DID YOU KNOW THAT?
General Knowledge Quiz
A When did the Berlin Wall come down?
A When did the first American walk on the moon?
A Where are the Andes mountains?
B In South America.
A Who did the actress Elizabeth Taylor marry twice?
B Richard Burton.
A Who won the 100 metres in the Seoul Olympics?
B Carl Lewis.
A How many countries are there in the European Community?
A How much does an African elephant weigh?
B Five to seven tonnes.
A How fast does Concorde fly?
B 2,500 kilometres an hour.
A How far is it from London to New York?
B Six thousand kilometres.
A How old was Charlie Chaplin when he died?
A What languages do Swiss people speak?
B German, French, Italian, and Romansch.
A What did Columbus discover in 1492?
A What sort of music did Elvis Presley play?
B Rock ?n` roll.
A What happens at the end of the story Cinderella?
B She marries the prince.
A What happened in Chernobyl in 1986?
B There was a nuclear explosion.
A Why do birds migrate?
B Because the winter is cold.
A Which newspaper does Queen Elizabeth read?
B The Times.
A Which language has the most words?
1 Why do you want to go?
2 Where does he work?
3 She works in a bank.
4 Who won the match?
5 Did she marry him?
6 How old is she?
7 Johnny Page played the guitar
8 Where did you go last night?
It was about two o`clock in the morning, and… and suddenly I woke up. I heard a noise. I got out of bed and went slowly downstairs. There was a light in the living room. I listened very carefully. I could hear two men speaking quietly. ?Burglars!` I thought. ?Two of them!` Well, I was really frightened, so I went back upstairs, and immediately phoned the police from my bedroom. The police arrived quickly. They opened the front door with a special key and went into the living room. Then they came upstairs. ?It`s all right now, sir,` they explained. ?We turned the television off for you!`
A What`s the title of the book?
B It`s called The Monkey`s Paw.
A What sort of story is it?
B It`s a horror story.
A Who are the main characters?
B Old Mr and Mrs White and their son, Herbert.
A What`s it about?
B A monkey`s paw which is magic. It can give people three wishes, but the wishes don`t bring happiness.
A What happens in the end?
B The son dies in an accident at work.
A Did you enjoy it?
B Yes, I did. It was very interesting.
A Do you recommend it?
B Yes, I do.
The Girl with Green Eyes
?Of course,` the man in the brown hat said, ?there are good policemen, and there are bad policemen, you know.`
?You`re right,` the young man said. ?Yes. That`s very true. Isn`t it, Julie?`
Julie didn`t answer and looked bored. She closed her eyes.
There were seven people in the carriage. There was the man in the brown hat; the young man and his wife, Julie; a mother and two children; and a tall dark man in an expensive suit. The young man`s name was Bill. He had short brown hair and a happy smile. His wife, Julie, had long red hair and very green eyes ? the colour of sea water. They were very beautiful eyes.
Bill and the man in the brown hat talked and talked. The tall dark man took out his newspaper and began to read. Julie opened her eyes and looked at the back page of his newspaper. She read about the weather in Budapest and about the football in Liverpool. She wasn`t interested in the weather and she didn`t like football, but she didn`t want to listen to Bill and the man in the brown hat. ?Talk, talk, talk,` she thought. ?Bill never stops talking.`
Then suddenly she saw the tall man`s eyes over the top of his newspaper. She could not see his mouth, but there was a smile in his eyes. Quickly, she looked down at the newspaper again. She read about the weather in Budapest for the third time. Then she looked at the tall man`s hands. They were long, brown hands, very clean. ?Nice hands,` she thought. He wore a very expensive Japanese watch. ?Japan,` she thought. ?I`d like to go to Japan. ?She looked up and saw the man`s eyes again over the top of his newspaper. This time she did not look away. Green eyes looked into dark brown eyes for a long, slow minute.
Bill and his new friend went to buy something to eat and drink. The train was nearly at Plymouth. The tall dark man stood up, put the newspaper in his bag, and left the carriage. The train stopped at the station. A lot of people got on the train, and two women and an old man came into the carriage.
The train moved slowly away from Plymouth station, and Bill came back to the carriage. ?Where`s Julie?` he said. ?She`s not here.`
The little girl looked at Bill. ?She got off the train at Plymouth,` she said. ?With the tall dark man. I saw them.` ?Of course she didn`t!` Bill said. ?She`s on this train. She didn`t get off.`
?Yes, she did,` the children`s mother said suddenly. ?I saw her too. The tall man waited for her on the platform.`
?He waited for her?` Bill`s month was wide open.
?But … But he read his newspaper all the time. He didn`t talk to Julie. And she never talked to him. They didn`t say a word.`
?People don`t always need words, young man,` the children`s mother said.
?But I don`t understand,` said Bill. ?She`s my wife. Why did she go? Why did she leave me? What am I going to do?`
(Adapted from a story by Jennifer Bassett)
This is a British Rail talking timeable, giving train times from London King`s Cross to Newcastle, Monday to friday. For weekend train times, phone 071 276 2477. Here are the departure times from King`s Cross and the arival times in Newcastle.
0700 arriving 1005
0840 arriving 1130
0945 arriving 1245
1130 arriving 1437
1200 arriving 1455
A Good morning. Can you tell me the times of trains back from Newcastle, please?
B Afternoon, evening? When do you want to come back?
A About 5 o`clock this afternoon.
B About 5 o`clock. Right. Let`s have a look. There`s a train that leaves at 4.45, and there`s another one at 5.25.
A And what time do they get in?
B Back at King`s Cross at 7.15 and 8.20.
A Thanks a lot.
A Hello. I`d like a ticket to Newcastle, please.
B Single or return?
A Return, please.
B Day return or period return?
A I want to come back this evening, so a day return.
B How do you want to pay?
A Cash, please.
B Forty-eight pounds fifty, please.
A Twenty, forty, sixty pounds.
B Here`s your change and your ticket.
A Thank you.
This is a British Rail announcement. The train from Edingbrugh arrives on platform eight at 0830. Edinburgh train, platform eight 0830.
The train from Hertford arrives on platform six at 0835. Hertford train, platform six, 0835.
The train from Newcastle arrives on platform fifteen at 0845. The train is forty minutes late. Newcastle train, platform fifteen, 0845. Forty minutes late.
The train from Darlington arrives on platform nine at 0855. Darlington train, platform nine 0855.
The train to Peterborough is on platform twelve, departs 0825. The train to Peterborough, platform twelve, 0825.
The train to Newcastle is on platform seventeen, departs 0840. The train to Newcastle, platform seventeen, 0840.
The train to York is on platform five, departs 0900. The train to York, platform five, 0900.