Taxi!

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Behind the sunglasses and uniform is no ordinary cabbie

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Behind the sunglasses and uniform is no ordinary cabbie…
It's actually Norway's Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg, working incognito in Oslo.
He said taxis were the best place to hear the views of ordinary Norwegians.
Passengers were astonished when they discovered who was driving.
But, he is unlikely to moonlight again; Stoltenberg hasn't driven for eight years, so his skills are a little rusty
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Vocabulary:

cabbie
informal word for ‘taxi driver’

incognito
avoiding being recognised by changing appearance; in disguise

astonished
shocked and surprised

to moonlight
to work at an extra job, without telling your main employer

rusty
(of a skill) needing practice; not as good as it was in the past

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.
cabbie / incognito / astonished / to moonlight / rusty

1. Mr Hughes said he had been _________ by the reaction to the film, which received 110,000 hits on You Tube in the first week after it was posted.

2. First broadcast in 2004, Veronica Mars told of a high-school student who moves on to college while _________ as a private investigator.

3. As Londoners will know some of the capital's _________ are not shy about sharing their views on everything from politics to the latest fashions.

Now one driver, Michael Dennis, has started reciting his own poetry to passengers and even patients at his local Clapham hospice.

4. Jean Moulin was the former prefect who in January 1942 was sent by General de Gaulle to organise the anti-German underground. For a year-and-a-half, he travelled _______ around occupied France, using the pseudonyms Rex then Max.

5. Question: Do you get nervous playing your new singles for the first time and why?
Robbie Williams: Yes because I haven't done anything for three years. You just feel a bit _________.

Answers:

1. Mr Hughes said he had been astonished by the reaction to the film, which received 110,000 hits on You Tube in the first week after it was posted.

Source: Teachers reward pupils with Gangnam Style performance
کلیک http://bbc.in/13h7DGZ

2. First broadcast in 2004, Veronica Mars told of a high-school student who moves on to college while moonlighting as a private investigator.

Source: Veronica Mars fans make film dream a reality
کلیک http://bbc.in/14HjD2G

3. As Londoners will know some of the capital's cabbies are not shy about sharing their views on everything from politics to the latest fashions.

Now one driver, Michael Dennis, has started reciting his own poetry to passengers and even patients at his local Clapham hospice.

Source: All the world's a poem for London cabbie
کلیک http://bbc.in/1473Erk

4. Jean Moulin was the former prefect who in January 1942 was sent by General de Gaulle to organise the anti-German underground. For a year-and-a-half, he travelled incognito around occupied France, using the pseudonyms Rex then Max.

Source: Raymond Aubrac: How I tricked the Gestapo
کلیک http://bbc.in/16Ihkvi

5. Question: Do you get nervous playing your new singles for the first time and why?
Robbie Williams: Yes because I haven't done anything for three years. You just feel a bit rusty.

Source: Robbie kicks off Electric Proms
کلیک http://bbc.in/15z6nta

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