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Peter I`m just going to the shops. Do you want anything?
Anne No, I don`t think so. Oh, hang on. We haven`t got any sugar left.
Peter It`s all right. It`s on my list. I`m going to buy some.
Anne What about bread?
Peter OK. I`ll go to the baker and buy a loaf.
And now here`s the weather forecast for the next twenty-four hours for the whole of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Ah starting with Southern England and the Midland, well it`ll be mainly dry and sunny, but quite cold, with temperatures around six or seven degrees celsius. It should stay dry all day, but there`ll be quite, so wrap up warm.
And the west country, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can expect some rain in the morning and afternoon and quite strong north easterly winds, and the temperatures will be lower than yesterday, around the three or four degrees mark. I don`t think you`ll see much of the sun: cloudy all day, I`m afraid. The East coast of England will see the best of today`s weather. It`ll be warmer than yesterday, no winds, and sunshine, so quite warm for the time of year.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland, however, there`ll be heavy rain and maybe some snow during the afternoon, and on the hills temperatures will drop to below freezing, minus four or five, and on the highest spots minus ten. Over much of Scotland it will be cloudy, and windy too as the cold front moves in over the Atlantic. Northern Ireland can expect the same, but the rain will end before dark. But again very cold, with temperatures not going above freezing.
And that`s all from me.
Phone-in on China
P = Presenter
J = Mrs Jackson
A = Mr Atkins
C = Mr Cannings
L = Kate Leigh
T = Miss Townsend
S = Dr Scott
P Hello and good morning. On today`s programme we turn our thoughts to life in the People`s Republic of China, that vast country of over one thousand million people. One out of every five people in the whole world is Chinese. It`s the third largest country, smaller only than the Soviet Union and Canada. It has a recorded history of nearly four thousand years, and, would you believe, it has the only man-made object visible from outer space, the Great Wall.
But what is life like for the ordinary Chinese citizen what sort of housing, education, medical treatment do they have? They`ve recently opened their doors to the rest of the world. What can we now learn about them?
With me are two people who can answer many of these question. They are Dr Henry Scott, from a London University, and Kate Leigh, who spent several years teaching English at the University of Peking. Now known as Beijing. Our number is, as usual, 01 423 1838. And our first caller is Mr Atkins. What is your question please?
A I`m going to spend a year in China soon, studying Chinese language and history at university, and I wondered if you could give me some idea of what life might be like, what sort of reception to expect, and what sort of life style I`ll have?
P Kate… er… this sounds like a question for you.
L Good morning Mr Atkins.
A Good morning.
L Er.. let me ask you a question first. Which university are you going to?
A To the university of Jinan, in the north.
L Oh, yes, that`s the capital of the province of Shandong. Well, you`ll live in the university, nearly all foreign visitor do, and you`ll share a room with a Chinese student, which is also very common. Days start very early, so you`ll have to get used to getting up at about six o`clock. There are morning exercises in the open air, and you`ll be invited to join in, and then you`ll have breakfast at about six thirty. And all meals are communal. Now your classes will probably be in both English and Chinese, and they`ll begin at seven thirty. Lunch is at twelve and then there`s a rest until three and then more classes until six.
A Er yes, yes and could I ask, what sort of things people do in the evening?
L Well, the main entertainments are going to the cinema, which everybody does at least twice a week; in fact it`s difficult to get tickets; going for walks; sitting outside talking, playing cards; there are always lots of people in the streets, uhm there are few cars but literally millions of bicycles; and eating out, and of course Chinese food is legendary.
A Er yes, well, thank you very much.
P And now let`s go on to our second caller, Miss Townsend. Hello.
P What is your question please?
T Er yes. I`d like to ask in what way China is different now from a few years ago? Their policy seems to have changed. I wondered how and why?
P Thank you. Uhm Dr Scott, can you help us with this one?
S Mmm. Yes. Good morning Miss Townsend.
T Good morning.
S Now this is a very big question, of course. China has been a Socialist Republic since 1949 under the leadership of Mao Tse Tung. He started the Cultural Revolution in 1966, and that continued until his death in 1976. China is now in the hands of Deng Xiaping, who has give the country a little free enterprise. Doors are now open to the rest of the world. China wants the technology and the education that the rest of the world can offer; it is anxious to trade, and it is offering many interesting contracts. The industry it most wants to develop is tourism. China is trying to build a better life for its people without turning its back on its ancient culture that gives its people such pride and dignity. So … uhm….yes, time are changing.
T Thank you that`s most interesting. Thank you very much.
P And on the subject of tourism, we now have another caller, Mrs Jackson, who I believe is going there on holiday. Mrs Jackson, hello.
J Yes, good morning. I`m going on a tour of China with a holiday company, and I noticed that all arrangements in China are handled by China International Travel Service. Could you tell me if I`ll be able to travel freely in China, and how much contact I`ll have with the Chinese people?
P Kate, please could you give us your thoughts on these question?
L Yes, certainly. You will probably spend most of your holiday with the tour company, who`ll decide with the Travel Service where you`ll go. There are in fact many cities that you can visit with just the ordinary visa, and others that you need to get a visa from the local police station to go to. Now there is a very good train service and also an internal air service, but I recommend the trains as you`ll see so much more of the country. However, how much you`ll see of the people is a different matter. Foreigners are not allowed to have the local currency. They are issued with their own money which can only be used at certain places, so well I`m afraid, you won`t be able to buy things in the street for example. Now you must remember that almost no-one speaks English, so I strongly recommend you learn some Chinese before you go. It`s a very different way of life. The Chinese are friendly, honest, terribly proud of their country and the progress it`s made, enthusiastic, and they`ll be very interested in you, where you`re from, what you do, how you live, everything. You must remember that tourism is still in its infancy. If you go with the right attitude, your visit to China will be one of discovery, and well… it`ll be a very memorable experience.
J Thank you very much.
P And now we have a question from a Mr Cannings. Hello, Mr Cannings.
C Hello, yes ,er yes, yes. I`d like to ask about the food. Are the Chinese restaurants we have here typical of the food you find there?
P Thank you. Dr Scott.
S Good morning Mr Cannings. Well, Chinese cuisine is rightly famous in the whole world. I mean, sweet and sour sauce, beef and green peppers, garlic….