13 April TUESDAY


It is true, if you want to survive, you need to quit your work. Work can be fatal, according to a United Nations report in 2002, it causes more death and suffering than wars or drug and alcohol. More than two million people die from work-related accidents or disease every year – one death every 15 seconds. The International Labour Organisation said agriculture, construction and mining as the three most dangerous occupations in the world. The total is three times the number of deaths in wars every year (650,000), or  September 11 tragedy every day. It also exceeds deaths from alcohol and drugs. The ILO said exposure to dust, chemicals, noise and radiation was causing cancer, heart disease and attacks. You may be unhappy with your working conditions or not having enough social life, you can now think of other options. Maybe you can move in to your retired parents’ house and start living with them.


In difficulty, faced with a choice between two unsatisfactory options.
“I would either work in the office where I could earn enough but have really long working hours or the pub where the working conditions were ok but the salary was terrbile. I was caught between a rock and a hard place”



Family and relatives
-tell us about your family
-how many brothers and sisters have you got? what do they do for a living?
-tell us about your cousins and other relatives
-do you have any famous or interesting relatives?
-who is the richest or the most successful relative? what does he/she do?
-who is the most interesting relative? why do you think so?
-who is your favourite member of the family and why?
-who is the most problematic relative? what does/did he do?


school, school years
-what did you usually do in your free times at school?
-who were your favourite teachers and why?
-what did you like and dislike about your school?
-tell us memories you never forget from your school years


-What is your definition of risk?
-Are you a risk taker? Why/why not?
-What are the advantages/disadvantages of taking risks?
-What risks do you come across in your work/life?
-What risks have you taken in your life?

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