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Eurovision: Two Countries Guilty of Cheating?

Last night the Eurovision Song Contest was watched by millions of people worldwide. The singing contest even went live in China for the first time. There have been complaints for years about the competition being ‘too political’ and that countries vote only for their neighbours, not for the songs. This year we may have proof. The votes of each country is determined equally by a jury of five experts from that country, and by the public. The scores from the experts (50%) and the public (50%) are averaged to decide how that country will vote. This year two countries’ juries were disqualified. These countries were Montenegro and Macedonia- their countries’ votes were instead determined 100% by the public of these countries. The juries were excluded by the independent voting observer, whose role it is to ensure everything is fair. The Eurovision website only gives this brief statement: “In both countries, televoting applied for 100%. The exclusion of two juries will be further discussed in the next Reference Group meeting in June.” Eurovision refuses to say exactly why the two juries were excluded. There will be an investigation next month, but at the moment no one knows what happened. Did they cheat? Did the vote politically? Did they accept a bribe?  What do you think? Vocabulary: proof (n- evidence), determined (v- decided), jury (n- group of unbiased experts who decide...

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Like Game of Thrones? You’ll LOVE this

What happens when Coldplay writes songs for a musical version of Game of Thrones? Magic happens. Watch the full video on Youtube here As part of Red Nose Day, a day when people give money to charity, the cast of Game of Thrones decided to have a little fun with the band Coldplay. As Emilia Clarke, (aka the mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen) says “George R Martin meets Chris Martin, what could go wrong?” She sings a Reggae song called “Rastafarian, Targaryen”. The dwarf Tyrion Lannister also impresses us with his vocal ability. He makes fun of all of the characters in the series that have died while he has survived “Ned Stark’s a lot of fun, but didn’t make it past season one” The song continues “Baby you know I’m the man for all seasons/ Characters get cut for various reasons/ Some people’s parts just ain’t very long/ But not me, I’m still going strong!” However, my favourite part of the video, is when Jamie Lanister sings a song called “Closer to Home” in which he sings “Are you thinking about Joffrey? Such a spirited lad. I was his uncle, I was also his dad.” It is clear that all the cast have an excellent sense of humour. All money raised in the making of this video went to charity....

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Mr Burns and Ned Flanders to Leave the Simpsons

Voice actor Harry Shearer is leaving the Simpsons after an argument with producers. He is the voice of the characters Mr Burns, Ned Flanders and the school principle Seymour Skinner. Shearer said that the argument was not about money. He said that he wanted to do other work. Continuing to work on the Simpsons would prevent him from taking new work. The 71-year old has been on the Simpsons since it started in 1989. Producers say that they will not kill off the characters played by Shearer and that they are looking for a talented voice actor to continue the roles. The Simpsons will continue for at least two more seasons. Story and Photos:...

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Australia to enter the Eurovision Song Contest

This year Australia will be a contestant on the Eurovision Song Contest, a singing contest held once a year in Europe. Traditionally only European countries could enter the Eurovision Song Contest (hence the name), however Australia is not the first non-European country to enter. Israel has entered frequently in the past and Morocco also entered in 1980. This year will be the 60th contest and it will be held in Vienna, Austria.   Last year’s winner: Conchita Wurst   Vocabulary: contestant (n), hence...

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TV “listens to” and records personal information

Samsung have warned its customers about discussing personal information in front of the TV. If a person has a ‘smart’ TV, one that uses a voice command service, the TV ‘listens’ to what the people in the room are saying. When the ‘smart’ TV is active there is a small microphone icon on the TV screen. When you can see this icon, the TV is recording what you are saying. This information is given to Samsung and another company in order to decide if the words are a command for the TV (for example, “change the channel”) or are part of a normal conversation. This other company probably translates spoken words into written text, so that the TV can respond to commands. Some people are concerned that private conversations are being recorded and that this data might not be kept safely or that it could later be sold to another company. Samsung says it takes customer safety very seriously.   Vocabulary: voice command service (n), microphone (n), channel (n),  icon (n), to record...

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