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one of the last two northern white rhinos on the planet,

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More and Many
 
This week we answer a question from Pakistan. Shahid writes,

Question:

Please explain about “more” and “many.” What is the difference between them?” – Shahid, Pakistan

Answer:

Dear Shahid,

The words “more” and “many” do appear to be similar in meaning. Both are adjectives, and one is sometimes an adverb. Here is the difference:

“Many” is used when something can be counted. Here's a example of how to use “many” in a question.

“How many people marched in the parade?”

Many is an adjective describing people. What kind of people? Many people. It might be a very large number, but you can still count the number of marchers in a parade.

Now, we turn to the word “more.” You can use it with things you cannot count.Let’s hear how to use it in a question:

“Would you like more tea?”

What kind of tea? The answer is more tea, but you are not specific about how muchmore.

As an adverb, “more” is often used to compare two things, sometimes with the word “than” following it:

“There were more people on the train than usual.”

Here is another sentence where “more” is used as a comparison adverb:

“I like to eat more food than my brother.”

You are comparing two people: you and your brother. One person eats more food than the other.

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    INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

    Vampire shoppers

    EPISODE 190530 / 30 MAY 2019

     

    Introduction

    More and more people are spending the night shopping on their laptops and smartphones. But is this always a good idea? Neil and Rob discuss their shopping habits and offer you vocabulary for free!

    This week's question

    According to the UK's Office for National Statistics, at the end of 2018, what percentage of all retail sales took place online? Was it…

    a)      9.8%

    b)      19.8%, or

    c)      29.8%?

    Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

    Vocabulary

    insomniac
    someone who can't sleep easily 

    to get sucked into something
    not being able to stop yourself getting involved with something that you don't want to do 

    sleep deprived
    not having enough sleep 

    resist the urge
    to stop yourself acting on a strong feeling to do something 

    feel-good factor
    doing something that gives someone a happy and positive feeling 

    regret
    sad feeling you get when you've made a mistake and wished you hadn't made the mistake in the first place

    Transcript 

    Note: This is not a word for word transcript  

    Neil
    Hello. This is 6 Minute English and I'm Neil. And joining me today is Rob. 

    Rob
    Hello. 

    Neil
    Rob, how do feel about shopping? 

    Rob
    Urgh! Mooching around a shopping mall from one shop to another, spending money -  it's my idea of hell! 

    Neil
    How about shopping online? 

    Rob
    Ah yes, much better – sitting in front of the TV and browsing online is much easier. 

    Neil
    Well that can be a problem – it's sometimes too easy, especially when we are tired – and we sometimes make purchases we regret. That's what we'll be talking about in this programme – an activity known as 'vampire shopping'.  But before we continue, it's my job to set you a quiz question, so here goes. According to the UK's Office for National Statistics, at the end of 2018, what percentage of all retail sales took place online? Was it…
    a)  9.8%,
    b) 19.8%, or
    c) 29.8%? 

    Rob
    Buying things online is big business now, so I'll say c) 29.8%.

    Neil
    Well, you’ll have to wait a bit to find out. But let's talk more now about vampire shopping – this term refers to shopping late at night - traditionally a time when vampires appear.   

    Rob
    Most of us are asleep at this time but sleep-deprived parents, shift-workers and gamers might not be. If you're an insomniac – someone who can't sleep easily – it's tempting to open up your laptop and start shopping.  

    Neil
    Online shops are open 24 hours a day so it's easy to get sucked in and do some shopping! 

    Rob
    When you get sucked into something it means you can't stop yourself getting involved with something that you didn't want to do. So what you're saying Neil is at night, when we're very tired, we don't always think straight and can make some bad decisions. 

    Neil
    That's right. And this shopping temptation can be particularly problematic for those with mental health issues. It's something Helen Undy has been talking about on the BBC Radio 4 programme, You and Yours. She is the Chief Executive of the Money and Mental Health Institute. Let's hear what she had to say… 

    Helen Undy, Chief Executive, Money and Mental Health Institute
    Our ability to control our impulse to spend and to resist things like advertising is reduced when we're sleep deprived. Well mental health problems can have a similar effect so the mental health problems themselves make it harder to resist the urge to spend and they also cause sleep deprivation, so  you're alone possibly surfing the internet, and both the lack of sleep and the mental health problems make it harder to resist the things that you can see. 

    Neil
    Helen said that for all us, when we're sleep deprived – that means not having enough sleep – we find it harder to resist the urge to shop. We're more sucked in to shopping by the advertising we see. 

    Rob
    And resist the urge means stop yourself acting on a strong feeling to do something. But this is more serious for people with mental health issues. They are particularly sleep deprived and along with everything that's going on in their minds, they find it harder to resist – to stop themselves buying things. 

    Neil
    I suppose buying things at night, if you're alone, gives you some comfort - even a feel-good factor – doing something that gives someone a happy and positive feeling. I certainly feel good when I've bought something. But Rob, have you ever bought something you regret

    Rob
    Yes. Bits of tech, even flight tickets to somewhere I didn't really want to go to – because they were cheap! 

