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Last updated at 20:57 BST, Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Disney in North Korea?


Report and vocabulary


Is this what springs to mind when you think of North Korea?

It's an unorthodox cultural celebration for a country better known for parading its missile might.

These images from North Korean TV suggest Kim Jong-un may want to carve out a different image to his predecessors.

They've eased restrictions on some Western brands and these Disney characters.

It comes as officials pay their respects to the country's former leaders.

springs to mind

is your immediate thought




power or strength


relaxed (a rule or law)

pay their respects

honour someone or something (e.g. the dead)


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

springs to mind / unorthodox / might / eased / pay their respects

1. China's securities regulator has sought ______ entry rules for foreign investors, the latest step in its bid to open up the financial market.

2. Mr Orban has alarmed Hungary's foreign partners with his ______economic policies, particularly a public battle with his own central bank.

3. The dark red berets of the Ethiopian army are back in Baidoa. At the airstrip, there was plenty of military _______ on display: hulking tanks, heavy artillery and dozens of alert troops.

4. Writing on the council's website, the mayor of Lisburn, William Leathem, said: "For those of us who have worked or served in our own professions for many years, we understand the enormity of time that 60 years' service brings and we wish to express our thanks and ___________ to Her Majesty.

5. Mention Canada, and images of mounties, maple syrup or possibly Montreal are most likely to __________. But the country is sitting on the second-largest oil reserves in the world.




How did you do?


to ease






pay our respects


spring to mind