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Last updated at 12:17 BST, Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Stagecoach

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It may look like a tram but, in fact, it's a theatre.

In Mexico City, vehicles normally used for public transport have been getting a makeover.

Mexicans hardly ever scrap their buses. These, donated by Japan over 20 years ago, have been reborn as community centres and shops.

This lorry carries knowledge. It's a mobile library, offering space for children's activities and seminars.

tram

an electric vehicle that runs along a track and is used in cities

makeover

change the appearance of something to make it look better

scrap

get rid of something which is now useless

reborn

converted into something different

lorry

British word for a large vehicle to transport a heavy load; Americans use the word 'truck'

Exercise

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.

tram/ makeover/ scrap/ reborn/ lorry

1. The government says it will ______ or change more than 3,000 regulations. It says its drive to cut bureaucracy will save companies millions of pounds.

2. ______ services went far beyond the city boundary extending to Milngavie, Paisley, Renfrew, Clydebank, Uddingston and Airdrie - all at rock-bottom fares and at high frequencies that are unheard of today.

3. A stretch of motorway between junctions 22 and 21A was closed after a _______ crossed the central reservation on Thursday morning.

4. Ten years ago on Friday, an old flour mill on the banks of the River Tyne was _______ as a temple to modern art when Gateshead's Baltic gallery opened its doors.

5. Electricity pylons, little changed since the 1920s, may get a _______ with a new international design competition. Are transmission towers icons or eyesores?

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How did you do?

1

scrap

2

Tram

3

lorry

4

reborn

5

makeover