MEET THE CELEBRITIES in LONDON !
If you want to see the Queen, Madame Tusssaud's is the place to go !
There is, however, one place in England where you can look at celebrities - lots of them - every day: this is Madame Tussaud's, the most popular tourist attraction in London.
On most days of the year, queues of visitors can be seen outside Madame Tussaud's, all wanting to get in and see some of the most famous people in the world - kings and queens, politicians, stars, and even famous criminals. They are all inside, just waiting to be looked at, or talked to.
If you like, you can talk to film stars, politicians and even tyrants in Madame Tussaud's, but they won't say anything to you, because they can't! Madame Tussaud's is a wax-works, and the "famous people" in the building are really made out of wax.
Judging by the popularity of Madame Tussaud's, that does not seem to be a problem! Ordinary people like looking at extraordinary people, even if they are only statues. It's better than nothing!
Naturally, the collection has changed and grown; Indeed, it keeps changing all the time. While there are some historic figures that do not change, others come and go, and others are "aged" as the years go by.
The most popular figures in the exhibition are royalty and stars. Princess Diana has been the overall favourite for several years, and other popular figures include Tony Blair, David Beckham, Brad Pitt and Elvis Presley.... to mention just a few of them.
You can even see the Beatles.... as they were in the 1960's !
At Madame Tussaud's, it is only the very famous who get a place in the exhibition. That is not surprising really; it takes about six months to create a really lifelike wax model.
The sculptors use lots of photos and measurements, in order to obtain a perfect likeness. For example, it took 450 hours to re-create Spice Girl Mel G's famous curly hair! In all, a wax figure costs over £40,000 to make - a lot of money!
And, you ask, what happens to yesterday's famous people? Well, they are taken out of the collection, and their heads are stored for a while. Then, if it is clear that no one will ever want to see them again, they are melted down and re-used for another person!
Many people achieve passing fame; few achieve lasting fame!
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Here is some
information about Madame
Tussaud's: unfortunately the sentences have been put together
wrongly: each sentence contains two parts, (a) and (b). Join the parts
in the most logical way!..
Connect the phrases : correct the information
In Madame Tussaud's, you must not
In Madame Tussaud's, you cannot
Most days in summer, visitors must
Inside Madame Tussauds, you can
If you are easily frightened, you should not
If you don't like long queues, you should
If you want to visit Madame Tussaud's, you have to
If you have had enough, you do not have to
see everything in the exhibition.
see a lot of famous people.
visit the exhibition in winter.
visit the Chamber of Horrors.
have a conversation with the wax figures.
buy a ticket.
touch the wax figures.
stand in a long queue.
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Take this point further by having pupils make up 8 sentences, corresponding to the 8 modal forms used, referring to your school.
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