    Neil
    Regret is a sad feeling you get when you've made a mistake and wished you hadn't made the mistake in the first place. We all have regrets Rob, particularly when buying things – but there's usually the option to return something and get a refund. 

    Rob
    That's true but it's not always easy. Let's hear what Helen Undy had to say about that. 

    Helen Undy, Chief Executive, Money and Mental Health Institute
    We found in our research that 75% of people, so regardless of whether you've got a mental health problem or not - three-quarters of people didn't send back the last thing they bought online that they regretted.  We found that 4 in 10 people with mental health problems didn't send things back because they were so ashamed of the things that they were buying that they just wanted to pretend it never happened. 

    Neil
    So, she says that three-quarters of people didn't send back the last thing they bought that they regretted. Maybe they were too embarrassed? 

    Rob
    Possibly. But it's not always easy to return an item and for those with mental health issues it can be a struggle,  a great effort. Helen Undy says that sometimes they were ashamed of their purchase. 

    Neil
    Well I think we have all bought things we are ashamed of. But while online shopping continues to expand the temptation will always be there. 

    Rob
    Well your question earlier was about the rise in online shopping, so what's the answer, Neil? 

    Neil
    I asked according to the UK's Office for National Statistics, at the end of 2018, what percentage of all retail sales took place online? Was it…
    a)  9.8%,
    b) 19.8%, or
    c) 29.8%? 

    Rob
    I said c) 29.8%. I've got to be right! 

    Neil
    Well, you're not. The rise was a bit smaller at b) 19.8%. But that's still large compared with ten years previously, when the figure was just 5.8% of all retail sales. 

    Rob
    No doubt the figure will continue to rise. And before I nip off to do a bit of vampire shopping, let's recap some of the vocabulary we've mentioned today. Starting with insomniac

    Neil
    An insomniac is someone who can't sleep easily. They suffer from insomnia

    Rob
    Next we talked about to get sucked into something. This informal phrase means not being able to stop yourself getting involved with something that you don't want to do. 

    Neil
    If you are sleep deprived, you do not having enough sleep. 

    Rob
    And if you resist the urge, you stop yourself acting on a strong feeling to do something. For example, resisting the urge to buy something online. 

    Neil
    But if you don't resist the urge to buy something, it might have a feel-good factor. A feel-good factor is something that makes you feel happy and positive.

    Rob
    But after buying something you may have regret. That's a sad feeling you get when you've made a mistake and wished you hadn't made the mistake in the first place. 

    Neil
    Well hopefully you haven't regretted spending 6 minutes listening to us!  Please join us next time and in the meantime, why not check us out on your favourite social media platforms and on our app. 

    Rob
    Goodbye! 

    Neil
    Goodbye!

     
     

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      EPISODE 170907 / 07 SEP 2017

      A policeman, a pilot, a chef - what's our fascination with uniforms?

    • Laughing could kill you

      Laughing could kill you

      EPISODE 170831 / 31 AUG 2017

      Tim and Neil laugh their head off as they teach you useful vocabulary

    • Would the world stop without clocks?

      Would the world stop without clocks?

      EPISODE 170824 / 24 AUG 2017

      Rob and Neil are in a hurry to discuss our concept of time and teach you new words

    • What makes a video go viral?

      What makes a video go viral?

      EPISODE 170817 / 17 AUG 2017

      Rob and Neil discuss what makes people want to share a video

    • Fancy dress funerals

      Fancy dress funerals

      EPISODE 170810 / 10 AUG 2017

      Have you ever thought about what sort of funeral you would like to have?

    • It's good to talk

      It's good to talk

      EPISODE 170803 / 03 AUG 2017

      The treatments that help people stay mentally healthy

    • How honest are we?

      How honest are we?

      EPISODE 170727 / 27 JUL 2017

      Have you ever cheated an honesty box? Is honesty really the best policy?

    • You think you're invisible?

      You think you're invisible?

      EPISODE 170720 / 20 JUL 2017

      Do you not want to be seen?

    • How do pets navigate?

      How do pets navigate?

      EPISODE 170713 / 13 JUL 2017

      How do lost cats and dogs find their way home?

    • Self-help

      Self-help

      EPISODE 170706 / 06 JUL 2017

      Want to improve your life?

    • Faces and first impressions

      Faces and first impressions

      EPISODE 170629 / 29 JUN 2017

      Can we trust our first impressions?

    • Built to fail?

      Built to fail?

      EPISODE 170622 / 22 JUN 2017

      Why do we throw away so much technology?

    • Mindfulness

      Mindfulness

      EPISODE 170615 / 15 JUN 2017

      Relax, slow down and breathe. Neil and Catherine explore mindfulness - what it is and what benefits it offers

    • Is happiness genetic?

      Is happiness genetic?

      EPISODE 170608 / 08 JUN 2017

      Is happiness in the DNA?

    • Water Burial

      Water Burial

      EPISODE 170601 / 01 JUN 2017

      A new way to rest in peace

    • Could you go vegan?

