English In Use – ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’

A selection of headlines from stories in the news. They use English in a way that you might think is intended to confuse but it’s all perfectly clear to the native speaker.

This is from a political story in the Daily Mirror that MP David Miliband, brother of Labour Party leader Ed, is to quit to work for New York based charity International Rescue Committee received the less than serious headline of ‘Thunderbirds Are  Go!’.

The reason? ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ was a 1966 puppet sci-fi film based on the TV series Thunderbirds which was about the adventures of a secret organisation called – International Rescue.


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