Big City Small World Part 1

Our friends meet up in a café. Johnny, Olivia and Fadi all offer jobs to Harry. What should he do? Harry sure is good at his job as he doesn’t come cheap!

Episode 1: Meeting Friends Episode 2: Job offer Episode 3: Kicked Out!

Hello and welcome to Big City Small World brought to you by the British Council.
Episode 1: Meeting Friends
Johnny: Hello! Hello? Excuse me! Excuse me?
Olivia: Just sit down anywhere – they don’t have waiters in here!
Johnny: Oh, ok, is it ok if I sit here?
Olivia: Sure..but you’ll need to go to the counter if you want anything..
Johnny: Actually, I’m not really here to eat, or anything. I’m supposed to be meeting someone.
Olivia: Well, wait here long enough, most of London will come in..
Johnny: Sorry?
Olivia: Just joking.
Sarah: Excuse me, is anybody sitting here?
Olivia: I can’t see anyone!
Sarah: Sorry?
Olivia: Just joking. Go ahead, sit down.
Sarah: Thanks.
Olivia: You might be waiting a while if you sit here.
Sarah: Sorry?
Olivia: There are no waiters here – people usually just go up to the counter and order whatever they want.
Sarah: Oh..well..I’m just supposed to be meeting someone here actually..
Olivia: Not him, by any chance?
Sarah: Who?
Olivia: This guy here!
Johnny: Hello!
Sarah: Oh. No..
Johnny: No.. I am waiting to meet someone.. but not you! Where are you from, anyway?
Sarah: Well, I live in London now, but I’m originally from Shanghai.
Johnny: Thought so! I’m from Hong Kong.
Olivia: Sorry to interrupt..but who are you both waiting for?
Johnny: I’m waiting for my friend Harry..
Sarah: ..and I’m waiting for my friend Magda..
Olivia: How interesting!
Johnny: Erm..why’s that interesting?
Olivia: Because Harry and Magda are both friends of mine as well, and right now I’m waiting for both of them too.. and here they are!
All: Hello
Olivia: Let’s make this easier – I’m Olivia!
Johnny: I’m Johnny. I’m a friend of..
Harry: ..mine. He’s a friend of mine. I’m Harry.
Sarah: Ok! I’m Sarah, and I’m a friend of..
Magda: ..mine! I’m Magda. Nice to meet you!
Olivia: This is complicated, isn’t it? Shall I get some tea? I think we’ll need a big pot, this might take some time. So, how do we all know each other..?
Episode 2: Job offer
Harry: So how are things going, mate?
Johnny: Good. Things are good. I’m really enjoying my job.. lots of work, but I’ll be rich in three years!
Harry: You work all the time. I don’t know how you manage it. You should take a break some time, come and play football with me!
Johnny: Too busy, mate, too busy. Venture capital – it’s so exciting right now. All the opportunities opening up in China. And I’m here to make the most of it! You should think about changing your job, Harry – get a piece of the action!
Harry: You’re right.. I’m always thinking about changing jobs.. but I only know about computers, nothing else.
Johnny: There are lots of computer experts around. You need to specialise!
Harry: Perhaps you’re right, but I really like my job.
Johnny: Is the money good?
Harry: Not bad..
Johnny: But not good?
Harry: Well, I could find a job that pays more, but I would enjoy it less..
Johnny: You could come and work for our company!
Harry: Hmmm.. is that an offer?
Johnny: Yes.. I’m serious! Listen, I’ll have a word with the human resources people tomorrow. I know there are some vacancies at the moment in the IT team.. you’d easily get it. Have to go now, see you soon.
Harry: Yeah, cheers mate, see you soon.
Olivia: Hi there! You on your own?
Harry: Yeah, Johnny’s just gone off to work..
Olivia: As always. Never stops, that boy.
Harry: Talking of which, what are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be in the shop?
Olivia: I’m just taking a break. I’m fed up of standing in that shop selling shoes all day, to tell you the truth.
Harry: They’re very nice shoes, though.