      Could you go vegan?

      EPISODE 170525 / 25 MAY 2017

      Could you give up meat and animal products?

    • Goldfish, brains and phones

      Goldfish, brains and phones

      EPISODE 170518 / 18 MAY 2017

      Do people now have shorter attention spans than goldfish?

    • How much food do you waste?

      How much food do you waste?

      EPISODE 170511 / 11 MAY 2017

      Food waste is a major problem

    • The super rich

      The super rich

      EPISODE 170504 / 04 MAY 2017

      The rich are getting richer

    • Miraculous survival

      Miraculous survival

      EPISODE 170427 / 27 APR 2017

      How did a man fall from a 47 storey skyscraper and survive?

    • Sighing

      Sighing

      EPISODE 170420 / 20 APR 2017

      Why do we sigh?

    • Multiple Careers

      Multiple Careers

      EPISODE 170413 / 13 APR 2017

      What's behind the trend for having more than one career?

    • Food and mood

      Food and mood

      EPISODE 170406 / 06 APR 2017

      How does your food affect your mood?

    • Dog detectors

      Dog detectors

      EPISODE 170330 / 30 MAR 2017

      Can dogs be used to detect cancer?

    • The rise of the emoji

      The rise of the emoji

      EPISODE 170323 / 23 MAR 2017

      Are you an emoji person? We explore how simple smiley faces have become powerful communication tools.

    • What your lunch says about you

      What your lunch says about you

      EPISODE 170316 / 16 MAR 2017

      What do you eat for lunch? Sandwiches are the most popular lunchtime meal in the UK, but why?

    • Mermaids – Fact or fiction?

      Mermaids – Fact or fiction?

      EPISODE 170309 / 09 MAR 2017

      Are mermaids real?

    • Life expectancy

      Life expectancy

      EPISODE 170302 / 02 MAR 2017

      Can humanity really breach the 90 year limit?

    • Gun control without guns

      Gun control without guns

      EPISODE 170223 / 23 FEB 2017

      Gun control with no guns? How is that possible? Join Dan and Neil to find out.

    • How romance ruined love

      How romance ruined love

      EPISODE 170216 / 16 FEB 2017

      Neil and Dan discuss romanticism

    • Can you trust your own eyes?

      Can you trust your own eyes?

      EPISODE 170209 / 09 FEB 2017

      Catherine and Neil discuss why the police and the legal system are concerned about eyewitness testimony

    • Why do cities make us rude?

      Why do cities make us rude?

      EPISODE 170202 / 02 FEB 2017

      Catherine and Neil discuss how the pressures of modern living are making us hostile to each other

    • Family history

      Family history

      EPISODE 170126 / 26 JAN 2017

      Why are so many people obsessed with learning about their family history? Neil and Catherine talk about genealogy

    • Life on the edge

      Life on the edge

      EPISODE 170119 / 19 JAN 2017

      The increased study of extremophile microbes has revealed a lot about what is and is not needed to sustain life on Earth

    • What's your superpower?

      What's your superpower?

      EPISODE 170112 / 12 JAN 2017

      Why are we so fascinated with the superheroes that populate our cinema screens and comic books?

    • Driving

      Driving

      EPISODE 170105 / 05 JAN 2017

      Alice and Neil discuss whether we would miss driving as driverless cars are tested in cities around the world

    • Introvert... and proud!

      Introvert... and proud!

      EPISODE 161229 / 29 DEC 2016

      What’s your personality type? If you are an introvert you’re in good company; Barack Obama, JK Rowling are introverts...

    • Why do crazes take off?

      Why do crazes take off?

      EPISODE 161222 / 22 DEC 2016

      Why is it that some games, hobbies and activities become crazes while others don’t? Alice and Neil talk about their preferences

    • When do you feel sleepy?

      When do you feel sleepy?

      EPISODE 161215 / 15 DEC 2016

      Alice and Neil discuss circadian rhythms – the so-called body clock that influences an organism's daily cycle of changes

    • Cleopatra

      Cleopatra

      EPISODE 161208 / 08 DEC 2016

      Sophie and Neil discuss why the last pharaoh of Egypt still fascinates people today

    • Animal phobias

      Animal phobias

      EPISODE 161201 / 01 DEC 2016

      Why do we fear animals that pose no threat to us? Sophie and Neil discuss the reason why fear of spiders is so common

    • Women's right to vote

      Women's right to vote

      EPISODE 161124 / 24 NOV 2016

      Neil and Alice talk about the defiant women who fought for their right to choose their representatives

    • Why we love trainers

      Why we love trainers

      EPISODE 161117 / 17 NOV 2016

      Call them what you want – trainers, sneakers, tennis shoes – but why does everybody love them so much?

    • On your bike

      On your bike

      EPISODE 161110 / 10 NOV 2016

      Sophie and Neil discuss the bike's mass appeal, from helping to widen the gene pool to blazing a trail for the women’s movement

    • Hi, meet my online persona!

      Hi, meet my online persona!

