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A Real-Life Stand-Still


1. The event: 11th September 2001: The fall of the World Trade Centre.

The Earth stood still on 11th September 2001. At about 8:45 on a Tuesday morning, there was a series of planned terrorist attacks on the United States. Al-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist group, was responsible for the attacks. The group hijacked four aeroplanes: two of them were deliberately flown into New York City’s Twin Towers, one flew into the Pentagon, and the other crashed in Pennsylvania. It was one of the most devastating attacks in American history and in world history. More than 3,000 people were killed.

The events deeply affected New York City and the rest of the world. The attacks caused some of the American Stock Exchange to close for the rest of the week, and also hurt the airline industry considerably. Airline security became much more invasive than ever before. New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani helped lead America through the crisis. Guiliani appeared on the American live comedy show Saturday Night Live soon after the attacks to show America “it was OK to laugh again”.

The film:Flight 93 (2006)

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The latest issue of Hot English (173 – the October issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 8 reallyuseful phrasal verbs, 6 expressions for talking about parties, 12 sightseeing words and expressions, 10 useful phrases for making small talk, 12 useful words for the restaurant, 8 “table” idioms, 8 phrasal verbs for talking about relationships... plus: • Psychology – dogs and kids. • Celebrities – names with meaning. • Travel – famous train stations. • Grammar – confusing words. • Phone – leaving a message. • Film scripts – the Godfather. • Holidays – Thanksgiving. • Spelling – “i” before “e”. • TV – Father Ted. • History – stand-still moments. • Cinema – types of film. • Music – misheard lyrics. • Language – a “newbie”. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!