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Last updated at 16:59 GMT, Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Afghan dust art

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Life is hard in Afghanistan.

But artist Mohammed Akram makes sure that his painting materials don't cost the earth - they're just made of it.

He starts by scouring his neighbourhood for mud, dust and brick then grinds them down and finally mixes them together with home-made glue.

By painting with these materials Mohammed hopes to better capture his country's character and its struggles.

cost the earth

be very expensive

scouring

searching carefully

grinds

reduces something to smaller pieces by rubbing it against a harder surface

capture

represent something correctly by using images and words

struggles

difficult tasks that take a lot of effort

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

cost the earth/ scouring/ grinds/ capture/ struggles

1.
The street parties were a big success when we did them at the royal wedding and they weren't just in London, they really _______ the spirit of the whole nation.

2.
Police spent about 90 minutes ______ the campus and the surrounding woods for the gunman.

3.
Just as the participation of white people in the black ______ against apartheid in South Africa had added strength to that movement, men "must stand up and work with women" to combat rape, he told the BBC World Service.

4.
Mrs Burgess said: "It is my belief that everyone should live in a comfortable home which doesn't ______ to keep. A vibrant, expanding housing sector can stimulate economic growth by protecting and creating jobs and supporting regeneration."

5.
The National Trust thinks the internal workings were substantially altered in about 1840 to allow the mill to ______ wheat, having previously ground oats.

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Answers

How did you do?

1

captured

2

scouring

3

struggle

4

cost the earth

5

grind