pace with the
- was bound to leave
- no wonder
- keep to/for
- is intent on not giving
- under no obligation to come
- on suspicion of invoment
- don’t take effect till October
- was made to believe (that)
- realize how hard it is
- for fear of causing
- dedicates herself to her job
- no objection to Kim recording
- far as they were concerned
- how hard I tried
- in the light of new
- better known as a novelist
- been brought to my attention
- confess our dinner appointment slipped
- been kept waiting
- take much notice of
- high time Julie learnt to
- has no intention of visiting
- made an immediate impression on
- chance of Debbie
- feelings into words
- occurred to me to ask
- making (any ????) use of
- come to terms with
- put me at my ease
- purpose for the meeting was
- all this furniture in aid
- to Martin’s delight, he was
At ................ my football team to do as well as it did.
Phone the emergency services ................. an accident.
................ agreeing to pay the monthly repayments I could never have bought that motorbike.
................ his writing style, I do not agree with his opinions.
5 We would have missed our connecting train if we had not caught the earlier plane.
Had ................ the earlier plane, we would have missed our connecting train.
Her grade C in the Proficiency exam, ................, was still a good result.
Should ................ your purchase you have up to seven days to bring it back for a refund.
8 Providing that you make up the time later in the week you can take Monday off.
You can have the day off on Monday ................ make up the time later in the week.
- no time did I expect
- in case of
- But for my mother
- Much as I respect , Much though I respect
- we not caught
- if a little lower than expected
- you change your mind about
- on condition (that) you
- Under no circumstances
- But for your
- you not lent me the
- might have told me (that)
- not have gone
- had been put in charge
- to be allowed to work
- it not be for
To Kill A Mockingbird
Comments: The only thing that can be said is… wow! 4.5/5
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
During the last decade, outdoor advertising has been evolved from the well known static signs and
posters to the new digital screens that can display any kind of 'live' commercials. The use of technology has reduced the required costs and made advertising affordable to almost any company. Moreover, the employment of smarter, more amusing and more informative commercials has been made possible, while at the same time the old poster-like (billboards/ motorway hoardings) advertisements are still being supported.
Despite the excitement of the new possibilities opened in advertising through the use of digital media, there are many who find them at least annoying. They speak about visual pollution and the lack of protection of those target groups who cannot easily filter the information of a digital commercial, like children and elderly people. It is true (no comma here) that this new media has an increased capability of drawing the attention of people passing by and this can be even dangerous when/ as far as drivers are concerned. 'Distracted driving' has been identified as one of the most common reasons for car accidents and the contribution of digital advertising to this is indisputable.
In conclusion, it can be claimed that this new digital way of outdoor advertising is a debatable issue. The advances of technology is something that cannot be ignored or denied, (comma) but their use should not be made without taking into consideration their effects and people's social needs and rights.
Comments: Great writing once again, Alex! Apart from some minor spelling mistakes, the conclusions you drew based on the two texts and the way you summed them up were absolutely spot-on! I'd award you with at least 4/5! :-)
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
"Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" is finally on the big screens. This is the first part of a trilogy based on the famous novel by the scholar J.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson.
The film recounts a story set on an imaginary world called Middle Earth where, besides humans, live elves, wizards, dwarves, dragons and a great deal of other strange, magical or creepy beings live. The whole trilogy is about a fellowship that tries to hide and destroy a powerful ring forged centuries ago by a dark lord named Shauron. Although (no comma here) there are many key characters in this movie, the leading role belongs to the ring bearer of the fellowship; a hobbit named Frodo. Frodo, as well as other key characters who they meet in their journey, are tempted and corrupted to an extent by the power of the ring and the cruelty and malice of Shauron that accompanies this power.
Though a science fiction film, the main themes of the story include friendship, courage, self-sacrifice, humility and love. The strength of the movie can be found in the way that these themes are combined with special effects and a group of cliffhangers, most of them breathtaking to the point of being slightly scary. Apart from that, the whole movie is a masterpiece, from the excellent actors' performance to the enchanting Celtic-like film score.
The most difficult bet for Peter Jackson was the adaptation of a very long novel in only 3 movies. There are far more characters and scenes in the book than you can see in the movie and a vast amount of background information that relates to the ring and the fellowship. Although/ Even though (do not repeat the same linking words) the movie version does not stray at all from the story line of the book, Jackson has won this bet by carefully selecting the parts that should be cut and cleverly using a number of flashbacks throughout the movie. Having some very positive feedback from both readers and of the book and first timers/ viewers, I think we should expect nothing less than a blockbuster.