      EPISODE 161103 / 03 NOV 2016

      Sophie and Neil discuss social networks and why we often use different identities for different social media

    • How do you read your news?

      How do you read your news?

      EPISODE 161027 / 27 OCT 2016

      Free, digital news is threatening traditional newspapers. Sophie and Neil discuss the pros and cons of news in print

    • Do opposites attract?

      Do opposites attract?

      EPISODE 161020 / 20 OCT 2016

      Why are we attracted to some people and not to others? Sophie and Neil discuss love at first sight

    • Is loneliness in our genes?

      Is loneliness in our genes?

      EPISODE 161013 / 13 OCT 2016

      What is loneliness and why do we feel it? Sophie and Neil discuss how feeling lonely can help us to survive

    • Who do you think you are?

      Who do you think you are?

      EPISODE 161006 / 06 OCT 2016

      How do you see yourself and how do others see you? Alice and Neil discuss identity and how appearances can be deceptive

    • Does punctuation matter?

      Does punctuation matter?

      EPISODE 160929 / 29 SEP 2016

      Why is punctuation important? Neil and Alice discuss rhetoric, commas and full stops.

    • Penicillin: breaking the mould

      Penicillin: breaking the mould

      EPISODE 160922 / 22 SEP 2016

      Alice and Neil discuss penicillin, the so-called wonder drug discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming

    • Global warming

      Global warming

      EPISODE 160915 / 15 SEP 2016

      What might the world look like if temperatures keep rising? Neil and Alice discuss the need to adapt to the changes ahead

    • Old tech

      Old tech

      EPISODE 160908 / 08 SEP 2016

      Did you ever own a Walkman or a record player? Alice and Neil discuss old tech and why the US Pentagon still uses floppy disks

    • Slang

      Slang

      EPISODE 160901 / 01 SEP 2016

      Neil and Alice discuss the differences between slang, jargon, and swearing, while teaching you some Cockney Rhyming Slang

    • Domestic chores

      Domestic chores

      EPISODE 160825 / 25 AUG 2016

      Do women clean the house more often than men? Alice and Neil discuss the topic and teach you a tidy amount of vocabulary

    • Have you walked off your pizza?

      Have you walked off your pizza?

      EPISODE 160818 / 18 AUG 2016

      Is food labelling clear enough to help us make healthy choices? Alice and Neil discuss chocolate chip muffins along with some other tasty vocabulary

    • How to cure writer's block

      How to cure writer's block

      EPISODE 160811 / 11 AUG 2016

      Who were the Muses and how did they help the creative process? Neil and Alice discuss how to be more creative

    • Is English changing?

      Is English changing?

      EPISODE 160804 / 04 AUG 2016

      Will we still be speaking in an English we recognise in a thousand years' time? Alice and Neil make some educated guesses!

    • Heritage sites

      Heritage sites

      EPISODE 160728 / 28 JUL 2016

      Neil and Alice discuss the threat to The Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, and the Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru

    • Are we there yet?

      Are we there yet?

      EPISODE 160721 / 21 JUL 2016

      Why do some weeks just fly by but sometimes minutes can seem like hours? Neil and Alice discuss our perception of time

    • Cities of the future

      Cities of the future

      EPISODE 160714 / 14 JUL 2016

      What will the cities of the future look like, and will we enjoy living in them? Alice and Neil discuss Neil's attempt at town planning

    • Diabetes

      Diabetes

      EPISODE 160707 / 07 JUL 2016

      Why is the disease diabetes on the rise? Alice and Neil talk about the role that diet has to play in this global health problem

    • Get on with it!

      Get on with it!

      EPISODE 160630 / 30 JUN 2016

      Why do we procrastinate? Rob and Alice discuss why it can be difficult to get on with tasks

    • Who would you imitate?

      Who would you imitate?

      EPISODE 160623 / 23 JUN 2016

      Why do we like to impersonate people? Neil tries out his best impression of Elvis while teaching you some related vocabulary

    • How to prepare for an exam

      How to prepare for an exam

      EPISODE 160616 / 16 JUN 2016

      Alice and Rob consider which study techniques are good and which aren't. Does sleeping with a book under your pillow help?

    • Young and in business

      Young and in business

      EPISODE 160609 / 09 JUN 2016

      Young entrepreneurs are appearing everywhere. Alice and Rob discuss whether grey hair is best

    • Do as I say, not as I do

      Do as I say, not as I do

      EPISODE 160602 / 02 JUN 2016

      Why do people often say one thing and do another? Alice and Rob ask how far hypocrisy is actually part of who we are

    • Could you be an astronaut?

      Could you be an astronaut?

      EPISODE 160526 / 26 MAY 2016

      Do you have what it takes to go to space? Alice and Rob discuss the challenges of a job thousands of people are keen on

    • Conspiracy theories

      Conspiracy theories

      EPISODE 160519 / 19 MAY 2016

      Do you believe men walked on the Moon? Alice and Rob discuss why some people are suspicious about everything

    • Have you got too much stuff?

      Have you got too much stuff?

