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This week we have launched an exciting new internet marketing programme to allow our former students and agents to earn money without doing any work :-)

So ....let’s take a look at the interesting things that have been reported in the British media this week:


  • House-hunters in Brussels, Europe, after the smallest house in the city went up for sale.
    See it here:

  • A man from Plymouth who has been given a ‘Terminator’-style robotic arm.
    See the video here:


  • A woman in the UK who was caught on camera being so busy texting that she walked straight into a canal!
    See the video here:

  • Staff at a reptile centre in South Africa, after flooding led to the escape of 15,000 crocodiles.
    Read the whole worrying story here:


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West


  • Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson".
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
  • You can tell from the statue of a mounted horseman how the rider died. If all four of the horse's feet are on the ground, he died of natural causes. One foot raised means he died from wounds suffered in battle. Two legs raised means he died in action.
  • Coca Cola was originally green.


This week we have a very amusing video featuring tigers at a British Wildlife Reserve having fun in the snow. See it here:


OK, enough of the news. How did you find last week's "Red and Blue" homework? Well, here are the answers:


1. The first time I went skiing was terrible. I kept falling over and had bruises everywhere. My body was black and BLUE all over.
2. I had a big surprise yesterday. My cousin from Australia arrived out of the BLUE.
3. I have just returned from visiting our agents in Kazakhstan. They were very welcoming. They gave me the RED 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 BLUE moon.
5. Come on, Olga, it's your birthday! We can't stay in tonight. Let's go out and paint the town RED.
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 RED tape.
7. My girlfriend accused me of lying. Can you believe it? I just saw RED and started shouting at her.
8. Olga, I wouldn't use Brian's computer if I were you. He'll scream BLUE 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 BLUE in the face but the answer is still "No".


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 RED-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 BLUE-eyed boy.

3. Paul: Do you want to try that new late-night cinema?
Olga: No, thanks. I heard they only show BLUE 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 RED 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 BLUE.

And the riddle?

What goes around the world and stays in a corner?

The answer is a STAMP

This week's homework is called "Driving Idioms":

PART A - Literal meanings
Complete the definitions below using these words:

  • GEAR
  • BEND

1) When you pass another car (going in the same direction) you ?????? it.
2) You ?????? the car with the steering-wheel.
3) If you drive down a road and the road stops suddenly, it is a ???????.
4) You change ????? by first depressing the clutch pedal.
5) Motorways usually have three ??????.
6) A ?????? involves two or more vehicles.
7) A ????? usually involves more than one vehicle, but not necessarily.
8) Nobody likes a ?????? driver!
9) A curve in a road is called a ??????.
10) When you come to a ??????? you have to decide which direction to go in.


Match the idioms in CAPITALS with the meanings below:

1) Bill used to be the boss, but his son is IN THE DRIVING SEAT now.
2) Italy has OVERTAKEN France as the number two holiday destination in Europe.
3) Olga, this new computer is DRIVING ME MAD !
4) Last year was very difficult but I think the company has TURNED THE CORNER now.
5) Come on, Olga, STEP ON IT ! We're going to be late!
6) I wonder if you could help me, Olga ? We're IN A BIT OF A JAM.
7) I wish I could leave. This is a DEAD-END JOB.
8) I would STEER CLEAR of Diana today, if I were you. She's in a terrible mood.
9) The Lions rugby team wasn't too bad in the first half, but 10 minutes into the second half they seemed to GO UP A GEAR. They won 25 nil!
10) Come on! It's time to HIT THE ROAD, Olga.

a) keep away from
b) in control
c) change for the better
d) leave
e) make someone angry
f) have a serious problem
g) replace
h) have no future
i) increase your effort
j) hurry

And your riddle this week:

Set beside your head,
In the cold it can get red.
Mine are normally pale,
On an elephant, a sail.

Have a good week and we look forward to writing to you again next week with more news and the answers to your homework.

Best wishes
Paul & Jill

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

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