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The mystery city: CLUE 2!!

I hope you are ready to play this game again because here you have a new photograph and clue. Game on!

Clue 1. Where the bloody hell are you?
Clue 2. The only place where you can find a Tasmanian Devil in the wild

Bert and Ernie: You're it!

Today I'm feeling nostalgic again so I'm really sorry for today's post.

Do you remember Sesame Street muppets Bert and Ernie (Epi y Blas in Spanish)? I suppose you do. Well, here you have my favourite sketch, the one when Ernie plays a game of tag with Bert, who is reading his book. The game is called "You're it" (Tú la llevas in Spanish). Bert doesn't want to play but after Ernie saying "Bert's it" like a thousand times, he loses his temper and starts chasing Ernie.

Bert & Ernie: Bert's it!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this video and, I don't know about you, but for me it's always rewarding to see all these series from my childhood again, but now IN ENGLISH!!!

Anyway, here you have a direct link to the Spanish version.

How to... by the BBC

I think that, by now, you're all aware of the wonders of the BBC Learning English website. Well, believe it or not, I've found an amazing section in which you can listen to podcasts providing tips on how to speak better English. Believe me, it's worth a look. See ya!

All- time TV series

Ok, guys. Listen to this:

Don't tell me you didn't love this lady? Wasn't she cute? Jessica Fletcher, ahh... such memories!

After her husband's death, Mrs. Fletcher starts writing mystery novels (or whodunnits). Her novels become an immediate success. But this is not Mrs. Fletcher only talent. She also has a gift for solving murder mysteries. Well, when you come to think of it, murder seems to follow her around, which makes me wonder.
To be honest, I think that people should run away the moment they meet her because a murder is about to happen for sure.
However, in spite of this, I really loved this series. And, wait a minute, I just realized that, in fact, maybe the plot was not so simple, I mean, it could be a story inside a story. I'll explain myself. Maybe, the TV series is about the mystery novels she writes. Each episode is one of her novels in which the main character is a nosy lady who is a good observer (and likes eavesdropping a bit).

Anyway, any series is goo…

Inapropriate language?

Do you find the language in this ad so shocking? The British did. They found the words bloody hell inapropriate for an advert so they banned it from British television. Seeing is believing!

If you are an advert fan...
Advertising in America: 1850-1920
Ads in the 1960s
How ad slogans work
How TV affects children
Telly ads

And some vocabulary exercises, of course.
Quiz 1
Quiz 2

Finally, McDonald's best commercial ever:

Hilarious, isn't it?

Regrets, I've had a few

Today's post:
Start with Frank Sinatra and his song "My Way" (regrets I've had a few... I did it my way).

Practise gramamar: Wishes and regretsExercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
Exercise 4
Exercise 5
video with situations in context (it might help you understand the different uses of I wish. Worth trying)listen to a man thinking about regrets and what advice he might give to younger people.

Eureka! That's it!

This is what Archimedes, the Greek mathematician, said when he discovered that the volume of an object can be calculated by the amount of water it displaces. How did he make this discovery? Well, he was getting into de bath and the bath was so full that the water overflowed.

In this post, you will be able to watch some videos from the Science Channel that you might find interesting. I'll also provide you with some exercises to revise the use of quantifiers. So, let's get down to work, shall we?

To start with, why don't you have a go at the Eureka quiz? It'll be fun.

Time for vocabulary practice. Go through these exercises and the reading and video exercises will be much easier. Promise!
Science and inventions
Numbers and maths

Before watching the video, you can have a look at the following link. Here you can find information about the big 100 discoveries of our time. You might find the top 10 accidental inventions worth reading too.

Now, it's time for video watching. You …

DO YOU REMEMBER? All-time TV series

Since I promised to post some information about top TV series that I remember fondly, here you have the theme song of the one I've chosen for today's post.

Thank you for being a friend. Travel down the road and back again. Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant. And if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew. You would see the biggest gift would be from me and the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend.

Yes, The Golden Girls. Didn't you love them? Tart-tongue Dorothy and her salty Sicilian mother, Sophia, former farm girl Rose and Southern belle Blanche. This sitcom is based on the lives and interactions of these four older women whom have all been divorced/widowed, and are now roommates.

Now, would you like to know what Golden Girls character are you? Well, take this quiz to find out.

I've not chosen this sitcom, just by chance. Apart from loving it myself, I chose it in order to pay tribute to one of the actresses who has recently died.…