The Expensive Fantasy
I. Reading Comprehension
1. Who was Tony and who was Mr.
Williams? Who was Anthony William?
These are names for one person.
2. Why was he “entitled” Lord?
He seemed to be very wealthy.
3. Was he an American or British?
4. Where did he work, in England or in
5. What was Mr. Williams’s position or
job in the UK?
Deputy Director of finance in MP.
6. How much did he earn every month ?
65,000 pounds a year.
7. Was Mr. Williams very rich?
8. Could he afford to buy up property after
property with his own salary?
9. What did he say to his wife about the money
he had for purchasing the property?
He said he inherited the money from a rich
10. How did he end his career?
He ended his career in prison.
11. What were his motives for the crime
From the need to pay off a few debts
to what can only be described as
II. Vocabulary and Structures
1. Lord n.
Lord – God
Lords – the whole range of
the nobleman (excluding
Duke (公爵) such as…
Lord (勋爵), Lord Hutton
Sir(爵士), Sir Francis Chichester
the House of Lords
The Hutton Inquiry
The Hutton Inquiry
CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE
DEATH OF DR DAVID KELLY
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD HUTTON
Terms of Reference:
"...urgently to conduct an investigation into
the circumstances surrounding the death of
Lord Hutton’s keenly-awaited
report clears the Government and
condemns the BBC.
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2. Scotland – the Highland
Scot. – Scotch, Scotland, Scottish
Scotch a. – Scotch whisky,
Scotch on the rocks (with ice), please.
Scots a. & n. language and people
His wife is Scots. Scotsmen,
Scottish a. – Scottish plant, …weather
3. Scotland Yard –
the Metropolitan Police,
specially the division dealing
with serious crimes
The Greater London police is
known as the Metropolitan Police.
The UK Intelligence Agency
Metropolitan Police [Scotland Yard]
In 1829, when Sir Robert Peel was Home Secretary, the
first Metropolitan Police Act was passed and the
Metropolitan Police Force was established in London. The
task of organizing and designing the "New Police"
undertaken at 4 Whitehall Place, the back of which opened
on to a courtyard which had been the site of a residence
owned by the Kings of Scotland, known as "Scotland
Yard". These headquarters were removed in 1890 to
premises on the Victoria Embankment known as "New
Scotland Yard." In 1967 further removal took place to a
larger and more modern headquarters building at
Broadway, S.W.1, which is also known as "New Scotland
The Commissioner, who heads the Metropolitan Police has
traditionally answered directly to the Home Secretary. This dates back
to the formation of the Metropolitan Police and reflects its difference
from other police forces and its national and international
responsibilities. The Metropolitan Police Service performs national
functions, such as those in relation to the protection of royalty and
countering terrorism in Great Britain. In addition to these two, the
MPS has a number of other capital city, and national responsibilities
such as the protection of certain members and ex-members of the
government and the diplomatic community and assisting with
enquiries concerning British interests at home and abroad. These
responsibilities make the Metropolitan Police Service unique among
UK police forces. The Metropolitan Police Service should not be
confused with the City of London Police, which is a separate force
responsible for policing The Square Mile in the City of London.
Some more special terms:
The White Hall
The Buckingham Palace
The Fleet Street
Downing Street – The Residence of British
The State Room of 10 Downing Street
The British Prime Minister
Tony Charles Lynton Blair
1997 - Present
"Education is the best economic
policy there is."
The son of a barrister (lawyer) and
lecturer, Tony Blair was born in
Edinburgh, but spent most of his
childhood in Durham. At the age of 14
he returned to Edinburgh to finish his
education at Fettes College. He studied
law at Oxford, and went on to become
a barrister himself.
4. Be willing to do…
be unwilling to do…
be reluctant to…
be likely to come…
be unlikely to come
be sure to come early
be fond of playing practical joke
5. The soft-spoken, wealthy noble,
the gentle-spoken, very rich nobleman
a soft-spoken professor, doctor
his well-dressed wife or lady
a well-intentioned gathering or party
Big-headed man, lion
Single-handed sailing around the world
Self-employed young man
A street lined with timber framed
houses on both sides
6. prompt v., adv. & a.
a. to cause or urge – to prompt laughter
The sight of the train prompted thoughts
of my distant home in the north.
