Creativity is GREAT - Part 2

Richard looks back at past masters of British creativity at Tate Britain and then comes right up to date with an introduction to Britain's great computer gaming scene.

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Put Richard's actions in the order he does them.

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Choose the true sentences for each question.

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Complete the phrases from the video.

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Find another way to say the first sentence. You have to use the word in brackets at the end of the second sentence and you also have to use a phrase with an -ing word, like 'taking' or 'having'.

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Another side of British culture that attracts tourists is the range of visual arts on show.

There are over 300 world-class museums and art galleries just in London. This is Tate Britain - right here, in Millbank. It’s the home of British art from the 1500s right up to the present day - let’s go take a look.

Tate Britain is the world centre for British art. Some of the greatest artists of all time are British and this gallery has them all under one roof.

Tate Britain is one of four Tate galleries across the country, and the oldest. Over the years, it’s been threatened by bombing in the war and flooding from the Thames. There are hundreds of works of art here.

These are some of the earliest paintings in the gallery, including this portrait of Queen Elizabeth the First.

Penelope Curtis is the director of Tate Britain. It’s her job to decide which art pieces are exhibited.

Richard: Penelope, tell me about Tate Britain.

Penelope: Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art. It was founded by Henry Tate about a hundred years ago.

Richard: And what does your role involve?

Penelope: I'm the director, and that means looking after everything, but particularly the collections and the displays that you can see in the gallery.

Richard: And you have some fabulous pictures here, including this very popular one.

Penelope: They say this is our most popular painting. It's hard to know, but it certainly sells the most postcards, but that's rather an old-fashioned measure.

Richard: What is it about British art that's so exciting?

Penelope: Well, what's particular about British art is that we're an island nation, so things become very concentrated here. People travel from all over the world to be here; other people never leave at all, so things that you might see in the rest of the world become more concentrated in Britain.

Richard: What's the future of British art and creativity?

Penelope: I think the fact that we don't know is what's exciting about it. Here, we can make history speak to the present and inform what people are doing now, and that's one of our important roles.

And the future of British art is bold and exciting.

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Artistic creativity in Great Britain isn’t always found at museums or galleries; sometimes it’s worth taking a closer look at the walls around the city.

Street art used to be a form of protest and was often painted over by the authorities. These days it’s a celebrated art form. Some pieces are worth a fortune. 

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Another art form that is booming in Britain is building computer games.

The UK produces more than a quarter of the world’s computer games and independent developer Blitz Games Studios here in Leamington Spa has created some top sellers. Popular games like Puss in Boots, Karaoke Revolution and The Biggest Loser are developed here. Blitz Games Studios have a passion for games, technology and creativity.

Philip Oliver is a game developer and set up Blitz Games Studios with his brother.

Richard: Philip, how did this all start?

Philip: My twin brother and I, Andrew, started playing video games in the early eighties. We got ourselves a 8-bit computer and started writing games just as a hobby but, by the mid-eighties, we were actually able to sell games. We set up Blitz Games Studios and started employing people with the idea we would make games for a global audience, and today we have over 220 talented, creative people making video games for all the biggest publishers in the world.

Richard: What makes games development so creative?

Philip: Games are just a fantastic medium. I'm sorry, but I'm absolutely hooked, and I hope so many other people are. We are the entertainment of the twenty-first century. There are no limits.

Do you know, when it comes to computer games, I don’t think I'm very good at building them. I'm much better at playing them. Yes! Come on! Go up, up, up, up! Get the star! Go on! Go - Oh, no, no, ah.

Northern Ireland Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie see some of Northern Ireland's sights, and then head to the Atlantic Ocean for surfing lessons.

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Stephen: Come on, Ash. You said you wanted to see the scenery and you keep looking at the guidebook.

Ashlie: Yes, it’s just really interesting finding out a bit more about all the places along this coast.

Stephen: We’re here in Northern Ireland. We both want to try surfing. And the sea you can see over there is the Atlantic Ocean.

Ashlie: This scenery is beautiful, but lots of places here also have interesting stories. There are lots of fascinating folk tales and legends.

