Read the passages below and summarize them using one sentence in not more than 75 words(30-35 words). Type your response in the comment section at the bottom of the screen. You have 10 minutes to finish each passage. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage.
1.At first, it was little more than a trickle. For a long time the Norman conquerors did not mix much with their Saxon subjects. There are plenty of indications of this; for the languages, too, moved side by side in parallel channels. The custom of having one name for a live beast grazing in the field and another for the same beast, when it is killed and cooked, is often supposed to be due to our English squeamishness and hypocrisy. Whether or not the survival of this custom through ten centuries is due to the national characteristics in question it would be hard to say, but they have certainly nothing to do with its origin.
That is a much more blame-less affair. For the Saxon neatherd who had spent a hard day tending his oxen, sheep, calves and swine, probably saw little enough of the beef, mutton, veal, pork and bacon, which were gobbled at night by his Norman masters. There is something a little pathetic, too, in the thought that the homely old word, stool, could be used to express any kind of seat, however magnificent, until it was, so to speak, hustled into the kitchen by the smart French chair. Even the police, however, continued to use the old word in the idiom ‘to fall between two stools’.
The NSW taxi network forms an integral part of the State’s public transport network. The ubiquitous door-to-door service provided by taxis complements other forms of public transport throughout Sydney and regional NSW. Taxi services are particularly valuable for those with special transport needs, but they are also used by a large cross section of the community and have substantial flow-on effects for the efficient functioning of the NSW economy. This study examines the economic contribution of the NSW taxi industry and its role in connecting people, promoting social inclusion and supporting economic activity.
There is a range of activity that takes place ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure that taxi services are efficiently provided and meet users’ needs. Authorised taxi networks maintain call centres to collect and dispatch bookings, monitor the safety of drivers and passengers, and assist the NSW Government in ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. Taxi owners, operators and drivers all play a vital role in providing a range of services to the travelling public. Various businesses fit out and maintain the taxi vehicles and Authorised Taxi Inspection Stations perform regular safety checks.
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