Insurance companies are normally willing to insure anything. Insuring public or private property is a standard practice in most countries in the world. If, however, you were holding an open air garden party or a fete it would be equally possible to insure yourself in the event of bad weather. Needless to say, the bigger the risk an insurance company takes, the higher the premium you will have to pay. It is not uncommon to hear that a shipping company has made a claim for cost of salvaging a sunken ship. But the claim made by a local authority to recover the cost of salvaging a sunken pie dish must surely be unique.
Admittedly it was an unusual pie dish, for it was eighteen feet long and six feet wide. It had been purchased by a local authority so that an enormous pie could be baked for an annual fair. The pie committee decided that the best way to transport the dish would be by canal, so they insured it for the trip. Shortly after it was launched, the pie committee went to a local inn to celebrate. At the same time, a number of teenagers climbed on to the dish and held a little party of their own. Dancing proved to be more than the dish could bear, for during the party it capsized and sank in seven feet of water.
The pie committee telephoned a local garage owner who arrived in a recovery truck to salvage the pie dish. Shivering in their wet clothes, the teenagers looked on while three men dived repeatedly into the water to locate the dish. They had little difficulty in finding it, but hauling it out of the water proved to be a serious problem. The sides of the dish were so smooth that it was almost impossible to attach hawsers and chains to the rim without damaging it. Eventually chains were fixed to one end of the dish and a powerful winch was put into operation. The dish rose to the surface and was gently drawn towards the canal bank. For one agonizing moment, the dish was perched precariously on the bank of the canal, but it suddenly overbalanced and slid back into the water. The men were now obliged to try once more. This time they fixed heavy metal clamps to both sides of the dish so that they could fasten the chains. The dish now had to be lifted vertically because one edge was resting against the side of the canal. The winch was again put into operation and one of the men started up the truck. Several minutes later, the dish was again put into operation and one of the water. Water streamed in torrents over its sides with such force that it set up a huge wave in the canal. There was danger that the wave would rebound off the other side of the bank and send the dish plunging into the water again. By working at tremendous speed, the men managed to get the dish on to dry land before the wave returned.
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1.背熟：Needless to say, the bigger the risk an insurance company takes, the higher the premium you will have to pay.
结构分析: Needless to say(插入语), the bigger(定) the risk(宾) an insurance company (主)takes(谓), the higher(定) the premium (宾)you(主) will have to pay(谓).
短语：take the risk 冒险，承担风险
句型：the +比较级，the +比较级......
2.背熟：It is not uncommon to hear that a ship ping company has made a claim for the cost of salvaging a sunken ship.
短语：make a claim 提出索赔要求
1，Not + 否定 形容词 : Is not unreasonable
2，not + without I can't live without you
3, no + not/ no + no There is no cat that doesn't like fish
There is nothing he can't do.
There is no rule that has no exception / that doesn't have exception.
3.背熟：it was almost impossible to attach hawsers and chains to the rim without damaging it.
短语：attach to 把......连在......上；附加，使属于
attach == tie 栓，系
短语：rim == the sides of the dish
结构分析:双重否定：not + without
4. Eventually chains were fixed to one end of the disk and a powerful winch was put into operation.
短语：Eventually == at last 语气比at last 强烈得多，
终于：强调失败的结果用in the end 表示成功用at last, eventually
短语：put into operation = use
5.背熟：For one agonizing moment, the dish was perched precariously on the bank of the canal
短语：for one agonizing moment在令人忐忑不安的瞬间
短语：perch v. 处于（高处）
perch on 栖息
The little village perches among the hills.这个小山村高高地位于群山之中。
Knock sb off his perch 打败、击败
Eg: I knocked him off his perch yesterday.
come off one's perch 不再骄傲自大＝put your pride in your pocket.
put your pride in your pocket.
短语：precariously == unsteady, unfirmly
6. 背熟：There was danger that the wave would rebound off the other side of the bank and send the dish plunging into the water again. 如果大浪从对岸折回来的话，这个盘子就会重新落入水中。
结构分析:send 造成，使得，+ v-ing (作宾语补足语)
什么使得你这么做呢？ What sent you doing so?
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