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Programme 11

发布者: KK | 发布时间: 2011-10-24 22:12| 查看数: 1490| 评论数: 0|

[00:00] PROGRAMME 11

[00:03] Text one

[00:07] Topic:

[00:11] A new motorway

[00:15] For some years now

[00:19] work has been in progress on the new motorway

[00:24] connecting the heavily-populated industrial Midlands

[00:30] to the holiday resorts on the coasts of South-West England.

[00:36] The general increase in traffic density,

[00:41] and in particular

[00:45] the mass migration of holiday-makers who flock to the south every July and August

[00:53] in search of a fortnight'speace at the seaside,

[00:58] has strained the old road system beyond its limits.

[01:04] Car drivers frequently have toendure hours of waiting in long queues of vehicles

[01:12] before finally crawling to their destinations.

[01:18] Some sections of the new motorway are already in use,

[01:23] and soon half of this much-needed stretch oftarmac will be open to traffic.

[01:31] Before the end of next year,

[01:35] the numerous construction gangs engaged in this work

[01:41] will have completed the entire project;

[01:46] and at last

[01:50] there will be peace for the inhabitants of the countless villages

and small towns along the narrow, winding old roads.

[01:59] The new road will have freed them for ever

[02:04] from the constant, deafening roar of high-powered engines,

[02:10] and from the air pollution caused by dense exhaust fumes.

[02:17] The completion of the road

[02:21] will be a relief even to the workmen.

[02:26] Some of them will have been working on the project for over seven years

[02:32] by the time they have finished.

[02:37] Text two

[02:40] A dog's life

[02:44] I hear you're finally retiring at the end of the year, Bill.

[02:50] What will you do with yourself

[02:55] when you've stopped work?

[02:59] Absolutely nothing.

[03:04] I'll have been working for this company non-stop for forty years by the end of October,

[03:12] and I reckon I deserve a complete rest.

[03:17] Forty years!

[03:21] You'll have seen a lot of changes in that time, I imagine.

[03:27] Yes, and most of the changes have only made things worse.

[03:33] I used to be proud of my work;

[03:38] but how can you take a pride in what you're doing

[03:44] when every two or three years they put a new manager

[03:51] with new-fangled ideas in charge of the factory -

[03:57] and hetells you what you've been doing is all wrong?

[04:03] Why have you stayed on all these years then, Bill?

[04:08] Well, it's the same thing wherever you go.

[04:14] However well you do your job, you don't get on in any firm

unless you're a friend of the manager's -

[04:23] and the present manager has certainly been no friend of mine.

[04:29] Nonsense!

[04:33] You're exaggerating, Bill.

[04:37] They don't promote you,

[04:41] whoever you know,

[04:45] if you're inefficient.

[04:49] Rubbish!

[04:53] What about that young chap Dart?

[04:58] He's an assistant manager already and he's completely incompetent.

[05:05] He's only there because he's a relative of the managing director's.

[05:12] They'll probably make him a director soon!

[05:17] By the sound of it

[05:21] you won't be sorry to leave.

[05:25] No I won't,

[05:29] but it'll be no better at home.

[05:34] Instead of the manager giving me stupid orders,

[05:41] my wife will be telling me off all day long.

[05:47] Text three

[05:51] A sobering thought

[05:55] I've just come across an old photograph-album of my mother's in this drawer.

[06:01] Come and have a look, Mike.

[06:05] Gosh!

[06:09] Is this a picture of you as a baby?

[06:14] You were quite cute then.

[06:18] It's a shame you've grown up.

[06:22] Don't be nasty!

[06:26] Look,

[06:29] here's photo of my sister Paula when she was still in the fourth form atschool.

[06:36] That's an old boyfriend of hers beside her.

[06:41] She looks a bit young for boyfriends,

[06:46] but I suppose she takes after you -

[06:50] you always used to have a different boyfriend whenever I saw you in those days.

[06:56] Look who's talking!

[07:01] I remember looking through some of your old photos a while ago

[07:07] and I found a whole collection of pictures of different girlfriends of yours.

[07:14] Look! Here's an old photo of your mother.

[07:19] Didn't she look like you then?

[07:23] Yes, everyone says we're very alike.

[07:28] What a ridiculous hat she's wearing.

[07:33] It's not ridiculous at all.

[07:38] It was the height of fashion then.

[07:42] Something has just occurred to me -

[07:47] if your mother looked like you twenty years ago,

[07:52] you'll probably look just like her in twenty years' time...

[07:58] So?

[08:02] So...er...

[08:06] well...Look, a picture of young David!

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