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Episode 06

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about travel problems, and their guests talk about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and life in Kazakhstan. You can also follow Carolina as she settles in to student life and finds out all about student clubs and societies. Will she join a student club?

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Thank you for the answer Peter M

commonly the solutes and particles are redeposited in the lower parts of the soil profile, creating illuvial or enriched horizons
sir , in this example after comma ing is used with create so what is the logic behind the ing form usewith create

Hello vikranta,

The phrase beginning with 'creating' in this sentence is a participle clause expressing a result. In other words, the solutes and particles being redeposited creates illunvial horizons.

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We (my family and I) are trying to be as green as we could, we're starting with little things like separate the card box from the rest of the trash, we have also started to separate the plastic bottles; this is for a special reason. There is a Pet's Store (they are not selling pets, just all the things like food, dishes, beds and all kind of things that a pet needs) near of our house which collects all the plastic bottles that people take to them, then they sell all the plastic and with the money earned the help a Dogs house called Sophia's Fund, which take care of street dogs and search new houses for them. So we have started to collect plastic bottles and we are going to deliver to them, in that way I think that we are putting our grain of sand in this noble labour. I have also replaced all the lightbulbs in the house for a new ones with led technology, this is for saving energy and money.
I know that there is much more that we can make for the planet and we have to figure out new ways to make substantial changes.

Best wishes.

My country is Ukraine. It is situated in Eastern Europe. It borders with Russia in the east and northeast, Belarus - in the north, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary – in the west, Romania and Moldavia – in the southeast. Ukraine is washed by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov in the south and southeast. The population of my country is decreasing. It is almost 42.5 million people living here now but it was more than 51 million ten years ago. The landscape of my motherland is quite different. There are the Carpathian Mountains in the west, two seas in the south, lots of plains all over the country, rivers, lakes, forests and areas of swamp. Ukraine is known for its fertile soil too.
The country mostly exports agricultural goods and metallurgical products. Mechanical engineering takes its part too.
The capital city of Ukraine is Kyiv. It is the largest city of our country and the 8th most populous city in Europe. Kyiv was founded in the 7th century so it makes it more than 1300 years old. It is located іn the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River.
I think that the most popular national occupation in Ukraine is still agriculture. Although, the globalization is making things slightly different.

I'm not green enough for sure. I don’t use recycled energy or produce it for myself. I never separate my rubbish. I don’t know where one should bring broken fluorescent lamps or used batteries for utilization. Of course it’s our government’s fault for the most part. As for me, I try to improve the environment mostly by not spoiling it with my activities. I’m trying not to waste electricity, water and gas. I don’t throw rubbish anywhere except bins or – when there are not any alternatives – my pockets. I don’t smoke and that is why I’m not to blame for piles of cigarette butts in the streets or even in parks. I’m sure if everyone started with themselves our world would be definitely a better place to live in.

I like paintings but I wouldn’t call myself an expert or even a person who can name the ten most famous artists. I haven’t been fortunate to attend any of the well-known galleries yet. But I’m quite sure I’ll manage to solve this problem in the nearest future. Concerning a famous artist, I’d probably like to meet Pablo Picasso. He was a Spanish painter and sculptor. He also produced many different kinds of art as he was a ceramicist, a stage designer and a poet too. He is definitely one of the most famous artists in the world and his paintings are among the most expensive ones. For example, one of his paintings was sold for 179.4 million dollars while the most expensive deal is 300 million to date. His other paintings were sold for 157.7 and 130.7 million dollars, respectively. I like his paintings because they disturbingly resemble the chaos of the human mind. Frankly speaking, I don’t know much about his life, in general. I’ve been always interested in his biography, though. I’m going to learn more about this unique human being one day and hopefully see his works of art with my own eyes.

I think we can do simple tasks to help saving our planet. For instance, we can use recycling pocket for buying fruits and vegetables or when we go to the picnic to collect the bottles,cans and plastic things on the ground. But I think it's more important than these the governments decide to help.they have to lock the factories that produce loads of pollution and prevent cars that produce loads of pollution as well.

My country is Iran. Iran is one of the largest country in middle east in Asia. It has borders with Turkey,Iraq,Azerbaijan,Armenia,Turkmenistan,Pakistan,Afghanistan. Population of Iran is about 75 milions people. It has 25 states.The weather of west of Iran is cold and particularly snowy in winter and the weather of north of Iran is wet and occasionally rainy and the weather of east and south of Iran is dry an warm. Iran has two mountainses. Alborz mountains is from north-west to north-east an Zagros mountains is from north-west to south-east. Damavand volcano mountain is the highest mountain in middle east. Its sightseeing is so beautiful. Iran has a lot of rivers and one of the largest deserts is called Lout Desert in middle east and maybe in the world. Khazar Lake that is the biggest lake in the world is in the north of Iran. Because that is the biggest is called Khazar Sea occasionally. In the south of Iran is Persian Golf and Oman Sea. Iran is one of the most important country in the world that produces oil and gas. Iran has some valuable metal mines in the south- east states. The capital city of Iran is Tehran with population about 13 milions people.Tehran is in the north of Iran and is a modern city. Tehran was capital city of Iran from Qajar's period. In each of states, people have got foods and costumes and cultures of theirselves.

I'd like to speak about Vincent van Gogh, a painter. He was born in Netherlands in 1853 and he died in 1890. He was just 37 years old when he died. He strongly suffered psychiatric disease.He liked painting when he was child but he didn't paint until second decades of age. He painted first his painting when he was 27 years old. He loved painting about portrait,nature,poor people. When he traveled to Paris, he attracted its atmosphere. he started painting of gardens and farms with full of sun light. He used in his painting of yellow color because he believed that yellow color has got full of energy in itself. I think that two events in van Gogh's life is very strange. At first, he sold just one his painting until when he was alive. Second is about cutting his ear.Two stories are about this event.May be because of his psychiatric disease and may be because of falling in love to a woman. He was poor and he gave his ear as gift to woman that he loved her.Nowadays his paintings are sold very expensive and are been in favorite galleries.