      EPISODE 160512 / 12 MAY 2016

      You've decluttered and tidied but could you live life free of stuff? Alice and Rob discuss why we give objects emotional value

    • How bad is booze?

      How bad is booze?

      EPISODE 160505 / 05 MAY 2016

      Are you a teetotaler or a drinker? Rob and Alice discuss what risk to your health regular drinking may have

    • Is chivalry dead?

      Is chivalry dead?

      EPISODE 160428 / 28 APR 2016

      What does it take to impress the ladies in the 21st century? Neil and Alice discuss knights in shining armour

    • Never too old

      Never too old

      EPISODE 160421 / 21 APR 2016

      Is retirement the end of everything or just a door for new opportunities? Alice and Rob talk about aging

    • Do you think for yourself?

      Do you think for yourself?

      EPISODE 160414 / 14 APR 2016

      Do you always agree with what most people in your group say? Neil and Sophie discuss staff meetings.

    • Brain training

      Brain training

      EPISODE 160407 / 07 APR 2016

      Neil and Sophie discuss the health benefits of being able to speak two languages fluently. And Neil... speaks Japanese!

    • Is social media a distraction?

      Is social media a distraction?

      EPISODE 160331 / 31 MAR 2016

      How often do you check your phone? Neil and Sophie discuss how social media is changing the way we interact.

    • Gardening

      Gardening

      EPISODE 160324 / 24 MAR 2016

      Sophie and Neil discover that soil has some surprising qualities and discuss how growing food can be therapeutic too

    • What's in a fairy tale?

      What's in a fairy tale?

      EPISODE 160317 / 17 MAR 2016

      Sophie and Neil talk about traditional fairy tales for the adult market and teach you some magical vocabulary

    • Corporate team building

      Corporate team building

      EPISODE 160310 / 10 MAR 2016

      Neil and Sophie discuss the growing industry of team building – from zombie bootcamps to horse training for executives.

    • Life on Mars

      Life on Mars

      EPISODE 160303 / 03 MAR 2016

      Neil and Sophie discuss Mars, the fourth rock from the Sun

    • It's all in the genes

      It's all in the genes

      EPISODE 160225 / 25 FEB 2016

      Neil and Sophie talk about gene editing, designer babies and how many errors Neil might have in his genetic code.

    • Giving away your fortune

      Giving away your fortune

      EPISODE 160218 / 18 FEB 2016

      How generous are you? Neil and Sophie discuss Mark Zuckerberg and what it takes to be a modern-day philanthropist.

    • How would you like to pay?

      How would you like to pay?

      EPISODE 160211 / 11 FEB 2016

      Are the days of paying by cash for a latte or a newspaper nearly gone? Alice and Neil discuss Neil's fondness for loose change...

    • How do you like your tea?

      How do you like your tea?

      EPISODE 160204 / 04 FEB 2016

      Tea comes in different forms – milky, sweet or spicy. Alice and Neil discuss how this Asian leaf conquered the world.

    • The commute

      The commute

      EPISODE 160128 / 28 JAN 2016

      Train, car, bicycle ... Hundreds of millions of us make the same journey day in day out. Take a hike with Alice and Neil and learn new vocabulary.

    • Are we afraid of food?

      Are we afraid of food?

      EPISODE 160121 / 21 JAN 2016

      Are food allergies on the increase and if so, why? Neil and Alice talk about the growing fear of food and teach new words.

    • Is modern life making us tired?

      Is modern life making us tired?

      EPISODE 160114 / 14 JAN 2016

      Are artificial lights and late night TV ruining our sleep? Neil and Alice discuss the issue and teach you related vocabulary.

    • Asking the right questions

      Asking the right questions

      EPISODE 160107 / 07 JAN 2016

      What does it take to be a good interviewer? Neil and Alice discuss TV chat show hosts and teach you some related vocabulary.

    • The way we look

      The way we look

      EPISODE 151231 / 31 DEC 2015

      How much does appearance really matter? Neil and Alice discuss fitness and New Year's resolutions

    • Christmas kindness

      Christmas kindness

      EPISODE 151224 / 24 DEC 2015

      Some families struggle to buy even food and can’t afford presents. Neil and Alice discuss how some charities are helping those in need.

    • Why do we take risks?

      Why do we take risks?

      EPISODE 151217 / 17 DEC 2015

      Alice and Finn talk about the passion some people have for danger and the unseen threats we face every day

    • Is student life all good?

      Is student life all good?

      EPISODE 151210 / 10 DEC 2015

      Alice and Neil discuss the psychological pressures of going to university. They also teach some related vocabulary.

    • Robin Hood

      Robin Hood

      EPISODE 151203 / 03 DEC 2015

      Neil and Alice discuss the long-lasting appeal of this man with a bow and how he has changed over the centuries

    • How much is your spouse worth?

      How much is your spouse worth?

      EPISODE 151126 / 26 NOV 2015

      Do you know how much your partner earns? Is he or she in debt? Would this make you love them less?

