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Venha tomar um café com 35 cobras

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A relaxing place for a coffee… Or is it?

This cafe, which has just opened in Tokyo, is not for the faint-hearted.

Here you sip your drink in the company of 35 snakes.

None of them are venomous, meaning customers can get up close and personal with the reptiles.

The cafe's owner says he's interested in conservation, and hopes customers will realise the animals are worth saving, even though they often have a bad reputation.

Transcrição em português

Um lugar relaxante para um café...ou não?

Esse bar, que acabou de abrir em Tóquio, não é para os mais fracos.

Aqui você toma sua bebida na companhia de 35 cobras.

Nenhuma delas é venenosa, o que quer dizer que os fregueses podem chegar bem perto dos répteis.

O dono do lugar disse estar interessado em conservação, e espera que os fregueses se deem conta do valor dos animais, apesar de muitas vezes terem uma reputação ruim.

Vocabulary

venomous contains poison

get up close and personal be intimate with something

conservation (here) the act of protecting wildlife

reputation opinion people have of someone or something

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.

not for the faint-hearted / venomous / get up close and personal / conservation / reputation

1. Drilling for oil in the Arctic may harm Shell's __________ and cost it dear, the former BP boss Lord Browne has said.

Shell has just started preliminary drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea after several setbacks.

2. A __________ centipede which climbed into a woman's suitcase during her Caribbean holiday has been given a new home at Bristol Zoo.

3. This would put at least 15 carnivores, 8 primates and 21 bat species at risk of extinction by 2080, almost doubling the proportion of threatened mammals on the island, according to the research.

But there is hope that better forestry management for __________ outside existing reserves could curb this loss, said lead researcher Dr Matthew Struebig.

4. There are pearls of all shapes, sizes and colours here, including the world's largest, a 276-carat whopper fashioned into a ring. Most of these pieces are not for sale but the price tags for those collector pieces that are available are __________. I offer quiet thanks my wife is not with me to see these amazingly opulent jewels.

5. As footballing history is made at Hampden, Scots fans are being offered the chance to __________with the oldest football in the world.

Made from cow leather and a pigs bladder, it was found behind panelling of the Queen's chamber in Stirling Castle, which was decorated in the 1540s.

Answers

Shell has just started preliminary drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea after several setbacks.

Source: Shell Arctic drilling ‘risky’ – ex-BP boss Lord Browne http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33872486

2. A venomous centipede which climbed into a woman's suitcase during her Caribbean holiday has been given a new home at Bristol Zoo.

Source: Venomous centipede found in holidaymaker’s suitcase http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-33094460

3. This would put at least 15 carnivores, 8 primates and 21 bat species at risk of extinction by 2080, almost doubling the proportion of threatened mammals on the island, according to the research.

But there is hope that better forestry management for conservation outside existing reserves could curb this loss, said lead researcher Dr Matthew Struebig.

Source: Poor outlook for Borneo’s mammals http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30924523

4. There are pearls of all shapes, sizes and colours here, including the world's largest, a 276-carat whopper fashioned into a ring. Most of these pieces are not for sale but the price tags for those collector pieces that are available are not for the faint-hearted. I offer quiet thanks my wife is not with me to see these amazingly opulent jewels.

Source: Welcome to the falcon hospital of Qatar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32842338

5. As footballing history is made at Hampden, Scots fans are being offered the chance to get up close and personal with the oldest football in the world.

Made from cow leather and a pigs bladder, it was found behind panelling of the Queen's chamber in Stirling Castle, which was decorated in the 1540s.

Source: Get up close and personal with the world’s oldest football http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-18119054