Americas and the Caribbean
Strange and wonderful things happen in t seven short stories. Oscar Wilde takes us into a world of kings and queens, mermaids and witches, giants and dwarfs, and talking animals. Exciting and amusing, happy and sad, these stories are for all ages.
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Emma is beautiful, clever, rich, happy and never wants to get married. She enjoys match-making her friends in the village of Highbury but slowly seems to lose her touch as complications begin with Frank, Harriet, Jane and Mr Knightley. No one seems to love the person Emma thinks they should.
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Thousands of years ago, people looked out across an ocean and asked themselves, 'What is on the other side?' And the bravest of them began to travel and find the answers - beautiful islands, frozen lands, different peoples . . . And there are still interesting questions about the oceans. How do they change our weather? Why does the water go up and down twice a day?
Deep rivers, tall trees, strange animals, beautiful flowers - this is the rainforest. Burning trees, thick smoke, new roads and cities, dead animals, people without homes - this is the rainforest too. To some people the rainforests mean beautiful places that you can visit; to others they mean trees that they can cut down and sell. Between 1950 and 2000 half of the world's rainforests disappeared.
Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest scientists and thinkers of our time, and is famous around the world because he writes and talks about cosmology - the science of the universe - in a way that people can understand. He has a terrible disease called ALS, and today he can only move and speak with the help of machines. But this has not stopped him working to try and understand our world better.
Even as a young boy, Muhammad Ali knew that he wanted to do great things in his life, and make changes in the world. By the time he was eighteen, Ali was an Olympic Champion in boxing, and he went on to be World Champion three times. But Ali's fights were not just in the boxing ring. He fought for other things too: for peace, for black people's rights, for the sick, and for those in need. This is the story of how he became "The Greatest".
Like many other schoolgirls, Malala enjoyed watching TV, playing with her brothers, and laughing with her friends. She loved going to school, too. But in her town in north-west Pakistan, the Taliban became very important and they did not want girls to have an education. It was dangerous to speak against the Taliban, but Malala thought that everyone needed to go to school, and she was not afraid to talk about this on TV and in the newspapers.
In English-speaking countries around the world people celebrate Easter, Valentine's Day, Christmas, and other special days. Some celebrations are new, like Remembrance Day and Mother's Day; others, like the summer solstice, go back thousands of years. What happens on these special days? What do people eat, where do they go, what do they do? Why is there a special day for eating pancakes? Who is the 'guy' that children take onto the streets in November?
You can drink it, and you can cook with it. You can even make buildings, dresses, and hats out of it. You can give it to somebody as a present, or you can buy it for yourself. And of course you can eat it. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolates with gold on the outside - everybody loves chocolate.Follow its story, from the forests of Central America hundreds of years ago, through Africa, Europe, and the United States, to the growing markets of India and China.
Some call it football, some call it soccer, and to others it's 'the beautiful game'. By any name, it's a sport with some fascinating stories. There is murder in Colombia, and a game that lasts for two days where many players never see the ball. There's the French writer who learnt lessons about life from playing football, and the women players who had to leave the club grounds because 'Women's football isn't nice'.
Every four years, the world's best athletes come together for one of the most exciting competitions in sport: The Olympic Games. After years of training, competitors in more than forty different sports win and lose their events, and set new world records, in front of people. The Olympic Games aremore than two thousand five hundred years old. So how did they start, how have they changed over the years, and what have been some of the most important times in their history.
There are many different Irelands. There is the Ireland of peaceful rivers, green fields, and beautiful islands. There is the Ireland of song and dance, pubs and theatres - the country of James Joyce, Bob Geldof, and Riverdance. And there is the Ireland of guns, fighting, death, and the hope of peace. Come with us and visit all of these Irelands - and many more . . .
For a child in the great city of Venice in the thirteenth century, there could be nothing better than the stories of sailors. There were stories of strange animals, wonderful cities, sweet spices, and terrible wild deserts where a traveller could die. One young boy listened, waited, and dreamed. Perhaps one day his father and uncle would return. Perhaps he too could travel with them to great markets in faraway places. For young Marco Polo, later the greatest traveller of his time, a dangerous, exciting world was waiting...
It's a terrible problem - or it's really not as bad as people say. There will be sudden big changes - or slower changes that we can learn to live with. It means the end for many animals, people, even whole islands - or the beginning for growing food in the Sahara. What is the true story about climate change? Who is right - and what can we do about it? If we learn about the past, then perhaps there will be time to make changes for the future...
'What does the world look like from the moon?' 'How do our bodies work?' 'Is it possible for people to fly?' 'Can I make a horse of bronze that is 8 metres tall?' 'How can we have cleaner cities?' All his life, Leonardo da Vinci asked questions. We know him as a great artist, but he was one of the great thinkers of all time, and even today, doctors and scientists are still learning from his ideas. Meet the man who made a robot lion, wrote backwards, and tried to win a war by moving a river...
What are the most beautiful, the most interesting, the most wonderful things in the world? The Great Pyramid, the Great Wall of China, the Panama Canal - everyone has their favourites. And there are natural wonders too - Mount Everest, Niagara Falls, and the Northern Lights, for example.Here is one person's choice of eleven wonders. Some of them are made by people, and others are natural.
'Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.' More than fifty years ago, the new US President, John F. Kennedy, spoke these words. Millions of Americans listened, and they were filled with hope. With Kennedy as president, surely there was a great future ahead for their country. But Kennedy would not finish his four years as president. In November 1963, the world stopped as terrible news came from Dallas, Texas...
Alan and Heather, two students from New Zealand, are in England on the last stage of their round-the-world trip. On the train to Oxford they meet Cathy, a girl from Australia, who asks for their help. From this moment on, they find themselves travelling around the UK and being caught up in the criminal world of counterfeit money.
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Raj Patel dreams of attending the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and becoming an actor. Too bad that his family's plan is for him to take over the family business. If he wants to go to drama school, Raj is going to have to pay the tuition fees himself. In his new job as a bike courier, he learns not just about the city, but about a variety of "businesses". Mixed up in tasks that were definitely not in the job description, Raj finds himself with deadlines that mean he might not be able to make the final audition…
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