The lockdown is now being partially lifted in many countries and we are all adapting to the “new normal”. It’s not only office based jobs that have had to adapt to home working but also jobs which are traditionally more “people” based. It seems that overnight there has been a major attitude shift as a huge quantity of work tasks have been transferred on-line. But how easy is it to re-organise the working day to these new Covid-19 conditions? Is working from home a dream or a nightmare for you ?
Listen to these 5 people talk about the ups and downs of home/remote working.
Stephen has had to adapt his car showroom to new Covid-19 guidelines. What does he say about the new regulations regarding test driving a prestige car ?
Anne is a lawyer, who is conducting her legal work on-line. What does she say about assessing the body language of witnesses in a trial?
Philippe as a doctor is doing consultations on the phone. What does he say about his patients’ attitude to remote consultations?
Victoria as a primary school teacher is having to find creative ways to engage her young students. What does she mean when she says her experience has been a “mixed bag”?
Cyann as a high school student is not a huge fan of on-line lessons. What reasons does she give ?
Before you listen take a look at some of these points that several business studies have identified as the biggest struggle people have with remote working. What is your experience?
We have all seen the New York skyline in movies or even in real life. But do you know anything about the buildings, bridges and iconic constructions in that skyline?
New York City is famous for many things, but primarily it is known as the city of skyscrapers. It all started with the religious cathedrals – its oldest “skyscraper” was the Trinity Church, which was 280ft tall at the time of its completion, in 1846. Nowadays there are at least 132 buildings which are taller than 600 feet (183 m).
What is a skyscraper ? A skyscraper is a tall, continuously habitable building having multiple floors (UK) or storeys (USA). When the term was originally used in the 1880s it described a building of 10 to 20 floors but now it is used to describe a building of at least 40 to 50 floors. Mostly designed for office, commercial and residential uses, a skyscraper can also be called a high-rise, but the term “skyscraper” is often used for buildings higher than 100 m (328 ft). For buildings above a height of 300 m (984 ft), the term “supertall” can be used, while skyscrapers reaching beyond 600 m (1,969 ft) are classified as “megatall”.
How many iconic constructions (skyscraper, bridges and statues) can you name ? This silhouette of the skyline can give you a clue….
Test you knowledge with this quiz, learn some new vocabulary and pick up some fun facts at the same time.
The New York Skyline Quiz
The New York skyline is world famous, but how well do you really know it
National Pet Day is April 11, although if you’re a pet owner, you know there’s not a day that goes by that you don’t celebrate your animal companion! So hug your hedgehog, bond with your bunny, and cut your kitty some catnip!
Which pets do you have ? Cats ? Dogs? Rabbits ? So many to choose from !
Which pets give you the most joy ?
Listen as Chris (a dog lover) and Sue (a cat lover) talk about the extraordinary pet facts…. they’re quite amazing !
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