common crimesYou have just read an article in a local newspaper about the increase in crime in your local area. The police are asking for advice from local residents about the different ways to prevent crime.

Write a report to the police outlining details about the four most common crimes committed in your local area and provide suggestions on different ways to prevent them.

SPEAKING CHALLENGE: Do you know any Criminals or Victims of Criminal Activity?


  1. Is crime a problem where you live?
  2. Is juvenile crime on the increase in your country?
  3. Do you worry about Internet crime?
  4. Have you ever committed a petty crime?
  5. Have you ever been a victim of crime?
  6. Have you ever reported a crime?
  7. Have you ever witnessed a crime?
  8. How can crime be reduced?
  9. Do you think that prisons work?

Without a shadow of a doubt

shadow of a doubtWithout a shadow of a doubt is a common expression which means you are 100% certain you are correct about something.

For example, without a shadow of a doubt learning English is hard work.

On a personal note, without a shadow of a doubt, the most valuable things in my life are my friends and family, my health, my Apple Nano and my trainers.

Furthermore, without a shadow of a doubt, the Molotov Dukebox gig I went to last Friday night was one of my 2014 highlights.  Molotov Dukebox MalagaDid I paint the town red?  Did I have a blast? Did I have a hangover? Yep, yep and yep.

Janette was in the crowd jumping around like a kid in a sweet shop! Thank you Molotov Dukebox, you were awesome!!!!

So, what are you certain about? Without a shadow of a doubt what, or who are the most important things in your life?


LISTENING CHALLENGE: Breaking Bad: Chemistry Teacher Turns Drug Manufacturer

Breaking BadBreaking Bad is one of my all time favourite TV Crime Series. It was recommended to me by my Teckie Knight. And despite the fact that we are like chalk and cheese, he definitely knows my taste in TV. From the opening credits I was hooked on it!!!
The critics say:

  • ”Offbeat and brilliant
  • The best show on Television
  • One of the greatest dramas in TV history
  • Brutal and comedic at the same time”

I say, if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad yet, I’d suggest you take a week off work and learn some chemistry. I haven’t been this addicted to TV since the 1990’s when I was addicted to Twin Peaks.Why not watch the pilot episode?

Don’t fancy watching TV. Ok, how about listening to one of my favourite tracks from the show?  Click here for Negro Y Azul: The Ballad of Heisenberg (From “Breaking Bad” TV Series)” by Los Cuates de Sinaloa


CSI”The body is cold, the case is hot and the crime scene is the key to the killing. Crime scene investigators are a team of forensic scientists who bring crimes back to life. In the city of Las Vegas, between the high rollers and the low lives, between the hidden clues and the varied motives, lies the trail to the truth. The evidence never lies”.

Why didn’t I study to be a CSI?  I’m really keen on solving problems,  I’ve always wanted to say: ”You’re under arrest, you low life scumbag” and as many of you know, I usually wear black clothes.  Seriously, I would make a perfect CSI.  I need to go and talk to the Guardia Civil about a part-time job!


Boston LegalThe truth is we are all nuts about crime and law enforcement. Furthermore, it is said that the average TV watcher spends more time viewing shows about the law and criminal activity than any other topic. Indeed, my favourite TV series of all time is Boston Legal; a hilarious, well-scripted, ethically dubious show about a law firm set in the Republican city of Boston in the USA. If you want to laugh your pants off, or laugh your head off, then start off by watching the official trailer:

With regards to films, yes, plots with hideous criminal behaviour are definitely my cup of tea.

I loved The Fight Club, Sev7n and The Silence of the Lambs. However, if I had to pick one of these films, I would choose Sev7n. No, not because Brad Pitt is the bomb ( hot) but because the storyline is brilliant and it’s one of the best endings of a film ever, ever written.
What!  You’ve never watched any of them! Get yourself in the mood by watching the trailers:

  1. S7even
  2. Fight Club
  3. The Silence of the Lambs

READING CHALLENGE: Janette on the criminal trail!

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidIn my opinion not taking time off work is a crime! Indeed, all work and no play make a person as dull as dishwater.
Luckily for me, I have friends who agree with this sentiment and so a number of years ago, two friends and I quit our jobs and bought one-way flights to Mexico.

We had a vague plan about what we wanted to do during our year off including: camping in the Mayan city of Palenque, scuba diving in Belize, trekking to Machu Picchu, flying over the Nasca lines, volunteering on a coffee plantation, speed cycling down the most dangerous road in the world and horseback riding in Bolivia looking for signs of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

As usual on a trip like this, plans change. One of my mates got a bun in the oven and flew home after 3 months, and the other developed a conscience and decided to support a local educational volunteer programme. I, on the other hand, had crime on my mind and so I rented a guide, a horse and some chaps and went in search of the famous bank robbers Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

And, despite the fact that I’m scared stiff of horses and that riding for 3 days across deserts and rocky outcrops with a mental guide whacking the ass of my horse to make it go faster made me start thinking about my will, the experience is definitely one of the most memorable things that I have done in my life.

If you don’t know anything about these two lovable criminals watch the trailer to the award-winning 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the hot, hot, HOT actors, Paul Newman and Robert Redford . Seriously, if you have Newman and Redford in your life, you really shouldn’t complain about anything. Yes, they both certainly rock my world!

To be crazy about someone or doing something

crazy about somethingTo be crazy about someone or doing something is an expression which means to be very, very, very  keen on something or someone, or to be fond of something or someone. We also use the expression to be nuts about doing something.

For example, some people are crazy about cooking, ( I know, how is that possible?!)  and others  are nuts about climbing big rocks. However,  at the moment, for me, I’m crazy about playing squash even though every week I lose and get my ass kicked. In addition, I’m crazy about my thermal underwear because I’m soooooooooooooooooooo cold!