The Z Hotel is in the heart of London’s West End and has comfortable accommodation in a contemporary design.
All rooms include handcrafted beds, 48-inch Samsung HD TVs with free Sky Sports and Movie channels, and free Wi-Fi. Each room also has under-bed storage for an overnight bag, and wall-mounted hanging space for clothing. The Z Hotel also offers wheelchair accessible rooms.
Continental breakfast is served in The Z Cafe every morning, including smoked salmon, fresh bread, fresh fruit salad and bacon rolls. A selection of salads, sandwiches and hot dishes are on offer throughout the day.
The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Prince of Wales Theatre and Chinatown London, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. Heathrow Airport can be reached directly from Piccadilly Circus Underground Station.
This is our guests，favorite part of London, according to independent reviews. This area is also great for shopping, with popular brands nearby: Apple, H&M, Zara, Burberry and Chanel.
The Z Hotel is rated for the best value in London! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other hotels in this city. Come and stay with us!
Most popular facilities:
◆ Luggage storage ◆ Heating ◆ Free Wi-Fi ◆ Air conditioning
◆ 24-hour front desk ◆ Daily maid service ◆ Parking ◆ Lift
Good Breakfast ￡ 9.50
Good Breakfast ￡ 9.50
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1.When staying in this hotel, you will enjoy all of the following EXCEPT ________.
A. free Wi-FiB. a TV with some free channels
C. under-bed storage spaceD. airport pick-up service
2.If a man in a wheelchair wants to stay in this hotel for two nights, he should pay ________.
A. ￡ 404B. ￡ 358
C. ￡ 438D. ￡ 370
3.From the passage we can learn ________.
A. the hotel is close to Heathrow Airport
B. the hotel is good value for guests’ money
C. the hotel serves Chinese-style breakfast
D. there is a shop with popular brands in the hotel
Dream in Heart
On the first day of school our professor introduced a new classmate—a wrinkled little old lady—to us. Her name was Rose, and she was eighty-seven years old.
After class Rose and I walked to the Student Union Building and shared a chocolate milk-shake. She told me she always dreamed of having a college education and now she was getting one. We became instant friends. Every day for the following months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always attracted, listening to this “ time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Rose became famous and easily made friends wherever she went. She tended to be highly motivated,responsible, and deeply involved in class participation. In spare time she had someone hang out or go to bars with. She even participated in some form of athletic activity. She said that extra-curricular activities can form a vital part of her experience, creating unique chances for friendship and learning.
At the end of the term we invited Rose to speak at our football meal. A little embarrassed, she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “ I’ m sorry I’ m so nervous.” As we laughed, she cleared her throat and began, “ We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you’ re nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year, you will turn twenty. If I’ m eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year, I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. It’ s non-optional but that doesn’ t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the chance in change. In this way the elderly don’ t have regrets for what they did, but rather for things they did not do.” Rose concluded her speech by courageously singing “ The Rose” . She challenged us to study the words of the song and lived them out in daily lives.
At the year’ s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in honor of the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’ s never too late to be all you can possibly be.
1.Why does the author compare Rose to “ time machine” in Paragraph 2
A. To stress her old age and knowledge of life.
B. To describe the close friendship between them.
C. To show that she always enjoyed her active life.
D. To explain why she took on a challenge in college.
2.Rose was invited to speak at the football meal most probably because ______.
A. she was a great football fan
B. she was the smartest student
C. she tried hard to achieve her dream
D. she became more educated than the others
3.We can learn that Rose agreed with the idea that ______.
A. growing older means growing up
B. it takes talent and ability to grow up
C. receiving high education helps to be courageous
D. one grows older at the same time when he grows up
4.The passage is intended to ______.
A. provide an example for the elderly B. discuss how to grow up quickly
C. tell the importance of attending college D. inspire the readers to live up to lives
A new restaurant in Indonesia is on a mission (使命) to support locals trapped in poverty, many of whom are earning less than $25 a month, by providing them with an alternative way to pay for their food.
The Methane Gas Canteen, run by husband and wife team Sarimin and Suyatmi, is located in an unexpected place for an eatery — Jatibarang Landfill. The landfill is a mountain of purifying waste, where poor locals spend their days collecting plastic and glass to sell. Meanwhile, the couple, who spent 40 years collecting waste before opening the restaurant, is busy cooking.
What makes the restaurant unusual, aside from its location, is that no cash is required to pay for meals. Poor people have the option to pay for their food with recyclable waste instead of cash. Sarimin weighs the plastic customers bring in, calculates its worth, and then deduct that value from the cost of the meal, giving any extra value back to the customer. The scheme is part of the community’s solution to reduce waste in the landfill and recycle non-degradable plastics.
