Words in the News (3rd June 2015): Paris 'love locks' removed
For vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150603
It's the end of the affair.
Attaching a 'love lock' to the Pont des Arts before throwing the key into the River Seine in Paris has become a tourist tradition.
But the romantic gesture has turned into an eyesore and also a hazard. The bridge is weighed down with nearly 50 tonnes of metal.
Last year, one section of the railings gave way.
The bridge has been closed as workers remove the locks.
(here) a way of acting and behaving which continues for a long time
ugly sight in a public place
(here) carried too much weight, felt heavy
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