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The London Eye, a must-see London attraction


If you are planning your tour in London, without any doubt the London Eye is a must-see attraction.  It is a great way to see panoramic views of London and make stunning pictures. It is situated on the South bank of the river Thames and is 135 meters tall. It was opened to the public in 2000.

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The London Eye, 2017

10 things you might want to know about the London Eye

1. The London Eye is not a Ferris wheel. It’s the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel.

2. On average more tourists visit the London Eye per year than the Great Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt and the Taj Mahal, an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.

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The Taj Mahal, India

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The Pyramid of Giza, Egypt














3. The London Eye can carry as many people during one rotation as 11 London red double-deckers busses. That means that 800 people can ride this attraction at the same time!

4. Kate Moss, the British supermodel and actress has set a record for a UK celebrity visiting the London Eye 25 times.

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Kate Moss, a British supermodel and actress


5. There are 32 capsules on the London Eye which represent 32 London boroughs ( /ˈbʌrə/ — a town or part of a city) and each one weighs as much as 1,052,632 pound coins.

6. In spite of the fact that there are 32 capsules all in all, for superstitious reasons they have numbers from 1 to 33. There is no capsule with number 13 on the wheel to avoid bad luck.

7. Capsules travel at a very slow speed which is only 26 cm per second which is twice as fast as a tortoise sprinting.

8. When the weather is fine, you can see up to 40 kilometers in all directions from the top of the London Eye and that is as far as Windsor Castle.

9. In December 2005 the London Eye was lit pink during the first Civil Partnership celebration that was performed on the wheel. Dave Cook, 36 and James Wright, 30, from Clapham, exchanged their vows on the London Eye.

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The London Eye lit in pink


10. The London Eye had a predecessor /ˈpriːdɪˌsesə/ предшественник, the Great Wheel, which was built at Earl’s Court, London for the Empire of India Exhibition. It was opened to the public in on 17 July 1895. It was 94 meters tall and 82.3 meters in diameter. It stayed in service until 1906.

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The Great Wheel, London, 1906

 Happy travelling!

Academy Island Game


Hello, game fans!
Have you ever thought that learning English can be fun?!
Try this Academy Island Game provided by Cambridge Essessment English and you'll see how enjoyable English could be.
The main character of the game is an unknown alien who land on earth. His aim is to learn English to communicate with earthlings in different social situations.
Players of Academy Island have to progress through different difficulty levels by helping the alien use English in a range of situations such as shopping in a bakery and visiting places such as an art gallery and library.
The game is designed to help learners improve their English language ability in a fun way.

How to start playing the game

At the bottom left corner you can find the main MENU of the game:

  • PLAY GAME button
  • HOW TO PLAY button
  • LEADERBOARD button
  • SEND TO A FRIEND button

If you press HOW TO PLAY button, you'll find all the instructions which are

  • Use the mouse to guide the alien around the islands
  • Talk to the people you meet
  • Enter the buildings
  • Answer questions to get points
  • Collect scrolls to get extra points

Also you can share this game with your friends. For this press SEND TO A FRIEND button and enter your friend's e-mail. That's it!

Enjoy playing!