Stephen: We’re here to visit the Giant’s Causeway, one of the most famous attractions in Northern Ireland. How far is it, Ash?

Ashlie: Not far to go now. We should be there soon. Come on.

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Ashlie: Don’t you think this coastline is just beautiful, Stephen? Look, it says here that the Giant’s Causeway is supposed to be a bridge that was built by a giant.

Stephen: You can see why people might say that. Anyway we’re here for the Atlantic waves – for surfing – and I want to get down to the beach as soon as possible.

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Stephen: Hi. We’ve got a surfing lesson booked. We don’t have any equipment so we’ll have to hire everything, if that’s alright.

Surf Shop Assistant: Don’t worry about it. We’ve got everything you need. Can you swim?

Ashlie: Yes, we’re both good swimmers. But I’m not keen on going in very cold water.

Surf Shop Assistant: Don’t worry about the cold. We’ll give you wetsuits that can keep you warm. And we’ll get you just the right size board.

Ashlie: Great, thank you!

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Ashlie: That looks pretty hard, Stephen. I wonder if we’ll be able to stand after just one lesson?

Stephen: I might be able to, but you won’t! Here comes the instructor. We can ask him.

Ashlie: Hi there. We’re here for our first lesson. And I was just wondering – do you think that we’ll be able to stand by the end of today?

Instructor: Absolutely – no problem. We're going to start off with the basics of surfing and you guys are going to have a great time.

Stephen: That’s excellent! Shall we get straight in the water, then?

Instructor: We’re going to start off on the beach first of all, guys. 

Instructor: First of all, you need to decide which foot you naturally put to the front. That’s the foot that goes to the front of the board.

Stephen: Like this?

Instructor: Yes, that’s it. Now we need to work out how you lie on the board so that you can balance properly whenever you’re paddling. Once you learn how to lie down then you start learning how to stand up. OK?

Instructor: First of all, you guys need to put your surfboards onto the sand.

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Stephen: I think I’ve swallowed half of the ocean. And I’m freezing cold too. I need a hot drink to warm me up.

Ashlie: Come on then, I think there’s a café at the top of this beach.

Stephen: Where did I put my money? Oh no!

Ashlie: What’s the matter, Stephen?

Stephen: I put my wallet in my wetsuit to keep it safe... And now my money’s soaking wet!

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Have you ever been to Northern Ireland?
  • Do you know anything it is famous for?
  • Have you ever been surfing?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie as they travel round Northern Ireland.

Put the events in the right order after you watch the video.

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'Just' is a very common and important word in English because it has a number of different meanings. Match the meanings with the examples from the video.

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Watch the video again, and type the missing words in the spaces.

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Task 4

Reorder the words to make the sentences with just from the last task.

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Northern Ireland Scene 1 Language Focus

First, Rob talks about ordering instructions in English, and then he talks about keen on.

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Reorder the recipe steps into the right sequence.

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Use the two halves to make sentences with 'be keen on'.

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Complete the recipe with the right sequencing words.

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Northern Ireland Scene 2

Once they've dried off, Ashlie and Stephen explore a bit more of Northern Ireland's heritage and, like so many places in the UK, that means... ghosts!

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Ashlie: Right, we can have a couple of hours here before we have to head off to our hotel.

Stephen: We’re here in Northern Ireland to learn how to surf and Ashlie’s insisting we also take time to see the sights.

Ashlie: We are at Dunluce Castle. It’s famous because it’s supposed to have its own ghosts.

Stephen: Come on – let’s go see if we can find a ghost.

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Ashlie: Stephen, look! It says here that part of the castle fell into the sea during a terrible storm. All the cooks drowned except for a young kitchen boy who survived.

Stephen: Scary story, but what an interesting place. Here, give me that book. What’s the name of our hotel?

Ashlie: It’s the Ballygally Castle Hotel.

Stephen: The Ballygally Castle Hotel? Ballygally Castle is said to be one of the most haunted places in the area.

Ashlie: Come on, Stephen. We’ll be fine!

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Ashlie: Hi there. We have a reservation for two rooms. The name is Walker.

Receptionist: Ah yes. How are you enjoying Northern Ireland? 

