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112 Thanksgiving... and Black Friday: Richard talks about his time in the United States (27 Nov 14)
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111 The fall. Winter, spring, summer and now autumn; it's the cold but colourful season (30 Oct 14)
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The best thing about autumn in the UK is playing a game of conkers:

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110 Nice holiday? Jackie and Richard talk about their last holiday, and now you can talk about yours! (25 Sep 14)
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Spot Jackie (in the orange top) at 1m 34 sec cheering on Chris Froome!

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109 Bad habits. What bad habits do Richard and Jackie have? Listen and find out! (21 Aug 14)
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108 Can you swim? Jump in the water and listen to Jackie and Richard talk about learning to swim (10 Jul 14)
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These animals can swim, can you?

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107 Brazil: not just a country. One country, two trees and lots of interesting facts! (12 Jun 14)
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The Agouti and the Brazil Nut:

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106 The Merry Month of May. Lots of information about the year's prettiest month - it's not just about flowers! (8 May 14)
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105 The Easter egg. There's more to Easter eggs than just eating them, listen and find out! (10 Apr 14)
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How to make a strange, glowing Easter egg:

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104 Dear diary. There are some good reasons for writing a diary about your everyday life (13 Mar 14)
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103 Paintings not photos. Join the pie team in putting something more artistic on Facebook (6 Feb 14)
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Watch the great Henri Matisse at work:

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102 A poem for Christmas. The pie team want you to celebrate the festive season with poetry (19 Dec 13)
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101 Figgy pudding. Hear about some Christmas meals eaten in different parts of the world, mmm! (5 Dec 13)
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Oh, bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer:

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100 Bonfire Night. Richard explains the reason behind this traditional November event (31 Oct 13)
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99 Back to school. Do Jackie and Richard have good memories of their schooldays? (5 Sep 13)
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98 The little prince. William and Kate show off their baby boy, but will he be King George VII one day? (26 Jul 13)
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What everyone was waiting for:

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97 The tipping point. Unfortunately, it's not just snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest (13 Jun 13)

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96 British icons: the cuppa. Sit down, put your feet up and have a nice cup of tea! (2 May 13)

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Is this the best way to make a perfect cup of tea?
tea Watch & listen (03:30)

95 A room with a difference. Now Richard finds three more unusual places to stay the night (4 Apr 13)
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If our six unusual places don't interest you, what about here:
mill Watch & listen (00:44)

94 What a place to stay! Jackie has found some very unusual places to stay the night (7 Mar 13)

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93 Animal odd couples. Some animals simply don't understand that they are not meant to be friends! (31 Jan 13)
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Two animals make an odd couple, so what about these three!
fox Watch & listen (00:45)

92 Winter blues. Neither Jackie nor Richard are looking forward to the long winter season ahead (13 Dec 12)
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Sissel, from Norway, sings In the Bleak Midwinter:
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91 What a wonderful world. David Attenborough sees amazing things on planet Earth. (8 Nov 12)
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90 Fearless Felix. The amazing story of the man who fell to Earth (18 Oct 12)
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Surely one of the most incredible things to do:
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Bonus for members! How his suit helped him to survive:
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89 Let's go to Rio! Jackie and Richard are already looking forward to future sporting events in Brazil (13 Sep 12)
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Worksheet & Answers (pdf 89KB)
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The Girl from Ipanema performed by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz, 1964:
Song lyrics (pdf 47KB)
ipanema Watch & listen (03:02)

88 Beside the seaside. There are some big changes to the traditional British summer holiday beside the sea (2 Aug 12)
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Bournemouth Pier Beach is popular in the summer:
bournemouth Watch & listen (02:11)

87 Fingers and thumbs. Helen has a problem when she tries to make things... (5 Jul 12)
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86 Ice cream mmm. Jackie makes some ice cream, the taste of summer (6 Jun 12)
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85 Follow the flame. The Olympic torch relay starts its long journey this month (3 May 12)
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See some of the sites the Olympic torch passes in the UK:
flame Watch & listen (03:33)

84 Please, sir. A day in the life of a... teacher. Mat talks about his life at school (12 Apr 12)
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Ross shows his students what a dinosuar sounds like:
teacher Watch & listen (54sec)

83 Lost and found. The amazing underground world of London's Lost Property Office (1 Mar 12)
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A short horror film about stealing a lost item from London Underground:
tube Watch & listen (00:59)

82 I am sailing. Is Laura's round-the-world solo trip at 16 fantastic, or not? (26 Jan 12)
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Watch Laura end her journey with Euronews:
laura Watch & listen (00:59)

81 In a lather. The pie team have found themselves a new hobby - soap making (15 Dec 11)
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80 Why Occupy? Amanda from Occupy Wall Street gives her reasons for being part of the protest (17 Nov 11)
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79 Mine's a Mars bar. The pie team look back on their favourite chocolate bars (27 Oct 11)
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A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play (1980's advert):
chocolates Watch & listen (30sec)

78 Double act. Meet Ana Luisa, a language teacher with two hats! (22 Sep 11)

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77 Return to the blue house. What a lot of changes since the pie team bought their house! (28 Jul 11)
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Compare the house now to when we bought it in 2009!

76 Penela: our local town. The pie team talk about what to see in their town up the road (21 Jul 11)
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Fancy a visit to Penela castle? This is from TVCoimbra:
castle Watch & listen (02:12)

75 My ideal study place. How do you like to study? In a library, at a desk, at home with friends? (26 May 11)
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Lesson plan (pdf 61KB) extra for teachers!
Students from the Indiana University of Pennyslvania talk about their favourite study places.
study Watch & listen (3m)

74 Spring is in the air. The pie team talk about the prettiest season of the year (28 Apr 11)
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There are lots of videos about spring on the BBC Spring watch site

73 The royal family. Surely one of the most popular British icons! (21 Apr 11)
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The wedding of Charles and Diana, 1981.
royals Watch & listen (4m 03sec)

72 Amazing Amazon. Some incredible facts from the world's biggest rainforest (17 Feb 11)
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Webquest (pdf 70KB)

71 Household chores. What a bore! But some are more fun than others... (20 Jan 11)
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70 On the first day of Christmas. What presents did Richard buy for his family this year? (2 Dec 10)
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69 The 5 senses. You taste with your tongue? You hear with your ears? Think again! (4 Nov 10)
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How to grow bigger in three easy steps!
senses Watch (1m 13sec)

68 Chicken run. The pie team have bought some chickens! (30 Sep 10)
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67 Quiz show!! Want to win loads of money and become famous? Love competitions? Go on a TV show! (2 Sep 10)
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Here's an episode of Countdown, try the games yourself!
quiz show Watch & listen (6m 52sec)

66 Country life. The pie team compare living in the country to the city (12 Aug 10)
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Vocabulary tasks (pdf 78KB)
Country Girl song for the country life podcast:
country Watch & listen (2m 49sec)
Song worksheet (pdf 61KB)


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