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Dan: Hello and welcome to this week's 6 Minute English. I'm Dan Walker Smith and today I'm joined by Callum.

Callum: Hi Dan.

Dan: Now today we're talking about a new restaurant in Britain. So I want to ask you Callum, where's the strangest place you've ever eaten a meal?

Callum: Well I don't think I've eaten in any particularly strange places. I've eaten in a restaurant on top of a mountain; I've eaten in a restaurant on a beach. It's not particularly strange, but I suppose that's the most unusual, not-everyday kind of place I've eaten.

Dan: OK, well you might be interested in a new restaurant, which has just opened in a prison just outside London. The restaurant, Clink, is both a canteen – or dining hall – for prison staff and a four-star restaurant for the public. According to the founder, the quality of food is as good as some of the best restaurants in London.

Callum: Well that's interesting. I like the name – Clink – because ‘clink' is a slang name in English for a prison. But it also has that kind of a posh name that you might get for a restaurant in London – ‘Clink'.

Dan: Exactly, exactly. So you might be tempted to go there?

Callum: Well I don't know about that.

Dan: Well, let me tell you about it. But first, we've got this week's question for you.

According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, how many people worldwide are currently serving prison sentences? A sentence is the word for a punishment given out by the courts for a crime. So a prison sentence is, of course, a punishment spent inside prison. So is it:

a) 9 million

b) 15 million

c) 22 million

…people serving prison sentences?

Callum: Well this is just going to have to be a guess, Dan. I think 9 million sounds a little bit low. Fifteen or 22? I don't know. I'm going to go for 22 million. I'm going to go for the high number, ‘cos in many countries I think there are lots of people in prison.

Dan: And we'll see if you're right at the end of the programme. Now let's hear from the British journalist Sheila Dillon, telling us about the decision to open a restaurant in the prison. She describes the present economic situation as ‘gloomy'. What does she mean by that Callum?

Callum: If something is described as being gloomy it means it's dark, depressing or unhappy. So when she says that we're in ‘gloomy economic times', she means that the financial situation is not very good. So have a listen to the extract; what term does she use to describe the restaurant?

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