Stephen: Oh, it’s great. We’ve been surfing today and we went to a haunted castle, Dunluce. We didn’t see any ghosts, though.

Receptionist: Did you know we have ghosts here in the hotel?

Ashlie: Really?

Receptionist: Yes, we even have a Ghost Room you can visit. The man who built the castle here trapped his wife in one of the rooms and she escaped by jumping out of the window. People who visit the hotel say they hear strange noises and things move by themselves.

Ashlie: A Ghost Room! How do we get there?

Receptionist: You go down the corridor, turn left and up the spiral staircase.

Stephen: I thought the receptionist was joking when she said the hotel had a ghost. But they really do have a haunted room. How scary is that?

Ashlie: Oh Stephen, you’ll believe anything. But I do want to see this Ghost Room. Let’s have a look.

Stephen: I’m not sure about this, Ash.

Ashlie: Come on, you big baby!

Stephen: Hmm. I don’t like the look of this.

Ashlie: Look, it’s just an ordinary room. It’s a bit gloomy and the bed’s hard, but I would be happy to spend the night in here.

Stephen: Well, I wouldn’t! It’s cold and it’s creepy. Anyway, I’m going to my room to change before we eat.

Stephen: Whoooo!

Ashlie: Come on, Stephen, we don’t want to be late for dinner.

Stephen: Oh Ash! You’re so sensible sometimes.

Stephen: Oi! Wait for me...

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Ashlie: Wasn’t that a lovely meal, Stephen? I am ready for bed – all that surfing. I’m exhausted. I’m going to sleep well tonight.

Stephen: Me too. But I’ve found all the ghost stories a bit scary. I feel a bit nervous about spending the night in this haunted hotel, don’t you?

Ashlie: All these ghost stories are absolute nonsense! I don’t believe in ghosts. How could you possibly believe that rubbish? Now, go to bed. 

Stephen: Ashlie – actually, your room isn’t that way.

Ashlie: What? 

Stephen: I had your room changed. You’re in the Ghost Room. I had all your stuff sent up there.

Ashlie: What?

Stephen: Well, you said all these stories were nonsense. You said you didn’t believe in ghosts. Go on, Ash – spend a night in the Ghost Room. You’re not scared, are you?

Ashlie: No. I’ll sleep like a log. Goodnight.

Stephen: Goodnight. Don’t get scared!

Ashlie: All this talk about ghosts has got me thinking the hotel is haunted! I’m as bad as Stephen! I hope he’s OK.

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Do you believe in ghosts?
  • Are ghost stories popular in your country?
  • What kinds of places do ghosts live?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie as they go in search of Northern Irish ghosts.

Order the sentences as they happen in the video.

Exercise

Stephen says to Ashlie: "I had your room changed.
Stephen didn’t change Ash’s room himself, but he asked someone else (the hotel receptionist) to do it.
We use this structure (have + object + past participle) to talk about asking other people to do things for us.

 

Now use the words to complete the have something done sentences.

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Choose the best information to complete the sentence.

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Fill in the gaps to give useful phrases for checking in at hotels.

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Northern Ireland Scene 2 Language Focus

Rob tells us about He said, She said, and then gives us a bit of information about the word 'bit'.

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Reorder the words to give examples of reported speech.

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We use a bit, slightly and a little bit to make adjectives weaker. Drop the phrases into the sentences to complete them.

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Use reported speech forms (past tense) along with he, she and so on to complete the sentences.

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Northern Ireland's Street Art

Amandeep visits Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital city, to find out how street art shows the city's difficult history and promises a brighter future.

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Belfast is a lively and exciting city known for its music, nightlife and university.

But it was once famous for something which made headlines around the world. Years of conflict known as the Troubles left thousands dead.

One community, who are mostly Protestant Christians, wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom. The other community, who are mostly Catholic Christians, wanted it to join up with the Irish Republic. People on the extremes of both sides used violence.

Fortunately, those days are over. But these murals are a reminder of the past. They can be found all over Belfast, painted on walls and houses.

The art showed support for one side or the other and symbolised a divided community. But now many murals are being preserved as an important part of the city’s history. I’ve come to meet Tim McCarthy.