To prompt a witness in court (remind
sb. of sth.)
b. Be sure to arrive at the airport at
18:00 prompt (sharp).
c. A prompt action– an action without
7. Be suspicious of (about)–suspecting
guilt or wrongdoing, not trusting
be suspicious of her intensions,
a suspicious manner,
dubious about sth. in value, or meaning
dubious suggestion – feeling doubt or
uncertain about the value of the
8. arouse vt. arise vi. raise vt. rise vi.
It is good to have some pepper to arouse
the appetite (not diet).
The documentary film aroused my
interest in the history of the country.
Some unexpected difficulties have arisen,
because he refused to join us in the
raise vt. rise vi.
Raise your glass, your hands,
raise your questions
The price of food rose with the decrease
in the output of crops.
The river rose immediately after the rain
rise to a position
9. property n. [U] & [C]
That car is my property.
Properties (estate)-buildings and land
Several properties in the street are
Possessions [C] A few possessions of mines
are gathered here.
Belongings [C] She lost all her belongings
in the fire.
10. provide a large injection of cash into
provide for– supply without charge
supply with–provide regularly or
furnish with–supply with furniture or sth.
necessary physically or mentally
11. a large injection of cash into the
(put liquid into muscle by…)
This drug is to be injected into
Their presence injected new life into
the flaggy (less alive and active) party.
the injection of money into business
12. living out a fantasy–experience or do
If you live out a dream, fantasy, or idea,
you do the things that you have thought
fantasy – imagination
The story is a fantasy.
fantastic view of rolling fields and pine forests
extremely good, wonderful view of the
13. a regretful Mr. William
Now Mr. Williams, who was no
longer “Lord Williams”, felt
regretful about what he had done.
She left home with many regretful
regrettable behavior at the party(very
regret v. & n.
14. The deputy chairman
the associate professor,
the associate editor of a magazine
The AP – Associated Press
the law court
the Supreme Court
the High Court
The court is now adjourned.
The court is now meeting.
the magistrate of the town
the basketball court,
the tennis court
16. Estimates are that he poured 5 million
pound into the village…
My estimate of the cost was about right.
The value of the painting was
estimated at several thousand pounds.
Statistics show that the death rate is
decreasing in this region.
17. …at least some villages are sticking
Continue to support (no passive and
I will always stick by my friends.
I will stick by what I said in the first
place: I don’t believe her.
18. be placed under his sole authority,
a sales representative with sole
responsibility for sales in the North
the sole (only) survivor of the crash
sole n. the bottom surface of the foot,
19. the Irish Republican Army
20. sink his dishonest gain into this
sink all his money into buying a
Sink the fork into the meat to
if it is well done.
21. buy multiple cottages
buy many cottages
multiple store, chain store
22. fix them up
23. the run-down Gordon Arms Hotel
A. old and broken, in poor condition,
They lived in a run-down block of
flats near the city center when they
B. tired and week, in poor health
You need a holiday; you look a bit
24. transforming it from a mess into a
glorious first-class hotel with…
changing it from a mess into a
glorious first-class hotel with…
making the old and broken hotel into
a beautiful …
25. the London police commissioner,
26. sell sth. at substantial financial loss
sell sth. at great financial loss
sell sth. at half the price
a substantial meal
a substantial number of people
a very substantial improvement in
27. acquire the bulk of the properties…
gain the greater part of the properties
the bulk of the population
Big Bulk, the Easier Way
28. bloody huge amount of money
a bloody good lot (inf.)
29. go from need to pay off a few debts
at the beginning, he had to pay back
the money he owed to others, but
later he became so greedy step by step,
that he could not give the reason why
he did so.
30. justify v. …
justify your statement or decision
notify the members
beautify the city
glorify the nation
simplify your formula
testify to her guilt