Sir Freddie Laker 1) ___________ on February 9th, aged 83. Sir Freddie was the pioneer of today’s low-cost air travel industry. In 1977, he began his transatlantic Skytrain service flying passengers 2) ___________ London to New York. Tickets cost only £118, 3) ___________ was one third of the price of his competitors. The service was extremely popular and 4) ___________ the end of the first year, Skytrain had made profits of £3 million and the number of passengers from the UK to the USA had increased by 30 percent. Laker 5) ___________ up in a small house with no bathroom, and his father left home 6) ___________ he was five. He started as a floor-sweeper in an aircraft factory, and then studied aero-engineering. During his schooldays in England, Laker always told teachers that he wanted to 7) ___________ a millionaire. After World War II, he went into business as an aircraft dealer. Then, in the mid 1960s, he founded his own company - Laker Airways. After the success of the early Skytrain, other airlines agreed to lower their prices to put Laker out of business. As a result, by 1982, Laker Airways had 8) ___________ bankrupt. 9) ___________ last business was running a small airline in the Bahamas. He was married four times and 10) ___________ survived by a daughter, Elaine, who now lives in NY, and a son. B. COCO CHANEL
Coco Chanel, fashion designer, passed away on January 10th 1) ___________ her Paris apartment. Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel revolutionized 2) ___________ fashion industry with her innovative designs and elegant simplicity. Her themes included simple suits and dresses, trousers for women, and costume jewellery, 3) ___________ she is probably most famous for her perfumes. She was born in the small city of Saumur, France. Her mother worked in a poorhouse and died when Gabrielle was only six. She 4) ___________ then abandoned by her father and 5) ___________ by her relatives. In 1910, she set up a shop in Paris selling ladies' hats. By the 1920s, she 6) ___________ already expanded her business to include clothing. At that time, she introduced a perfume, Chanel No. 5, which became one of the company's 7) ___________ profitable products. Another instant success was the Chanel suit, which was launched in1923. The “little black dress', which could be worn 8) ____________ the day and evening, was also made popular by Coco. 1
9) ___________ she spent most of her life in Paris, she moved to Switzerland in her later years. She 10) ___________ still working in 1971 when she died at the age of 87.
II. TENSE and LANGUAGE REVISION
Fill in the blanks with the correct forms of the verbs in parentheses.
I (1)______________ (have) an amazing experience last week. I was very concerned when I received a telephone call from the police station. When I went there, I saw that they (2)______________ (recover) my bike which (3)______________ (steal) 10 years before. I was a university student then and I had to work for my living. After working for a long time in a café as a part time waiter, I (4)______________ (finally/save) enough money to buy the bicycle which I had been looking forward to buying. Eventually, I (5)______________ (buy) it, and it was a great pleasure to ride it to school. To cut a long story short, I (6)______________ (ride) it for a couple of days, when it (7)______________ (steal). When I got out of the restaurant where I worked, I couldn’t find my bike. I seem to remember having locked it but looking back, I really don’t know. I may have forgotten to lock it. As soon as I (8)______________ (realize) it wasn’t where it (9)______________ (leave), I went to the nearest police station to report the theft. The police officer who dealt with me was very kind and he wrote a report and told me they would contact me if they...