Big City Small World Part 2

Sarah will be kicked out of her flat soon and so everyone is on a mission… Sarah, Olivia, Harry and Johnny are all looking glum, but Fadi is here to solve their problems. Joe the 4-year-old nephew – is he a pest or just a sweet little boy?

Episode 4: We Have a Mission! Episode 5: Fadi to the Rescue Episode 6: He’s a pest!

Hello and welcome to Big City Small World brought to you by the British Council.
Episode 4: We Have a Mission!
Harry: Well Sarah, here’s the paper.. I was looking at jobs.. but you’ll need the “accommodation” page!
Olivia: Hmmm, not very sensitive, Harry..
Harry: Have to go now..see you all!
All: Bye!
Olivia: What’s the problem with your flat, then Sarah?
Sarah: Well, I was renting a room in a shared house, but now the landlord has decided to sell the house, so we all have to move out..
Magda: Oh no..that can be really difficult in London. It’s so expensive here..
Sarah: I know, I’m not sure I’ll be able to afford it..
Olivia: Tell me about it!
Sarah: About what?
Olivia: Sorry..I just mean, I know how expensive life is!
Sarah: Why’s that?
Magda: Olivia wants Harry to set up a website for her, but he’s asked for loads of money!
Fadi: too!
Magda: I think he’s greedy.
Fadi: I’m not sure about that.. he’s a professional after all. He’s right to ask a reasonable amount for his work.
Olivia: You’re just like him, I can see..only interested in money!
Magda: Yeah, that’s right..
Fadi: Leave off..I’m not only interested in money. I like football too..
Olivia: I don’t think I can afford it, but I don’t know how to say “no” without offending him now.
Sarah: Do you think he’ll be offended?
Olivia: Perhaps..
Fadi: I shouldn’t worry. He’s not a very sensitive guy, is he?
Olivia: No! I like him, though..
Fadi: Oh yeah?
Olivia: Not in that way..he’s just a friend..
Fadi: “Just a friend”, eh?
Olivia: Are you jealous?
Fadi: Get out of here! Course I’m not. I’ve got lots of girlfriends..
Magda: And they only ever last for two weeks!
Fadi: I like to keep them keen!
Sarah: Oh yeah, sure..
Fadi: Listen, Olivia, if it makes it easier for you, I think I’m going to take Harry up on his offer. I’ll get him to do some work for me, then it won’t matter if you turn him down.
Sarah: I do some work for a website, Olivia. It’s called – it’s for the Chinese community in Britain. I could find out who does their website – they might be cheaper.
Olivia: Could you do that for me? I’d be really grateful.
Sarah: Sure, no problem.
Olivia: And we’ll try and help you find a flat!
Sarah: Thanks!
Magda: How long have you got before you have to move out?
Sarah: Only a month.
Magda: That’s not long.
Fadi: I’ll ask around, see if anyone I know has a room free in their house..
Magda: I’ll do the same thing..
Olivia: Me too!
Magda: Ok everyone..we have a mission!
Fadi: Find Sarah a place to live!
Olivia: And tell Harry he’s greedy!
Sarah: I think this might be difficult…
Magda: What? Finding you a flat, or upsetting Harry?
Sarah: Both!
Episode 5: Fadi to the Rescue
Johnny: Hi
Harry: Hi
Harry: Could we get two cappuccinos please?
Tony: Ok..sit down and I’ll bring them over to you.
Harry: Cheers..
Johnny: So, listen, I had a word with the IT department about that job that I’d mentioned, and they’d like you to come in for a chat sometime..
Harry: A “chat”?
Johnny: Well, yeah, you know, not really a formal interview, just.. well.. like, a chat, so they can get to know you, and see what you’re like, and stuff..
Harry: But there’s no real job on offer..
Johnny: Well, no, perhaps not as yet, not exactly..
Harry: Hmmm, I’m not sure.
Johnny: Go on! What have you got to lose?
Harry: I guess you’re right..
Johnny: And it’s a good company to work for.. lots of prospects.. great bonuses! And you get to work with me!
Harry: OK, when can I come in?
Olivia: Hi
All: Hi!
Johnny: Tomorrow I guess..
Olivia: Tomorrow what? What are you two planning in secret?
Harry: Olivia, you are so nosey! You always have to know everything about everyone else…
Olivia: Just natural curiosity..
Johnny: Harry’s coming to work with me!
Olivia: That’s great!
Harry: Hang on, hang’s not definite yet..
Olivia: I’m sure you’ll get the job! Well done!
Harry: Slow down, will you!
Olivia: That means you’ll be too busy to do my website for me..
Harry: I’m sure I can squeeze you in..
