Is this the smallest library in the world?

I love reading so the news this weekend has been interesting for me. I saw that Borders (a famous chain of bookstores) had run into trouble. That’s a shame because hanging around in a bookshop is one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon.

I saw this article, too. I was interested in it on a few different levels. Firstly, it’s great that such a small village can have its own library. Secondly, it’s great that the library is putting an onld phone box to good. Thirdly, it’s just interesting finding out how such a tiny library works. There’s not even space for a librarian inside!

The first interesting expression I spotted in the article was ‘take off‘. We usually use this expression to talk about when an aeroplane leaves the ground but in this case, it means that the service is becoming popular with a lot of people.

The next interesting phrasal verb is to ‘dream up‘. To ‘dream up‘ means to think of or invent something.

Slightly later in the article, it is mentioned that BT sell old phone oxes for ‘a token £1‘. This means that the phone boxes are really essentially free and that they just charge £1 so that their accounts balance properly.

The last interesting expression in this article is ‘handed over‘ meaning ‘given’. We often use ‘hand over‘ with the word ‘responsibility’, too. This means to transfer responsibility to another person.

Do you have any tiny libraries in your country?

The shirt on your back

Red tshirtI know a lot of people all over the world have been affected by the recent recession. Some people have lost their jobs, others have lost their homes. The man in this article on Reuters.com managed to find an interesting way out of his unemployment.

The article has a great title, too. It mentions that the man is selling the shirt on his back. In this case, they mean that he is selling advertising space on his t-shirt however, we often use the expression ‘the shirt on your back‘ to mean the last thing you own. For example, we could say ‘They took everything, right dwon to the shirt on my back‘ meaning that they took everything I own.

There’s an interesting expression in the third paragraph, too. Jason Sadler’s business is described as a ‘human billboard‘ service. A ‘billboard‘ is a space to display adverts.

A little later on, it is mentioned that Sadler sells the day’s adverts at ‘face value‘. I think the expression is explained well in the article. We often use ‘face value‘ in another way, though. We use it to talk about the impression we get from something after only looking at it for a short time. If you take an article at ‘face value‘, you just read the content but don’t try to get any deeper meaning from it.

Further on in the article, we can see the phrasal verb ‘sell out‘. This means when you have sold all of your stock or, in this case, advertising space.

What have you been doing to help get through the recession?

Today’s image is by Adrian Gtz.