“I think we recycle 1 tonne of plastic waste a day, which is a lot. This way, the plastic waste doesn’t pile up, drift down the river and cause flooding,” said Saimin. “It benefits everyone.”
The restaurant seats about 30 people and serves meals that cost between $0.40 and $0.80 each. Since opening the canteen Sarimin and Suyatmi have seen their daily income more than double to $15 a day.
“I’m happy to see our customers enjoying their meals,” Sarimin told NHK World. “The poor must also have the right to enjoy healthy eating. I want to give them that chance as much as possible.”
1.What do we know about Jatibarang Landfill
A. It is a good place for people to eat meals
B. It is a place where locals collect plastic and glass to sell
C. It is a mountain which attracts many tourists
D. It is a modem plastic recycling plant.
2.What makes the Methane Gas Canteen different
A. Its location and the way to pay for meals.
B. The delicious food and the kind-hearted owner.
C. Its location and those strange customers.
D. Its customers and the way to pay for meal.
3.What does the underlined word mean
A. IncreaseB. Replace
C. RemoveD. Equal
4.Which of the following is NOT true
A. Sarimin and Suyatmi recycle plastic waste only to make money.
B. The plastic waste may cause flooding.
C. The restaurant seats around 30 people at present.
D. Sarimin and Suyatmi have seen an increase in their income.
Technology offers conveniences such as opening the garage door from your car or changing the television station without touching the TV.
Now one American company is offering its employees a new convenience: a microchip implanted (植入) in their hands. Employees who have these chips can do all kinds of things just by waving their hands. Three Square Market is offering to implant microchips in all of their employees for free. Each chip costs $300 and Three Square Market will pay for the chip. Employees can volunteer to have the chips implanted in their hands. About 50 out of 80 employees have chosen to do so. The president of the company, his wife and their children are also getting chips implanted in their hands.
The chip is about the size of a grain of rice. Implanting the chip only takes about a second and is said to hurt only very briefly. The chips go under the skin between the thumb and forefinger. With a chip in the hand, a person can enter the office building, buy food, sign into computers and more, simply by waving that hand near a scanner. The chips will be also used to identify employees. Employees who want convenience, but do not want to have a microchip implanted under their skin, can wear a wristband (腕带) or a ring with a chip instead. They can perform the same tasks with a wave of their hands as if they had an implanted chip.
Three Square Market is the first company in the United States to offer to implant chips in its employees. Epicenter, a company in Sweden, has been implanting chips in its employees for a while.
Three Square Market says the chip cannot track the employees. The company says scanners can read the chips only when they are within a few inches of them. “The chips protect against identity theft, similar, to credit cards.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the chips back in 20xx，so they should be safe for humans, according to the company.
In the future, people with the chips may be able to do more with them, even outside the office. Todd Westby is Chief Executive Officer of Three Square Market. He says, “Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”
1.What is the third paragraph mainly about
A. The substitutes of the chips.
B. The advantages of the chips.
C. The places to implant the chips.
D. The potential risks of implanting the chips.
2.What does the underlined word “them” in Paragraph 5 refer to
A. the handsB. the employees
C. the scannersD. the credit cards
3.We can infer that ________.
A. the chips have magic powers
B. the chips are very popular among the employees
C. the price of the chips is reasonable
D. most people suspect the application of the chips
4.Which of the following best describes Todd Westby’s attitude towards the chips
A. Defensive.B. Disappointing.
C. Optimistic.D. Casual.
When we were kids, if our parents wanted us to stop the screen time, they would turn off the TV. 1. They grab the cell phone, the tablet or the laptop. Here we will talk about how to control their screen time.
First, limit the time they use screens. 2. Kids are smart. Once you go back to your daily routine, they will quickly be back on a screen. Because they just don’t understand that when you tell them to get off the tablet or computer, you mean for the rest of the day.
3. It can be going outside to play, reading a fun book or cleaning their room. Presenting them with an alternative helps the under-developed planning part of their little brains get past what they can’t do and see what else is possible.
And third, hide the screen device. That one may not seem very fair. 4. If they don’t see the device around the house, they can’t grab it. This way, works for us adult-types who may be a little too addicted to screens ourselves.
Ultimately, the best way to help kids recognize how much is too much screen time is to limit our own. Yeah, you may have to stare at one all day for your job, but do you really have to come home and immediately turn on the TV or answer that email on your phone Don’t think your kids aren’t taking excuses from your actions. 5.
