997 The Prank

Shirley talks about a prank she and her brothers did on the locals in her area.


Yuri: Show, Shirley, we were talking about childhood memories. And you're from Scotland. Is there anything from your childhood that you can tell us?

Shirley: I've got a really funny story actually. Maybe I was about ten years old or something, and we used to have this little kind of shack in the countryside that we were dragged to every weekend, and away from civilization, you know, and no running water, no electricity. So we kids had to make our own fun. I've got my brothers, myself, and a couple of cousins, we would always go there at weekends or school holidays or something, and one of the highlights was to go to the Sunday School, the Sunday morning church service, and the reason ... one of the reasons this was attractive to the kids was because they bribed us to go there by giving us sweets when got there, so it was great. So we always went anyway. It was a church service for about an hour, singing hymns and stuff like that. Anyway, this one Sunday we arrived early, about half an hour early. There was nobody there. The church wasn't open yet, so it was, as most people know, it rains a lot in Scotland, so on that rainy day, we all were wearing our cagoules which is a kind a rain jacket with a big pocket in the front, and while we were waiting for everybody else to arrive, we started just kind of playing around in the trees. There was a little river nearby, and it was at the time of year when the tadpoles were turning into baby frogs, so we got this crazy idea to collect all these ... I'm talking hundreds of frogs were around, so we all got a big handful of baby frogs, put them in the big pocket of our cagoule, went off into church. So there we are, we're kind of in the middle of the crowd. You know, we weren't at the front of the back, kind of in the middle, and everybody's standing up singing the hymns, and really getting into, you know, the church singing and stuff like that, and then we decided that we would get the frogs out, so each of us, one at a time, one of us kids, one at a time kind of crouched down like we were tying our shoe lace, and let all of these frogs out of our pockets, so these tiny little frogs started jumping all over the church, and there's all these ladies in their Sunday best and started squealing and screaming and the minister didn't know what was going on, and he's trying to keep everybody calm, and we're just singing along with the hymn, you know, we're really innocent and they had no idea, cause they didn't see us do it, so they had no idea what had happened, and yeah, we got away with it. We didn't get told off, cause we didn't get caught, and yeah, when after the church service, you know, we had such a laugh after the church service, and yeah, that's one of my greatest childhood memories. Getting up to mischief with my brothers.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

take (something) out


I found a cupboard on the street and I took the door out.

Here, ‘take the door out’ means to remove the door from the cupboard. Notice the following.

  1. Last week my computer crashed so I took the main-board out and replaced it.
  2. When I edit my writing, I usually start by taking out all unnecessary words.

the fathers of surrealists


He was called one of the fathers of surrealists.

When we talk about ‘the father of ‘something, it usually means the person who started it or made the greatest contribution. Here are two samples.

  1. Louis Armstrong inspired millions and is the true father of jazz.
  2. Sigmund Freud is often referred to as the father of modern psychology.

better than


There was one better than the other.

We usually hear this idiom spoken as ‘each was better than the last’. In this conversation, each new painting Yuri saw was more interesting than the one before. Notice the samples.

  1. I love U2. For me, each CD is better than the last.
  2. I could never judge a Miss Universe Pageant. Each contestant looks more beautiful than the last.

look through


Looking through your paintings, they’re all so colorful.

When we ‘look through’ a collection of things, we look at everything at one time. Here are some samples.

  1. She looked through her wardrobe, but couldn’t find anything to wear.
  2. When my wife and I looked through our old wedding photos, we laughed at how thin we were.

dark paintings


Do you have any kind of dark paintings?

A 'dark' painting, movie, or book makes us feel sad or serious. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. After his dog died, it was a dark time in the young boy’s life.
  2. I find dark movies much more interesting than action movies or comedies.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
Sunday school • bribe • most people know
Sunday best • get away with • get told off
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  3. Did you see what I made in ?
  4. Did you a lot when you were a child?
  5. We tried to the police officer, but he got angry and gave us a bigger ticket.
  6. All the children were wearing their for the party.