M: Ah, yes. I'm Steven Marlow. I've got a bit of a problem actually.
W: I'm travel agent Faith White. Our travel agency provides the best service and all kinds of information.
M: I want to go to Edinburgh for the festival, but I'm not too sure of the best way to get there. I've got a car but it's not in very good condition and I was just wondering first of all if you could tell me how long you think it would take me to drive up there.
W: Well, if you go up the motorway I suppose about eight hours.
M: Eight hours!
W: Yes, it's a long way.
M: I suppose petrol prices the way they are at the moment it would be a bit expensive too.
W: Well, well, yes. It would probably cost you about 10 pounds, depending on your car.
M: Yes, the car's the trouble. I don't know what kind of condition I'd arrive in. Tell me now ... what about the coach? I've been told that's fairly reasonable.
W: Oh, it is. It's very good. It costs about 14 pounds in fact, from London to Edinburgh.
M: Mm. That's not too bad.
W: Very reasonable.
M: On the other hand it takes quite a long time.
W: Yes, it takes about ten hours.
M: Ten hours!
W: Well, yes, but you can go at night so you might get some sleep anyway.
M: Oh, no! I never sleep sitting up.
W: No? Well...
M: Don't think so. What about the train then?
W: Let me see. It takes five hours in fact from London to Edinburgh and it costs 21 pounds for single.
M: 21 pounds single.
W: Mm. Well, it's a lot of money, but you can then sleep at night.
M: Yes, you'd arrive there feeling OK, I suppose.
W: Mm. Yes.
M: What I'd really like to do of course is to go the whole hog and go by plane. Can you tell me about that?
W: Mm-mm, yes, of course. The London to Edinburgh single ... let me see ... is 38 pounds, but it only takes just over an hour. It takes seventy minutes.
W: Yes, you're there in no time.
M: Wonderful. That would be a wonderful start to the holiday.
W: Shall I book you a ticket?
M: Well, I really ought to discuss it with my wife. Thanks so much for your help, but I think I'll... I'll come back to you if she says, "yes".