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Reading comprehension "A DJ on the Spanish coast"

                        Shelby   Wrightmate is the only   female presenter at Costa Blanca Radio, the only English speaking radio   station on the Costa Blanca coast. She got into music while she was a student   in London. She won a competition at The Hippodrome disco in London’s West End   and hasn’t looked back since. 'I had a 15 minute spot to mix sounds and impress   the judges. I chose some rap fusion, mixed in some other sounds, and I even   sang myself for a bit. I thought I was terrible,' she says, ‘but the judges   gave me first prize and apart from winning £1000, they gave me a regular 2   hour Friday night DJ spot at the Hippodrome. I couldn’t believe my luck. It   was like a dream come true.’ She worked there   part-time for eighteen months, while finishing her degree in business studies   at The University of North London, and took the next flight to Spain.
 
 
        Shelby is a London girl and coming to the Costa   Blanca was like being in London again. 'I grew up in Romford, Essex which is   just outside London,' she says. 'But I’d always dreamed of living in a sunny   country like Spain. My friends are amazed that I decided to change my life   and my country, but everyone is so friendly here, there are lots of English   people living here and who have kindly offered advice and help. The staff at   the radio station have been fantastic also. Al Koholic , the station manager,   actually lent me one of the station’s lorries to bring my clothes and   furniture over from the UK.'
 
  Shelby claims never to get nervous before a show. ‘Nerves don’t help anyone’,   she says. 'You can't get nervous because then you make mistakes.'
 

Of course, there has been the   occasional disaster. 'For instance, when I did my first live concert show   from Benidorm. The Rolling Stones were playing and I was asked to introduce   them to a crowd of 35,000 and on live TV!.I went on stage and said:   "Please welcome the most famous rock band in the world, their last album   ....." Then I just went blank. There was this silence from the crowd,   and for the life of me I couldn't think of the name of The Stones last album.   Someone shouted the name, ‘Bridges To Babylon’, from the side of the stage.   That's one occasion that I’d like to forget.'
 
 
        Shelby says that her own musical tastes are varied.   ‘I’m very lucky at Costa Blanca because they let me pick my own music for my   shows. I select the tracks in advance and pass them to the station manager   for approval. There isn’t usually a problem because so many listeners write   and tell us how much they like the music I select,' she says. 'But for   someone who likes music, this is a dream job. I get to go to concerts, meet   the musicians and interview the stars that come and play in Spain. It's great   to hear the show business gossip.'


  Shelby isn't the sort of girl to get involved in drink and drugs. 'Of course,   I come across a lot of drugs and alcohol in my line of work. They are usually   offered around in the clubs and at the parties. I went a bit crazy when I   first came out here, but I soon realized that it’s a recipe for disaster.'


  Shelby Wrightmate is very nice, easy-going and a pleasure to talk to. She is   so full of life that she quickly passes on her enthusiasm and love of music.   She claims that her ambition in life is to make people happy through music.
In my opinion she is doing that already!

Answer the following reading comprehension questions

1. What do we   learn about Shelby in the first paragraph?
 
  A
She stopped studying to become a DJ. (Did   she stop studying, or was she working and studying?)
  B
She expected to win the competition. (Did   she think she was lucky or good?)
  C
She worked and studied at the same   time. (Did she have a job? Where? Was she at university?)
  D
She practised singing before the   competition. (Did she sing? Did she practise singing? Is it the same?)
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2. What does there refer to? (This is a place where she worked part-time for   18 months. Read the three previous sentences to find the answer)
 
  A
Costa Blanca Radio
  B
The Hippodrome Disco
  C
Spain
  D
The University of North London
3. What point   does Shelby make about the people she has met in Spain?
 
  A
Everyone has been very supportive. (What sort of things do people do when they give you support?)
  B
The station manager at Costa Blanca   Radio is also a lorry driver. (Did he drive the lorry or lend it to her?)
  C
She only came to Spain for the sun not   the people (She ‘dreamed of living in a sunny country’, but is the sun the only reason she came to Spain?)
  D
She has had problems making friends in   Spain. (Does she actually say this in the text?)
4. At Shelby's   first live concert show she
 
  A
was distracted by people shouting   names at her. (How many people shouted at her? How many names?)
  B
was nervous because of the big crowd   and live TV. (What does she say about being nervious in the first line of   the paragraph?)
  C
got nervous because of The Rolling   Stones. (What does she say about being nervious in the first line of the   paragraph?)
  D
had a sudden loss of memory. (Did   she forget something? What?)
5. What does   Shelby say about the music she plays on her radio show?
 
  A
She has to play music selected by the   station manager. (Who selects the music tracks and who approves them?)
  B
She can play what she likes if the   station manager agrees. (Why does she say, ‘I’m very lucky’?)
  C
She can only play music that the   listeners ask for. (Where in the text does it say that the listeners ask   for particular music?)
  D
She can play what she likes if she   selects it before the show. (She ‘selects the tracks in advance’, and then   what happens?)
6. Shelby really   enjoys her job because
 

  A
She can take lots of drugs. (Does   she take drugs now?)
  B
She finds out secrets about famous   people. (She likes ‘hearing gossip’, but do you think this is the only   reason she likes her job?)
  C
She’s involved with all aspects of   music (Why is it a ‘dream job’ for her? What does she say before and after   ‘dream job’?)
  D
She’s making business contacts which   could be useful in the future. (Can you justify and confirm this answer   somewhere in the text?)
7. In the final   paragraph, the writer says that Shelby
 
  A
Was different from what he had   expected. (Where does it say what he originally expected?)
  B
Needs music to live and be happy. (Can   you justify and confirm this answer somewhere in the text?)
  C
Is always happy and enthusiastic. (This   maybe true, but can you find it in the text? Does the text say she is always happy and enthusiastic?)
  D
Has fulfilled her ambition. (What   does that in the final line refer to?)