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Audio Slideshow: Captain Anton Lin

In this special audio slideshow programme, we hear the story of Captain Anton Lin, an officer who serves with the British Army.

Listening challenge

Listen to Captain Anton Lin tell his story by playing the audio slideshow below. While you listen, try to answer the following questions:

Part 1. Which university did Captain Anton Lin graduate from and at which military academy did he do his military training?

Part 2. Why do Captain Anton Lin and his colleagues have to spend a lot of time on preparing their kit?

Part 3. What does Captain Anton Lin contrast performing his ceremonial duties with?

Answers are at the bottom of the page

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Vocabulary and definitions

  • the Blues and Royals - a regiment in the British Army
  • horsemanship - the ability to ride and look after horses
  • ceremonial - used in a ceremony or formal event
  • stables - rooms where horses are housed and fed
  • patches - small sections of a surface which look different to the rest of the area
  • Polos - popular British brand of mint sweets
  • kit - equipment
  • Household Cavalry - a larger regiment in the British Army, of which the Blues and Royals are a part
  • polishing - rubbing something until it shines
  • heritage - a country or region’s traditions, values, places and buildings which have continued over a long period of time

Answers to the questions

Part 1.Which university did Captain Anton Lin graduate from and at which military academy did he do his military training?

He graduated from Oxford University and did his military training at Sandhurst.

Part 2.Why do Captain Anton Lin and his colleagues have to spend a lot of time on preparing their kit?

Because tourists come to look at the Household Cavalry. They have to make sure that their kit is at the very best standard it can be.

Part 3.What does Captain Anton Lin contrast performing his ceremonial duties with?

He contrasts it with fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.


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