Soundscape: a song on the radio comes to an end, followed by a conversation between two radio hosts
[Martin Hall “A Night to Remember”]: Back in early december, what a night to remember, oo-oo-oo.
RADIO HOST 1: So, before the song we were talking about our memories of stag and hen parties. I just thought of one more story I want to share.
RADIO HOST 2: All right, let’s hear it.
RADIO HOST 1: So, the heroes of this stag party — in this story, everyone’s a hero — had watched some old movies and they decided they‘d go downhill skiing.
RADIO HOST 2: Really? Downhill skiing?
RADIO HOST 1: Yeah, you know, back when it would snow so much that you could ski downhill.
RADIO HOST 2:Right, like in those ancient Christmas movies!
RADIO HOST 1: Yeah, that’s the magical experience they were looking for. They got hold of all the gear, but there was just one slight problem. It was the middle of October and it was 35 degrees Celsius outside. And where would you find that amount of snow anyway? But, hey, there’s plenty of sand around, so they thought why not snowboard down some dunes in the desert?
RADIO HOST 2: Awesome idea! I should take my kid to do that some weekend.
RADIO HOST 1: Well, they found a suitable dune somewhere near Lappeenranta. They climbed to the top and strapped snowboards to their UV sandals. Then they realised they have no idea how to ride down the hill on one of those things. But they didn’t let that stop them. Someone gave the groom a little shove and down the hill he went!
RADIO HOST 2: He did?
RADIO HOST 1: Yeah, for about 80 centimetres! Then the nose of his snowboard caught the sand and he flipped head over heels and rolled all the way down.
RADIO HOST 2: No way! That’s crazy!
RADIO HOST 1: That was the end of the party and you can see him wearing a neck brace in the wedding photos.
RADIO HOST 2: Wow. I’m having second thoughts about taking my kid skiing. Next, let’s take a look at today’s headlines before we cover the weather warnings and particulate air pollution.
RADIO HOST 1: All right. So the forest fires in Central Finland are spreading and people are still being evacuated north on solar trains.
RADIO HOST 2: Scientists have discovered a new way to produce synthetic coffee substitute from biowaste. I‘ve no idea how it works, but it looks like caffeine is going to be back on the menu!
RADIO HOST 1: In international news, the wave of refugees in Southeast Asia now numbers about two and a half million people. Massive flooding has left Ho Chi Minh City on the Vietnamese coast permanently uninhabitable.
RADIO HOST 2: Next, we’ve got the local weather here in Finland. There are warnings of dangerous mid-day temperatures, but will you be able to go out anywhere in the country today? We’ll have more after these messages.