Olivia: I wouldn’t want to overwork you!
Harry: We’ll see, eh?
Olivia: OK, but don’t lose any sleep over it.
All: Hi Sarah!
Johnny: How’s the flat-hunting going?
Sarah: Oooooppphhhh…I’m exhausted. I’ve been going round the city all day, looking at flats.
Olivia: And no success?
Sarah: No success at all.
Harry: What’s the problem?
Sarah: They’re all too small, or too dark, or too far away, or too expensive, or there are weird flatmates..
Harry: You’ll have to compromise at some point…
Sarah: Yeah, I guess so, but I don’t want to live in a complete dump, and it seems that I can’t afford much more.
Fadi: Hello all!
All: Hi Fadi!
Harry: How’s it going mate?
Fadi: I’m fine here, but why are you lot all looking so glum?
Olivia: Sarah still can’t find a place to live.
Harry: Olivia’s fed up because I can’t do her website for her!
Johnny: Harry’s not enthusiastic about working with me!
Fadi: Great.. Well, I’lll just have to try and solve all your problems, then, won’t I?
Episode 6: He’s a pest!
Olivia: Joe! Can you stop that please! Can you please come here and sit down!
Magda: Hello there, Olivia. Who’s this?
Olivia: This is Joe – he’s my nephew.
Magda: Nephew?
Olivia: My sister’s son.
Magda: Oh! I see. He’s lovely! I love children..
Olivia: Yeah, they’re great until you have to look after them..
Magda: You’re looking after him?
Olivia: Yeah, just for today, fortunately. My sister can’t get a babysitter. But Joe comes to my shop quite often. He loves it there.. unfortunately!
Magda: Why’s that ‘unfortunate’?
Olivia: Because he’s a pest, that’s why..
Magda: What’s a ‘pest’?
Olivia: Somebody or something which makes you angry..
Magda: No!! I don’t believe it! He’s so sweet! How old is he?
Olivia: Four, nearly five.
Fadi: Whoooaaaa! Slow down there, little man! Who’s this?
Olivia: Fadi, meet Joe.
Magda: He’s Olivia’s nephew. And a sweet little pest!
Fadi: Oh really! I didn’t know you were Aunt Olivia!
Olivia: Thank you very much Fadi. You make me feel old. Listen, have you had a chat with Harry yet?
Fadi: About work?
Olivia: Yeah.
Fadi: No, not yet, but I’m supposed to talk to him today. He said he’d be in here later.
Olivia: Listen, though, it’s not true what Harry was saying..
Fadi: About what?
Olivia: About me being upset if he can’t do the website for my shop.. I don’t mind if he can’t do it! He wanted far too much money. I could never have afforded it. Now it’s ok, because he thinks he’s turning me down.. I don’t have to offend him by saying ‘no’! A happy result all round!
Fadi: I I don’t have to bail you out, after all?
Olivia: No!
Olivia: Joe, can you stop that please? Come over here!
Fadi: ..and here he is!
Harry: Alright mate! Alright Olivia, Magda..who’s this young man?
Olivia: My nephew, Joe.
Harry: Hello Joe!
Harry: He’s very..erm..what’s the word..energetic?
Olivia: I just call him “trouble”!
Harry: So, Fadi, you wanted to talk business?
Fadi: Yeah, finally..well, I’ve got the all clear from my uncle, so we’re on.
Harry: Great.
Fadi: But..
Harry: There’s always a “but”!
Fadi: You’re going to have to do us a favour and come down on the price, mate..
Harry: What price did I quote you?
Fadi: Two thousand five hundred.
Harry: Well, seeing as you’re a friend, I could come down to two thousand four hundred, but not less than that.
Fadi: We can offer two thousand. That’s our top limit. We don’t have a bigger budget than that.
Harry: Come on! You’re joking!
Fadi: Sorry mate. It’s two thousand, or nothing.
Harry: No way. Can’t be done. I’ve got to go to go and see Johnny – he’s offered me a real job.. bye all!
Fadi: Oh no, do you think he’s really upset now?
Olivia: I don’t think “upset” is the word…
Fadi: We can go a bit higher actually.. I was just trying to be a tough negotiator.
Magda: A bit too tough, I think.
Olivia: You should never mix work and friendship, anyway.
Magda: And you probably shouldn’t have a business meeting in a café!
Fadi: Oh no. What a mess. I’d better go. Hang on.. where’s my.. where are my…I can’t find my mobile! Or my keys! Has anyone seen them?
Magda: Let’s look under the seats..they must be here somewhere..
Fadi: I can’t see anything.
Magda: No sign.
Olivia: How strange.. hang on a minute, my nephew’s been terribly quiet for the last five minutes.. what’s he up to.. Joe!!


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