What a mixed group - from Spain (Basque), Germany, Italy, Columbia and Brazil! Fantastic!
Thank you so much for the hard work you put into the history research. They were interesting, relevant and presented exceptionally well.
We went through a lot of vocabulary together at the end. You will find most of it below. i hope it's useful and I really look forward to seeing you all again on a future walk.
Vocabulary Vauxhall to Battersea Saturday 20th September 2014
To salvage (something from something) (verb): to manage to rescue something from being lost or damaged. E.g. the company, LASCO, salvages old furniture, paintings, road signs, lights, clocks, books etc and displays them at Brunswick House to sell them.
A price-tag (compound noun): the small piece of card attached to an time in a shop etc, with the price written on. E.g. We looked at lots of price-tags of salvaged items in Brunswick House. A clock, for instance, had a price-tag on it for £2,000. It was beautiful though!
A name-tag (compound noun): A small piece of card with your name written on, that you wear on your clothing. Often used at conference.
A badge (noun): A small piece of metal or plastic with a design or words on it that you wear on your clothing. E.g. She bought a birthday card for her daughter that had a 'I am 5 today' badge attached.
A button (noun): A small, often round, piece of plastic, wood or metal that you use for fastening your clothes.
A pass (noun): A form of ID (identification) needed to enter an office building, museum, work place etc. E.g. Filippo showed his pass to the security people to get into his work place.
To tremble (verb): To shake, for example because you're cold, frightened etc. E.g. Albert Bridge was known as 'The Trembling Lady' when it was built because it shook when people walked across it.
To shake (verb): To move from side to side or up and down with short, quick movements. E.g. I was so nervous when that huge dog jumped up that I was shaking.
To shake in your boots (expression): Often used to describe how frightened, nervous, scared you are. E.g. I was shaking in my boots before the job interview.
To wobble (verb): To move from side to side in a way that isn't steady. E.g. To wobble like a jelly!
An eyesore (noun): Something that is ugly and unpleasant to look at. E.g. When Lots Road Power Station was first built, people thought it was an eyesore.
Bear with me (phrasal verb): To be patient with somebody/thing. Often used as a polite expression to keep people waiting!
To bear weight: When something has to carry/take the weight of something. E.g. Albert Bridge couldn't bear the weight of the traffic.
To not bear something (expression / informal): E.g. I can't bear it! I can't stand it! I hate it!
Creepy (adjective / informal) (creepier, creepiest): That makes you feel nervous or frightened. E.g. One of the upstairs rooms at Brunswick House felt creepy when we entered. There were lots of wooden heads and faces on the walls!
To creep (verb): To move very quietly and carefully so as not to wake him. E.g. The traffic was only creeping along.
Creepy crawlies (informal): Insects, particularly those that we don't like!
To crawl (verb): To move slowly with your body on or close to the ground, or on your hands and knees. E.g. An insect crawled across the floor. E.g. The traffic crawled along (we also say 'the traffic crawled along at a snail's pace!)
To stroll (verb) To walk slowly for pleasure. E.g. We strolled through Battersea Park and saw the young musicians on the bandstand.
A bandstand (noun): A covered outdoor platform for an orchestra or band to play music on. E.g. We stopped at the bandstand in Battersea Park where some youth were preparing to play some music.
To mushroom (verb created from a noun): To describe how something shoots up unexpectedly and very quickly. E.g. In London, buildings are mushrooming all the time.
To pop up (phrasal verb): To appear or happen when you're not expecting it. E.g. The mushrooms popped up through the earth over night.
To pop (verb): to make a short sudden sound like a small explosion. E.g. The balloon popped.
To pop in (phrasal verb): To make a quick visit. E.g. Why don't you pop in for a cup of tea?
To pop out (phrasal verb): To come out (of something) suddenly and quickly. E.g. Her eyes popped out of her head in surprise!
A pop-up (noun): When shops, cafes, cinemas etc move into empty premises for a temporary period. E.g. There's a pop-up clothes store on the High Street. Hurry, it'll only be there for a week!
To belch (verb): To let gas out from your stomach through your mouth with a sudden noise. E.g. The Battersea Power Station chimneys belched out smoke and polluted the air.
To burp (verb): To make a noise with the mouth when air rises from the stomach and is forced out.
Note: belch and burp are the same actions in the body. However, we don't say 'the chimneys burped out smoke' No, we say 'they belched out smoke'
To moor (something to something) (verb): To fasten a boat to the land or to an object in the water with a rope or chain. E.g. The house boats are moored in front of the new residential buildings.
Mooring (noun): A place where a boat is tied; the ropes, chains etc. Used to fast a boat.
The tide (noun): The regular change in the level of the sea (or river) caused by the moon and the sun. At high tide, the sea is closer to the land. At low tide, it's further away and more beach can be seen.
We also say: the tide is in (high tide) or out (low tide).
A tree-lined avenue: When a street, path, road etc has a row of trees along both sides. E.g. We walked up the tree-lined avenue in Battersea Park to the bandstand.
To set (something) up (phrasal verb): To start a business, an organisation, a system etc. E.g. The company has set up a new branch in Vauxhall.