Many tourists find they don't like staying in city hotels. They prefer to avoid
__________________ cities completely.
They are attracted instead to dramatic views of mountains and
If you like this sort of tourism, Mountain View Camp is for you. You’ll have an
__________________ vacation there.
The Camp has a view over the __________________ Hampson Valley.
In the camp, tourists can rent either tents or bungalows. All the guests have free
access to different facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and playgrounds for
children. The camp is a successful __________________ of both comfort and a
The tourists can also have lunch in one of the many restaurants and try European or
Emma lived in a big city and worked for a large company. Her days were usually
very busy – she __________________ hardly find half an hour for lunch.
However, at weekends she __________________ bored and lonely.
Emma had moved to the city because of her job. Only two months before she had thought
she was the __________________ girl in the world.
She had got a job most of her friends could only dream about. It was her
__________________ fulltime job.
The company __________________ ‘Imagination’. They focused on Internet technologies.
Emma __________________ much about the Internet but her boss said that it didn’t
He also said that she __________________ creative and had imagination and that was why
she had a good chance of succeeding in the job.
When Emma told her friend, Lucy Pitt, about the new job, Lucy said:
“I’m very happy that you __________________ a good job. But I also feel very sad about
it because you’ll go to the city and will forget about your friends.”
“I wish we could always be together but it’s impossible,” Emma said. “I promise that I
__________________ to visit you as soon as I can.”
The best thing about shopping in London is that there really are hundreds of
cool shops selling __________________ clothes.
Only here you can find a wide choice of __________________ and unique shops.
Sometimes you can buy __________________ things there.
You can spend a whole day in a shopping centre, have lunch in one of the European
or __________________ restaurants,
see a new film in the cinema and even enjoy a __________________.
But be __________________ – London shops are expensive! Don’t leave all your
money in the shopping centre.
itty lived next door to me and we’d been friends since childhood. We learnt at
the same school and __________________ there together.
I was sixteen and she was four years __________________ than me.
But we had a lot in common and enjoyed chatting on __________________ way to
Every morning Kitty knocked on my door and I had to be ready by that time – she
__________________ waiting for me.
One day she didn’t knock. When I caught up with her at the bus stop, she
__________________ a magazine and didn’t even look at me.
I __________________ understand what was going on.
“Hey, Kitty, what’s wrong? Why aren’t you talking to __________________?”
“You yourself know why,” Kitty said angrily.
“No, I don’t. I wouldn’t ask you if I __________________.”
“You went to the cinema with Lisa Parker yesterday,” Kitty was almost crying.
I felt puzzled and didn’t know what to say. The two __________________ at the
bus stop looked amused at our conversation and didn’t hide their smiles.
How do people learn the news? About a century ago people got
5. __________________ from newspapers since they were the only mass media
that existed in those times.
Radio and television seemed __________________ inventions as they broadcasted
audio and visual images.
The Internet has changed the situation dramatically. Now the audience has an
opportunity to create the news, share their________________ knowledgeand
express their opinions.
The Internet supposes interaction, which makes it very __________________ to
And what about the newspapers? Will they __________________ in the near
I wish they wouldn’t as I like starting my day with a cup of coffee and a
1. Why did people start the postal service?
2. What is snail mail?
3. Where did the first delivery system appear?
4. What are the advantages of email?
5. What was the first stamp like?
6. How were the letters paid for?
A. For as long as humans have existed there has been a need to keep in touch and to transfer important information
between people in different places. Before the invention of writing, oral messages were carried from one person
to another between towns. Writing made it much easier to send longer messages; however, it was still difficult
to make sure that your message got to the right place.
It was used by the Roman officials to transfer information throughout the Empire. Staging posts and a system
with horses and carriages meant that messages could move quickly, by using many riders instead of one. It was
very important for business and military reasons that good communication system existed. However, the
Romans were not the first to realize this. The Chinese and Persian empires used systems of horses and riders
more than 500 years before the Romans.
C. Before the invention of the postage stamps, letters were “franked”. It was marked on the letter that
delivery had been paid for. This could have been either written or stamped. A postmark was also
stamped on the letter. Invented in 1660 in England, this was a mark that showed where and when the
letter had been posted. It was used to see how long it took to deliver the letter – to make sure the
service was reliable.
D. It is the humorous term used by email users for the oldfashioned lettersinenvelopes postal system.
It means that such letters travel very slowly, which actually is rather unfair. In Britain you can send
letters first or second class; the first class ones normally get to their destination, anywhere in the
country, the next morning. The postal service is called the Royal mail, and all the British stamps have
the head of the Queen.
E. They were invented in Great Britain. It was a British man called Rowland Hill who proposed a stamp to be
stuck on the letter to identify that postage had been paid. The first stamp was issued in 1840. It was called the
Penny Black and the profile of Queen Victoria’s head was depicted there. The stamp cost 1 pence and was
darkly coloured. About 65 million Penny Blacks were issued, and nowadays it is not a very rare stamp.