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Foliões travam 'guerra' de laranjas na Itália

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This is no ordinary carnival.

It's an epic food fight, called the Battle of the Oranges.

The event takes place in Ivrea in northern Italy, and is based on a legend from the Middle Ages, when the daughter of a miller rejected the advances of an evil lord.

People take the celebration very seriously indeed. And with several hundred tonnes of oranges thrown in three days, the clean-up operation is a battle in itself.

Transcrição em português

Isso não é um carnaval qualquer.

Trata-se de uma épica guerra de comida, chamada de Batalha das Laranjas.

O evento é realizado em Ivrea, no norte da Itália, e é inspirado em uma lenda da Idade Média, quando a filha de um moleiro rejeitou as investidas de um senhorio malvado.

As pessoas levam a celebração bem a sério. E com centenas de toneladas de laranjas jogadas em três dias, a operação de limpeza só por si já é uma batalha.

Vocabulary

carnival

epic extremely large, long or complex

the Middle Ages a period in European history from around 1000 AD to 1500 AD

advances attempts to start a sexual or romantic relationship with someone

clean-up making a place clean and tidy

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

carnival / epic / the Middle Ages / advances / clean-up

1. Historic Scotland, which looks after the property, hopes that archaeologists will uncover new clues to castle life in _________.

2. The city, one of the worst hit by the storm, is undergoing a massive _________ with aid agencies paying locals a couple of dollars a day to help clear the debris.

3. State Health Minister Shabir Ahmed Khan quit after the senior gynaecologist alleged that he "made sexual _________" and tried to molest her.

4. The best samba schools of Rio de Janeiro have paraded amid Brazil's _________ festivities.

Thousands of dancers and musicians showed off their colourful costumes and artistic skills to entertain the crowds that gathered to enjoy the spectacle.

5. A large snake has swallowed a crocodile following an _________ struggle in northern Australia.

Answers

Source: Conservation work for Barra's Kisimul Castle http://bbc.in/1hFmlvV

2. The city, one of the worst hit by the storm, is undergoing a massive clean-up with aid agencies paying locals a couple of dollars a day to help clear the debris.

Source: Typhoon Haiyan: Thousands join Tacloban clean-up http://bbc.in/1n6rYVx

3. State Health Minister Shabir Ahmed Khan quit after the senior gynaecologist alleged that he "made sexual advances" and tried to molest her.

Source: Kashmir minister accused of 'trying to molest' woman quits http://bbc.in/1gT2ifJ

4. The best samba schools of Rio de Janeiro have paraded amid Brazil's carnival festivities.

Thousands of dancers and musicians showed off their colourful costumes and artistic skills to entertain the crowds that gathered to enjoy the spectacle.

Source: Brazilian massive extravaganza at Rio's carnival http://bbc.in/1n6mcmG

5. A large snake has swallowed a crocodile following an epic struggle in northern Australia.

Source: Snake eats crocodile in Northern Australia http://bbc.in/1cqq8xI