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The following tells the story between two colleagues, the view of the only child, the space vegetable, the view of the big city, the story about the name.

Article 1: A story between two colleagues.

Ashley and Chris work in the same department designing postcards. Chris had a college degree in art and deeply felt that the degree of his designs was excellent. His last postcard showed the depth of a desert’s beauty and delights.

“It’s just a picture of the desert,” Ashley said, “Not deep at all.” “Some people desire seeing beauty,” Chris replied, “Mine delivers that”. Ashley laughed and said, “Well, that depends on what you think beauty is.”

Days later, someone delivered a letter to Ashley. The letter said, “You are worthy of the bad things that will come your way. You will know the taste of defeat, and I will destroy you.”

Ashley suddenly felt very cold. It was as if the room temperature had dropped 30 degrees. “Who would do such a terrible deed?” she wondered. “I will not let a simple letter defeat me.

Just then, Chris came into the room and offered Ashley a piece of his sandwich.

“Try some,” he smiled widely. “It’s delicious.”

“Are you trying to poison me?” Ashley asked. Chris’s reaction was delayed from confusion. “What’s your problem?” he asked.

The next day, Ashley brought a bat to use to defend herself . When Chris saw her bat, he joked, “Defend and win one for the team.”

Ashley took no notice of him. She spent the whole day reading self-defending books and placed her work on delay. “You can’t delay your work. Our job demands us to do our work on time,” Chris said. “We must meet the demands of our job.”

“You’re not the boss,” Ashley replied. “Don’t make demands of me.”

Because Ashley failed to do her work, she was fired.

Chris glanced at Ashley’s empty desk and smiled.

Article 2: Views on the only child

To be sure, only children experienced some things differently from those with sisters and brothers. Many feel more pressure to succeed. They also tend to look only to their parents as role models in the absence of brothers and sisters.

In India, 10-year-old Saviraj Sankpal founded a support group for the tiny minority of only children. Among other things, the group does volunteer work to counter the false idea that they are not responsible.

“People think we’re treated too kindly and ruined,” says Sankpal, a computer engineering student. “But I’d like to remind them how lonely it can get.”

Most only children, however, say they wish for sisters or brothers only when it comes to caring for aging, unhealthy parents. Britain’s David Emerson, co-author of the book The Only Child, says that such a person has to make all the decisions alone.

Emerson knows from experience. After his father died, he chose to move his elderly mother from their family home, where she was vulnerable to house breakers, to a new one with more safety.

“The move was quite hard on her, and she might feel that I pushed her into it, “he says, “After all, I am left with that responsibility.”

In the future, more and more only children will probably face similar choices. With working mothers increasing, many families are finding they simply don’t have the time, money or energy to have more than one child.

As only children become common, perhaps the world will realize that the charge made against them is unfair.

Article 3: Views on Space Vegetables

I would like to talk to you about space vegetables, and to show you that space vegetables are healthy and good for you.

Space vegetables are grown from seeds that have been taken to and brought back from outer space. The seeds are affected by the radiation and low gravity in outer space.

When they are brought back to Earth, these seeds produce vegetables that are bigger, healthier and more nutritious than normal vegetables. However, some people worry about eating space vegetables.

They think that space vegetables might not be good for us and could give us cancer as a result of their exposure to radiation in space. People should not be scared, though, as space vegetables are actually perfectly healthy.

Here are some facts that you should know about space vegetables.

Space vegetables are grown from seeds that are carefully selected. When seeds are brought back from space, they are tested to make sure that the vegetables they grow will be safe to eat. There are no traces of radiation after testing.

Space vegetables are better for you than normal vegetables. For example, space tomatoes stay fresh for twenty days, which is one week longer than normal tomatoes. Another popular space vegetable is peppers. Space peppers contain 20 percent more vitamin C than normal peppers.

After genetically modified foods came onto the market, people worried that they were eating unknown things. For example, if nut genes are put inside potatoes, people allergic to nuts might get very sick from eating these potatoes because they do not know they are also eating nuts.

Unlike genetically modified foods, space vegetables have not been genetically changed. This means that no new genes are put into the vegetables. Therefore, there are no dangers of eating something unknown.

Article 4: Views on big cities

New York, London, Paris and other big cities are exciting places to live in. There are many interesting things to see and to do.

You can go to different kinds of museums, plays and films. You can also go shopping to buy things from all over the world.

But there are serious problems in big cities too. The cost of living is high, and there are too many people in some of big cities.

Every year many people move to the cities because there are some chances to find jobs, to study at good schools, and to receive good medical care.

But sometimes these people cannot find work or a good place to live in. Also, too many people in a small space make it hard to keep the cities safe and clean.

Some people enjoy living in big cities. Others do not. Before people move to big cities, they should think about the problems of living there.

Article 5: Stories about names

Everything has a name. All people, places, and things have names. For example, Jenny is the name of a student from England.

England is the name of her country. Cities and towns have names, too. Schools and office buildings also have names. All things have names.

For example, tomato, potato and bean are names of vegetable. Apple, orange and banana are names of fruits. Names are important.

We use names every day. When we meet a new person, we usually ask: “What’s your name?”

It’s important to learn a person’s name. Most people have two names. Some people have more names. Names are different all over the world.

In Jenny’s class, Jenny must learn the names of students from all over the world. This is very difficult because the names are different.

In the USA, most people have a first name, a middle name, and a last name. Parents choose the first and middle names for their baby.

There are names for boys and names for girls. For example, John, Peter, Tom and Mike are all names for boys. Elizabeth, Betty, Susan, and Mary are all names for girls.

The last name is the family name. Usually it is the father’s family name. In a family, the mother, the father, and the children usually have the same last name.

Sometimes a person has a nickname, too. A nickname is a special name. It is not a person’s real name.

Abraham Lincoln’s nickname was ‘Honest Abe’. An honest person always tells the truth, and Abe is short for Abraham. Because he was an honest person, his nickname was ‘Honest Abe ‘.

Pele is a nickname, too. The football player’s real name is Edison Arantes de Nascimento, but everyone calls him Pele. Do you have a nickname?

Names are different all over the world. They can be long or short, but they are always very important.

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