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RIDDLES & Quirky News

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Mayor uses unusual form of identification.

”I didn’t have any ID on me, but they let me on board when I showed them a picture of me in a magazine,” explained Robin Goodfellow, a mayor from a town in the north of England. Goodfellow, 49, was on an internal flight from Manchester to London. Unfortunately, he arrived at the airport without any ID. “I was just about to get on the plane, when I realised that I’d left my passport at home. But then I remembered that I had a magazine in my bag with a photo of me on the front cover. So, I took it out and showed it to security staff. Inside the magazine, there was an article about me as mayor, and a photo of me welcoming visitors to the town. Luckily, the security screeners at the airport accepted the magazine photo as proof of identification. If not, I’d have missed my meeting in London.”

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The latest issue of Hot English (178 – the March issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Improve your spoken English! Learn 12 useful expressions for responding to comments + 10 “money” words, 8 useful maths terms, 16 words to use to describe films, 10 expressions for describing an object, 20 “furniture” words... plus: • Quiz – are you greedy? • Food – unusual restaurants • Grammar – the use of the word “like” • Books – Twilight book review • Cinema – a film extract from Dead Poets Society • Finance – famous billionaires • History – the Great Depression • Celebrities – Paris Hilton versus Naomi Campbell • Culture – an Indian festival • Entertainment – learn how to play poker • Crime – the Ponzi Scheme • Phone English – ordering something by phone • Language – the second English language: Globish • Money – some great money quotes • The environment – the rise of the Scuppie • Education – classroom phrasal verbs AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!