Amandeep: Hi there, Tim. Hello, thanks so much for meeting me.

He has studied the murals and what they can tell us about the history of conflict here.

Amandeep: Tim, can you tell me about images like this?

Tim: Images like this are very common in working-class areas in Northern Ireland.

Amandeep: And what does it tell us about the history of the area?

Tim: Well, this particular community will have felt as if they were under pressure from the other community and therefore it contains a lot of defensive, militaristic kind of imagery.

Amandeep: And what about images from the other community?

Tim: You will find similar imagery, but the symbolism is very slightly different - a different use of colour but the content will be very similar.

Amandeep: And what is Belfast city like now?

Tim: Belfast is very different in the last few years. We’ve had a lot of investment, everyone feels better, feels more relaxed and a lot of the murals that are going up actually reflect this.

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New murals are appearing in the city. Many people feel these new images are more appropriate for a community which wants to leave the violent past behind.

People have been working hard to achieve a lasting peace in Northern Ireland. Many projects try to bring both sides closer together. Here at the Conway Community Centre, Tim is helping young people develop their skills and produce new artworks.

Young Woman: In Northern Ireland it’s very important for there to be an arts scene. Because instead of violence, instead of expressing yourself through alcohol or drugs, you can turn to the arts scene. It’s safe and it’s a good form of expression.

Young Man 1: I think street art is important for any city because it gives the city a kind of character.

Young Man 2: Without art in a country it would be very dull.

Tim gave me a lesson in his style of street art.

Amandeep: Tim, how significant is the street art scene in Belfast today?

Tim: Well, it is quite small, but it’s growing all the time with the help of the internet obviously. People can see what’s happening globally and they want a little piece of that on their doorstep.

There is a saying that art reflects society. People here are glad that the new art murals reflect a more prosperous and peaceful Northern Ireland.

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Why do people draw graffiti?
  • Does it ever have a place in the city?

Watch Amandeep as she goes to Belfast to see its famous murals.

Which four of the following six subjects are covered in the video?

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The people in the video use some verbs and nouns which are often used to talk about pictures. Read the sentences, and complete the vocabulary notes.

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Choose the best answer from the three choices.

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Northern Ireland

Ashlie and Stephen are off to Northern Ireland, the smallest part of the United Kingdom. They visit the famous Giant's Causeway, learn to surf and chase ghosts in some of Northern Ireland's romantic ruined castles.

Meanwhile, Amandeep finds out a little more about the recent history of this area - and meets the young artists who are changing Belfast's look.

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سلسلة الفيديوهات الجديدة سريعة الإيقاع الخاصة بنا تدور حول الأشياء التي تجعل من بريطانيا عظيمة. شاهد الفيديوهات، وقم بالتدريبات واترك تعليقاتك.

هناك حلقة جديدة كل أسبوع لذا استمر في زيارة الموقع لتتعلم المزيد.

سلسلة الفيديوهات الجديدة سريعة الإيقاع الخاصة بنا تدور حول الأشياء التي تجعل من بريطانيا عظيمة. شاهد الفيديوهات، وقم بالتدريبات واترك تعليقاتك.

 

هناك حلقة جديدة كل أسبوع لذا استمر في زيارة الموقع لتتعلم المزيد.

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عادت سلسلة Word on the Street مع آشلي وستيفن وروب! سلسلة الفيديو الشهيرة الخاصة بنا والتي أنتجت بالشراكة مع BBC وتحتوي على دراما وحوارات وتقارير من حول المملكة المتحدة.

هناك أيضاً بعض الشرح والكثير من التدريبات المفيدة التي تساعدك على تحسين اللغة الإنجليزية.

عادت سلسلة Word on the Street مع آشلي وستيفن وروب! سلسلة الفيديو الشهيرة الخاصة بنا والتي أنتجت بالشراكة مع BBC وتحتوي على دراما وحوارات وتقارير من حول المملكة المتحدة.

هناك أيضاً بعض الشرح والكثير من التدريبات المفيدة التي تساعدك على تحسين اللغة الإنجليزية.

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