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Published by: Ai Melani on Sep 19, 2012
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Robot Birds
Liverpool city council want to clear the city of fat pigeons. They say that that people are feedingthe birds, which makes them fat. The pigeons get bigger because their normal diet would consistof seeds and insects, not high-fat junk food they are eating in the city centre.The council want people to know that everyone who feeds the pigeons is responsible for thestreets being so crowded with these birds. They hope to encourage the birds to move away fromthe city centre and into parks and open spaces.Ten robotic birds have been brought into the city centre to scare the pigeons away and visitorsare asked not to give the pigeons any food. The mechanical birds - known as 'robops' - will sit onthe roofs of buildings. They can be moved around to different locations. They look like aperegrine falcon, which is a bird that kills pigeons. They even make noises and flap their wingsto scare the pigeons. They hope that the pigeons will go away before the city becomes theEuropean Capital of Culture in two years.
- Pigeons are fatter in Liverpool than in other cities.RightWrongDoesn't say
- Pigeons get fat because they eat seeds and insects.RightWrongDoesn't say
- According to the council, everyone is to blame for the numbers of pigeons.RightWrongDoesn't say
- They want the pigeons to move out of the city centre.RightWrongDoesn't say
- Visitors shouldn't feed the pigeons.
RightWrongDoesn't say
- The robotic birds can move around the city centre.RightWrongDoesn't say
- Liverpool is the European Capital of Culture.RightWrongDoesn't say
Dirty Britain
Before the grass has thickened on the roadside verges and leaves have started growing on thetrees is a perfect time to look around and see just how dirty Britain has become. The pavementsare stained with chewing gum that has been spat out and the gutters are full of discarded fastfood cartons. Years ago I remember travelling abroad and being saddened by the plastic bags,discarded bottles and soiled nappies at the edge of every road. Nowadays, Britain seems to look at least as bad. What hasgone wrong?The problem is that the rubbish created by our increasingly mobile lives lasts a lot longer thanbefore. If it is not cleared up and properly thrown away, it stays in the undergrowth for years; asemi-permanent reminder of what a tatty little country we have now.Firstly, it is estimated that 10 billion plastic bags have been given to shoppers. These will takeanything from 100 to 1,000 years to rot. However, it is not as if there is no solution to this. A fewyears ago, the Irish government introduced a tax on non-recyclable carrier bags and in threemonths reduced their use by 90%. When he was a minister, Michael Meacher attempted tointroduce a similar arrangement in Britain. The plastics industry protested, of course. However,they need not have bothered; the idea was killed before it could draw breath, leavingsupermarkets free to give away plastic bags.What is clearly necessary right now is some sort of combined initiative, both individual andcollective, before it is too late. The alternative is to continue sliding downhill until we have acountry that looks like a vast municipal rubbish tip. We may well be at the tipping point. Yet we
know that people respond to their environment. If things around them are clean and tidy, peoplebehave cleanly and tidily. If they are surrounded by squalor, they behave squalidly. Now, muchof Britain looks pretty squalid. What will it look like in five years?
- The writer says that it is a good time to see Britain before the trees have leaves becauseBritain looks perfect.you can see Britain at its dirtiest.you can see how dirty Britain is now.the grass has thickened on the verges.
- According to the writer, things used to beworse abroad.the same abroad.better abroad.worse, but now things are better abroad.
- For the writer, the problem is thatrubbish is not cleared up.rubbish last longer than it used to.our society is increasingly mobile.Britain is a tatty country.
- Michael Meacherfollowed the Irish example with a tax on plastic bags.tried to follow the Irish example with a tax on plastic bags.made no attempt to follow the Irish example with a tax on plastic bags.had problems with the plastics industry who weren't bothered about the tax.
- The writer thinksit is too late to do anything.we are at the tipping point.there is no alternative.we need to work together to solve the problem.
- The writer thinks thatpeople are squalid.people behave according to what they see around them.

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