English proverbs & sayings — Part 1

 A bargain is a bargain      ⇒ Уговор дороже денег.    

 Bad news has wings           ⇒  Худая молва на крыльях летит.

Barking dogs seldom bite  ⇒ Собака, что лает — редко кусает.

Charity begins at home      ⇒ Своя рубашка ближе к телу.

Each bird loves to hear himself sing ⇒ Всяк кулик свое болото хвалит.

East or West — home is best  ⇒ В гостях хорошо, а дома лучше.       

A bad beginning makes a bad ending   ⇒  Плохое начало не к доброму концу.

Be slow to promise and quick to perform ⇒ Не дав слова, крепись, а дав слово, держись.

Sherlock Holmes and Watson

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend awake. «Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.» Watson replied, «I see millions and millions of stars.»
«What does that tell you?» Holmes questioned.
Watson pondered for a minute. «Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?»
Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. «Watson, you retard. It tells me that some bastard has stolen our tent!»

New rice in China

China  has just invented a new type of rice that can grow in salt water and could feed millions.

Scientists in China have managed to grow a unique rice that could potentially feed over 200 million people. The research was conducted at the Saline-Alkali Tolerant Rice Research and Development Centre in Qingdao, Shandong, where 6.5 to 9.3 tones of the food was grown in saltwater. Читать далее New rice in China


Halloween is a great holiday, which is celebrated on 31st October  in Great Britain, Canada and the USA. .  It is considered to be one of the most important days for ghosts and spirits. Spiders, cobwebs, skeletons, and ghost figures are all used to decorate homes, offices, and other locations in the UK.  It  is a time when adults and children can relax and go out and enjoy a fun evening. Читать далее Halloween