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W: Dad, I’m sure I’ll be late for class.
M: And I’m late for work! The bus must have broken down on the way.
W: Shall we go out tonight? There’s a new Italian restaurant. I’ve heard they do a great pizza!
M: But I’ve already cooked the chicken.
W: May I come in, please?
M: Hi, Lily, come in. Why are you late today? You know we’re having an exam.
W: Good morning. How can I help you?
M: Hello, I’m phoning about an order my company placed with you. Some of it hasn’t arrived.
W: OK. I’ll just see what’s happened.
W: Excuse me, Mr. Black.
W: I have a message for you. Mrs. Smith phoned. She asked you to fax her a copy of the document. She said she needed it for a meeting this afternoon.
W: Hi, Tom. Have you arrived at the station?
M: I’ve just arrived at 7:05. I was going to take a taxi to your house. But as I haven’t got much luggage, I think I’ll take a bus.
W: But the bus can be very crowded at this time of day. Actually my place is not far from the station. It usually takes me about 15 minutes to walk to the station. So I think you can get here on foot.
M: Mary, I have to find a place to live in. The house owner wants my room for her daughter who’s moving back to town.
W: Oh, bad luck! This will be your third time to move. I heard that Josh was looking for a roommate. You know Josh, don’t you?
M: Yes, we met at your birthday party and before long we played in the same football club.
W: That could be a possibility, Sam.
M: OK, I’ll check with him later. By the way, who’s the girl sitting opposite your desk?
W: Haven’t you known we have a new secretary? Jane’s here for almost two weeks!
W: Good afternoon! Is there anything I can do for you?
M: I’d like to mail this letter to a friend in Australia, and that package back home in America.
W: How would you like to send the letter? If it is urgent, we can send it by express.
M: Well, actually, there’s nothing urgent. Please send it as an ordinary mail.
W: Yes, sir. How about that package?
M: Oh, I must make sure that the package reaches home by May 10th.
W: In that case, I would recommend sending it by air, because it will take too long to go surface mail from here to America.
M: Very good. I’ll send it by air then. Could you tell me the postage, please?
W: It’s one dollar by ordinary mail for the letter. Now let’s weigh the package. Oh, the package is overweight. You should pay 35 dollars for it.
M: Fine. No problem.
W: When do you start writing, Jack?
M: At about 9 o’clock. I work through lunchtime, about midday, and have a short break for something to eat.
W: Do you eat while you are working?
M: Sometimes I’d like to, but it’s my rule not to. I think it’s important to go somewhere else and concentrate on your food.
W: Do you write after lunch?
M: I usually deal with post and e-mails and then write again in the evening.
W: How long does it take to write a novel?
M: It usually takes about six months to write it for the first time. Then I put it away for a month and do other things, such as writing short stories. After that, I start rewriting and that can take another six or seven months.
W: What do you do when you’ve finished? Do you take a break from writing?
M: No, I don’t. I may decide to go away for a while, with the family, but I always take work with me. It may be another novel, or it may be a collection of short stories, or perhaps a magazine article.
Well, I’m going to talk about a cooking competition I’ve been taking part in. There are four stages and you start with a competition at the school you attend. For the first stage, the food is judged by teachers at school, and three winning students go on to represent their schools in the second stage, which is called the local final. In that, you have to work out the exact cost of the two-course meal you cook. The second stage is held at a college, and is judged by professional cooks. The winner then goes to participate in one of the twelve city finals. At the city final, which is the third stage, you have to cook a meal on budget, and the most difficult thing is the time plan you draw up for your meal. You have to list every step of your food preparation and know how long it will take. And once you’ve done that, you have to stick to it! Believe me, it’s really tough. And if you survive all those and get through to the national final as I have, then the pressure is really on...Why? Well, you have to plan and cook a meal for four people within two hours, and the hardest thing is that they give you the vegetables, meat, and so on, so you have to work out what to make with them.