“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

31 January 2013

SUPERSIZE ME (2004)



Fast food facts from the Super Size Me  Web site

  • Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant
  • In 1972, we spent 3 billion a year on fast food - today we spend more than $110 billion
  • McDonald's feeds more than 46 million people a day - more than the entire population of Spain
  • French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America
  • You would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fry and Big Mac
  • In the U.S., we eat more than 1,000,000 animals an hour
  • 60 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese
  • One in every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime
  • Left unabated, obesity will surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in America
  • Obesity has been linked to: Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes, Stroke, Gall Bladder Disease, Osteoarthritis, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Problems, Endometrial, Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancers, Dyslipidemia, steatohepatitis, insulin resistance, breathlessness, Asthma, Hyperuricaemia, reproductive hormone abnormalities, polycystic ovarian syndrome, impaired fertility and lower back pain
  • The average child sees 10,000 TV advertisements per year
  • Only seven items on McDonald's entire menu contain no sugar
  • Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald - he was fired for being too fat
  • McDonald's distributes more toys per year than Toys-R-Us
  • Diabetes will cut 17-27 years off your life
  • McDonald's: "Any processing our foods undergo make them more dangerous than unprocessed foods"
  • The World Health Organization has declared obesity a global epidemic
  • Eating fast food may be dangerous to your health
  • McDonald's calls people who eat a lot of their food "heavy users"
  • McDonald's operates more than 30,000 restaurants in more then 100 countries on 6 continents
  • Before most children can speak they can recognize McDonald's
  • Surgeon General David Satcher: "Fast food is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic"
  • Most nutritionists recommend not eating fast food more than once a month
  • 40 percent of American meals are eaten outside the home
  • McDonald's represents 43% of total U.S. fast food market
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Super Size Me Script - Dialogue Transcript

                             JAMIE OLIVER: Ministry of Food


Please, do notice Oliver's British accent compared to the interviewers Australian accent. Don't forget that you subtitles are available on YouTube.
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
http://www.jamieoliver.com/



14 January 2013

MONEY FOR NOTHING: slang


yo-yos
ain't: 
slang contraction of is not, are not, am not, do not or does not.
lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb: let me tell you these guys aren't dumb

gotta: 've got to, have to

shoulda: should've

09 January 2013

THE ECONOMIC CRISIS



 VOCABULARY EXERCISE on this video

Some of the language, if case you need help (in order of appearance):

- an investment bank
- you have your fingers right on the pulse of the financial market
- two things about the financial market: it is made up of very sharp and sophisticated people and it's driven by sentiment.
- out of the blue
- shall I jump out of the window?
- in August when the market absolutely plunged in London
- he said, and I quote
- mature wisdom
- granting vast numbers of mortgages to people who can't afford them
- properties that are dimishing in value
- the so-called subprime situation
- a mortgage salesman. His income depends entirely on the number of mortgages that he can arrange
- a package of dodgy debts /ˈdɒdʒɪ dets/
what's in it? I haven't got the faintest idea
- the hedge funds (a limited partnership of investors that uses high risk methods) have very good names
- Bear Stearns announced that they would have to put in 3.2 billion dollars into one of the funds to try to keep it afloat
- it sounds very trustworthy, I mean, it has very good words in it: high, structured, enhanced
- alarm bells might sound
- what was stupid is that at some point somebody asked how much money these houses are actually worth. If they hadn't bothered to ask that question, then everything would have gone on perfectly normal.
- financial meltdown
- rewarding greed and stupidity
- if the worst came to the worst
- market crash
- pension fund