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英语中级听力 Lesson 20


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Principal: Well it looks to me as if we shall have to fit him in somewhere. What does Monday morning look like?

Secretary: Well, Monday morning is extremely busy. You've got all the short list interviews.

Principal: Oh goodness. And how long do they go on for?

Secretary: Well, the last one is due at ... to come at 10 o'clock and will probably go on through until 10:30.

Principal: And then?

Secretary: Then you've got your Japanese agent and you did tell him you'd probably take him out to lunch.

Principal: Yes, well can't pass that up ... erm ... what's Tuesday morning look like?

Secretary: Tuesday morning is also very full. You've got a committee meeting, starts at 9:30 probably won't finish until 12:30.

Principal: Huh-Huh. And lunch?

Secretary: Lunch is with your publisher.

Principal: Oh yes. And I do remember that I've got something in the afternoon ... erm ... from the examining board, haven't I? I've got...

Secretary: Yes. At 2:30. You're expecting the chief examiner (Oh) regarding the review report.

Principal: Oh yes. And I've got ... I've got somebody's parents coming.

Secretary: Yes, at 4 o'clock Johan Blun's parents are coming.

Principal: And there ... isn't there a meeting, a principal's meeting after ... anyway he didn't want to be that late ... erm ... well, let's have a look at Monday afternoon. What have we got then?

Secretary: Well the lunch with the Japanese agent is probably likely to last until 2:30. (Mm-Mm) At 2:30 you've got the lawyer regarding the planning permission.

Principal: Oh, I've ... yes ... and?

Secretary: Well at 3:30 there's a tutorial with Maria Rosa ...

Principal: Oh well hang on ... erm ... look what we can do ... you ... if you could give the lawyer a ring and ask him if he can fix it, the appointment, for Wednesday and if he can't make Wednesday, later in the week. It's not absolutely vital that I should do it then. And give Maria Rosa a ring also if you can contact her, otherwise you can tell her when she arrives and ... erm ... I can give I can definitely give her ... I've got Wednesday clear, haven't I? So ... erm ... (Yes) I can give her a tutorial on Wednesday morning (Yes) and that gives us two hours so you could ring the Cultural Council and fix it for then. His name's Mr. Dennis I think, isn't it?

Secretary: Yes. So I'll ring him and tell him you're expecting him at 2:30 on Monday afternoon.

Principal: OK then.

Secretary: Fine. Thank you.

At 7:20 pm on May 6th 1937, the world's largest airship, the Hindenburg, floated majestically over Lakehurst airport, New Jersey, after an uneventful crossing from Frankfurt, Germany. There were 97 people on board for the first Atlantic crossing of the season. There were a number of journalists waiting to greet it. Suddenly radio listeners heard the commentator screaming 'Oh, my God! It's broken into flames. It's flashing ... flashing. It's flashing terribly.' 32 seconds later the airship had disintegrated and 35 people were dead. The Age of the Airship was over.

The Hindenburg was the last in a series of airships which had been developed over 40 years in both Europe and the United States. They were designed to carry passengers and cargo over long distances. The Hindenburg could carry 50 passengers accommodated in 25 luxury cabins with all the amenities of a first class hotel. All the cabins had hot and cold water and electric heating. There was a dining-room, a bar and a lounge with a dance floor and a baby grand piano. The Hindenburg had been built to compete with the great luxury transatlantic liners. It was 245 metres long with a diameter of 41 metres. It could cruise at a speed of 125 km/h, and was able to cross the Atlantic in less than half the time of a liner. By 1937 it had carried 1,000 passengers safely and had even transported circus animals and cars. Its sister ship, the Graf Zeppelin, had flown one and a half million kilometres and it had carried 13,100 passengers without incident.

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