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This week we have been enjoying great sunshine in the UK, and have been thoroughly entertained by a truly stunning Olympics where the British athletes have performed better than ever before.

It's also been a fantastic week for Plymouth College (my former secondary school) as two of their pupils won Olympic medals - a Bronze for Tom Daley in diving and a Gold for Ruta Meilutyte in swimming.
However, there are other things that have been happening in the world besides the Olympics this week! Let’s take a look at some of the more peculiar things that have been happening in the news:


  • Bikini fans, as a Vietnamese airline allowed an in-flight bikini model parade on one of its flights, much to the delight of male passengers!
    Read the story here:

  • Zipwire fans, as a theme park in the UK is offering free zipwire rides to people called Boris, or those who are wearing a blonde wig, in honour of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. (The Mayor was famously stuck on a zipwire during a publicity stunt in the first week of the Olympics).
    Read all about it here:


  • A woman from the UK who took out a new mobile phone contract – and within just one week owed £27,000!
    Read the story here:

  • A dopey drug dealer, after he illegally parked his van full of drugs – in a police station car park, in a space reserved for a top police officer! He has since been jailed.
    Read the story here:


"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” – Yogi Berra


  • A rodent’s teeth never stop growing
  • A shrimp’s heart is in its head
  • A snail can sleep for up to three years
  • A tuna fish can swim 100 miles in a single day!


This week we have a very fun video by a physics-obsessed German man who likes to use a slingshot to blow things up in slow motion! See it here:


OK, and now for some new homework! This week's homework is about "Time".

Use one of the following words to complete the sentences below:

  • WASTE (verb) 
  • MAKE
  • SAVE  
  • RAN OUT OF   
  • SPARE 
  • WASTE (noun) 
  • VALUE 

  1. I had to go to the doctor about her eyes. I ?????? at least 6 hours a day in front of the computer.
  2. If you want to get to College quicker, ?????? time: don't drive, buy a bike!
  3. I don't get home till 10 o'clock every night, so I ?????? the free time I have at weekends.
  4. Olga, if you're thinking of going to see the new James Bond film, don't bother. It's a ?????? of time.
  5. Can you ????? a minute of two, Olga? I just want to ask you something.
  6. I'm sorry I can't ????? the time right now. I've got a plane to catch.
  7. I work long hours so the time I spend with my family is very ?????? to me.
  8. I hate airports. You ?????? so much time just queuing.
  9. I think we should hurry up. We're ????? time.
  10. There's ????? of time. Don't worry, the train doesn't leave for an hour.
  11. I'm sorry, Olga. There's no way I can ?????? the time to see you before the end of the week.
  12. Sorry I wasn't able to get that book for you Olga; I just ????? time

And finally a very easy riddle for you!

A classy place to which one goes,
Where one must be a member.
With this a caveman thumps his foes,
Before they, he dismembers.

Have a relaxing weekend and I look forward to writing to you again next week.

Best wishes as always



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