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Last updated at 12:56 BST, Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Message in a bottle

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Transcript:

Nobody likes junk mail...

But this pile of rubbish might contain just what Nicola White is looking for.

She hunts for messages in bottles on the banks of the River Thames in England.

Nicola's found over 30 in three years, including a declaration of love and an appeal for a job.

It seems, in this case, bottling up your emotions is a good way of sharing them.

junk mail

letters or emails, usually advertising something, which are sent to people who have not asked for them

hunts

tries to find (something or someone)

banks

raised land along the sides of a river

declaration of love

announcement of love

bottling up

hiding (negative feelings and emotions)

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

junk mail / hunts / banks / declaration of love / bottling up

1.
So a typical __________ might be: "Older brother loves younger sister." If, however the woman was older, it would be: "Older sister loves younger brother."

2.
Officials say people should complain to the Direct Marketing Association or the Office of Fair Trading if they continue to receive __________ after requesting not to.

3.
Tens of thousands of people have lined the __________ of the Qiantang River in China to watch the world-famous annual tidal bore.

4.
Police are __________ for vandals who slashed 13 tyres on vehicles in Grouville belonging to a St Martin-based used car dealer.

5.
"_________ these harmful emotions is the worst thing that we can do and invariably makes matters worse," he said.

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Answers

How did you do?

1

declaration of love

2

junk mail

3

banks

4

hunting

5

bottling up

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