OFFICER: Yes,what can I do for you?
STUDENT: My friend is in homestay...and she reallyenjoys it...so I'd like to join a family as well.
OFFICER: Okay,so let me get some details.What'syour name?
STUDENT: My name is Keiko Yuichini.
OFFICER: Could you spell your family name for me?
STUDENT: It's...Yuichini,that's Y-U-I-C-H-I-N-I.
OFFICER: And your first name?
STUDENT: It's Keiko.K-E-I-K-O.
OFFICER: That's Keiko Yuichini...okay...and you're female.And your nationality?
STUDENT: I'm Japanese.
OFFICER: Right and could I see your passport,please?
STUDENT: Here it is...
OFFICER: Okay...your passport number is JO 6337...
OFFICER: And you're how old?
STUDENT: I'm twenty-eight years old.
OFFICER: Now,you live at one of thecolleges...which one?
STUDENT: Willow College,umm...Room 21C
OFFICER: Right,21C Willow College,and how longare you planning on staying with homestay?
STUDENT: About four months...longer if I like it...
OFFICER: And what course are you enrolled in?
STUDENT: Well,I've enrolled for twenty weeks in the... um...Advanced English Studies becauseI need help with my writing...and I'm nearly at the end of of my first five-week course.
OFFICER: Okay...Do you have any preference for a family with children or without children?
STUDENT: I prefer...I mean I like young children,but I'd like to be with older people...youknow...adults...someone around my age.
OFFICER: Okay,and what about pets?
STUDENT: I am a veterinarian so that's fine... the more the better.
OFFICER: ALl right,now what about you?Are you avegertarian or do you have any special foodrequirements?
STUDENT: No,I am not a vegetarian... but I don'teat a lot of meat...I really like seafood.
OFFICER: And what are your hobbies?
STUDENT: I like reading and going to the movies.
OFFICER: Do you play any sports?
STUDENT: Yes,I joined the handball team,but Ididn't like that...so I stopped playing.Now I playtennis on the weekend with my friend...
OFFICER: All right,let's see,name,age,now the location.Are you familiar with the publictransport system?
STUDENT: No...I'm not really because I have been living on campus...I've been to the city a fewtimes on the bus,but they are always late.
OFFICER: What about the reains?
STUDENT: I like catching the train...they are much faster...
OFFICER: Now,let me go check on the computer and see who I've got...Listen,leave it withme...I'll check my records and I'll give you details this afternoon.
STUDENT: Thank you for helping me...
OFFICER: It's a pleasure.Bye.
Welcome to all of you...can everybody see and hearme?...Good...Im Sally,your guider for this tour of theBicentennial Park...I hope that you're all wearing yourmost comfortable shoes and that you can keep upthe pace.So let's get under way on our tour aroundthis wonderful park.
I'll start today with some general backgroundinformation.There used to be a lot of factories in thisarea until the 1960s.Creating the park required thedemolition of lots of derelict buildings on thesite,so most of the exciting park space all aroundyou was originally warehouses and storehouses.
The idea of building a public park here was firstdiscussed when a property developer proposed ahigh-rise housing development,but hte localcommunity wasn't happy.If the land was to becleaned up,they wanted to use the site forrecreation.Residents wanted open space for outdooractivities,rather than housing or even an indoorsports complex.
Now to the Bicentennial Park itself.It has two areas,anature reserve and a formal park with man-madefratures and gardens.The tall blue-and-white buildingin front of us is called The Tower and is the centre point for the formal gardens.It stands twelvemetres high,so follow me up the stairs to where we can take advantage of the fantastic views.
Well,here we are at the top of The Tower,and we'regoing to look at the view from each direction.Out tothe east,the large buildings about a kilometre awayare on the Olympic site.Threr's an indoor arena forgymnastics,a stadium for track and field and aswimming pool for races and synchronised swimmingand also diving.If you look carefully down there,youcan see the train lines.The Olympic site has its ownstation to encourage the use of publictransport.There is also a car park,but it only holds alimited number of cars.
The formal park has some specially-created water fratures.If you look out here to the south,youcan see a circular ornamental pond.
And around to the west,you can relax and sit on abench to smell the flowers in the rose garden,andfinally up to the north,if you look in front of younow,there's a lake with a small island in thecentre,you can hire rowing boats at the boatshed,which you can't see from here,but if you lookthrough the trees,you can see the cafe,which haslovely views across the water.OK,let's climb downnow.We will go now and have a look at the naturereserve section of the park,which has opened upnatural wetland to the public.
The Mangroves have been made more accessible to visitors by the boardwalk built during theparks upgrade.You'd think that people would come here to looke at the unusual plant life ofthe area,but in fact it's more often used for cycling and is very popular with the local clubs.
This is the far end of the park and over there youcan see the Frog Pond,a natural feature here longbefore the park was designed.Just next to it we haveour outdoor classroom,a favourite spot for schoolparties.The area is now most often used by primaryschools for biology lessons.
And finally let's pass by the Waterbird Refuge.Thisarea is in a sheltered part of the estuary,that's whythe park's iewing shelter is a favourite spot for birdwatchers who can use it to spy throughbinoculars.You can watch a variety of waterbirds,but most visitors expect to see black swans when they come to the shelter.You mightspot one yourself right now!
Well,here we are back at our starting point,the Visitor Centre.