|contrary to||ˈkɒntrəri tuː||вопреки|
|descended from||dɪˈsɛndɪd frɒm||произошли от|
|highs and lows||haɪz ænd ləʊz||взлеты и падения|
|hip n /hip/||hɪp ɛn /hɪp/||бедра н / бедра /|
|hunger strike||ˈhʌŋgə straɪk||голодовка|
|in the public eye||ɪn ðə ˈpʌblɪk aɪ||на публике|
|many happy returns||ˈmɛni ˈhæpi rɪˈtɜːnz||много счастливых возвращений|
|natural selection||ˈnæʧrəl sɪˈlɛkʃən||естественный отбор|
|put forward||pʊt ˈfɔːwəd||предъявить|
|rain down||reɪn daʊn||дождь вниз|
|recording studio||rɪˈkɔːdɪŋ ˈstjuːdɪəʊ||звукозаписывающая студия|
|sex symbol||sɛks ˈsɪmbəl||секс-символ|
|suffragist||ˈsʌfrəʤɪst||сторонник равноправия женщин|
I read it in the papers ...
Look, Mum! I’ve bought a car on eBay for £9,000!
A three-year-old boy used his mother’s computer to buy a £9,000 car on the Internet auction site eBay.
Jack Neal’s parents only discovered their son’s successful bid when they received a message from the website.
The message said they had bought a pink Nissan Figaro.
Mrs Neal, 36, said that they couldn’t understand it. She explained that she had been on the net the day before, but she hadn’t bought anything.
‘Jack kept telling us that he was so happy, and that we would soon get a big surprise.’
Mrs Neal, from Sleaford, Lincolnshire, thought Jack was joking. He often used the computer, and she was pretty sure that he knew her password. Her husband, John, 37, phoned the seller of the car, and explained that there had been a mistake.
‘Fortunately he saw the funny side and said he would advertise the car again.’
Mr Neal has told Jack to be more careful, and he has asked his wife to change her password.
1 Mrs Neal said her son was very clever.
2 She told me he usually played computer games.
3 His father explained that lie had bought the computer for his work.
4 Mrs Neal decided that she wouldn’t use eBay anymore.
5 Jack said he didn’t know how it had happened.
6 He told reporters that he had always liked computers.
7 His mother asked Jack to tidy his room.
8 His father told him to go and play football.
Man throws away £20,000 in town centre
A mystery man started a riot in a busy town centre yesterday by hurling £20,000 in banknotes into the air.
Traffic was stopped at 11.00 a.m. in Alexandra Road, Aberystwyth, mid-Wales, as money rained down from the sky.
Local shopkeeper Anthony Jones, 55, said ‘I couldn’t understand it, so I asked my neighbour what was happening.’ They saw people on their hands and knees grabbing money. ‘No one knew where the money came from,’ he said. ‘They were just stuffing it in their pockets.’
Passer-by Eleanor Morris said, ‘I wondered if there had been a road accident, because the traffic was at a complete standstill.’
Flower seller Cadwyn Thomas saw the man, who was wearing a red Welsh rugby shirt. ‘I asked him why he was giving away all his money, but he didn’t answer. He just laughed.’
Police asked Cadwyn if she knew the man. ‘I told them I’d never seen him before. He certainly wasn’t from around here.’
Dyfed-Powys Police later confirmed that a forty-year-old man from Aberystwyth had been questioned. ‘He refused to tell us why he’d done it", a spokesman said, ‘so it’s a complete mystery. He wanted to know if we were going to arrest him, but giving away money isn’t against the law.’
A I was coming home from the club the other night and I was stopped by the police.
В Were you? Did they ask you lots of questions?
A They certainly did. They asked me where I was going and where I’d been and they wanted to know if I lived in the area.
В Were you scared?
A You bet!
В What else did they ask?
A Well, they wondered how old I was and they wanted to know if I’d been with friends.
В Huh! I’m glad / wasn’t with you.
A Then they demanded to know if I’d been drinking.
В And had you?
A No, not much anyway. They also asked if I could remember when I’d left home.
В Do you know why they were asking all this?
A No idea. They wouldn’t tell me.
But you said ...
1 A Bill’s coming to the party tonight.
В Really? I thought you said he wasn’t feeling well.
2 A Have you got a cigarette?
В I didn’t know you smoked!
3 A Oh, no! I’ve spilt tomato ketchup on my white
В I told you to be careful. I knew you’d do that.
4 A Did you get me a drink?
В Sorry. I didn’t realize you were here. What would you like?
5 A I’m 25 today!
В Are you? I didn’t know it was your birthday. Many happy returns!
6 A Oh, no! It’s raining!
В Really? But the weather forecast said it was going to be a nice day.
7 A You left the doors and windows of the flat
open this morning.
В I’m sorry. I was pretty sure I’d closed everything.
8 A Where did Tom go last night?
В I’ve no idea where he went.
They wanted to know how old I was.
