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Itália tem 'batalha' com 500 toneladas de laranjas

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A battle is about to start in this northern Italian city.

And this is the ammunition. During the festival, hundreds of revellers pour into Ivrea to take part in the historic 'Battle of the Oranges'.

The tradition is said to date back to a 12th century uprising against a tyrant.

Some 500 tonnes of juicy fruit are shipped from Sicily for the occasion.

Transcrição em português:

Uma batalha está para começar nesta cidade do norte da Itália.

E esta é a munição. Durante o festival, centenas de foliões desembarcam em Ivrea para participar da histórica 'Batalha das Laranjas'.

Segundo relatos, a tradição tem origem num levante contra um tirano ocorrido no século 12.

Cerca de 500 toneladas da fruta suculenta são enviadas da Sicília para a ocasião.

Vocabulary:

ammunition - objects that are shot from a weapon

revellers - people taking part in a public party

uprising - rebellion against the people or group in power

tyrant - cruel and unfair leader

juicy - containing a lot of liquid; used for fruit

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.

ammunition / revellers / uprising / tyrant / juicy

1. Thousands of people have gathered across the UK to watch New Year's Eve fireworks to herald the start of 2015.

Some 100,000 __________ lined the River Thames in London for the first ticketed new year’s display.

2. Apple growers are expecting a "delicious and __________" early harvest after sustained fine weather.

3. In the 1976 anti-apartheid __________, black students were protesting against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in government schools.

4. Five rifles and four shotguns, along with __________ and thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, have been stolen from a property in Surrey.

5. In fact, the ancient Greek word "tyrannos" (from which our term comes) was originally a fairly neutral word for a sole ruler, good or bad.

Of course, there had been some very nasty monarchs and despots before Caligula. But, so far as we know, none of his predecessors had ever ticked all the boxes of a fully-fledged __________, in the modern sense.

Answers:

Some 100,000 revellers lined the River Thames in London for the first ticketed new year’s display.

Source: New year celebrations: Revellers gather in London and across UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-30645457

2. Apple growers are expecting a "delicious and juicy" early harvest after sustained fine weather.

Source: Fine weather brings ‘juicy’ early apple harvest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28705265

3. In the 1976 anti-apartheid uprising, black students were protesting against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in government schools.

Source: Nelson Mandela aide race row shows social media perils http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30880068

4. Five rifles and four shotguns, along with ammunition and thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, have been stolen from a property in Surrey.

Source: Firearms and jewellery stolen in Banstead burglary http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-31370718

5. In fact, the ancient Greek word "tyrannos" (from which our term comes) was originally a fairly neutral word for a sole ruler, good or bad.

Of course, there had been some very nasty monarchs and despots before Caligula. But, so far as we know, none of his predecessors had ever ticked all the boxes of a fully-fledged tyrant, in the modern sense.

Source: Viewpoint: Does Caligula deserve his bad reputation? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23455774