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欧洲游记:去格拉斯哥推销海报

2018-04-21 07:00 | 来源:英语学习网站 | 编辑:学英语

作者和朋友搭车离开爱丁堡前往格拉斯哥,谁知接近目的地时又被丢在了远郊的机场附近,两人正茫然无措时好运降临了——三位热心人正要去市中心,还给她们提供了一份有趣的工作,双方一拍即合!在格拉斯哥这座苏格兰最大的城市,两位姑娘不仅跟着好心人参观了市内的大型购物中心,见识了郊外的湖光山色,还享用了丰盛的晚餐,并住进了舒适温馨的酒店。两人心满意足,畅想无限,不知这份新工作会不会真的如她们所愿呢? 本文来自香港马会信息中心

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By Christine Mc Cafferty

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Christine and Shannon, our two young backpackers, had gotten a ride to the outskirts of Glasgow, the biggest city in Scotland. They now needed to get into the city; it would be their first visit. They walked along the highway, trying to get a sense of exactly where they were. There was cold wind blowing. Things didn’t seem promising. Then a car pulled up alongside them. Three guys leaned out of the windows with a big smile… 本文来自香港马会信息中心

We could scarcely believe our ears when they said that they were headed into the city to check on their business, and if we want to come with. Business meant jobs and jobs were what we were after!

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“What kind of business?” I asked.

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One of the men, who obviously was in charge, said it was a business selling posters all over Scotland.

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We looked at each other in delight, looked back at them, and then both chorused at the same moment, “That’s EXACTLY the job that we are looking for!”

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All warnings we’d ever received from our parents about not getting into cars with strange men were out the window. We piled in. Before long we were headed straight into the heart of Glasgow with our three new Scottish friends: Ed, Alan and Terry. Ed was the boss man. No doubt. Though he was in the passenger seat, he was the loudest and did almost all the talking. He was in his 40s or so—quite round, but seemingly both jovial, warm, organized and looked up to by his men. Alan was driving. “Straight to St Enoch’s,” Ed told him.

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Ed explained that he had “his folk” selling posters on the streets and in markets all over Scotland. What a life! Right then we could not imagine anything better than travelling around and making money at the same time! Alan parked in a huge underground parking lot. He and Terry got two big boxes of posters out the boot of the car. They somehow managed to carry them. Our first impression was that Glasgow was very full; people were hustling and bustling all over. There seemed to be much more activity than what we’d experienced in Edinburgh.

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We headed up by elevator and came up right near St. Enoch Square, a public square on the junction of two busy shopping streets. In the square, we met two more of Ed’s “folk”, as he called them. The two men were quite a bit older and seemed a little shy; one had a few teeth missing. They stood in front of boxes of various posters. Some were unwrapped and laid down so that shoppers passing by could see them. The posters were mostly of pop stars, cute animals and beautiful scenes. They reported a good week of poster selling to Ed. They counted out money, gave it to Ed and the two big boxes of posters were left with them.

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We headed into St. Enoch Centre, a shopping mall right there. The building has a massive glass roof. In fact, it is the largest glass-covered enclosed area in Europe. It was like being in a giant greenhouse as it seemed to be entirely lit by natural light. Ed said, “That’s right. It’s known as the ‘Glasgow Greenhouse’. Almost all the heating in the building is natural; they hardly ever use central heating in here. It’s so huge that the roof's framework, see it’s all steel, was made by a Scottish shipbuilding company. You know Scotland was once the shipbuilder of the world…That was before the Japanese, and now the Chinese, took over.” All this, of course was said, in heavy Scottish English. Sometimes we struggled to understand.

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