W: Are there any shops in this airport?
M: Over there, just next to the washroom.
W: Good. I want to buy some chocolate.
M: You didn’t forget to buy the flowers, did you?
W: The flowers?
M: Yeah, the present for our friend Amy’s birthday.
W: Oh, no! I completely forgot.
W: Ben, you’re in great shape. Do you run often?
M: Yes. I run every day. And I go climbing each Saturday.
W: Oh, no wonder! I only go to the gym twice a month.
W: What are you doing, Jason?
M: I’m making a list.
W: A list? What do you want to do?
M: Well, we’re living in Hollywood now. There are a lot of famous places to visit.
M: Annie, hurry up and do your homework so we can go to the movies this afternoon.
W: OK. And I’d like to find out the most interesting films before going out.
W: Hello, this is Selinda.
M: Hi, this is Eric. I’m so sorry, but I’m going to be late for our appointment today. My car wouldn’t start this morning, so I had to have it repaired in the shop. Now I’m waiting for a bus. I’ve been standing at the bus station for nearly half an hour.
W: It doesn’t matter. I can meet you anytime today. And I’m also free Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.
M: Actually, I think it would be better to meet today if we can. I’ll be in your office by 2 p.m. Are you able to meet then?
W: Sure, that’s fine. I’ll see you then.
M: I think you should help me more with the housework.
W: Why? I do all the shopping.
M: Yes, but I need more help. Could you help me on the weekends? I have to finish a sales report by then.
W: Doing what?
M: What about cleaning the bathroom?
W: OK, if I must.
M: And one more thing. Could you do the gardening?
W: No way. I’ll spare some time to visit Joe’s teacher. Joe is making trouble at school these days. And you need to have a talk with him.
M: Oh, OK.
M: Hi, Jenny, haven’t seen you for ages. What did you do on your last vacation?
W: I went to Chicago with my friends. My father’s brother lives there. We went to meet him and he took us to the most interesting museums and ate the most delicious food. What about you?
M: I climbed a mountain with some classmates. We had the worst weather and the most dangerous experience. I was the most frightened one when we met a bear in the woods.
W: That’s too bad. We had the most wonderful holiday.
M: But we saw the most beautiful sunset. It’s exciting.
M: Jane, do you notice the background music here?
W: Yes. It sounds beautiful.
M: It’s just the background music that influences your attitudes and puts you in the right mood.
W: I’m not sure I like that idea.
M: Well, it seems to work. Factories use it a lot. It makes the workers happy and they work better. In one factory, music increased production by 4.5 percent. One fellow in San Francisco told me, if the music stops, somebody always runs to the telephone to complain.
W: I really can’t believe it. Well...what about restaurants? Do they play the same music for dinner and lunch?
M: No, I don’t know about that, but I do know that some hamburger places play fast music. When they started playing faster music, they found that a customer spent only 17 minutes eating. The time was 22 minutes before that.
W: So they have more customers coming in and out to buy hamburgers, right?
M: Yes. That’s good for business.
W: Well, it may do them good, but it’s not making me forget I’m hungry. Let’s try to get that waitress to bring us a menu.
Today in our Fashion Program, I’d like to introduce a famous middle school student. She looks like any other schoolgirl, fresh-faced and full of life. Sarah Thomas is looking forward to the challenge of her new A-level course. But unlike her school friends, 16-year-old Sarah is not spending her half-term resting. Instead, she is earning ￡6,500 a day as a model in New York.
Sarah has been told that she could be Britain’s new supermodel, earning a million dollars in the next year. Her father Peter, 44, wants her to give up school to model full-time. But Sarah, who has taken part in shows with top models, wants to prove that she has brains as well as beauty. She is determined to carry on with her education.
Sarah has turned down invitations to star at shows in Milan and Paris later this autumn in order to concentrate on her studies. After school she plans to model full-time for one year before going to university to get a degree in engineering.
Sarah once said in an interview, "My dad thinks I should take the opportunity now. But at the moment, school comes first. Modeling is fun but the lifestyle is a little unreal. I don’t want to have nothing else to rely on when I can’t model any more."