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  • Magazine – It's all been done before Introduction You can listen to a recording of this article at: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/magazine-articles/its-all-been-done This support pack contains the following materials: • a pre-reading vocabulary activity • the article that you can listen to • a comprehension activity based on the article • an activity that practises 'reference words' Before reading Activity 1 Match the words and phrases at the top to their definitions. a. achievement b. drown c. fair enough d. fed up e. headline f. land g. melt h. navy i. rowing j. stuck k. think twice l. time-consuming 1. a country’s armed force operating at sea 2. bored, annoyed or disappointed 3. die by being unable to breathe underwater 4. expression used to show you understand the reason for something 5. moving a boat through water with oars 6. something difficult or good you succeed in doing 7. taking a lot of time to do 8. think very carefully about something 9. title of a newspaper story 10. to arrive after moving through the air 11. turn from a solid into a liquid 12. unable to move Read the article It's all been done before by Linda Baxter Today's amazing newspaper headline! This year I've seen headlines saying 'The youngest person to sail the Atlantic alone', 'The First family of four to walk to the South Pole youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest', 'The first wearing Mickey Mouse ears and clown's shoes. person to cross the Pacific Ocean on a windsurfing board', and 'The first people to fly No, not really. It isn't true. I invented it. But I around the world in a hot air balloon'. Why do wouldn't be surprised to see it one day soon. It they do it? Don't they have better things to do seems that every week someone becomes 'the with their time and money? And why should I be first' or 'the youngest' or 'the oldest' or even 'the interested anyway? first married couple' to do something that doesn't seem to be very useful to the rest of humanity. Human beings have already climbed the highest mountains, sailed across the oceans and flown Page 1 of 5 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a charity.
  • Magazine – It's all been done before around the world. People have already reached them up after a nine-hour rescue mission that the most remote parts of our planet. Many of cost tens of thousands of pounds. All paid for by these things were done a long, long time ago. the Chilean and British taxpayers. There just isn't anything left to explore nowadays. I suppose there's still a lot of the universe left, Talking of taxpayers, many Australians are and the bottom of the oceans is still a bit of a getting a bit fed up with record breakers. A lot of mystery, but you need a lot of technology to people trying to break sailing or rowing records explore areas like that. So, those people who feel get into trouble in the seas around Australia, so the need for adventure can only do things that the Australian navy has to send ships to save have been done before. So they have to try and them. There have been a lot of difficult, time- do it in a new way, or be 'the fastest' or 'the consuming rescue missions in recent years youngest' or 'the oldest' to do something that isn't costing the Australian government millions of really new at all. Or they can start new dollars. I suppose we can't just leave them to combinations of achievements. 'The first woman drown, but personally, I think we should give the to walk to both the North and South Poles and bill to the people who are rescued. Perhaps they skateboard down Mount Everest'. (I invented that would think twice about doing it if they had to pay one too, but I think you get the idea.). for expensive insurance premiums. Then I wouldn't have to read about them in the What is so great about climbing Mount Everest newspapers either. these days anyway? It's become a popular tourist trip. People pay thousands of dollars to be taken What do you think? Are these explorers heroes or up the mountain by the local Sherpas, who lead a danger to other people? Examples of courage the way and carry the bags. At any one time and determination which should inspire the rest of there are about a thousand people either climbing us? Or a waste of time, energy and money? up or on their way back down. As a result, Everest is covered with rubbish and the Sherpas Rahsan Yildirim writes: have to make special trips up the mountain to pick it up. The climbers are often inexperienced First of all I would like to say that I respect and when they get into trouble other people have people’s ideas and they are of course free to do to risk their lives to bring them down to safety. anything and become “the first” or “the youngest” Helicopter crews have been killed trying to reach unless they do not give trouble to other people. people who were stuck on the mountain. Honestly I could not do these kind of expeditions In May this year, a British man became the first done by record breakers: firstly I prefer to spend person to walk alone from Canada to the my money on useful things like education, to help geographic North Pole. Personally, if I wanted to people and children as much as possible or visit visit the Arctic, I'd rather go as a tourist on a different countries, histories, beauties and to see cruise ship, with a helicopter trip to the North Pole what foreign people do, what they eat, what they included in the price. But OK, this man decided believe in and how their life is thousands of that he wanted to walk. Fair enough. And I'm sure kilometers away from me. Secondly the time: I it was a difficult thing to do. The problem was that cannot spend my time just to be “the first” or “the he went in the spring, when the ice begins to melt oldest”! Furthermore look at our environment, it is and break up. So he got stuck on an isolated being destroyed slowly and I prefer to do piece of ice and a plane had to be sent in to something for our environment. This means to rescue him. It's very difficult to land a plane on me doing something for our future, for our breaking ice and the people who risked their lives children. to do it weren't very happy. They called the timing of the expedition 'a bit stupid'. What the record breakers are doing is really unnecessary nowadays: I think they just want to In January 2003 a helicopter carrying two British make their life a little enjoyable. I am also men crashed into the sea near Antarctica. I'm not absolutely against paying taxes for these kind of quite sure what they were trying to be 'the first' or reasons and I deeply support the narrator’s idea 'the youngest' to do. The Chilean navy picked that we should give the rescue expenses bill to Page 2 of 5 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a charity.
