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Some British school students got a big surprise when a famous Hollywood movie star paid them a visit. 


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LONDON: Johnny Depp took ‘‘show and tell’’ to a new level at a London school when he turned up in full pirate regalia after a fan wrote to him seeking help to stage a ‘‘mutiny’’.

Beatrice Delap, 9, wrote to Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp’s character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, asking for help with an uprising against teachers at Meridian Primary School in Greenwich.

Depp, who is in London filming, gave the school 10 minutes notice on Wednesday that he was coming. The school called an assembly and Depp walked in to gasps from the students.

However, he dashed any rebellion hopes.

‘‘Maybe we shouldn’t mutiny today because there are police outside watching me,’’ he said. REUTERS

show and tell – a school activity where students bring something and talk about to their class member.
pirate – someone who attacks ships while they are sailing to steal things from them or to hold them in return for money โจรสลัด
regalia – special clothes that you wear for a ceremony or official occasion  เครื่องหมายหรือเสื้อผ้าแสดงตำแหน่ง ยศหรือขั้น
mutiny – a refusal by a group to accept someone’s authority, especially a group of soldiers or sailors การกบฎ,การขัดขืน
uprising – a situation in which a large group of people opposes and tries to defeat the government or a ruler (or in this case, a school teacher) การลุกฮือขึ้นก่อการปฏิวัติ
notice – information or a warning about something that is going to happen การแจ้งล่วงหน้า
assembly – a group of people who have been elected in order to discuss issues and make decisions affecting a particular region การชุมนุม, การประชุม
gasp – to breathe in suddenly, for example because you are surprised, shocked, or in pain อ้าปากค้าง
dash hopes – to make it impossible for someone to do what they hoped to do ทำให้ไม่สมหวัง, ทำให้ผิดหวัง, ทำให้เสียกำลังใจ
rebellion – an attempt to remove a government or leader by force การก่อการกบถ

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