Tighten your belt

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Today’s Phrase If you tighten your belt you try to spend less money because you haven’t got as much to spend as you did before. Examples: Since I started working part-time I’ve had to tighten my belt. Celebrating Christmas is going to cost us a lot of money so we’re all going to have to tighten our belts.   Take note Being … Read More

My stay in Genoa

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Enjoying Genoa, though working hard. It is a mellow city, at ease with itself. Fraying round the edges a bit, but for all that still elegant. I especially like the solid arcades which recall a different century.

Turning to jelly

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Today you can learn a new phrase: ‘turn to jelly’. If you turn to jelly, it really means you suddenly feel very weak because you are nervous or frightened. Sometimes you can say your legs or another part of your body turns to jelly and this means the same thing. Examples: When I saw how high up we were, I … Read More

David King doing exams for Trinity in Italy

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Sticky Moments on Tour: I ended the day at the Jesuit school on Corso Siracusa by examining some external candidates. They were poor and some failed. The drill in these situations is to hand over the results in a sealed envelope and leg it before things turn ugly. This I duly did, and moved along sharpish to the bus stop … Read More