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Mike Intro [00:00:01] Hello, listeners. Welcome back to another episode of the English Waffle. My name is Mike and in each episode, Owain and I do a bit of waffling around a particular chosen topic. This week we talk about Covid clearouts, the process of getting rid of or throwing away things that you no longer want in your house. Owain begins by telling Mike an anecdote about taking his young son, Martin, for a walk and seeing such a process happen in his street in the neighbourhood where he lives. Owain will be back at the end just after this short conversation to explain how you can use this podcast to help you improve your listening skills. But in the meantime, enjoy our conversation. And back at the end.
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Owain [00:01:24] Yeah, that's interesting, ooh, actually, can we talk about that? I don't...I haven't...I haven't heard about... obviously I've heard of free cycle I think. Or upcycling. No, maybe upcycling. But I haven't heard about Covid clearouts. I mean, I know, I know here in the village we walked past a house one day and those were basically selling loads of stuff out of her driveway. And the funny thing about that was that Martin went running up and said, oh, look, there's a box of Hot Wheels tracks. Let's get it. It's, it's only four pounds and I thought yeah, okay, sure, let's get it. And the woman just ca_e...just that moment, the woman came out the house, picked that box up and took it away [and we were like] and Martin, Martin's like, oh, no. And then yeah, then we spoke to her afterwards and she said, er yeah, I've just sold that one online.
Mike [00:02:15] Oh...
Owain [00:02:16] It was funny for me because I thought, wait a minute, this is this is this is a physical drive sale I think you would call it, but she's also doing it online at the same time and I thought, wow, yeah, it's interesting.
Mike [00:02:27] Mixed messages, I'd say. Quite, quite...
Owain [00:02:29] Yeah.
Mike [00:02:29] ...an odd one the...to...er, thing...So, traditionally, a car boot sale would be in a field somewhere. And is selling old bits of junk, thrift, objects that you just shove in a garage or a shed and they're sold out the back of the car boot, a boot being in British English, the trunk in American English. And and people would go and you'd find mostly useless stuff, but some quite good stuff.
Owain [00:03:03] Yeah, yeah.
Mike [00:03:03] And I don't think it's quite a peculiarly British phenomenon or British thing that you'd go to your car boot sale and you might find, you know, that record that you really wanted to find. I'm not into record collecting, but you might find a book that you've already...you know, maybe you you collect cricket books or football almanacs and you give...you're just missing that one football almanac and you get there that's that's the one someone's someone's got it out the back of their Volvo.
Mike [00:03:35] Have you ever been to a car boot sale?
Owain [00:03:37] It's been a long time....er...in, in Spain they have the same kind of thing, but they tend to be kind of like in mini markets where you can actually...I think you get a little stall or something and you could sell stuff you made or stuff that you're getting rid of. But I haven't been to...and rememb... and I remember at school when I was very young, we used to have jumble sales, which is kind of the same idea.
Mike [00:03:59] Yeah.
Owain [00:03:59] ...except you don't have a car...
Mike [00:04:01] Jumble sales, that's what they were called.
Owain [00:04:02] Yeah.
Mike [00:04:02] Yeah.
Owain [00:04:04] Yeah. Well it's funny because I was thinking th...for Americans you talk to them about car boot sale, the first thing that come into...is going to come into many Americans minds is, what's that like, like, er, What you're selling cars and boots.
Mike [00:04:16] Yeah.
Owain [00:04:17] Because they obviously not...they may, some people may, may know that trunk is a boot but...
Mike [00:04:22] [not clear]...in American English is just something that goes on your foot.
Owain [00:04:25] And I think for them is quite easy if you want to explain a car boot sale you essentially say to them well, yeah it's kind of like a yard sale that you have over there. And, and...you don't see that so much here do you? People sticking things in their front garden, ou...you know, visible to the to the to the road in front of the house.
Mike [00:04:44] Well, during lock down actually in London, I was walking past, you know, just getting some fresh air. And I saw some kids who were selling a number of things. But it was a jigsaw puzzle that I was particularly interested in.
Owain [00:04:59] Right.
Mike [00:05:00] Because it was my nephew's birthday coming up? So thought that'd be nice.
Owain [00:05:04] Cheapskate.
Mike [00:05:05] Yeah, chea..., you know, limited budget, tough times, what can I say. And er, they, they, they proudly gave me this sort...they gave me the...they said it's 50 p.. which is not very much.
Mike [00:05:18] 50p for jigsaw puzzle, I'll take it. That's a bargain. And, and I got it and I got home and I was very disappointed to realise that there were three pieces missing.
Owain [00:05:35] Which, you know, of course is the risk of buying things second hand isn't it. That, that...it can happen. But, they... bit of shame they didn't tell you.
Mike/Owain [00:05:43] I think... / maybe they didn't know. I don't know.
Mike [00:05:44] Maybe they didn't know. We'll give them the benefit of the doubt that they didn't know.
Owain [00:05:48] You could have bargained down to forty pence. [laughter]. Did, erm... Did your nephew know that you bought this in a... Or does it not matter?
Mike [00:06:01] It doesn't matter because I didn't give it to him in the end. I thought...
Owain [00:06:06] I thought that's just...
Mike [00:06:07] I thought that's just pushing it...
Owain [00:06:07] It's too low.
Mike [00:06:07] It's too lame.