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This week we’ve been enjoying the company of two groups of students from Germany and Austria. And we’ve also been shielding ourselves from some Autumn showers!
Now, let’s take a look at some of the more unusual things that have been happening in the news this week:


  • Basejumping fans, after 95 professional basejumpers leapt of Kuala Lumpur’s highest building in an amazing daredevil display.
    See the video here:

  • A surfer in flooded West Yorshire, UK, who decided to make the most of the terrible weather conditions – by surfing along a flooded street!
    See the video here :


  • UK postal service Royal Mail, who revealed a post box at a train station this week that they postmen have failed to collect mail from for the last 23 years!
    Read the story here:

  • US Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, who was duped into taking a prank call from two comedians this week when they pretended to be the Canadian Prime Minister.
    Read the story here:


"I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” -- Rita Rudner


  • In parts of China it is common to eat insects such as bean worms, scorpions and locusts
  • Men are 6 times as likely to be struck by lightning than women
  • Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 18 inches per year
  • More Monopoly money is printed in a year than real money is printed throughout the world!


Following on from last week’s gallery of the UK Beard & Moustache Championships 2012, we have a set of pictures this week from the European Championships:

Enough of the news. How did you find last week's homework?

Here are the answers:

  1. I've been doing the same job for 15 years. I think I am IN A RUT. 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 COMING OR GOING.
  3. It's been a very difficult year, but I am happy to say that there now seems to be some LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
  4. Our partnership didn't last. In the end we agreed to GO OUR SEPARATE WAYS
  5. Hard work, long hours and lots of worry. When you are trying to build up a business I'm afraid there's no SHORT-CUT TO SUCCESS
  6. I'm feeling much better now thanks. I'm well ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY.
  7. She's getting frustrated. Her career hasn't really TAKEN OFF yet.
  8. Once you've made your decision, you realise there's NO TURNING BACK, don't you ?
  9. His father is a doctor and it's obvious that John's going to FOLLOW IN HIS FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS
  10. I just don't have the enthusiasm I used to have. I'm RUNNING OUT OF STEAM
  11. Sorry it took so long. I got SIDE-TRACKED.

This week's homework is about the language of gambling!

Please complete the sentences below using the following words:

  • TOSS
  • HAND
  • ODDS

  1. If you get 3 aces when you are playing poker, you probably have a winning ??????
  2. Before a football match, the captains ????? a coin to see who will start the game.
  3. The ?????? of winning the Lottery in UK are about 14 million to one.
  4. When you are playing cards, one person ?????? the cards to the other players.
  5. The top prize you can win in a lottery is called the ???????.
  6. The money that you gamble on a horse, for example, is a ??????.
  7. If you ?????? when playing cards, you pretend to have a better ????? than you actually have.
  8. In a casino, you don't use money; you use ???????.

Any your riddle for this week:

Saying it belongs to me.
A hazard that explodes at sea.
Where gold lurks below the ground,
Drills and dynamite abound.

That's all for the week. Have a relaxing weekend and I will be in touch again next week.

Best wishes


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