Dirt fighter

Cape, tights – this is a superhero in action.
Meet Mr Full Moon, always ready to keep the streets of Tokyo clean.
His weapons are the broom and the dustpan. The lonely dirt fighter is
becoming a celebrity in the area.
Like many superheroes, Mr Full Moon keeps his true identity a secret and lets his
smartphone do the talking. He wants others to follow his example.
This area is clean now. Mission accomplished. Time to sweep off.

Vocabulary:

broom
brush attached to a long handle, used for sweeping dirt from floors
dustpan
flat shovel-shaped container that rubbish from the floor is swept into
celebrity
well-known person
do the talking
explain his actions
sweep off
disappear quickly

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from
news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence
correctly.

broom / dustpan / celebrity / do the talking / sweep off

1. Grace Darling was aged 22 when she rowed out in a storm with her father
to help survivors of the SS Forfarshire, wrecked off the Farne Islands. Her
role in the rescue, on 7 September 1838, was picked up by the press, and
she became a national __________.

2. “When I moved back here, my youngest daughter was only four. Now she is
eight years old,” says Gulhumor, 33, as she binds dry twigs to make a
__________ for sweeping the courtyard of her parents’ house.

3. So that’s why we both found ourselves on TV, sitting opposite two
interpreters, signing instead of speaking, letting our hands instead of our
voice boxes __________. We believe sign language is a more reliable way
of getting our message out to an audience of millions on a topic so sensitive
and freighted with meaning, that any misunderstanding would have been
disastrous, especially with live subtitles.

4. Food left in a fridge used by patients was found to be so mouldy it was
unrecognisable and a __________ and brush was needed to clean dirt from
a window ledge in an operating theatre.

5. Having just __________ the densely-packed Arena Stage at V Festival 2014,
Metro found Ella Eyre in a surprisingly energetic mood.

Answers:

1. Grace Darling was aged 22 when she rowed out in a storm with her father to
help survivors of the SS Forfarshire, wrecked off the Farne Islands. Her role in
the rescue, on 7 September 1838, was picked up by the press, and she became
a national celebrity.

2. “When I moved back here, my youngest daughter was only four. Now she is
eight years old,” says Gulhumor, 33, as she binds dry twigs to make a  broom
for sweeping the courtyard of her parents’ house.

3. So that’s why we both found ourselves on TV, sitting opposite two interpreters,
signing instead of speaking, letting our hands instead of our voice boxes do the
talking . We believe sign language is a more reliable way of getting our message
out to an audience of millions on a topic so sensitive and freighted with meaning,
that any misunderstanding would have been disastrous, especially with live
subtitles.

4. Food left in a fridge used by patients was found to be so mouldy it was
unrecognisable and a dustpan and brush was needed to clean dirt from a
window ledge in an operating theatre.

5. Having just swept off the densely-packed Arena Stage at V Festival 2014, Metro
found Ella Eyre in a surprisingly energetic mood.

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