Susannah Rodgers - swimmer


Lots of British Council employees are special but Susie Rodgers is unique. Susie will be representing Team GB as a Paralympic swimmer in the 2012 Games! And is she any good? Well, she won 6 medals in the last European championships. Read our interview with Susie.

So tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from?

My name is Susie Rodgers. I’m from the UK, I live in London, work for the British Council, and I’m also a swimmer and I’ve just been selected to represent this country as a Paralympic swimmer in the 2012 Games.

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At the stadium

At the stadium
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Tony: Excuse me, we have tickets for the athletics this afternoon – where do we need to go?

Steward: Can I see your tickets? Oh yes, that’s the North Stand – you want Block 205.

Tony: OK. Thanks. How do we get to that?

Steward: Just follow that path for about 200 metres. You should see the sign for Block 205. Please then use the lift to travel to Level 2.

Tony: Thanks.

Ticket attendant: ... Tickets, please.

Tony: Here you are.

Ticket attendant: Seats C32 and 33. Follow the signs to the lift and get off at Level 2.

Tony: Where can we get something to drink?

Ticket attendant: There’s a stall over there with soft drinks and snacks.

Tony: Thank you.

Max: …Hi there – a sparkling mineral water, please. What can I get you, Tony?

Tony: Orange juice for me. Do you need some money?

Max: No, it’s my treat. And one orange juice, please.

Vendor: Three pounds, please.

Tony: Right, here’s the lift. Here we are. Level 2. Seats 32 and 33. What a great view!

Max: Fantastic! I’m really looking forward to this!

London has a number of important venues for both sport and other entertainment such as music, including Wembley Stadium with a capacity of 90,000 and the North Greenwich Arena with up to 20,000.


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力量举重是残奥会的项目,相当于奥运会上的举重,但只有一种分项赛——卧推(bench press),即运动员躺在地面上推举重物。这是残奥会中一种不同身体残疾的运动员共同参与比赛的竞技项目之一。你是否尝试过卧推?你能推举起多重?2008年残奥会上,一名运动员举起了265公斤的重量!

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If you looked up ‘spotting’ in the dictionary, you would usually see explanations connected with ‘seeing’ and ‘raining’. However, ‘spotting’ in weightlifting is different and it means supporting another person during a weightlifting exercise. It is particularly common, and recommended, when doing the bench press, which is the type of weightlifting done in Powerlifting. This is because of the risks of lifting a heavy weight while lying on your back.

Spotting takes place during both training and competition. In training, the emphasis is on helping the athlete lift more than he could normally do. Correct spotting involves knowing when to help with a lift, and encouraging your training partner.

In competition, the role of the spotter is very important. The athlete may request the help of the spotters when removing the bar from the racks. Of course there is the obvious role of catching the bar in the event of an accident to prevent injury.

But the spotter cannot help the athlete in any way to lift the weight. From the moment the referee gives the signal ‘start’, to the moment he gives the signal ‘rack’, the competitor will be disqualified if the spotter touches the bar.

In both training and competition, good spotting involves knowing exactly when you should or should not intervene.



Daryl's story

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Find out how cycling has helped Daryl gain confidence and freedom. Deloitte Parasport helps disabled people take part in sport by offering them information and advice on sports suitable for their impairment and where to find inclusive local clubs.


It’s a beautiful part of South West Wales and it’s clean, it’s quiet. There’s so much going for it and I love it. The views when the sun is shining, you can see for miles and miles and that’s the beauty of riding the bike, it’s not always fitness, it’s the beauty of the place.

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It's autumn in England, and for Ashlie and Stephen that means Hallowe'en! They're holding a fancy dress party for their friends, so first they have to choose their costumes. But will Stephen's magic tricks really be treats?

Meanwhile, Joe finds out about another autumn celebration in the UK - and sees some amazing fireworks!

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Series 03 Episode 19

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Tess and Ravi talk about a scary monster. But there's something worse than monsters; Adam and Rob say goodbye!

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  • Do you believe that the Loch Ness monster really exists?
  • Have you ever visited Loch Ness? Would you like to go?
  • Tell us about any stories of strange monsters that you know about from your country, in the water or on the land.

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Creativity is GREAT - Part 1

From Wallace and Gromit to Ewan McGregor, Britain's cinema is great. Richard visits the London Film Museum and finds out about the facilities for making film in the UK.

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Which of these things do you see in the London Film Museum?


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Britain is a creative nation ... Art, music, gaming and film-making – you’ll find it all here.

But why is it that Great Britain has more creative people, per head of population, than anywhere else in the world?

Let’s find out …

This is the London Film Museum. Here you’ll find original costumes and props from some of the world’s greatest films.

This museum has it all. Iconic monsters, robots, fantasy and so much more...

Ahhh - one of my boyhood heroes, Batman.

Jonathan Sands founded and created the museum, and over half of the collection is from his own private archive.


Richard: Jonathan, I'm a huge fan of movies so I'm very excited to be here. What's the idea behind the London Film Museum?

Jonathan: The Film Museum primarily promotes the British film industry through a number of mediums, including original artefacts and costumes and sets. A lot of our friends, who we've accumulated over the years, have donated material to the museum and it is the only film museum like it in the UK.

Richard: And how did it come about?

Jonathan: Well, it came about because originally we ourselves are from the film industry. We owned a prop company, a prop being an artefact or an item that is used on the film, many of which you'll see here.

Richard: Why do you think it is that Britain leads the world when it comes to film-making?

Jonathan: I think primarily for two reasons. One, we have fantastic facilities, like the Pinewoods, Sheppertons and soon to be the Leavesdens, and we also have the best and the most creative talent, whether it's in front of camera or behind the camera, really.


From creativity on the small screen to creativity on the big stage … the UK has a thriving theatrical tradition. London’s West End is the largest theatrical district in the world.

And it’s not only happening in London. Great Britain hosts one of the world’s largest cultural events – this is the Edinburgh Festival. The Festival takes place each year in August and attracts acts and visitors from around the world.


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