Everyone has something they will not let go of easily. Like when you’re going on holiday to the Caribbean, but you feel the urge to bring your favourite sweater along with you. For some, it’s a tad more than a sweater ;)

Check out: Saudi tourist brings four gold cars worth more than £1m to London



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  • flashy – ostentatiously attractive or impressive
  • outlandish – looking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar
  • outright – wholly and completely
  • petrolhead – a car fanatic
  • affluent – (especially of a group or area) having a great deal of money; wealthy
  • rev (up) – to accelerate sharply the speed of (an engine or the like)


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • What does the author say about the streets of Kensington and the Mercedes?
  • Which car is the best for travelling very long distances?
  • What does the number 2.7 refer to?
  • What does Public Spaces Protection Order ban drivers from?
  • How long will the police and the council be ticketing the drivers?
  • What do you usually take with you when going on holiday abroad?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

The super-rich young Saudi recently jetted into ________ UK with several friends. But instead ________ taking the Tube or taxis, he has also flown ________ a number of outlandish cars for travelling around the capital.

Every year, wealthy luxury owners arrive ________ London from the Middle East with their collection of flash supercars.

________ a number of occasions, the foreign supercars have been driven dangerously around the affluent residential streets, angering locals ________ are kept awake ________ the sound of revving engines.

Council leader Cllr Nick Paget-Brown said: “It’s ________ early yet to judge the success of the PSPO but the police and the council will continue to ticket drivers who breach it until the message gets ________ that our residents are ________ to be disturbed by supercars.”


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