Task:In the Path of the Earthquake
Reporter:And now, Mrs Skinner, can you tell us your story? What happened at your farm when the earthquake passed?
Mrs Skinner: Oh, it was terrible. I'll never forget it to my dying day. I hope I never see anything like that again. It was terrible. Well, we always get up,Jack and me, at about quarter to five. He has to milk the cows early, you see, and while he's doing that I make his breakfast. I was in the kitchen when it came. Suddenly the whole house was moving. The noise was terrible. Well, I knew what I had to do. You have to get outside, you know, it's safer there. So I ran through the house and opened the front door. Then I stopped - I couldn't believe it - everything was different, everything had changed, nothing was in the right place any more. You know outside our house there is a path to the gate - there was I should say - well,the path wasn't there any more. In front of the front door was our rose-garden, not the path! And next to the rose-garden were the eucalyptus trees, and behind them the raspberry patch - just as before, but they had all moved, moved about five metres to the left, to the south that is. On each side
of the garden path we had a line of beautiful old cypress trees. Well these had now moved right down to the end of the house, to the left again that is. And the path had completely disappeared.
Reporter: But that's incredible, Mrs Skinner. Do you mean that everything in front of your house had moved--what? --five metres to the left, I mean to the south? The raspberry patch, the eucalyptus trees, the rose-garden, the two lines of cypress trees--all had moved?
Mrs Skinner: Yes, everything had moved into the place of the other!
Reporter: But your front path had completely disappeared?
Mrs Skinner: Yes, that's right. Oh it was terrible, terrible.
Reporter: And your husband Jack? Was he all right?
Mrs Skinner: Yes--but the cowshed had moved too--it had moved several metres. Jack was all right--I could see him running round after the cows--all the cows had escaped you see.They were running all over the place--it was impossible to catch them.
Reporter: So Jack, your husband, was all right.
Mrs Skinner: Well he was a bit shocked like me, but he was all right. Oh, I forgot to tell you about the granary--that had moved south too. Its normal place was behind the house and now it was near the cowshed. Can you believe it?
Reporter: Incredible, Mrs Skinner. And the house itself--what about your house?
Mrs Skinner: Well then we saw what had happened.Everything had moved one way--that is, to the south--except the house.The house--can you believe it? --had moved the other way--the house had moved north.So the house went one way and everything else--the garden, the trees, the granary--went the other way.
Reporter: Incredible, Mrs Skinner, absolutely incredible.
Task 2: A Funny Thing Happened to Me ...
A funny thing happened to me last Friday. I'd gone to London to do some shopping. I wanted toget some Christmas presents, and I needed to find some books for my couese at college (you see, I'm a student). I caught an early train to London, so by early afternoon I'd bought everything that I wanted. Anyway, I'm not very fond of London, all the noise and traffic, and I'd made some arrangements for that evening. So, I took a taxi to Waterloo station, I can't really afford taxis, but I wanted to get the 3.30 train. Unfortunately the taxi got stuck in a traffic jam, and by the time I got to Waterloo, the train had just gone. I had to wait an hour for the next one. I bought an evening news paper,the 'Standard', and wandered over to the station buffet. At that time of day it's nearly empty, so I bought a coffee, and a packet of biscuits ... chocolate biscuits. There were plenty of empty tables and I found one near the window, I sat down and began doing the crossword. I always enjoy doing crossword puzzles.
After a couple of minutes a man sat down opposite me. There was nothing special about him, except that he was very tall. In fact he looked like a typical city businessman...you know, dark suit and briefcase. I didn't say anything and I carried on with my crossword. Suddenly he reached across the table, opened my packet of biscuits, took one, dipped it into his coffee and popped it into his
mouth, I couldn't believe my eyes! I was too shocked to say anything. Anyway, I didn't want to make a fuss, so I decided to ignore it. I always avoid trouble if I can. I just took a biscuit myself and went back to my crossword.
When the man took a second biscuit,I didn't look up and I didn't make a sound. I pretended to be very interested in the puzzle. After a couple of minutes, I casually put out my hand, took the last biscuit and glanced at the man. He was staring at me furiously. I nervously put the biscuit in my mouth, and decided to
leave. I was ready to get up and go when the man suddenly pushed back his chair, stood up and hurried out of the buffet. I felt very relieved and decided to wait two or three minutes before going myself.I finished my coffee, folded my newspaper and stood up. And there, on the table, where my newspaper had been, was my packet
Task 1: Twins
Interviewer: we continue with the World of Investigation. Laura,an identical twin, has agreed to contribute to our investigations. I must apologize for the fact that Laura's twin cahnot be here tonight. And I'd like to tell you, Laura, how sorry we are.You and your sister are very close, aren't you?
Laura: Of course we are.
lnterviewer: Interesting! You said 'of couse'. Don't you think there are quite a few sisters who aren't close?
Laura:Sarah and I aren't just sisters. We're identical twins.
Interviewer: I take your point. How identical are you,in fact?
Laura: Both blonde,with brown eyes, Same height, same weight,same size.Even Shoes.
Interviewer: As you're the same size, have you always dressed alike?
Laura: Oh yes. I'm told it started when we were babies Mum made a feature of her twins.And then we got into the habit of buying two of everything.
Interviewer: And you've never minded having a double identity? I mean... another person exactly like you?
Laura: Sarah isn't exactly like me. We may look identical, but...I remember our boyfriends couldn't tell us apart.
Interviewer: Didn't that cause problems?
Laura: For them, perhaps. Not for us. We couldn't stop laughing.
Interviewer: I think you said you and Sarah weren't exactly alike? Just what did you mean by that?
Laura: Sarah has a well-fed happy husband and four healthy children. When she was washing up, I was learning to type, When she was knitting,I was writing articles for the school newspaper. When she was having her second child, I was in Panama, doing my first job for, United Information Services. See what I mean?
Interviewer: And haven't you got a healthy husband and happy children?
Laura: You must be joking. There's never been the time...or the inclination.
Interviewer: Laura, you've made some very interesting points.I gather that you don't feel that behaviour is purely genetic...that there might be some element of environment or choice or even perhaps...
Laura: Shall I conclude? Sarah and I are identical twins... in appearance, that is... but it's a fact that life has presented us with different opportunities so we've led very different lives.
Task 2: Genetic Make-up
Alan and Barbara have just read an article about twins and coincidences. They are discussing the article over lunch. Listen to their discussion.
Alan: That idea about our genetic make-up is rather frightening,isn't it?
Barbara:Do you mean the idea that because of our genetic make-up we are bound to act in a particular way?
Alan:Yes, If it's true.then it suggests that criminals are born and not made.
Barbara;Not necessarily.It would only mean that somebody was born with the potential to become a criminal.
Alan:How do you mean?
Barbara:Well,if somebody was born with a particular set of genes that made him a potential criminal,it would be necessary for him to be brought up in a particular way if he was actually going to become a criminal.
Alan:He'd have to grow up in a family of criminals,you mean?
Barbara:Yes,in the sort of family that regarded crime as a way of life and saw the police as the enemy.
Alan:They say it takes a thief to catch a thief.
Barbara:What do you mean by that?
Alan:Well,I suppose I mean that similar qualities are necessary to become a successful criminal or a first-class policeman.
Barbara:That's a bit hard on the policeman,isn't it?
Alan:I don't think so. In time of war men who might easily be in jail win medals for gallantry.
Barbara:That's because they're the sort of men who aren't satisfied with a normal everyday job.
Alan:Yes,they're men who get bored with ordinary life and want action. They're usually pretty strong characters,too.