Saturday 20 December 2008

want a test?

Fill in the gaps with the correct phrase from below and ONLY THEN click on the “gap” box to check your answer.

a wanted man _______ for want of _____ not for want of

___to be found wanting ____want in/out _____

‘I ,’ declared the criminal called Bob when he heard about Mishka the Hat’s plan to steal all the bahili* from the Living Language School of English.
‘Then I ,’said the other criminal called Bob. ‘Too many Bobs. People shout “Bob”, who the hell do they mean? Nobody knows.’
Mishka the Hat considered his options. Despite being Tyumen’s most famous outlaw and the whole length of Respubliki Street, he knew that this was a three man job. One Bob was a specialist in stealing left-footed bahili, whereas the other one was highly skilled in purloining right-footed bahili. Together they were a team; apart they were next to useless. He didn’t want the job to fail a Bob.
‘Listen,’ he said. ‘It seems to me that although you are both called Bob, one of you is very large and one of you is very small.’
‘Can I just say something here,’ interrupted the smaller of the two Bobs. ‘I may be small, but it’s trying to be bigger – tonics, vitamin pills, sleeping suspended from the ceiling with weights hanging from my head – I tried it all.’
‘That’s as maybe,’ said Mishka the Hat, ‘but the truth is, when it comes to height, you . Henceforth, you will be known as Little Bob, and you,’ he continued, indicating the bigger of the two Bobs, ‘you will be known as Big Bob. Let no man ever confuse the two of you again. Now, let the Great Bahili Theft begin!’

To be continued..........

*For those of you not from Russia, bahili are plastic covers worn over shoes when inside to protect carpets and floors from dirt.


Uee said...

"for those of you who are not from Russia ..." What?! There's life outside Russia? We are not a planet?!

Anonymous said...

Yes, there is some life outside Russia - a small Wall·E and a cockroach.

Uee said...

which one are you? :) (Eee-va)

Anonymous said...

Little did these filthy criminals know that this simple, as it seemed to them, robbery would lead to their ignominy of defeat. Yulia and her comrades had prepared themselves to welcome such disgusting creatures. They brought cannons loaded with markers, paper clips and pins from home. They were not going to lose the war!!!!!...

Anonymous said...

Wow - don't mess!

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