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STEP 3

Listening and Checking with Transcription

In this third step, listen to the conversation again while you read the transcription. Finally, read the glossary information, phrasal verbs (highlighted in yellow) and notes at the bottom. This step also means good practice for your reading comprehension skills. To get information in Spanish, just place the arrow of your mouse on any highlighted word without clicking.

Insurance Policies

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(In Peter Wiles' office) 

BUCKHURST

Hello, Peter. Are you looking for me?

PETER

Yes, as a matter of fact I am. Have you heard any more about the missing lorry while I've been away?

BUCKHURST

Yes, we have. Andersons have just been on to me. The vehicle insurers say the lorry is a complete write-off.

PETER

I hope we're covered all right.

BUCKHURST

Yes, we are.

PETER

What puzzles me is why they stole office furniture.

BUCKHURST

Well, apparently, it seems that the gang had been tipped off that a lorry belonging to Andersons would be coming through that way with a valuable load of cigarettes.

PETER

Ah, that sounds more like it!!

BUCKHURST

When Andersons' driver was approached by a man in the transport café he was asked what he was carrying. He said it was a load of office desks and filing cabinets, but they must have thought he was lying for some reason.

PETER

What happened to the driver?

BUCKHURST

It seems he was taken to a farm a long way from the main road and held there for several hours before the gang released him. Then he had to walk six miles before he found a telephone and was able to get hold of the police.

PETER

Did the police raid the farm?

BUCKHURST

Yes, they did. But by that time, of course, the gang had left.

PETER

What did they do with the lorry?

BUCKHURST

They took the brake off and let it go over the side of a steep hill!! It's a total wreck.

PETER

What about our desks?

BUCKHURST

Well, now, apparently the insurance of the load is not so simple. I informed our insurance brokers as soon as the theft was reported. As you know, all goods delivered for us within the United Kingdom are covered by a blanket insurance policy.

PETER

Who underwrote the policy? Lloyds, wasn't it?

BUCKHURST

Yes, we're insured with a syndicate of Lloyds underwriters. Someone from a firm of adjusters is going up to inspect the damaged goods tomorrow to give an opinion about their value.

PETER

Well...  what's the problem? They won't make any difficulty about paying up, surely?

BUCKHURST

Well, it could be difficult. Our insurers seem to think the desks and chairs may not be too badly damaged.

PETER

I think someone from the firm ought to go up and give us an opinion of the damage. I'd like to go up there myself and have a look.

BUCKHURST

Oh, but it's miles from a main road. It's right up in the Moorland Valley.

PETER

Well, I can't go, anyway. I've got too much to do at the moment. I'll get Christopher Thorn to go up; he's got a car...

(Christopher Thorn gets to Moorland Valley. There he meets Mr. Roberts, the adjuster) 

THORN

Good morning! Nice morning for a country drive, isn't it? Ah, what a mess that lorry's in.

ROBERTS

May I ask who you are and what your business is up here?

THORN

Well, I might ask you the same question.

ROBERTS

My name is Roberts. I represent Brown & Johnson, Insurance Adjusters. I've been asked to investigate the damage to the load which this lorry was carrying.

THORN

Oh, how do you do. My name is Thorn, I work for Harper & Grant.

ROBERTS

Oh, yes, your firm is making the claim.

THORN

Well, let's have a look. I was warned that the lorry doors might have jammed.

ROBERTS

I don't think these filing cabinets are too badly damaged. I think it should be  possible to salvage the lot. These dents could be quite easily knocked out, and  these desks could be repainted.

THORN

Oh, I don't think I agree, Mr. Roberts. Look at this chair, it's a complete write-off. We'd never be able to repair that. And the filing cabinets. Look at them! They must have been under water for some time. They would have to be stripped down and completely repainted.

ROBERTS

Hmm... well, I think I might recommend payment of... seventy-five per cent of the insured value...

 

 

GLOSSARY & NOTES

to look for

To try to locate or discover (buscar).

covered

To have cover or to be covered: to be insured (estar cubierto, asegurado); To cover: To insure (asegurar o asegurarse).

to tip off

(slang) To tell someone about a forthcoming event; to give information, usually to the advantage of the person receiving the information (pasar el dato).

lying

Not telling the truth (mentir).

to release

To set free (liberar, dejar en libertad).

to take (the break) off

To remove the break (quitar, destrabar el freno).

to underwrite

To cover; to protect by insurance; to guarantee financial support of (asegurar).

damaged

Ruined, spoiled (dañado, arruinado).

to pay up

To cancel or discharge a debt (cancelar una deuda).

to salvage

To rescue something which has been damaged because of an accident, eg. to salvage material from a sunken ship, from a fire, etc. (recuperar).

dent

Hollow in a hard surface made by a blow (abolladura, hoyo).

to knock out

To repair a dent by knocking from inside (reparar una abolladura).

to strip down

To take apart or dismantle (desarmar).

 

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