    • 100 Women

      100 Women

      EPISODE 151119 / 19 NOV 2015

      The BBC broadcasts a season of programmes discussing women's issues around the world

    • What makes us laugh?

      What makes us laugh?

      EPISODE 151112 / 12 NOV 2015

      Are you good at telling jokes? What makes a good comedian?

    • The impact of plastic

      The impact of plastic

      EPISODE 151105 / 05 NOV 2015

      Should we all pay for supermarket plastic bags? Neil and Alice take a look at the environmental impact of plastic and teach you some related words.

    • Shakespeare in plain English

      Shakespeare in plain English

      EPISODE 151029 / 29 OCT 2015

      Should the difficult language of Shakespeare be 'translated' into plain English?

    • New transport on two wheels

      New transport on two wheels

      EPISODE 151022 / 22 OCT 2015

      The bicycle is the most popular form of two-wheeled transport in the world, but could we all soon be using hoverboards? Listen to Neil and Finn's conversation and learn some new words.

    • Will robots take our jobs?

      Will robots take our jobs?

      EPISODE 151015 / 15 OCT 2015

      If you are sitting at a desk or answering the phone, stop for a moment and ask: could a robot or machine do this job better? Neil and Finn discuss the future of our jobs.

    • Do we read to show off?

      Do we read to show off?

      EPISODE 151008 / 08 OCT 2015

      Neil and Alice discuss what kind of book people like to be seen reading. Do you like to impress people with a classic book in your hands?

    • Summer-born kids

      Summer-born kids

      EPISODE 151001 / 01 OCT 2015

      Does being born in the summer reduce your chance of going to university?

    • The Earth's core

      The Earth's core

      EPISODE 150924 / 24 SEP 2015

      Take a trip with Rob and Alice to find out about the Earth’s core. They’ll discuss how hot it is – and whether there are any dinosaurs living there!

    • The meaning of clothes

      The meaning of clothes

      EPISODE 150917 / 17 SEP 2015

      Do you dress formally or casually? Do you choose trendy items or old comfortable ones? Rob and Will talk about the meaning of clothes.

    • The Proms

      The Proms

      EPISODE 150910 / 10 SEP 2015

      It's been described as the world's largest and most democratic classical music festival. Neil and Finn guide you through the BBC Proms

    • Is knuckle cracking good for you?

      Is knuckle cracking good for you?

      EPISODE 150903 / 03 SEP 2015

      What an awful sound - cracking your knuckles! Listen in to Rob and Neil to find out if it's a useful skill or just an annoying habit

    • Evolution before Darwin

      Evolution before Darwin

      EPISODE 150827 / 27 AUG 2015

      Was Charles Darwin the only man with ideas about evolution? Rob and Neil talk about someone else who discovered it first.

    • Lifts

      Lifts

      EPISODE 150820 / 20 AUG 2015

      What are the modern day dilemmas in using a lift? Rob and Neil discuss the awkwardness and irritation of being in one

    • Compulsory voting

      Compulsory voting

      EPISODE 150813 / 13 AUG 2015

      Should young people be made to vote in elections or should we choose? We discuss the ideas behind compulsory voting

    • Chins

      Chins

      EPISODE 150806 / 08 AUG 2015

      What do we need our chins for? Rob and Neil discuss how we got them and what our chins say about us

    • Why do gibbons sing duets?

      Why do gibbons sing duets?

      EPISODE 150730 / 30 JUL 2015

      Why do gibbons sing duets and what has this got to do with the evolution of the human language?

    • Are models too skinny?

      Are models too skinny?

      EPISODE 150723 / 23 JUL 2015

      Skinny models: What does the law say about walking the catwalk?

    • Is a game just a game?

      Is a game just a game?

      EPISODE 150716 / 16 JUL 2015

      The dangers of computer games. How good are they for our health?

    • The wonder of blood

      The wonder of blood

      EPISODE 150709 / 09 JUL 2015

      It's amazing! What part of our body have scientists discovered can heal and help us?

    • Why did Singapore ban gum?

      Why did Singapore ban gum?

      EPISODE 150702 / 02 JUL 2015

      Do you chew gum and what do you do with it when you've finished? Listen to Rob and Finn discussing the history and chemical properties of gum and why it's messing up our streets whilst explaining some related vocabulary

    • Food banks

      Food banks

      EPISODE 150625 / 25 JUN 2015

      Food banks provide food to people in the UK who can't afford to buy their own. Rob and Finn discuss this how they work and how they help many of the country's poorest

    • The teenage brain

      The teenage brain

      EPISODE 150618 / 18 JUN 2015

      Listen to Neil and Rob discussing mood swings, risk taking, and why people make fun of teenagers, while they also explore some related vocabulary.

    • The Outernet

      The Outernet

      EPISODE 150611 / 11 JUN 2015

      How can remote parts of the world get access to the internet? Neil and Catherine discuss a new idea for spreading knowledge

    • Is aggression useful?

      Is aggression useful?

      EPISODE 150604 / 04 JUN 2015

      What makes us angry and why is aggression useful? Neil and Catherine discuss human behaviour.

