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Meek at whose everlasting feet
A myriad daisy play --
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Upon an August day?

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Listening practice: BBC Shorts

mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,702 ✭✭✭✭
Did you know that the BBC have many short videos coming out all the time on all kinds of interesting topics?

These are great for practicing listening to different accents, different speeds of speaking and vocabulary. And typically just five minutes or less, they are easy to listen to and if you don't understand everything the first time, just replay it.

Here are just a few examples:

Conspiracy theories: The list of conspiracy theories is endless. But why - and how - do they take root? There are three key ingredients to look out for.

Too much stuff: Modern life just seems to be full of... well, stuff! But why do we have so much of it?

Digital addiction: The Oxford Internet Institute's Professor Andrew Przybylski argues "digital addiction" is a myth.

Negative side of positive thinking: Can it be true? This video looks at The downsides of positive thinking and whether this and optimism actually have a harmful effect on our wellbeing. (You don't have to agree...)

Go to the video homepage for the full list of videos: https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/

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  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 9,991 mod
    Thanks for these. I find conspiracy theories fascinating, the ideas that can take root and just become bigger and bigger.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,702 ✭✭✭✭
    I certainly found the conspiracy theories surrounding the attack on the Twin Towers compelling and probably nearer the truth than the official version of events.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 9,991 mod
    They're fascinating to listen to, aren't they. I have never truly believed that events were as they were originally reported, but I don't think we will ever get to the truth. The death of Princess Diana is another one I was never convinced by.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,702 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm not sure if I know about any controversy surrounding Diana's death. I've seen the road tunnel where the accident occurred. It's narrow and not at all difficult to believe that in a car chase the driver could very easily have swerved.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 9,991 mod
    Yes, there are a lot of rumours that the royal family no longer wanted her involved, so arranged for the accident to happen - made worse by the fact that the palace didn't display the flag at half mast after her death.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,702 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm not inclined to believe this, though I wasn't aware that the flag didn't fly at half mast. But by then she had divorced Charles so technically wasn't family any more.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 9,991 mod
    Yes, however she was still the mother of the future king of England, which I would have thought would have counted for something. In fact, the young William was known to have said that when he became king, he planned to give his mother's title back to her.
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