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  • 23%

    Having a highly demanding job, but little control over it, could be a deadly combination, UK researchers say. They analysed 13 existing European studies covering nearly 200,000 people and found "job strain" was linked to a 23% increased risk of heart attacks and deaths from coronary heart disease. The risk to the heart was much smaller than for smoking or not exercising, the Lancet medical journal report said. The British Heart Foundation said how people reacted to work stress was key.

    highly demanding/très exigeant – deadly/mortel – strain/surmenage, stress – to link/lier, associer – increased/accru – disease/maladie – key/capital, crucial

    Publié le 20/11/2012

  • 55

    55 English beaches have met tough new EU standards to receive Blue Flag awards, recognising their high standards and water quality. A report released by the European Environment Agency revealed that Thanet in Kent won eight awards, while the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset, and Torbay in Devon each received four awards. The 55-beach total is down from 79 in 2012, but this year beaches were subject to much tougher standards. Six per cent of English beaches and other swimming spots failed to meet the minimum EU standards. The Isle of Wight won the most awards nationwide, with a total of four Blue Flags and 13 Seaside Awards.

    to meet, met, met standards/respecter, satisfaire, répondre aux normes – tough/strict – flag/drapeau – to release/publier – swimming spot/lieu de baignade – to fail to do something/ne pas faire quelque chose

    Publié le 20/11/2012

  • 5.25 million

    Daniel Clavin of Roscommon in Ireland, woke up with hiccups after a stag do and 14 months later he still hasn’t stopped. The 37-year-old father-of-two makes an annoying hic virtually every seven seconds meaning he has done an estimated 5.25 million hiccups since July last year. The problem is so bad he sometimes passes out or stays awake all night. The "synchronous diaphragmatic flutter" has meant many nights in the spare room so wife Susan can sleep. Daniel said: "They’ve taken over my life. I woke up with them one morning after a stag do. I’ve no idea why they started, I’d had more to drink than for some time but nothing out of the ordinary, just the usual mix of beer and spirits."

    hiccups/hoquet - stag do/enterrement de vie de garçon - annoying/gênant, agaçant - to pass out/perdre connaissance - flutter/battement - spare room/chambre d’amis - to take, took, taken over/s’emparer de, envahir - spirits/alcool (fort)

    Publié le 20/11/2012

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