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April 2012 Newsletter

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April Quotes - Foolishness!

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Mark Twain

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

You cannot fool all the people all the time.

Abraham Lincoln


How are you? This month’s idioms are all about those tricky feelings. Express yourself..!

idiom (n): an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made.

Bare your heart (or soul) to someone

If you bare your heart or soul to someone, you reveal  your innermost thoughts and feelings to them.

"John couldn't keep things to himself any longer. He decided to bare his soul to his best friend."

Beside yourself (with an emotion)

If you are beside yourself (with an emotion), you lose your self-control because of the intensity of the emotion you are feeling.

"He was beside himself with grief when he lost his son."

 A fish out of water

If you feel like a fish out of water, you feel uncomfortable because of an unfamiliar situation or unfamiliar surroundings.

"As a non-golfer, I felt like a fish out of water at the clubhouse."

 Have one's heart in the right place

A person who has their heart in the right place has kind feelings and good intentions, even if the results are not too good.

"Despite being bad tempered, the old lady had her heart in the right place."

 Change of heart

If someone has a change of heart, they change their attitude or feelings, especially towards greater friendliness or cooperation.

"He was against charity, but he had a change of heart when he saw the plight of the homeless."

In the heat of the moment

If you say or do something in the heat of the moment, you say or do it without pausing to think, at a time when you are experiencing unusually strong emotions such as anger, excitement, etc.

"I was so angry that in the heat of the moment I said things that I regretted later."

April recipe:
April is famous for rain and practical jokes. April 1st is April Fools’ Day, when practical jokes are played all over the world. In honour of this we’ve brought you a classic British dessert recipe – Raspberry Fool!
Raspberry Fool
Serves four

• 1/2 lb (225 g) fresh raspberries

• 1/4 cup (4 Tbls) 50 g caster sugar (superfine granulated)

• 2/3 cup (150 ml) 1/4 pt fresh double cream (heavy cream)

• 3/4 cup (150 ml) 5 fl oz plain yoghurt

• a few fresh mint leaves


1. Crush the raspberries with a stainless steel or silver fork in a china or glass bowl.

2. Mix them with the sugar and put them on one side for 10 minutes. The sugar on the raspberries will draw out juice and bright colour.
3. Beat the double cream until it is thick, then, tablespoon by tablespoon, beat the yoghurt into it.The yoghurt will not thin it down; if you beat it each time you put in a dollop of yoghurt, it will bulk back up again. It allows you to have twice the amount of cream with only half the amount of fat.

4. Swirl the raspberry and sugar mixture into the cream and yoghurt – do not mix it so thoroughly that it looks like pink yoghurt, swirl it in so that it is marbled.

5. It looks beautiful. Pour it into glasses so you can see the marbled effect, decorate each one with a sprig of mint and put to set in the fridge for 1–2 hours.
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