Australia is the world’s _____(1)_____ island and its _____(2)_____ continent.
Its area is about _____(3)_____ that of the United States ( without Alaska ).
Hundreds of years ago there _____(4)_____ stories about a large continent in
the Southern Hemisphere. But no one could say what it was _____(5)_____ and
whether it was inhabited. People called this land “terra australis incognita”,
or “the unknown southern land”.
The Dutch were the first Europeans to visit Australia. They discovered it while
they _____(6)_____ their journeys to the island of Java, a Dutch
colony _____(7)_____ Southeast Asia.
When the Dutch _____(8)_____ themselves on the West coast of Australia, they
gave the name New Holland to this western part of the continent.
In 1770 the English captain James Cook discovered the east coast of Australia.
In 1778 the first English colony was established in what later became the city
_____(9)_____ a really big waterfall? At the Victoria Falls the blue Zambezi river,
about two kilometers wide, _____(10)_____ down for over a hundred metres.
These falls _____(11)_____ by an explorer called David Livingstone in1855.
He _____(12)_____ to follow the Zambezi river to its mouth in a small boat when he
came to the Falls. At first he _____(13)_____ the great waterfall from his boat. But
the noise of the falling water made him stop at an island in the river and
he _____(14)_____.He called it “Livingstone Island”.
Nowadays _____(15)_____ a road and a railway bridge _____(16)_____ the river, but
in those days it was very difficult even to walk near the Falls _____(17)_____ the
thick tropical jungle.
You can see _____(18)_____ of the Falls and a picture of David Livingstone on the
Oliver Burr went back to school last week with a story to tell about his holidays.
At 13, he _____(19)_____ a new world record as the youngest Briton ever _____(20)_____
Matterhorn, a giant 4,478 m ice-capped mountain in _____(21)_____. He was _____(22)_____
than the usual minimum age for even _____(23)_____ the climb.
«The climb was very hard work», says Oliver. «Several times I felt _____(24)_____
giving up. We started walking up the mountain at 4 am. It was totally dark for an
hour _____(25)_____ I was quite scared, but then the sun came up, and that was fantastic.
It took a long time but I liked that best. When we got to the top, we could see the
other mountains. It was _____(26)_____».
«When he came back down again, he _____(27)_____ like a hero,» says his father, who
made the climb with him. His Mum stayed at home and wasn’t quite as enthusiastic. «I
didn’t really want him _____(28)_____ it», she says. «I felt very nervous and was glad
when he was back home. It was a dangerous mountain to climb – perhaps he
could _____(29)_____ something smaller. But if his father _____(30)_____ by his side, I
wouldn’t have allowed him to do it by any means.» Not a chance. Next year Oliver is going
to try an even a bigger climb.
A lawyer and a blonde are sitting next _____(31)_____ at the bar. The lawyer leans over
to her and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde, drunk and dozing, just wants
to take a nap, so she politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.
The lawyer persists and explains that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. He explains:
«I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me , and visa-versa.” Again
she politely declines and tries to get some sleep. The lawyer, now somewhat agitated , says.
“Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me , and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay
you », figuring that _____(32)_____ she is a blonde he will easily win the match. This catches
the blonde’s attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment _____(33)_____ she
pays, she agrees to the game.
The lawyer asks the first question; «What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?» The
blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a five-dollar bill and hands it
to the lawyer. Now it’s the blonde’s _____(34)_____ She asks the lawyer: «What goes up a hill
with three legs and comes down with four?»
The lawyer looks at her with a puzzled look. He takes out his lap-top computer and searches
all his references. He taps into the digital cellphone via infra-red wireless connection to
his modem port and searches the Net and the Library of Congress. _____(35)_____ , he sends
E-mails to all his co-workers, friends, clients and suppliers _____(36)_____ he knows. All to
no avail. After over an hour he wakes the blonde and hands her .The blonde politely takes the
and turns away to get back to sleep.
The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks: «Well, so what is
the answer?» Without a word the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer and goes back