Sunday, September 23, 2012

Denis the 'cat burglar' from Luton (reading + video listening worksheet)

This is a worksheet based on the story of Denis, the 'Cat Burglar'. On the first page there´s a relevant article from the BBC News followed by a True/False exercise and a vocabulary crossword. On the second page there´s a set of comprehension questions for the students to answer after they have watched the BBC video about Denis. Finally there´s a matching exercise on some cat idioms.

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Denis the 'cat burglar' from Luton (BBC video)

Sept. 20 - A Bedfordshire cat has been stealing clothes and other items from neighbours.
Denis, a two-year-old black and white cat, has stolen underwear, shoes, shirts, paintbrushes and even a doll.
He brings them all back to his embarrassed owner Lesley Newman at her home in Luton.

Click on the picture above to watch the video. Then answer the following comprehension questions.

  1. Why is Denis a real menace?
  2. What sort of things does he steal?
  3. How many hits has his video got on YouTube?
  4. What, according to his owner, is the reason why he steals things?
  5. Where does the money from the sale of the T-shirts go?
  6. What plans does his owner have now?
REPORTER: This is Denis, who is a real menace. I couldn't work out if he was shy or maybe the feline felon was just trying to stay one step ahead of the law because Denis has been stealing stuff from his neighbours and this is the CCTV footage which proves it.
MRS NEWMAN: Tea towel, bath sponge, car sponge, towel, another tea towel, a Fred Perry T-shirt...
REPORTER: You name it, Denis, a two-year-old rescue cat will nick it. Socks, pants, footballs, anything he can get his paws on. The CCTV footage of the cat kleptomaniac returning home with the stolen goods is fast becoming an internet sensation with 385.000 hits on YouTube. Why did he do it?
MRS NEWMAN: Some people say it's because he's never been taught how to hunt. Well, I think it's because he likes me.
REPORTER: He wants to bring you things.
MRS NEWMAN: That's how I take it.
REPORTER: Denis has his facebook page, would you believe? And there's even a 'Denis stole my pants' T-shirt, which you can buy to help raise money for Bedfordshire Homeless Cat Rescue Centre.
He has become a bit of a celebrity now. How is he coping with his celebrity?
MRS NEWMAN: We try to keep a lot of it from him. Don't want to be too much of these... It could have gone to his head a little bit... I'm not sure. I think he's his own cat, he likes his own thing.
REPORTER: Owner Lesley is now in talks with a local author about a children's story book based on Denis' life. Surely a Hollywood film can't be far away.

A cat burglar is a thief who climbs up the outside of a building in order to enter it and steal something
A feline is a cat or other member of the cat family.
A felon is someone who has committed a serious crime such as murder or robbery.
When you are one step ahead of the law, you manage to avoid being caught by the police. e.g. So far the killer has managed to stay one step ahead of the police/law.
When someone nicks something, he steals it (British slang). e.g. I nicked a couple of cars when I was younger.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Steve Gustafson, Florida Grandfather, Wrestles With Alligator To Save Dog (video)

Sept. 19 - A grandfather wrestled a 130-pound alligator to save his beloved dog, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (Read more about this story here and here.)


Watch the video and answer the questions.
  1. What was the man doing when he heard his dog, Bounce, yelp (give a sudden cry of pain)?
  2. Where was the alligator taking her?
  3. What was the man's reaction?
  4. What did the gator do when the man pushed back towards the shore?
  5. What did the man do when the alligator snapped (tried to bite him) a second time?
  6. Why couldn't Bounce make it to the shore?
  7. Why did the man let the gator loose?
I was trimming the tree here in my back yard and I heard Bounce yelp and I looked down and the gator was taking her out into the pond and without thinking I just said "You're not gonna get her!" And I took off down the hill, did a belly flop onto the top of the alligator, got a hold of the alligator's back left leg, got her tail underneath my right arm, and then we were all under water but I was able to get my feet underneath me and since we were only in three feet of water, I just did a big push back towards the shore and when I did that, the gator let go of Bounce and came around and bit me, but he didn't hang on, he just snapped, and when he snapped a second time, I got him with his mouth closed, pushed his head down at the bottom of the pond and now I had his head at the bottom of the pond and his left leg in my left hand and I had the alligator. And so I'm yelling at Bounce to come in and she can't make it cause she's got water in her lungs and she's exhausted so I let the gator loose and the gator took off and I grabbed Bounce and came up here on the shore.

A Glimpse of Nature (6882602007).jpg

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