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This week we’ve been preparing lots of paperwork for upcoming student groups!

What have you been doing? If you have something fun to share, do please tell us on Facebook

OK, let’s have a look at some of the more unusual things that have been happening in the news:


  • Aggrieved checkout girls angry with their bosses, after a pair of workers in the UK – who were annoyed by the behaviour of their boss – Googled him and found out he was a wanted criminal in the US.
    Read the astonishing story here

  • A Brazilian woman who had a very lucky escape – when her husband accidentally shot her through the neck with a harpoon!
    Read the story here


  • An American rock singer, who was electrocuted live on stage in front of thousands of Russian fans.
    See the video here

  • Three fake nuns, after they were arrested trying to smuggle cocaine inside their habits.
    Read the story here


This week we have a hilarious video of a woman who gets annoyed when her boyfriend won’t pay attention to her – and so takes matters into her own hands! See it here


  • Salvador Dali was terrified of grasshoppers.
  • The world’s largest crocodile and the world’s smallest man are from the same island in the Philippines.
  • Crocodiles have no lips.
  • Queen Elizabeth 1 often drank 2 pints of beer for breakfast.


“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” - Lao Tzu


That's the news for this week. How did you find last week's homework? Well, here are the answers.


1. A comment made to hurt somebody or to make them feel stupid is an INSULT.
2. Some people have all the PATIENCE in the world, while others have none.
3. If you are in a difficult situation, you need to use your WITS.
4. A curve in a road is a BEND.
5. You tie a farm animal, for example a goat, to a post with a TETHER.
6. When I'm trying to read a book, I don't like any DISTRACTIONS.
7. If you get an INJURY to your back, it can take months to clear up.
8. It really annoys me when people TEAR pages out of the telephone book.
9. Be careful. This is a very low doorway. Don't BANG your head.
10. Many farm animals eat and sleep on STRAW.


1. I'm at the END of my tether.
2. We're at our WITS' end.
3. It's getting on my NERVES.
4. That sort of thing really gets up my NOSE.
5. to add INSULT to injury.
6. the last STRAW


1. Do you think you could stop whistling, Olga? - It's getting on my nerves.
2. Jack's been crying all day. The baby won't go to sleep. I've got a terrible headache. I can't take any more. I'm at the end of my tether.
3. First he told me he wanted to end the relationship. Then, to add insult to injury, he asked to borrow some money to take a taxi home.
4. The bank has just charged me £25 because I was overdrawn for one day. One day! That sort of thing really gets up my nose.
5. I've asked my flatmate to move out. She never tidied the place or cooked. The last straw was when she brought a stray dog home!
6. We don't know what to do with Jane. She's 15. She won't do her homework, she isn't interested in anything, she hardly speaks. We're at our wits' end !

This week's homework is called "Certainty and Doubt":


Use the following expressions in the dialogues below:

  • It's in the bag.
  • It's on the cards.
  • It's touch and go.
  • It's anyone's guess
  • It's all up in the air.
  • It's a forgone conclusion

1. Paul: How is your grandfather? Is he still in hospital?
Olga: Yes, I'm afraid ????? at the moment. We'll know within 24 hours whether he's going to pull through or not.

2. Paul: What's the news about the Australian contract? Have we won it?
Olga: Well, it hasn't been signed yet but I think we can safely say ?????.

3. Paul: Are Jim and Anna getting married or not? I hear they are having second thoughts.
Olga: That's right. They had a big argument so ????? at the moment.

4. Paul: England is the best football team in the world. They are going to win the World Cup. ?????

5. Paul: I wouldn't be surprised if Jack and Jill decide to get married, would you?
Olga: You're right. A wedding is definitely ??????.

6. Paul: We've been waiting 5 hours and we still don't know when the plane is going to leave. What's happening?
Olga: I'm sorry, sir. ?????? We're as much in the dark as you.


Use the following expressions in the situations below.

  • The writing's on the wall.
  • I can feel it in my bones.
  • Your guess is as good as mine.
  • Without a shadow of a doubt.

1. 20 red roses! I have no idea who sent them. ?????
2. It was John. I'm telling you I saw him. It WAS him - ?????.
3. ????? for Paul. He'll be looking for a new job soon. He's never in the office and people are starting to complain.
4. There's going to be trouble at the match tonight. ?????

And finally a riddle for you to solve:

A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the scene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says, "I can't operate on this boy, he is my son!" How can this be?

I hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend and I will write again next week.
Paul & Jill

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

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