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Last updated at 16:30 BST, Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Life's big questions?

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Where to turn to in an economic crisis?

Philosophy. This Italian town set up a trail to encourage people to ponder life.

It includes a chair that utters words of wisdom.

This bar owner in Corigliano d'Otranto serves up drinks and cards with questions like: "Why have I been born?"

The local philosopher's helping hand is very much in demand.
Corigliano's seminars attracted some 1,000 people. The idea might catch on in other towns.

philosophy

rational investigation of reality and existence

ponder

reflect

utters

says

in demand

sought after

catch on

become popular or fashionable

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.

philosophy/ ponder/ utters/ in demand/ catch on

1. Scooters were so much __________ that there were waiting lists to buy one and many sold at high premiums.

2. Dolphins should be treated as non-human "persons", with their rights to life and liberty respected, scientists meeting in Canada have been told. Experts in __________, conservation and animal behaviour want support for a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans.

3. As well as feeding themselves, all the families working on the allotment hand over a chunk of their produce to others in need. The fruits and vegetables are passed on to what Greeks have dubbed a "social supermarket". It is an idea _________ all over Greece.

4. When I fell into my Glasgow taxi at six in the morning on Monday to catch my flight to Dublin, I was wet, tired, cold and really just wanted to be left alone. The taxi driver sensed my grump and never _________ a word.

5. What would John Maynard Keynes, one of the most influential economists of the 20th Century, have made of the current economic situation, _________ philosopher John Gray.

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How did you do?

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in demand

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philosophy

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catching on

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uttered

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ponders