Olivia: All hand made, of course. But, like I say, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life running that shop.
Harry: You could sell your shoes on the web.
Olivia: That’s right! I’ve thought about that already..
Harry: Have you got anybody to set up a website for you?
Olivia: No.. but I did think.. I was wondering.. I don’t suppose…
Harry: What?
Olivia: ..that you’d be interested?
Harry: Me? Do your website for you?
Olivia: Well, yeah.. I’d like someone I know.. someone I can trust..
Harry: Well, I guess I could do it, sure.. I’ll have to think..
Olivia: Hi Fadi! How are you doing? Do you know my friend Harry?
Fadi: No.. nice to meet you!
Harry: Yeah.. you too.. cheers.
Olivia: Fadi works in the restaurant business, don’t you Fadi?
Fadi: Well, sort of, not exactly.. we supply food to lots of restaurants, but.. I tell you.. it’s a nightmare at the moment..
Olivia: Oh dear. What’s the problem?
Fadi: Well, there’s just too much work really.. can’t keep up. It’s my dad’s business, but he’s getting old now. My uncle works with us too, but he’s not really interested, so it’s all up to me.. I can’t keep track of what’s coming in and going out..
Harry: Sounds like you need a better stock management system!
Fadi: Yeah! That’s exactly what I was thinking – how did you know that?
Harry: That’s my job, innit? I set up computerised stock management systems, all kinds of business IT solutions..
Fadi: Wow! That’s brilliant! Listen.. seriously now.. would you be interested in some work?
Harry: Erm.. well.. yeah!… That’s three job offers in the last five minutes! What should I do?
Episode 3: Kicked Out!
Olivia: Hi there Harry!
Harry: Hello Olivia. How’s it going?
Olivia: Not bad..what are you reading?
Harry: Just checking the jobs page of the local newspaper..
Olivia: More? I thought you already had too many job offers to choose from..
Harry: Well, I have..but there’s no harm in looking, is there?
Olivia: Suppose not.
Harry: You’ve got to know what’s going on..
Magda: Keep ahead of the game!
Harry: Exactly!
Magda: I think the internet is a better place to look for jobs, though..
Harry: You’re probably right, but I spend all day sitting in front of computers. It’s nice to have a change every now and then. So, Olivia, any more thoughts on what we talked about.. your website?
Olivia: I said, I’d love you to do it!
Harry: Great – I’d love to do it. Now then, normally, for a job like that, I’d ask about a grand..
Olivia: A grand!
Magda: What’s a “grand”??
Olivia: A thousand pounds.
Magda: Phew! That sounds like a lot..
Olivia: It is!
Harry: It isn’t really.. that’s what these things cost now..if you take into account the work I’ll have to put into it, and all my time..
Olivia: Maybe..
Harry: But anyway, because we’re friends, I’ll do it for say, seven fifty..?
Olivia: Seven hundred and fifty.. hmm.. well.. can you let me think about that? I’ll get back to you in a day or two.
Harry: Sure! No probs!
Fadi: Hi
All: Hi there!
Fadi: Hang on, I’ll just get a coffee and then I’ll be with you….ok, cheers! So, how’s it going?
All: Good..fine..not bad!
Fadi: Harry – thought any more about that offer?
Harry: Sure, yeah.. I’m up for it! I’ll do it, no problems.
Fadi: Great, we really need it. What kind of costs are we looking at?
Harry: Well, the basic package will be fifteen hundred..
Fadi: Hmmmm…
Harry: Then for upgrades and maintenance, well, up to two five..
Fadi: Two thousand five hundred quid?
Magda: Quid?
Olivia: Pound.
Fadi: You don’t come cheap, do you Harry?
Harry: I’m good at my job.
Fadi: I’ll have to have a word with my uncle.. see if I can clear it with him. I’ll get back to you.
All: Hi there!
Olivia: What’s up Sarah?
Sarah: Just had some bad news..
Magda: Oh no! What’s the matter?
Sarah: I’ve just been kicked out of my flat!
All: Oh no!
Magda: Kicked out?
Olivia: She has to leave..find another place to live..


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