these are not necessarily ‘right’ but are those used in the original texts.
newspaper (Telegraph) [117 words] [13 punctuation marks]
Civil Guard spokesperson Hector
Ortega said that a group of mountaineers had found Mary Anne Goossens,
caught among boulders close to the source of the Chillar River outside the
resort town of Nerja early Wednesday.
The mountaineers were unable to
rescue Goossens, but
left her food and clothing before alerting regional emergency services.
She was reported to be weak but uninjured.
Ortega said police mountain rescue
teams had been dispatched to the area to find her.
He said Goossens had some food
when she set out walking.
Water from a nearby spring also helped her survive, he added.
cookbook Delia Smith p.78 [139 words] [15 punctuation marks]
Sift the flour and
salt into a large mixing bowl,
holding the sieve up as high as possible to give the flour an airing.
Then cut the fat into small cubes and add them to the flour. Now,
using your fingertips,
lightly and gently rub the pieces of fat into the flour—lifting your hands up high as you do this
incorporate as much air as you can)
and being as quick as possible.
When the mixture
looks uniformly crumbly,
start to sprinkle roughly 2 tablespoons of water all over.
Use a round-bladed
knife to start the mixing, cutting and bringing the mixture together. Carefully add more water as needs,
a little at a time,
then finally bring the mixture together with your hands to form a smooth ball of
dough that will leave the bowl clean.
literary novel Paul
Auster (2002), The Book of Illusions [118
Before the body,
there is the face,
and before the face there is the thin black line between Hector’s
nose and upper lip.
A twitching filament of anxieties, a metaphysical jump rope, a dancing thread of discombobulation,
the mustache is a seismograph of Hector’s
inner states, and
not only does it make you laugh, it tells you what Hector is thinking, actually allows you into the machinery of
his thoughts. Other
elements are involved—the
eyes, the mouth,
the finely calibrated lurches and stumbles—but
the mustache is the instrument of communication, and even though it speaks a language without
words, its wriggle
and flutters are as clear and comprehensible as a message tapped out in Morse
letter (adapted from on-line specimen) [114 words] [17 punctuation marks]
Job as a part-time
would like to apply for the job of a part-time spy in MI5, as advertised in The Times on 3rd September.
My CV is attached.
previous jobs include two years as an undercover agent in a tattoo shop in
Brighton. This has
given me experience of finding out secrets, as well as marksman skills and a basic knowledge
would welcome the chance to discuss the job with you on the telephone or at an
interview. I can be
contacted most easily on my mobile telephone or through my usual drop behind the
first bench on the left in St James’s Park.
thriller Lee Child, The Hard Way (2006)
Pauling adjusted the
position of her right arm.
Brought her hand south and chopped the air a fraction to the left of the café’s
most northerly table.
That cut the view to just a slim section of the streetscape. Half of the building with the flower store in it,
and most of the building with the café in it.
Above the flower store were three storeys of windows with vertical blinds behind
them and printers and spider plants and stacks of paper on their sills.
Fluorescent tubes on the ceilings.
Above the café were
three storeys of windows filled variously with faded drapes made of red Indian
cloth, or macramé
suspended discs of stained glass.