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Well, 2013 is in full swing, and we are already hard at work planning activities, finding homestays, locating work placements, and scheduling great lessons for our forthcoming students!

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So ... let's look at the news reported in the British media this week:


  • Fans of children’s favourites The Smurfs, after a superfan who has been acquiring Smurfs toys all of her life decided to show off her collection.
    Take a look and prepare to be surprised here:

  • An Australian gold prospector, who found an enormous gold nugget this week worth approximately £200,000.
    Take a look at the nugget and read the full story here:


  • A man in Cyprus, who inadvertently triggered a bomb scare in his local police station when he brought a suspected bomb he found in his driveway in to show the authorities.
    Read the story here:

  • A cleaning lady in Sweden, who stole a train and ended up crashing it into a building.
    Read the astonishing story here:


“Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.” -- Epictetus


  • Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
  • Ben and Jerry's send the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor: Mint Oreo.
  • Aztec emperor Montezuma had a nephew, Cuitlahac, whose name meant "plenty of excrement."
  • One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.


This week we have an amusing gallery featuring a dog that has been travelling all over the world. Take a look here:


OK, enough of the news. What about last week's riddle?

Take a drag, they're bad for you,
Some have one hump, others two.
Crossing sand is easily done,
If you happen to have one.

The answer is CAMEL - a type of cigarette and animal.

And now for your homework! This week's homework is called "Red and Blue"


Choose the colour which completes the idiom - RED or BLUE.

1. The first time I went skiing was terrible. I kept falling over and had bruises everywhere. My body was black and ????? all over.
2. I had a big surprise yesterday. My cousin from Australia arrived out of the ?????.
3. I have just returned from visiting our agents in Kazakhstan. They were very welcoming. They gave me the ????? carpet treatment.
4. I used to go to the cinema quite often but I'm too busy these days. Now I only go once in a ????? moon.
5. Come on, Olga, it's your birthday! We can't stay in tonight. Let's go out and paint the town ??????.
6. It's so difficult to get a visa to visit Britain. All the documents, the paperwork, the forms to fill in. I hate all this ????? tape.
7. My girlfriend accused me of lying. Can you believe it? I just saw ????? and started shouting at her.
8. Olga, I wouldn't use Brian's computer if I were you. He'll scream ????? murder if he finds out you've used it.
9. Look, Olga, you've asked me 50 times already. You can keep asking until you're ????? in the face but the answer is still "No".


Complete the following dialogues with the word RED or BLUE.

1. Paul: How can you be sure it was Bob who stole the CD's ?
Olga: Linda saw him putting them in his bag. He was caught ??????-handed.

2. Paul: George seems to be the boss's favourite. He's always nice to him.
Olga: Oh, yes. George can do no wrong. He's the ?????-eyed boy.

3. Paul: Do you want to try that new late-night cinema?
Olga: No, thanks. I heard they only show ????? movies. I'm not interested in sex films.

4. Paul: John gets quite angry when you talk about politics, doesn't he?
Olga: Absolutely. If you criticise Tony Blair it's like a ?????? rag to a bull.

5. Paul: I am sorry to hear about your father's death. Had he been ill for a long time?
Olga: No, it was a heart attack. Totally unexpected. A complete bolt out of the ?????.

This week's riddle is:

What goes around the world and stays in a corner?

Have a good week Olga and we look forward to writing to you again next Friday.
Paul & Jill

Paul Stevens - Director (based in San Diego, USA)
Jill Tyler - General Manager (based in Plymouth, UK)

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