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This week we’ve been making plans for the months leading up to Christmas!

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


  • Fans of world records, as an Indian man this week attempted to set a new one by pulling a train – using just his hair.
    Read the story and see the video here:

  • Fans of animal art, as this week saw a report in the UK national press about an elephant that can paint!
    See the video here:


  • A grandfather in the UK, who found out his grandson had racked up a ?2,000 credit card bill – playing a game on his ipad!
    Read the story here:

  • A UK man who was stopped at the airport – with over 30 giant snails in his luggage!
    Read the story here:


"If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.” – Bob Dylan


  • The bark of an older redwood tree is fireproof
  • New York’s Central Park is nearly twice the size of the entire country of Monaco
  • A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours
  • The people of Andorra have the longest average lifespan of any country’s inhabitants -- 83.49 years!


This week we’ve got a gallery of photos from The British Moustache and Beard Championships.
Take a look at some remarkable facial hair:

This week's homework is about the "Journey of Life":

Use the following expressions to complete the sentences below:

  • In a rut
  • Coming or going
  • Follow in his father's footsteps
  • Short-cut to success
  • Side-tracked
  • Light at the end of the tunnel
  • Running out of steam
  • No turning back
  • Go our separate ways
  • On the road to recovery
  • Taken off

  1. I've been doing the same job for 15 years. I think I am ?????. I need a change
  2. I've got so much work on my desk. I'm really confused. I don't know whether I'm ??????.
  3. It's been a very difficult year, but I am happy to say that there now seems to be some ?????.
  4. Our partnership didn't last. In the end we agreed to ??????.
  5. Hard work, long hours and lots of worry. When you are trying to build up a business I'm afraid there's no ?????
  6. I'm feeling much better now thanks, Olga. I'm well ??????.
  7. She's getting frustrated. Her career hasn't really ??????? yet.
  8. Once you've made your decision, you realise there's ???????, don't you Olga ?
  9. His father is a doctor and it's obvious that John's going to ??????.
  10. I just don't have the enthusiasm I used to have. I'm ???????.
  11. Sorry it took so long, Olga. I got ???????

OK, have a great week and I will write with more news (and the answers to your homework) next week.

Best wishes


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