  • Magazine – It's all been done before the people who put themselves in risky situations. spent for these people who are just looking for I cannot accept that millions of dollars are being fun in their life. After reading Activity 2 Decide if the statements are true or false. 1. The headlines in the first paragraph are all invented. 2. The writer thinks that explorers nowadays are wasting their time. 3. The writer thinks that we have already explored everything on our planet 4. People have died trying to save climbers on Everest. 5. The writer thinks the man was stupid to walk to the North Pole. 6. In 2003 a British helicopter pilot died in the sea near Antarctica. 7. The writer thinks that the Australian government should refuse to rescue record breakers. 8. The writer enjoys reading about explorers who have accidents. Activity 3 In each of the questions there is/are a word/words in bold. Decide in each case what these words refer to by selecting the correct answer. 1. ‘Today's amazing newspaper headline! First family of four to walk to the South Pole wearing Mickey Mouse ears and clown's shoes. No, not really. It isn't true. I invented it.’ What does ‘it’ refer to? a. the family b. the South Pole c. the newspaper headline 2. ‘This year I've seen headlines saying 'The youngest person to sail the Atlantic alone', 'The youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest', 'The first person to cross the Pacific Ocean on a windsurfing board', and 'The first people to fly around the world in a hot air balloon'. Why do they do it?’ What does ‘they’ refer to? a. the headlines b. the first people to fly around the world c. All of the people in the examples 3. ‘There just isn't anything left to explore nowadays. I suppose there's still a lot of the universe left, and the bottom of the oceans is still a bit of a mystery, but you need a lot of technology to explore areas like that.’ What does ‘areas like that’ refer to? a. the universe b. the bottom of the oceans c. nowadays Page 3 of 5 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a charity.
  • Magazine – It's all been done before 4. ‘So, those people who feel the need for adventure can only do things that have been done before. So they have to try and do it in a new way, or be 'the fastest' or 'the youngest' or 'the oldest' to do something that isn't really new at all. Or they can start new combinations of achievements.’ What does ‘they’ refer to? a. people who feel the need for adventure b. the oldest c. achievements 5. ‘What is so great about climbing Mount Everest these days anyway? It's become a popular tourist trip.’ What does ‘it’ refer to? a. Mount Everest b. climbing Mount Everest c. climbing 6. ‘As a result, Everest is covered with rubbish and the Sherpas have to make special trips up the mountain to pick it up.’ What does ‘it’ refer to? a. Everest b. the mountain c. rubbish 7. ‘In May this year, a British man became the first person to walk alone from Canada to the geographic North Pole. Personally, if I wanted to visit the Arctic, I'd rather go as a tourist on a cruise ship, with a helicopter trip to the North Pole included in the price. But OK, this man decided that he wanted to walk.’ What does ‘this man’ refer to? a. a British man b. a tourist c. the writer 8. ‘I suppose we can't just leave them to drown, but personally, I think we should give the bill to the people who are rescued. Perhaps they would think twice about doing it if they had to pay for expensive insurance premiums. Then I wouldn't have to read about them in the newspapers either.’ What does ‘them’ refer to? a. premiums b. expensive insurance premiums c. people who are rescued Page 4 of 5 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a charity.
  • Magazine – It's all been done before Answers Activity 1 1. h; 2. d; 3. b; 4. c; 5. i; 6. a; 7. l; 8. k; 9. e; 10. f; 11. g; 12. j Activity 2 1. False; 2. True; 3. False; 4. True; 5. False; 6. False; 7. False; 8. False Activity 3 1. c; 2. c; 3. b; 4. a; 5. b; 6. c; 7. a; 8. c Page 5 of 5 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a charity.