Interview with a Brazilian cotton farmer

Posted by Joseph On December - 16 - 2013

Brazilian Cotton FarmCotton is a soft fibre that grows from the seeds of the cotton plant. The fibre is long and thin, like hair. After the cotton fibre is gathered from the plant, it can be made into thread. The cotton thread can then be made into cloth. The cloth can be used to make clothes for people and many other things. Cotton clothing is very nice to wear, especially in hot weather, and is easy to move around in.
Brazilian Cotton FarmThere are different types of cotton plants. Some cotton plants grow wild in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. This is how cotton was discovered many years ago. Most of the cotton gathered to make cloth comes from crops grown on cotton farms. Cotton farms can be found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Americas. All parts of cotton plants are useful.
Harvesting the cotton.

Cotton is a natural fibre harvested from the cotton plant. Cotton is one of the oldest fibres with traces of cotton over 7,000 years old recovered from archaeological sites. Cotton is also one of the most used natural fibres in existence today, with people everywhere wearing and using cotton for various purposes. Millions of acres globally are used to produce cotton, whether it be new world cotton, with longer, smoother fibres, or the shorter and coarser old world varieties.

In our second Planet Money T-shirt podcast we hear the interesting story of a Brazilian cotton farmer called Pedro.

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A Very Special T-Shirt

Posted by Thomas On November - 27 - 2013


Planet Money T-shirtPlanet Money is a joint project of National Public Radio (NPR) in the USA and This American Life, the Chicago weekly public radio show which focuses on coverage of the global economy.

Planet Money is making a very special t-shirt, unlike any other.  It’s a t-shirt that can tell you the story of its own creation.

Almost every single t-shirt out there is the result of a complicated global journey. We will follow NPR on that journey. We’ll research the people who grow the cotton, spin the yarn, and cut and sew the fabric. We have ordered a t-shirt and we will follow the cargo ships that bring our t-shirt from factories in Bangladesh and Colombia to ports in the USA and on to Ireland.  We’ll also examine the crazy tangle of international regulations which govern the t-shirt trade the whole way. Click the play button below to listen to our first t-shirt podcast.


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The Halloween Game

Posted by Jamie On October - 25 - 2013

From each end of the globe they came,
Ghosts and vampires of every name.
“She won’t be here” they all exclaim,
All afraid she’d play a good game.

“Start it up” said the ghosts in a terrible rush
“before she comes on that top-speed brush”.
No sooner than said they heard the loud whoosh
She flew over a pumpkin and turned it to mush.

“Ye started without me” she said with a cackle
“were ye hoping I wouldn’t be here for the tackle?”
Straight away she started to play
“that nasty old witch” you could hear them all say.

With a dip and a dive she gave the ref a high five
“It’s funny playing a game and not one player alive”,
“Just as well” said the ref
“They’d never survive”.

The witch took a kick; they thought it was wide
but according to squawkeye it was just inside.
The vampires took revenge and sent it in quick
and over the bar it went with a flick.

With a whoosh of the broom she lifted the ball
“not fair” said the ghosts “that was our call”
but the witch pretended not to see him at all
“don’t worry” said the ref “the score is one all”.

With a sprinkle of magic from that terrible stick
“Over the bar “said the witch and not even a kick.
The ghosts were all pale, “not another fail”
but the witch sent them spinning “I’m here for the winning”,
”off the post” said the ref, “it’s not over the line,”
“ok” said the witch but “the next one is mine”.

Once again that stick she pulled from her pocket,
“I dare any of you to try and block it”.
“He he” said the witch “that’s three to me”,
The ghosts just gave in and said “you’re so mean”,
said she “same time and place next year and I promise to play clean…..he he he”.

My Halloween Picture

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Halloween Dinner

Posted by Joseph On October - 25 - 2013

Once I went to a dinner party,
the host was a ghost,
but I only discovered that when he started to float.

I ran for the door, but it had disappeared, then a super sharp knife flew past my ear.
I ran and ran for my life,
then I discovered a witch was the ghost’s wife.

I ran again and started fallin’,
then I landed in a cauldron.
I got out, covered in gloop, then I turned into a bowl of soup.

I tottered away not knowing that,
I was being enjoyed by a cat!

By Joseph

The Haunted Castle

Halloween Dinner




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How to Cook Spaghetti

Posted by Rachel On February - 15 - 2012

I love spaghetti.

1. Put the spaghetti in a big saucepan of boiling water.
2. Make sure you haven’t put worms in by mistake!
3. Put the fire out and start again but don’t leave it for an hour in the pan this time.
4. Throw the burned spaghetti out to the dog.
5. Bring the dog to the vet and start again.
6. Check the spaghetti and put your hand in to taste one.
7. Put your hand under the tap, and put the spaghetti in the bin.
8. After five more tries put the spaghetti on a plate and carry the plate to the table.
9. Clean the broken plate up and the spaghetti off the floor, and start again.
10. Carry the saucepan to the table and put the spaghetti in the bowl.
11. Put a tea cloth where the saucepan has burned through the table cloth and put out the fire.
12. Eat the tiny bit of spaghetti that’s left and enjoy.
13. After you have eaten, and you are still hungry because the pack of spaghetti was  nearly gone, put some sausages in a frying pan and ONLY leave them for about four or five minutes.
14. Turn off the TV and put out the fire.
15. Start again.
16. Put some beans into the microwave for five minutes.
17. Clean up the mess from the beans which have just blown up.
18. You should have known better, start again.
19. Give your cat the burnt sausages.
20. Bring your cat to the vet, and on your way home get a take-away!!!


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