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Reading : Worship at the Da Vinci altar
Vocabulary : Anyone / No one / Someone
Uncountable nouns
Grammar : Present Simple / Present Be + -ing
Past Simple / Past Simple Be + -ing
Listening : Giving directions
Video : Another tourist destinationWriting : What about religion ?

Extract from The Times, August 2, 2005
By the time the No. 15 bus reaches the end of Princes Street it's packed.
There's Yolanda from Texas, Giuseppe from Italy, Pilar from Madrid, Australians, Israelis,
Irish, Russians, Japanese and gawky youths who look like they're into Tolkien. We're all here for one thing. Giuseppe pulls it out ofhis backpack. "The book," he whispers, half conspiratorially. It's well thumbed. There are feverish scribbles inside. And bookmarks. These people take The Da Vinci Code very seriously.
Most tourists in Edinburgh's busiest month are here for the festival and the tartan. This lot, though, are after the Holy Grail. The Da Vinci Code effect has been felt in every place Dan Brown mentions in his 17million-selling pot-boiler. London's Temple Church puts on weekly Da Vinci Code events for soaring numbers of visitors. Even the Louvre has noticed a blip in its figures. But Edinburgh is emerging as Britain's Da Vinci Code capital. And it's all down to a little chapel on the edge of town.
The novel, in case you've been in a bunker for two years, is about the search for the Grail.
Harvardprofessor Robert Langdon and sexy French code breaker Sophie Neveu follow a trail of clues from a murdered Louvre curator, via secret religious societies, albino monks, and a centuries-old conspiracy to hide the evidence that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, with whom he had children, leaving a bloodline written out of history that exists to this day.
It reaches its denouement at Rosslyn Chapel, the"cathedral of codes," a tiny 15th-century gem carved roof to floor with symbols which, the novel suggests, solve the mystery of the Holy Grail's location.

One long hour after leaving Princes Street we arrive at the sedate village of Roslin. Ye Olde Original Roslin Inn may just have renamed its restaurant The Grail, but it's hardly a tourist trap. Where are the albino tour guides, the Opus Deitea shops? Yet every hour the No. 15 disgorges increasing numbers of tourists. Stuart Beattie, director of the chapel's trust, reads the visitor figures : "Ten years ago there were 9,000 a year. Two years ago 38,000. Last year 68,000. We are on course for 100,000 this. When the film comes out in May we're expecting 120,000."
Next month Hollywood comes to sleepy Roslin to film Ron Howard'sadaptation starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, capping a month of Da Vinci Code fever in the city, including a Festival Fringe Show by the "folklorist" Mark Oxbrow and Simon Cox, the author of Cracking the Da Vinci Code, and the launch of a new book by the historian Andrew Sinclair, descendant of the chapel's founder. The Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon is working on a Rosslyn-inspired work.You can see what all the fuss is about. You want Gothic horror, you've got it, perched above a steep-sided wooden glen, garnished by a castle, its "rugged spires," its "stark edifice," as Brown writes, "framed against a cloud-swept sky." It glowers, even in midsummer. All it needs is thunder and the soundtrack to The Omen.
The chapel was built after 1466 by the wealthy aristocrat Sir Wiliam StClair as the most ornate of 37 Scottish collegiate churches designed to spread knowledge and celebrate God.
St Clair dies leaving the project incomplete. What you see is the choir of a much larger church he planned. But he didn't stint on the carving : there are devils, dances of death, an angel clutching the heart of Robert the Bruce , stars, roses, pyramids, crucifixions, crowns of thorns,...
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