Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan update several of the business news stories recently covered on Down to Business English.
Skip: A big hello to all of our listeners out there. Welcome to a new episode of Down to Business English, the show that helps you build your base of professional vocabulary through discussing the latest in business news.
Dez: And a big hello to you too Skip.
Skip: I’m sorry. Hello to you Dez.
Dez: Hello Skip.
Skip: Okay, now that we have all greeted each other, how are things?
Dez: Well my wife Roxie and our new baby daughter have just gone on a trip back to Scotland for a week.
Skip: Oh nice, so you are free then! Are you going to paint the town red. Party every night till dawn. Get out your old dancing shoes maybe?
Dez: No Skip. I am going to take it pretty easy. Maybe get a takeaway, get out some of the Playstation games that I’ve been meaning to play, maybe Skype a few people that I haven’t spoke to in a while and check up on the prices for the Baltic Dry Index.
Skip: The Baltic what? Wait a minute, you don’t even have a Playstation, that’s way too cool for you.
Dez: You’re right. I don’t have a Playstation, and the Baltic Dry Index is the index used to calculate the cost of shipping goods transported by sea.
Skip: In the Baltic Sea?
Dez: No that’s just the name.
Skip: So, is that our story for today? Shipping charges?
Dez: Actually not really. But I am trying to create a nice segue into our episode today.
Skip:Really? I’m a bit confused.
Dez:Nothing new there. Anyway, I thought that today we could do a roundup of some of the recent stories we’ve covered here on D2B. So, of course Scottish Independence and computer games were the first two topics I mentioned. Then Skype, which is owned by Microsoft and therefore connected to the story we did on their acquisition of Nokia.
Skip:Okay, I see that now.
Dez:But I couldn’t think of anyway to shoehorn Khalifa port into the conversation so I talked about the Baltic Dry Index.
Skip: Well this is a relief. If we were doing a report on the Baltic Dry Index and shipping charges, I would need to pour myself a giant sized coffee to stay awake. So let’s do it…let’s get D2B Down to Business with updates on some of the most recent stories covered on Down to Business English.