5. 4 SECRET ISLAND

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Would you be happy to spend time on a deserted island? Why/Why not?
deserted
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Yes. I would be happy spending time on a deserted island with someone I love.
deserted: empty and quiet because there are no people there.

Why might an area become abandoned or uninhabited?
abandoned; uninhabited
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Maybe there is nowhere for people to work, so they move away. Perhaps a building is deteriorating and needs repair but there is no money. Perhaps an area is no longer desirable to live in.
abandoned: left by the people who owned or used it; uninhabited: not lived in.

What kinds of people might need rehabilitation?
rehabilitation
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People who have been ill, broken a bone or had surgery may need rehabilitation. Addicts or prisoners also need rehabilitation.
rehabilitation: the process of helping someone to live in a healthy active way again.

For what kinds of illness might someone require quarantine?
quarantine
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Infections diseases (like the plague, cholera, tuberculosis, diphtheria, etc.) require quarantine.
quarantine: keeping a person or animal apart from others for a time in case they are infected with a disease.

Read the programme information. What has the island previously been used for?
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It has been used as a quarantine hospital, to house war veterans and their families and as a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts.

What does the photographer think is so special about the island? Is it somewhere you would choose to visit? Why/Why not?
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The photographer think the island is so special because we can see its history, and we can get a feel for what happened there. Also you are able to be in the city, and yet completely alone.
It also shows how places can change so quickly when people leave and how nature takes over.

It is a secret (1) in plain sight.
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It is a secret hiding in plain sight.

From the 1880s all the way up to the 1960s it was (2) to thousands of people.
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From the 1880s all the way up to the 1960s it was home to thousands of people.

All of a sudden you're in the middle of the city and yet you're completely (3).
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All of a sudden you're in the middle of the city and yet you're completely alone.

It's like you're walking back into (4), into another world and yet you still hear the sounds of the city.
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It's like you're walking back into time, into another world and yet you still hear the sounds of the city.

Being on the island is full of (5).
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Being on the island is full of contrasts.

The most interesting building on North Brother island by far is the (6) Pavilion.
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The most interesting building on North Brother island by far is the Tuberculosis Pavilion.

You can get a sense of what happened before, but also how quickly things (7).
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You can get a sense of what happened before, but also how quickly things disintegrate.

It alludes to the conundrum that we face of living in a natural world which we try to (8), but always reasserts itself in the end.
conundrum
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It alludes to the conundrum that we face of living in a natural world which we try to alter, but always reasserts itself in the end.
conundrum: an intricate and difficult problem; a question or problem having only a conjectural answer

It is the most unexpected of places in a city like New York. Why do you think he says this?
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Because New York is a very busy city full of people and noise. On North Brother island it is quiet and there are no people.

"One time I even heard the Mr Softy truck, which is an ice cream truck, and ... it was bizarre ..." Why was it "bizarre" for the photographer to hear the ice cream truck?
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The photographer feels like he is walking back in time when on the island, and yet the ice cream truck is a very modern noise that is "very alive", in contrast with the quiet on the island.

What do you think the photographer is trying to achieve with his photographs? Does he succeed? Why/Why not?
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He wants to show how quickly things can disintegrate, and how powerful nature can be to take over. He seems to be successful in that.

Read an extract from a website. What kind of information is available on the website?
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The website has information about hidden places you can visit that you might not find in normal guidebooks, places that, in some cases, not even the locals will know about.

Listen to someone talking about threee secret places in their city.
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Make notes about the three places she mentions.

Japanese Kyoto Friendship Gardens
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in the grounds of Lauriston Castle in Cramond; opened to celebrate the twinning of Edinburgh with Kyoto; a wonderful place to sit and relax, look at the blossom on the trees, and enjoy the serenity of the place; very Zen.

2 Wellington Place, Leith
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most people have never heard about it; just a normal-looking Edinburgh door; no plaque outside; Irvine Welsh wrote novel Trainspotting in the top-floor apartment.

Rooftop Terrace, National Museum of Scotland
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not a big secret; really hidden away; can seem difficult to get to; worth it when you get there; fantastic views of the city and the castle; brilliant on a clear day; nice café.


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