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Stonehenge tunnel
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The mysterious, prehistoric site of Stonehenge.

It's captured the imagination of British people for centuries. Even today it's the place to go for tourists and druids.

Now, there are controversial plans to build a tunnel under the Stonehenge area. It's part of a big scheme to ease congestion.

The International Council on Monuments and Sites said it wants a solution that respects the value of this "unique" site.

Vocabulary

prehistoric
describes the time before history was written down

captured the imagination
made people interested (in something)

druids
priests of an ancient religion followed in Britain, France and Ireland

controversial
(here) causing disagreement

to ease
to make a problem less severe or difficult 

To do

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports. Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

prehistoric / captured the imagination / druids / controversial / to ease

1. But there is something about Mars, in particular, that has always _________.

Through a small telescope, dark patches can be seen against the Red Planet's disc. Mars is a dusty world, and right up until the start of the space age it was believed that these were patches of vegetation.

2. Mrs Marshall, 97, from Bradford, has suffered from arthritis for more than 10 years.

She used to take pain killers daily _________ the pain, but last summer her pain killers seemed to lose their effect.

3. US customs agents say they have seized eight tonnes of _________ fossils - including dinosaur eggs - which they suspect were smuggled from Argentina.

4. Scores of _________ have celebrated the summer solstice at an ancient stone circle despite a recent vandal attack.

5. An exhibition featuring the work of the _________ artist Allen Jones RA is opening in the Royal Academy of Arts on Thursday.

One of the reasons why Mr Jones's art work is famous is because some have labelled it as morally repugnant in its objectification of women.

Answers

1. But there is something about Mars, in particular, that has always captured the imagination.

Through a small telescope, dark patches can be seen against the Red Planet's disc. Mars is a dusty world, and right up until the start of the space age it was believed that these were patches of vegetation.

See story

2. Mrs Marshall, 97, from Bradford, has suffered from arthritis for more than 10 years.

She used to take pain killers daily to ease the pain, but last summer her pain killers seemed to lose their effect.

See story

3. US customs agents say they have seized eight tonnes of prehistoric fossils - including dinosaur eggs - which they suspect were smuggled from Argentina.

See story

4. Scores of druids have celebrated the summer solstice at an ancient stone circle despite a recent vandal attack.

See story

5. An exhibition featuring the work of the controversial artist Allen Jones RA is opening in the Royal Academy of Arts on Thursday.

One of the reasons why Mr Jones's art work is famous is because some have labelled it as morally repugnant in its objectification of women.

Direct link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-141203

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