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Last updated at 15:07 GMT, Wednesday, 06 November 2013

Pink pipes of Berlin


Report and vocabulary


Snaking through Berlin: over 60km of pink pipes.

The city is built on a swamp, and these carry water away from construction sites.

The manufacturer says pink and purple are popular with children and older people who are young at heart.

And with lots more building in the pipeline, these brightly-coloured tubes are likely to be around for some time.


moving over a long distance with a lot of twists and turns


an area of wet, soft land

construction sites

areas where buildings are made

young at heart

having a lively and positive attitude to life that is more typical of a younger person

in the pipeline

being planned


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.

snaking / swamp / construction sites / young at heart / in the pipeline

1. The open-air bar down at the bottom of the hotel gardens lies abandoned. And the Sheherazade Night Club looks even more forlorn, its sound system ripped out, bare wires __________ across the soiled carpet.

2. He spends an hour or so in his office, in the exclusive Raffles Hotel complex, but the majority of his day is spent visiting __________ and talking to architects.

3. Bush elephants are more widespread, mostly south of the Sahara in a range of habitats including savannah, __________ and deserts.

4. They have dozens of projects __________ - including with shea butter producers in Uganda, tea growers in Kenya, and Madagascan cocoa farmers.

5. His daughter Angie, describes her father as "__________." She said: "I am very proud of him for taking on the challenge. He trains in the day and I train after work."


To take away:



How did you do?




construction sites




in the pipeline


young at heart