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Jobs: Likes and dislikes
A man is being interviewed about his job.
I = Interviewer L = Les Mickleby
I Hello, Les.
I It`s very kind of you to give me some of your time.
L Ur, that`s all right. Now er… what do you want me to tell you about?
I Well could you tell me about your job? What do you like about it?
L Well, most of all, I like getting up early, in the morning. (Laugh) If I live to be 80, I`ll say it`s because of the fresh air and getting up early, and having a physical job doing physical work. This means a lot to me, because I`ve always been an active type of person.
I So the early mornings don`t bother you?
K No, I`ve always been an early bird. I used to help the milkman when I was at school.
I What about winter?
L Ar, well, it`s a bit harder, but I still like it. Anther good thing of course is that I finish early, so I can go to the pub for a pin at lunch-time.
L I`d like to look at other people going to work with their briefcases and things, and think, `Well, I`ve done over half my work, I`ll be finished at lunch-time.` And some people think it`s a boring job. Well, it`s certainly repetitive, but you`ve got to know your area really well to sort the letters.
I Ar yes.
L People are generally very nice, but well, there are some difficult ones. They shout at you for walking on the garden, or for not shutting the gate, or because you have shut the gate, (laugh) or they park their cars so that you can`t actually get to their front door. And of course there`s the dogs. One took the top off my finger last year (Oh!) so I don`t care for them very much. It`s a shame, because I like dogs really, the nice ones, but… when there`s one going for me I`m terrified of them.
I Ar, I should think so.
L Something interesting is, whether you want to or not, you find out a lot about the people you`re delivering to. Perhaps I`ve never met them, but I know who`s having tax problems, who`s gone away on holiday, who`s having a birthday, and things like that.
I Thank you, Les. You really seem to enjoy your work.
L I do.
Children in sport
(BBC Tapescript, You & Yours, Radio 4)
I Hello, and welcome to today`s `You & Your`. On today`s programme we look at chidren who are trying to be champions in the world of sport, and the pressures they can be under to win, win, win. Now I spoke to Allan Baker, the former British Athletics coach, and he had it to say.
AB Well the problem is that you want to find these children at quite a young age, to train them and motivate them as early as possible. Um… at that age they don`t have social problems, you know they don`t have boyfriends or girlfriends, so they give their sport the whole of their life. Umm, but they`re so young that they can lose their childhood, and they`re adults before they`re 16. But of course they`re not adults at all. Physically they can be quite developed, but emotionally they`re still children. Everybody`s looking for the new young star of the future, because there`s a lot of money to be earned.
I Tennis is one of the sports where youngsters can play against their elders with more than a chance of success. In American there are tennis schools which accept children from as young as 9. So from the age of 9 a boy or girl is playing tennis for four or five hours every day, and doing ordinary school work around that. I spoke to the team manager of the English Lawn Tennis Association, Pam de Gruchy.
PG You see, we`re already seen two 14-year-old American girls, that`s Tracy Austin and Andrea Jaeger, playing at Wimbledon, and now, both at 18, they are now already showing the pressures on their bodies and their minds, and people are beginning to question whether this is a good thing for children. A 14-year-old just can`t cope with the pressures of Wimbledon, the tournament, the Wimbledon crowds, and the press reporters. Well, I say to my girls, `Stay at home, stay at school, do the things that teenagers like doing. If you like swimming, well swim; if you like going to dances, just go!` And if when they`re older they`d really like to be a professional tennis player, well, they`ll be a little older than the Americans, but they`ll be better people for it, of that I`m perfectly sure.
I Pam de Gruchy thinks that young players shouldn`t be allowed to become professionals until the age of 17 or 18 at least. I asked her what was responsible for the pressures on the young players � was it the money that can be earned, the parents, or perhaps the children themselves?
PG Oh no, it`s the parents, without a shadow of a doubt. They want to push their children. I get letters from parents saying, `My little Johnny enjoys playing tennis all day, and he`d like to learn only that and be trained by a professional coach`, and quite frankly I just don`t believe it.
I But what about the youngsters themselves? Robert, a 100-metre and 200-metre runner gave me an idea of his training programme, and his own very simple way of avoiding trouble.
R Well I train under a coach for three days a week, and uhm … and … then decide how much running to do. If I`ve trained hard, well then maybe I run five miles, you know, if not so much, then eight miles.
Well, of course I`d like to go to the next Olympics and represent Great Britain, and of course I`d like to win a gold but there are lots of other thing I like doing with my life too. Uhm, I, I, play in a rock group and I`m also a keen photographer. Well, I suppose for me the most important thing is enjoyment. If, if you win, you`re happy, and if you lose, it`s the same. I mean if you start getting upset every time you lose, I think it`s time to stop.
I The sports stars of tomorrow, and good luck to them.