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BBC Learning English – The world’s most exclusive travel club?

Counting only six members and boasting an initiation that takes at least a year to complete, the World Runners Club is probably the most exclusive travel club in existence By Jack Palfrey 18 August 2020 Jesper Olsen was just two days into his inaugural attempt to run around the world when he found himself on…

BBC Learning English – Freiburg Germany’s futuristic city set in a forest

This picture-perfect medieval city is celebrating its 900th anniversary, but its innovative design makes it one of the world’s most sustainable and liveable cities. By Kat Barber 16 July 2020 “900 years young” reads the bold slogan emblazoned on the side of the tram as it rattles through Freiburg im Breisgau’s historical Old Town. Celebrating…

BBC Learning English – Beirut explosion: The battle to save the city’s buildings

Photographer Joseph Khoury and architect Gabriela Cardozo spent five years documenting Ottoman and colonial-era houses that are now at risk of destruction, writes India Stoughton. By India Stoughton 21st August 2020 Five days after the enormous explosion in Beirut that killed more than 220 people and left up to 300,000 homeless, Joseph Khoury and his wife Gabriela…

BBC Learning English – Is underground farming the future of food?

A subterranean farm deep inside a South Korean subway station may unlock the secret to food sustainability. More than seven million passengers ride Seoul’s metro system every day. But since September 2019, those who descend underground at the city’s Sangdo Station and push through the ticket gate are met with an unusual site: behind a…