They asked me what I was doing at the moment. They asked me how much I was earning.
They asked where I’d worked before.
They asked me if I liked working in a team.
They wanted to know when I could start!
1 She asked me to help her.
2 He reminded her to post the letter.
3 She promised to work hard for her exams.
4 He invited me to his party.
5 She encouraged me to go travelling.
6 He offered to give me a lift to the airport.
7 He persuaded me to apply for the job.
8 She explained that she’d been very busy.
She didn’t say that
1. Merinda phoning Jenny
A Can I speak to Jenny, please?
В I’m afraid she isn’t here at the moment. Who’s calling?
A This is Merinda, from work. Could you give her a message?
A Can you ask her to l ing me as soon as she’s back? It’s quite important.
В I’ll pass on your message.
2 Peter talking to his boss
A At the moment we can only offer you the job as Assistant Manager. I hope that’s acceptable. The salary is £20,000 a year.
В That’s fine. I’ll take the job.
A There’s a possibility of promotion in the next six months, if everything works out.
3 Caroline talking to her son, Ben
A Now Ben, you can play on the bike for a bit, but then you must let Mike have a turn. OK? You have to learn to share your toys.
В OK, Mum.
4 Sally leaving a message for James
This is a message for James. It’s Sally here. I’ve
booked the cinema for 8.00, so I’ll see you inside
the cinema at about 7.45. Hope that’s OK. See
5 Tom talking to Sally
A I’ll look at your computer for you, but I can’t promise to mend it. I’m not an expert.
В Will you charge me for it?
A Don’t be silly. Of course not. I’ll do it for nothing.
What the papers say
An interview with Jamie Seabrook
A And now for my final guest. He’s a singer and songwriter who’s been in the music business for twenty years. He still performs sell-out concerts in front of fifty thousand people. But his life hasn’t all been easy. He’s had problems with his family and he’s been in trouble with the law. And he’s just completed a month’s rehab in a clinic in Texas. He’s never out of the headlines ... Please welcome Jamie Seabrook!
J Hello, good evening.
A Now Jamie, you’re in the newspapers and magazines every day. You are photographed wherever you go. Tell me, what do you think of the press?
J Well, it’s kind of nice to have people want to know all about me. Sometimes it gets to be too much, but most of the time I don’t mind the press attention. I’m sure there are some reporters who really try to tell the truth, but I’m afraid that most of them make up stories to sell their newspapers.
A Are you saying that the stories aren’t true at all?
J That’s right! They’re completely invented!
A Can you give us an example?
J Sure I can! I can give you hundreds!
J Two years ago, reporters said my career was finished, and that I’d never sing again. Some friends, who are now ex-friends, said that my marriage was breaking up, and that my brother and I had fallen out and had an argument about money and weren’t speaking to each other. Not one word of that was true!
A And in fact your career is on a high ...
J I’ve just recorded a new album, and my marriage is fine. Sally and I have just celebrated our fifteenth wedding anniversary...
J ... and my brother and I get on just fine.
A But things haven’t all been easy for you. You spent a month in rehab because it was said that you had a drug and alcohol problem ...
J All that’s just lies! I’ve never had a drug or alcohol problem. People in clubs said they’d seen me taking drugs, but it’s simply not true. I take prescription drugs for migraines, that’s all. I don’t do illegal drugs. And I only drink alcohol on special occasions, like my birthday.
A But you were arrested for drink driving just a few months ago!
J Not so! Police officers thought I’d been drinking, but I was driving home from the recording studios and it was two o’clock in the morning and I’d been working all day and I was exhausted. I fell asleep at the wheel. I checked into a clinic for a month because I was suffering from exhaustion.
A Now, you had another legal problem recently. Your Personal Assistant, Barbara James, said you hadn’t paid her for six months, and you made her work seven days a week without a break. Is that true?
J It broke my heart when Barbara, my PA, said those things about me. I treated her like my own family. When I met her she was nothing, and I gave her everything. None of what she says is true.
A I read that you have become a Buddhist, that you have stopped eating meat, that you spend four hours a day meditating, and that you are going to give half your future income to charity. Is this true?
J Yes, it is. I’ve decided that life is too short, and I'm getting old. I don’t care what people think. I made up my mind to do something useful with my life.
A Now when this story broke a few days ago, the news presenter on MBC’s Morning News refused to read the story, saying that there were much more serious stories that deserved attention, and that you were just a celebrity. What do you say to that?
J I can’t control what the press says about me. I have to be true to myself. I live my life as honestly as I can, I try to be nice to everyone around me.
If you’re in the public eye, then you have to be prepared to have some pretty terrible things said about you. I know what’s true about me and what’s a lie, but I can’t change what is said about me in the newspapers and on the television.
A Well, sadly our time has run out and we’ve come to the end of the show. A big thank you to my guest, Jamie Seabrook, and good luck with the new album!
J Thank you. It’s been a pleasure.