1. How many items of post have to be processed in Britain every day? How long should it take for every letter or parcel to reach its destination?
2. How much mail do Ned and his wife get?
3. How much time does Ned’s sister have for her birthday card to reach Ned?
4. How much postage did Ned’s sister have to pay?
5. Where do London’s postal workers have to take the mail they collect?
6. What increases the chance of the card not arriving at its destination in time?
7. How many letters have to be sorted every hour?
8. What helps the job of sorting all these letters?
9. Where does oversize mail go?
10. What is the task of the…
11. What do special staff look for in case there is no address on the envelope?
12. How will Ned’s card travel to Kerrera?
13. How does Kerrera’s local postman sort the mail?
14. Why is Ned confused when he gets his sister’s card?
AUTOMATED: operated by machines or computers.
CONVEYOR (BELT): a continuous moving strip or surface that is used for transporting a load of objects from one place to another. Cinta transportadora.
FIN: a thin vertical part sticking out of the body of especially a fish or an aircraft which helps balance and movement.
STATE-OF-THE-ART: very modern and using the most recent ideas and methods.
TO BE SNOWED UNDER: to have so much work that you have problems dealing with it all.
TO CULL: to select.
TO SNIFF OUT: to discover where something or someone is by smelling.
TO STACK: to arrange things in an ordered pile.
TO TICK AWAY: If time ticks away/by, it goes past.
TO WEED OUT: to get rid of unwanted things or people from a group.
1. 84 million
2. They don't get much post
3. 24 hours
4. 32 pence
5. Gatwick Mail Centre in the outskirts of London
6. Every delay
8. Automated system called integrated mail processing or IMP
9. Passes to another series of conveyers for manual sorting
10.a. To know which way a letter is pointing
b. to read the addresses and tell the IMP where to stack the letter
11. they open them to see if there are any clues inside
12. lorry, plane, van, ferry
13. Sack on road technology
14. It's not his birthday until next month
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