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Richard Gillard: ex-rogue


ACTIVITY 249: Written by Chris Lightbown for The Sunday Times, this article is about ex-rogue Richard Gillard. A rogue is a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel, someone who does evil deliberately. Read the newspaper article and find out what actually happened to him.

You will have to do three activities about this article. Firstly, quickly read the article below and choose the most appropriate title from the menu. Then check the correct answer.


When he was 17, Richard Gillard staggered home drunk one afternoon to find his parents had changed the locks on the family home and dumped his possessions outside.


'I couldn't have cared less. I just put my head on the doorstep, and fell asleep,' he remembers. Less tolerant parents might have changed the locks earlier. Gillard had fought with teachers at school, smashed furniture at home, been discharged from the army after a fight, threatened his parents with violence and was well-known throughout the neighbourhood for his dirty and untidy appearance.


When his despairing parents threw him out, he slept under cars and in hedgerows for three weeks until a chance meeting with a petty criminal opened up new vistas. 'We went all round Wales doing odd jobs, sleeping in the car.'


That came to an end when Gillard wrote off the car racing it against an oiltanker for a £50 bet. At 18, his only possessions were the clothes he stood in.


Three years later. Gillard has just completed a full-time course on helping the housebound elderly and disabled, has a regular girlfriend, is back home with his parents, and does voluntary work with mentally handicapped people in his spare time.


He has become a model member of society, transformed by spending 10 months on a project called 'The Prince of Wales Community Venture'. The project involves small groups of youths, largely but not entirely unemployed, in a range of activities. The aim is to mix young people who are heading for brilliant careers with more average young people and those who are considered hopeless cases, like Gillard. Gillard's team ranged from a gypsy to the daughter of a retired oil executive.


The team spends short periods with the police, fire or ambulance services; they study first aid and sports leadership; they work on building sites; they do a lot of adventurous outdoor activities, such as climbing rock faces.


But where the project departs radically from conventional schemes is in its placing of team members, including those viewed as hopelessly aggressive or inadequate, in short-term placements in the caring professions. Gillard spent six weeks working as an assistant in a day centre for the mentally handicapped. 'I was terrified. I had never come across people older than me who had to be treated like children. But, somehow, I found I could help them.'


Gillard has no doubt that the project works. 'I think the idea of doing constructive things is there in most people, even in someone as far gone as I was. What made the difference for me was seeing people at the day centre with problems worse than mine trying to do something about it. The project saved my life."


ACTIVITY 250: Now, read again the article carefully and find the words which express the explanations below. Then check your answers.


sent home (PARAGRAPH 2):


ranges of possibilities (PARAGRAPH 3):


crashed and ruined (PARAGRAPH 4):


not well enough to leave the house (PARAGRAPH 5):


on their way to (PARAGRAPH 6):


completely (PARAGRAPH 8):


jobs done while being trained (PARAGRAPH 8):


admittedly (PARAGRAPH 9):


ACTIVITY 251: Finally, after reading the article again, choose the best answer (A, B, C, or D) for questions 1-to-4. Then check your answers.


Why did Richard Gillard leave home at 17?


A.    He was drunk.
B.    His parents wanted him to leave.
C.    He wanted to join the army.
  He wanted to go to Wales.


He lived in a car until he ...


A.    met a criminal.
B.    left Wales.
C.    crashed the car.
  found a job.


What is the aim of the 'Prince of Wales Community Venture'?


A.    to help young people feel part of society
B.    to help young people find good careers
C.    to provide a variety of leisure activities
  to take care of mentally handicapped people


At the day centre Gillard learnt how to ...


A.    look after old people.
B.    look after children.
C.    solve problems.
  appreciate his advantages.

La historia de Ricardo es realmente alentadora !!! 
En la próxima página Mr. Grammar explicará una nueva gramática: REASON, RESULT and PURPOSE ...


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