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Corner shop or art gallery

Transcript:

An old-fashioned corner shop in London… Look closely at the stock, though, and you'll realise things are not quite what they seem.

Everything is made of felt – even this packet of frozen chips.

But the owner, Lucy Sparrow, isn't trying to stitch you up. She's an artist.

It took her seven months to create the 4,000 items on display.

Everything's for sale but one thing the shopkeeper's not cutting is the prices.

Vocabulary:

stock - all the things for sale in a shop felt - type of soft fabric, usually made from wool frozen - stored at a temperature below zero degrees Celsius to stitch you up - to deceive or trick you shopkeeper - owner of a shop

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.

stock / felt / frozen / to stitch you up / shopkeeper

1. "Frustrated, furious and helpless": this is how Ghulam Sakhi, a __________ in the western province of Herat, sums up his feelings.

"The market is empty," he says, standing amid bales of multi-coloured fabric in his shop.

2. A toy shop staffed by the same family for six generations is to close for the last time after more than 100 years. Simpsons Toy Shop in Stowmarket, Suffolk, was due to shut on Christmas Eve but has continued to trade to clear its remaining __________.

3. "I've worked in a very aggressive environment where people will __________ to further their own careers," he said.

4. "It's true scientifically that you do start to lose [some] nutrients as soon as the product is picked, but I don't think it's such a massive loss that you're not still getting those nutrients. It's still an incredibly healthy product to eat regardless of whether it's fresh or __________," says Barker.

5. Textile artist Martine Farrant was approached by trail co-ordinator Rosie Sandler to create the installation. The inspiration came from Top Gear presenter James May's plasticine garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

"The idea was that the entire garden would be made out of textiles, so fabric, __________, knitting, crochet, whatever," said Martine.

Answers:

1. "Frustrated, furious and helpless": this is how Ghulam Sakhi, a shopkeeper in the western province of Herat, sums up his feelings.

"The market is empty," he says, standing amid bales of multi-coloured fabric in his shop.

Source: Afghanistan election: An anxious wait

2. A toy shop staffed by the same family for six generations is to close for the last time after more than 100 years. Simpsons Toy Shop in Stowmarket, Suffolk, was due to shut on Christmas Eve but has continued to trade to clear its remaining stock.

Source: Simpsons Toy Shop in Stowmarket closes after 100 years

3. "I've worked in a very aggressive environment where people will stitch you up to further their own careers," he said.

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4. "It's true scientifically that you do start to lose [some] nutrients as soon as the product is picked, but I don't think it's such a massive loss that you're not still getting those nutrients. It's still an incredibly healthy product to eat regardless of whether it's fresh or frozen," says Barker.

Source: Are people snobbish about frozen food?

5. Textile artist Martine Farrant was approached by trail co-ordinator Rosie Sandler to create the installation. The inspiration came from Top Gear presenter James May's plasticine garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

"The idea was that the entire garden would be made out of textiles, so fabric, felt, knitting, crochet, whatever," said Martine.

Source: Chelsea inspired textile garden at Maldon Art Trail