World's oldest message in a bottle: BBC News Review 2022

June 19, 2022

The story

What’s thought to be the world’s oldest message in a bottle has been found in Western Australia. The discovery was made by a woman walking on a beach north of Perth. But far from sending out an SOS, the note inside was part of a German scientific study carried out in 1886.

Key words and phrases

suffix used to describe people who visit a particular place
• The streets were full of theatregoers waiting to see their favourite plays.
• The bus was full of sand from all the beachgoers on their way home.

love note/letter
a creative tribute to something a person loves
• The film La La Land is a love letter to Hollywood.
• The Grammar Gameshow is Dan’s love letter to gameshows.

(the) sands of time
a way of saying time is passing quickly and inevitably
• I can’t believe I’m nearly 45 years old. The sands of time…
• You can’t do anything about the sands of time. Nothing lasts forever.

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  1. When I was very young a long time ago now, I threw in a stream nearby my home a bottle with a beautiful message for my young girlfriend maybe one day she will get it

  2. Here my outstanding example sentences about the words related to this episode;

    -goer(s):(suffix): The police tasked with blocking beachgoers' way arrested some of them due to being thrown at stones.

    Love letter(n): My wife has just found me reading a love letter sent to me by my girlfriend.

    The sands of time(phrase): It has been nearly 1.5 years since the pandemic was started. The sands of time…

  3. Always good job

  4. Hello! Thank you so much BBC – my most favourite channel. I watch your videos everyday. You really can help many people improve English. Your topics everyday are very interesting. 👏

  5. I'm a theatergoer, but it's been a year without seeing performances.The sands of time, you know. Obviously I wouldn't leave a love letter to the coronavirus 😀

  6. 🌹🌹🌹
    Thanks Neal and Katherine

  7. Thanks

  8. Your show is a love letter for English language.

  9. I'm in my mid-twenty.It's a sand of time.
    I'm not a theatregoer.

  10. Happy Christmas all member of BBC learning english. And thank Catherine n nail so much for providing us a lot of. Vocabulary. I am learning so much english by this. I hope. I will get in future as well.

  11. Reply
    Angelo Viglioglia June 19, 2022 at 8:14 am

    I am amazed English native speakers are often unaware of English words. As for Italians, their situation is not so different.

  12. I Love this video 👏😊

  13. We can't do anything about the sand of time, but we can manage our time.
    Your channel makes an awesome opportiunity for learning English.

  14. I marked an improvement in my English vocabulary. thanks BBC and it is my love note to BBC

  15. I improved my English skills through your videos, I like this channel very much, your videos are perfect and informative to learn, this is a love note to you..

  16. Once upon a time, I was a high schoolgoer

  17. I have been studying English for one year, the sands of time..

  18. Congratulations guys! You can explain everything very well. Besides, I am sure that you help many people.

  19. Finally Neil reappear. Where have you been ?

  20. It's hard to imagine that I've been following BBC learning English for a long time, the sands of time. I used to be a library-goer but no as used to be now and a love letter from me to the BBC Learning English crew, my heart beats up with you and by the way, thank you for the app which you all have just launched,It's so useful.

  21. Awesome, one doubt, is this section on live?, thanks a lot

  22. Thank you

  23. Reply
    Евгений Порошенко June 19, 2022 at 8:14 am

    That is amazing! Thank you so much my friends

  24. 😊

  25. Awesome , but we need english subtitle please!!!!

  26. Amazing 😍.. everyday I listen 👂 to your program by App without Pic .. today I’m so happy cause I’m see (Rob & Catherine) .. I love you so much ❤️❤️

  27. I love this channel

  28. Love

  29. Thank you so much! I live your british accent!

  30. theatregoers ♥ I'm planning to go to a theatre to see the movie called Mammamia!

  31. It has been 20 years that I live far from my hometown. The sands of time….

  32. Kudos to Bbc. Love you as always.

  33. Comme d'habitude magnifique!!! Merci.Thanks 😙😙😙😙

  34. this video is a love letter to my English

  35. The grammar game show season two!

  36. thank you so much about this knowledges 😍😍😍

  37. I'd like to express my own gratitude and appreciation to you for all of your efforts to help people for free .
    Thank you big hug 😍😍😍

  38. N sometime i think that if you weren't there for teaching us … What would happen then…
    Thanks for giving us all this

  39. You guys are the best way to learn real English. I am writing from Ecuador and I wish for both of you and all team of BBC Learning English blessings and long life.

  40. Reply
    Islamic studio Official June 19, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Hello how r u

  41. I love this kind of program!

  42. So nice explanation.

  43. I like all your videos.

  44. BBC News Review is a love letter to BBC.

  45. I've learnt E through BBC for more than 1 year , the sands of time.

  46. Wow

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