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Read the passage below and answer questions 1-15 that follow.


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From the Editor

In this issue we publish some of the many letters we received on the new Sports Stadium, our cover story last month. Your reactions were certainly mixed! Read our exclusive interview with film-star Mike Mikeson and his plans to start a fast-food chain. But there’s so much more… enough to keep you going for the rest of the month.

Until next time, The Editor

Mike Mikeson: a new smash-hit movie, but plans for a dramatic career change

Film Review 30

Crossword   31

Letters to the Editor   32

What’s on Round  Town 33        

Art, Music, Theatre

12        Getaway Holidays

Some popular and some unusual

18        Start Now

Marissa Brown of EastBank sets out a sound investment and savings plan for young professionals

26        Best Wheels

Racing car driver Marco Leoni changes teams: will it be Ford or Ferrari?

28        The Met

Metropolitan Art Museum hosts a new exhibition of post-modern paintings

Questions 5 – 10

Read the advertisements for musical concerts below and answer the questions that follow.



for January 2001

A.  Sydney Youth Orchestra

Conservatorium High School students play a selection of Mozart concertos.

Date: Sat. 4th and 11th January, 8.00 pm. $10 and $5

 B.            Let’s Sing Together

An afternoon for the young and the young-at-heart. Led by the Giggles Band,

sing children’s songs from your childhood and from all over the world.

There will be a special appearance by Willy Wallaby,

from the popular children’s programme, Hoppy!

Date: Sun. 5th January, 3.00 pm. $5

C.        One Romantic Evening

Bring someone special with you and listen to some of the greatest

love songs as you gaze at the stars together!

Date: Sat. 25th January, 8.00 pm. $20 and $12

Note: This concert will be held in the Conservatorium Rose Carden, not in the Concert Hall.

D.        Rock n’ Roll

Bop along ’til late to the rock hits of the last 10 years. Bands playing include

The Hippies, The Hypers, and The Heroes. If you have a special request,

write it down at the ticket counter when you come in.

Date: Sat. 18th January, 8.00 pm. $10 and $5

E.        Flamenco!

World-famous classical guitarist Rodrigo Paras will play a selection

of traditional Spanish Flamenco pieces.

Date: Sun. 19th and 26th January, 7.30 pm. $20 and $12

Questions 11-15

Read the information below on treatment for snake bite, then answer Questions 11-15.

                                                                              FIRST AID FOR SNAKE BITES

Snakes are not normally aggressive and tend to bite only when they are threatened or mishandled. Some snakes, e.g. the carpet snake, are not poisonous. Others, e.g. the brown snake, tiger snake and taipan, are very poisonous.

A         Prevention

  • leave snakes alone and do not collect snakes
  • do not put your hands in hollow logs, under piles of wood, or in rubbish
  • be noisy when walking in the bush
  • look carefully when walking through thick grass
  • use a torch around camps at night

B         Symptoms and signs

These do not appear immediately, but from about 15 minutes to 2 hours after the casualty is bitten. There are often no visible symptoms or signs. Take seriously any information from a casualty concerning:

  • strong emotional reaction
  • headache or double vision
  • drowsiness, giddiness or faintness
  • nausea and/or vomiting and diarrhoea
  • puncture marks about 1 centimetre apart at the site of the bite. Bites are usually on the limbs, especially the legs.
  • reddening
  • bruising
  • sweating
  • breathing difficulties

C         Management

  • reassure the casualty
  • apply a pressure immobilisation bandage over the bitten area and around the limb
  • seek medical aid urgently

D         Snakebite Warnings

  • never wash the venom off the skin as this will help in later identification
  • never cut or squeeze the bitten area
  • never try to suck the venom out of the wound
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