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This week we’ve been hearing that our English summer is due to finally get started this weekend, with lots of hot sun predicted next week – just in time for the Olympic season. Let’s hope the weathermen are right this time!

Now, let’s take a look at some of the stranger things that have been happening in the news


  • A Russian man, after he escaped unharmed from a petrol station as a huge lorry smashed into it.
    See the incredible video here:

  • Fans of strange sea creatures, after thousands of tiny pea-sized crabs washed up on a beach in Hawaii.
    Read the story and see the pictures here:


  • TV-haters, as a new report claims that large TVs “bring families together”.
    Read the story here:

  • A woman in the UK, after her prized garden gnome was kidnapped – and held to ransom.
    Read the story here:


"I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.” – Woody Allen


  • The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra has more members than Monte-Carlo’s own army
  • A 13-year-old boy designed the Alaskan flag
  • In 1983, the only country without a single birth was Vatican City
  • There are more Barbie dolls in Italy than people in Canada


This week we’ve got a video of a very intelligent (and hungry) dog as he finds his way around his owner’s kitchen.
See it here:

The week's homework looks at phrasal verbs with "get":

Place the following words in the sentences below:

  • BY
  • IN
  • ON
  • OFF
  • OUT OF
  • OVER
  • UP
  • RID OF

  1. Do you know what time Olga's plane ???????? ?
  2. Paul is really intelligent but sometimes he has problems ?????? his ideas ??????
  3. I really should wash the dishes, but I don't feel like it. Maybe I'll ??????? them tomorrow morning
  4. That shirt is really ugly. Why don't you ??????? it?
  5. I'm sorry, but you're too late to say goodbye to Angela. Olga ?????? the plane about 20 minutes ago.
  6. I don't know where Jane was going. She just ??????? her car and drove away."
  7. She doesn't have a car. She ?????? by bicycle, bus, or taxi
  8. It's going to be hard to pay the rent now that you've lost your job, but somehow we'll ??????
  9. When you ????? the bus, cross the street, turn right at the roundabout and head for the seafront.
  10. Everyone knew OJ Simpson was guilty, but his lawyer was clever and ????? him ??????
  11. Olga, why can't you and your sister ?????? Everyone else ????????? her just fine!
  12. I was really upset when my father died. I thought I would never ??????? feeling so sad.
  13. Paul discovered that one of his teachers was stealing from him so he ??????? him.
  14. You'll have to ????? much earlier than usual tomorrow. We have to leave by no later than 6:00 AM.

And you riddle this week:

Sometimes clear or maybe muddied,
By scientists it is studied.
In a cup or in the sea,
Old Mother Nature gives it free.

Have a good weekend - I look forward to writing to you again next week with more news and homework!

Best wishes as always


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