Charlie is on his way to work at 7:30 am on a freezing cold Monday morning. As a manager in a bank, his life has been taken over by the stresses and worries of his job. In today’s recession, the world of finance has been hit like never before. Already a competitive institution, the banking world is not a very pleasant one to be involved with right now. With the economy in tatters, tensions are high. At the moment, in the office, you could cut the tension with a knife. Charlie has big bags under his eyes and has a larger frame because the stress has caused him to comfort eat and he has piled on the pounds. Having quit smoking three years ago, Charlie considers taking it back up as a way to de-stress himself. If only he could find another way of releasing the tension. Just then, he hears the following advertisement on the radio…
“Come down to Dagenham Yoga Centre and sign up to the yoga activity which is sweeping the nation! Bikram Yoga involves practising a yoga routine of 26 postures in a heated room at the temperature of 40 degrees Celsius. This means you will sweat out all of the toxins in your body whilst improving your balance, flexibility and core strength. Here at Dagenham Yoga Centre we encourage everyone to give “Bikram Yoga” a go, regardless of size, gender or age. Sign up now for an introductory course of 10 lessons for the amazing price of just £69. Each class lasts for 50 minutes and is taught by an instructor specifically qualified to teach this type of yoga. Classes take place every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am and 9pm and there is one weekend class on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. So, with this flexible timetable and our amazingly cheap prices, there is no reason why you shouldn’t come along and try Bikram! We’re looking forward to seeing you. More information on our website www.bikramyogadagenham.com or you can give us a call on 01719286542.”
Charlie feels like his prayers have been answered, he’s going to call them when he gets to the office and sign up for the introductory course. He thinks it will be just what the doctor ordered!
SYNONYM or DEFINITION
to take over
to take charge of
bags (under the eyes)
(figurative) circles under tired eyes
(figurative) to spread quickly across
essential part, centre
something said to God
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