    • Are beards back to stay?

      Are beards back to stay?

      EPISODE 150528 / 28 MAY 2015

      Big bushy beards have become so fashionable that there's now an art exhibition dedicated to them

    • Is a door just a door?

      Is a door just a door?

      EPISODE 150521 / 21 MAY 2015

      A London apartment block has front and back entrances for private and social housing - or so-called rich and poor doors. Does it make sense to you? Listen to a discussion whilst learning some housing-related vocabulary

    • The first space walk

      The first space walk

      EPISODE 150514 / 14 MAY 2015

      Fifty years ago, on 18 March 1965, Soviet astronaut Alexei Leonov took the first space walk. Listen to Rob and Neil describing the struggles of that ground-breaking space mission whilst explaining some related vocabulary.

    • Wireless furniture for phones

      Wireless furniture for phones

      EPISODE 150507 / 07 MAY 2015

      Furniture with built-in wireless charging technology - like a coffee table is now being sold. 'Built-in' means the technology is included as part of the table. So you just pop your phone on the table, and technology does the rest!

    • Saving China's elephants

      Saving China's elephants

      EPISODE 150430 / 30 APR 2015

      Many animals face extinction. But people are realising that they must act now to stop further losses. A scheme to save the Asian elephant in China could provide an answer.

    • Life without music

      Life without music

      EPISODE 150423 / 23 APR 2015

      How does music make you feel? Research shows that it actually influences us more than we realise - whether we're at the movies, the supermarket, or down the pub

    • The story behind coffee

      The story behind coffee

      EPISODE 150416 / 16 APR 2015

      Coffee is now the most popular drink in the world. But what about the economics and politics of coffee production? It's as complicated as getting the right flavour in your cup

    • The sun

      The sun

      EPISODE 150409 / 09 APR 2015

      Rob and Neil put on their sunglasses to find out more about this special star and teach some related vocabulary. We promise you won’t be blinded with science!

    • The three-parent baby

      The three-parent baby

      EPISODE 150402 / 02 APR 2015

      The UK has become the first country to approve legislation allowing the creation of babies with genetic material from three people. Listen to Neil and Harry’s conversation and learn some related vocabulary.

    • A threat to London's artwork?

      A threat to London's artwork?

      EPISODE 150326 / 26 MAR 2015

      What are some art galleries banning to protect their paintings? Find out with Neil and Harry

    • Human microchips

      Human microchips

      EPISODE 150319 / 19 MAR 2015

      An electronic device under your skin?! Workers in Sweden take part in experiment which allows them to get in and out of their office without a key, ID or password. Listen to Neil and Harry’s chat and learn some related vocabulary.

    • The two sides of Churchill

      The two sides of Churchill

      EPISODE 150312 / 12 MAR 2015

      This year marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death. He is known throughout the world for his role in defeating Nazi Germany but he also made mistakes. Listen to Neil and Mike’s discussion, and learn new vocabulary.

    • Poverty in a rich world

      Poverty in a rich world

      EPISODE 150305 / 05 MAR 2015

      We live in a richer world. But the gap between rich and poor is still very wide in individual countries. How to change this? Listen to Rob and Harry’s discussion, and learn some related vocabulary.

    • The cost of life-saving vaccines

      The cost of life-saving vaccines

      EPISODE 150226 / 26 FEB 2015

      The price of vaccines has escalated and some poor countries are struggling to prevent children from catching certain life-threatening diseases, says Medecins Sans Frontieres. Listen to Rob and Neil’s discussion, and learn some related vocabulary.

    • Do you fear Artificial Intelligence?

      Do you fear Artificial Intelligence?

      EPISODE 150219 / 19 FEB 2015

      Will thinking computers be the end of humans? Listen to Rob and Neil’s chat and learn some related vocabulary.

    • Should tourists go to Antarctica?

      Should tourists go to Antarctica?

      EPISODE 150212 / 12 FEB 2015

      About 37,000 tourists are expected to visit Antarctica this season. But should they be going to a region with such a sensitive environment? Listen to Rob and Neil’s conversation and learn some new vocabulary.

    • Does your CV shine?

      Does your CV shine?

      EPISODE 150205 / 05 FEB 2015

      At a time when more people compete for fewer jobs, are you sure you present your skills and abilities well to a potential employer? Listen to Rob and Neil's conversation and learn some related vocabulary.

    • Are you big on small talk?

      Are you big on small talk?

      EPISODE 150129 / 29 JAN 2015

      Going to a party where you don't know anyone? Listen to Rob and Neil's advice and learn some related vocabulary

    • Are computers making us dumb?

      Are computers making us dumb?

      EPISODE 150122 / 22 JAN 2015

      We use computers for everything nowadays. Are we forgetting our own abilities - and losing our talent? Listen to Rob and Neil's discussion, and learn some related vocabulary

    • Smokers to face one more ban

      Smokers to face one more ban

      EPISODE 150115 / 15 JAN 2015

      Smoking in cars with children might be banned in England. Listen to Neil and Rob's chat and learn some related vocabulary

    • Bullying or normal competition?

