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Thatcher's legacy

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Behind the smile, a tough leader.

With steely determination, Margaret Thatcher sent a task force to re-take the Falklands, or the Malvinas, from Argentina in 1982.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev described her as 'a woman of conviction'.

Her softer side saw her chatting amicably with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and, with Ronald Reagan, strengthening the special relationship between Britain and the US.

But her belligerent attitude to Europe may prove to be the Iron Lady's most enduring legacy.

steely determination

refusing to stop trying to do something, even though it is very difficult

conviction

strong belief or opinion

amicably

pleasantly and in a friendly way, without arguments

belligerent

always unfriendly and wanting to argue

enduring

long-lasting

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.

steely determination / conviction / amicably / belligerent / enduring

1. Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Chinese and European authorities to resolve the matter _________ by holding talks. But she called for more transparency from Beijing about incentives given to the sector.

2. There is undoubtedly __________ interest in the Titanic story - Belfast and Southampton both opened museums dedicated to the liner during the centenary year.

3. Mr Farage has defended UKIP as being different from other parties after Prime Minister David Cameron said some of its members were "pretty odd people". He said UKIP did have "some eccentrics" but this was healthy and he was an unusual party leader in that he was a __________ politician.

4. Correspondents say Iran's clerical leadership is showing a __________ to keep control amid the controversy, and urging people to unify in the face of western enemies.

5. The North Korean media are full of images of military preparedness, he adds, intended to rally people behind the leadership. Many observers say that North Korea's __________ rhetoric appears intended for a domestic audience and at shoring up the position of Kim Jong-un, who came to power after his father's death in December 2011.

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How did you do?

1

amicably

2

enduring

3

conviction

4

steely determination

5

belligerent