Welcome to The White Elephant - the restaurant with no customers. Gordon the chef thinks he's a genius, Peter the waiter is clueless but eager to please, Ceilia the manager is desperate for success and Mary the dish washer is cool and calm under pressure. How will they cope when someone finally comes for a meal?
The White Elephant is part of the new BBC Learning English Upper-Intermediate course, which will eventually consist of 30 units, with a new unit being posted every week. If you go the the BBC Learning English website, you can find a transcript, vocabulary notes, and a quiz.
A white elephant is a possession which its owner cannot dispose of and whose cost, particularly that of maintenance, is out of proportion to its usefulness. The term derives from the story that the kings of Siam, now Thailand, were accustomed to make a present of one of these animals to courtiers who had rendered themselves obnoxious, in order to ruin the recipient by the cost of its maintenance. In modern usage, it is an object, scheme, business venture, facility, etc., considered without use or value. From Wikipedia.