Fears of a fuel shortage were triggered last month when union officials announced that tanker drivers would be balloted on a strike. However, the real drama began this week, when policitians waded into the battle and long queues began to form at the petrol pumps. Read more >>
An estate agent is showing a couple a picture of a house. He tells them, "It's not close to a school, but there are three very good petrol stations in the area." The joke is that many people's main concern when buying a house (in the UK, at least) is the proximity of good schools. However, with the fuel crisis a good supply of petrol stations seems more important.
In British English an estate agent is someone who works for a company that sells houses and land for people. Americans use the words realtor or real estate agent.