A. Second, give them an alternative.
B. So, it’s necessary to set a limited time.
C. It may seem easy, but it can be challenging.
D. Now, kids often have a choice of which screen they want.
E. They watch you just as closely as they watch those screens.
F. Now go to find a screen and turn it off, for you and for your kids.
G. But the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” actually works sometimes.
As I sat motionless on the steps of the pool, watching everyone else swim back and forth, I realized that I had spent most of my life watching others enjoy themselves. It was then that I _______ a little girl staring at me with a look of confusion. I smiled at her, hoping to _______ the ice by talking to her. Unfortunately, my _______ failed and she just kept on staring. My _______ increased as a little boy swam up to me and said, “I feel sorry for you.”
After the _______, a thought struck me, I had to change _______ the world viewed me. Because it was children who stared at me the most, I decided to write a children’s book that taught them about _______ in a fun way. This is when KatGirl, a super hero in a _______ who helps children that are being bullied, came into my mind.
I quickly _______ inside my apartment and began creating the story. As I wrote each word, I could ________ my future as a world-renowned author and public speaker. My excitement ________ like wildfire. Over the next two years, the story ________ many changes before it saw the world in the spring of 20xx. My perseverance ________ paid off.
One day I was invited to speak to the students at a neighboring school. I confidently wheeled into a classroom filled with students who ________ at me just like the little girl in the pool. “How do you feel when you see me ” I asked them. The kids bravely ________ “ I feel sorry for you.”
I opened my book and started reading. Immediately I noticed the children’s stares turned to ________. “ How do you feel when you see me ” I asked again. Without ________ they replied, “You are so cool! Does your ________ fly too ” I just smiled, “No, not yet, but maybe some day.” I knew in my heart that this was ________. The past two years had proven to me that with ________ anything is possible.
1.A. suggestedB. noticedC. watchedD. appreciated
2.A. forgetB. breakC. removeD. deliver
3.A. projectB. angerC. adviceD. attempt
4.A. reliefB. curiosityC. awkwardnessD. encouragement
5.A. encounterB. competitionC. argumentD. interview
6.A. howB. whatC. whenD. why
7.A. disabilitiesB. potentialsC. paintingsD. manners
8.A. poolB. carC. wheelchairD. spaceship
9.A. walkedB. wheeledC. rushedD. raced
10.A. regardB. realizeC. pictureD. consider
11.A. foldedB. recoveredC. spreadD. declined
12.A. turned downB. went throughC. looked upD. got around
13.A. generallyB. carefullyC. separatelyD. eventually
14.A. calledB. staredC. glimpsedD. laughed
15.A. greetedB. agreedC. continuedD. responded
16.A. smilesB. doubtsC. jokesD. tears
17.A. hesitationB. discussionC. intentionD. imagination
18.A. bodyB. chairC. dreamD. book
19.A. funnyB. strangeC. trueD. false
20.A. generosityB. popularityC. harmonyD. determination
One of China’s largest hanfu-themed 1. (event), the annual Hanfu Cultural Festival in Xitangancient town, East China’s Zhejiang Province. 2. (hold) from October 28 to 31 last year. According to statistics from the organizer, 157,326 visitors attended 3. festival, many of 4. were hanfu-wearing enthusiasts, called “tongpao”.
5. (original) from the collection of ancient Chinese Poetry Book of Songs, the word tongpao is-now used to describe whoever appreciates 6. (tradition) Han Chinese clothing. 7. (forbid) during China’s last feudal (封建的) dynasty，the Qing Dynasty, hanfu clothing has been little known 8. the public for many decades.
Nowadays, hanfu is making a comeback.Tongpao has risen in number over the past 15 years 9. a worker in Central China’s Henan Province named Wang Letian made a hanfu-style suit and wore 10. in public in 20xx.
I really appreciate that you have been paying close attention to the Calligraphy Contest. I’m writing provide you with some relevant informations.
Aimed at encouraging us to learn traditional culture but attach great importance to handwriting, the Calligraphy Contest of our school enjoying a huge success. A large number of students and even some teachers took an active part in it, which the participants handed in our satisfying works which were later graded by Calligraphy masters. And then the excellently ones were exhibited to the public. As far as I’m concern, this kind of activity benefit us a lot. Calligraphy is very meaningful and gives us peace of mind as well.
The contest will also be held the next year. You’ re welcome to enter for it, too.
参考词汇：赛艇 — rowing boat 龙舟 — dragon boat