      Bullying or normal competition?

      EPISODE 150108 / 08 JAN 2015

      Is bullying just an attempt to give a bad name to what is part of human nature? Listen to Rob and Neil’s chat and learn some related vocabulary.

    • Time capsules

      Time capsules

      EPISODE 150101 / 01 JAN 2015

      What would you put in your time capsule? Listen to Rob and Neil’s chat and learn new vocabulary

    • The Christmas Truce

      The Christmas Truce

      EPISODE 141225 / 25 DEC 2014

      When enemy soldiers sang together in WW1. Listen to Rob and Finn’s chat and learn some related vocabulary.

    • 42 languages

      42 languages

      EPISODE 141218 / 18 DEC 2014

      The London school where students speak 42 different languages

    • Laughter is bad for you

      Laughter is bad for you

      EPISODE 141211 / 11 DEC 2014

      Laughter isn't always the best medicine, says research

    • Cloud of suspicion

      Cloud of suspicion

      EPISODE 141204 / 04 DEC 2014

      Are your pictures, documents and videos safe online? Listen to Rob and Finn's chat and learn new vocabulary

    • Sharing economy

      Sharing economy

      EPISODE 141127 / 27 NOV 2014

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    Court turns down bid for retrial of Hopewell case 

    Aug 23. 2019
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    The Central Administrative Court today (August 23) dismissed a request by the Transport Ministry for a retrial of the controversial case involving Hopewell (Thailand) Co Ltd. 

    The Supreme Administrative Court had ruled on March 21 that the ministry and the State Railway of Thailand must jointly repay Bt11.888 billion (US$386,978,176) to the Hong Kong-based company , following a concession dispute.

     

    Today's ruling meant that the arguments put forward by both complainants were based on factual information in past verification of contract conditions, which were not permissible under court procedural rules.

    Transport Minister Saksyam Chidchob said after the court's decision in the morning that he would seek legal counsels with the Office of Attorney General, before the six-month deadline on the repayment of the so-called "cost of stupidity" to Hopewell is due in October.

     

    Bhumjai Thai has both poorest, richest MPs with Bt5,000 in cash, Bt4.67 billion in assets

    Aug 23. 2019
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    The poorest and the richest MPs both belong to the Bhumjai Thai Party, according to an announcement by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

    The NACC on Thursday posted debt and asset statements of 414 MPs that were reported to the anti-graft body as required by the constitution.

    According to announcement by the NACC, 10 MPs informed the NACC that they have assets higher than Bt1 billion – nine are coalition MPs and one opposition MP. They are:

    1) Natee Ratchakitprakan, Bhumjai Thai party-list MP and wife of Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakan. She informed the NACC that she has Bt4.674 billion in assets broken down as Bt71.597 billion of her own assets and Bt4.6 billion in assets belonging to her husband. The two have debts of Bt177 billion.

    2) Bhumjai Thai party-list MP Anutin Charnvirakul, deputy prime minister and public health minister. He declared to the NACC that he has Bt4.248 billion of assets and debt of Bt50.255 billion. His assets include two planes worth Bt160 million and two boats worth Bt32.5 million.

    3) Phalang Pracharat party-list MP Suriya Juangroongruangkit, industry minister. He announced he has assets worth Bt2.198 billion.

    4) Democrat party-list MP Apichai Techa-ubol. He has assets worth Bt2.048 billion.

    5) Phalang Pracharat party-list MP Nataphol Teepsuwan, education minister. He has Bt1.984 billion worth of assets.

    6) Democrat party-list MP Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, deputy education minister. She has assets worth Bt1.784 billion.

    7) Bhumjai Thai party-list MP Supamas Issaraphakdee. She has Bt1.6 billion worth of assets. 

    8) Kittisak Kanasawat, Mahasarakham MP of opposition Pheu Thai Party. He has assets worth Bt1.529 billion.

    9) Democrat party-list MP Korn Chatikavanij. He has assets worth Bt1.09 billion worth of assets.

    10) Chart Pattana party-list MP Thewan Liptapanlop. He declared he has Bt1.03 billion worth of assets.

    Phisanu Polthee, Bhumjai Thai MP from Pathum Thani, declared that he has only Bt5,064 in his Kasikorn bank account as his only assets. He declared that he stays with his mother and he is borrowing a car from his friend to use.

    Another interesting declaration was made by Thammanas Phromphao, deputy agriculture minister and Phalang Prachrat’s MP for Phayao. He declared the assets of two wives and became the first political officer holder to declare assets of more than one wife. The new anti-graft law requires political office holders to declare assets of spouses with whom they have not registered marriage legally as well.

    Thammanas declared that he and two wives have assets worth Bt859 million and debt of Bt79.26 million. His own assets are Bt644.92 million worth, his first wife, Arisara Phromphao has B189.95 million worth of assets and his second wife, Thanaporn Sriwilart has assets worth Bt63.68 million.

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    24th Saturday, August 2019
     
     


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