Monthly Archives: June 2006

Show 89 Friday 30 June

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日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora. This is Stick News. Today the New Zealand government announced that more immigrants will be accepted into the country to meet the need for more skilled workers.

New Zealand is said to suffer from something called a “brain drain”. This means that many skilled workers leave the country.
Unemployment is low in New Zealand and many employers say it is difficult to find skilled employees.
To solve this problem, the country welcomes immigrants – especially those with skills.
Then the situation is more like a “brain exchange”.
The work areas with the biggest shortages include IT professionals, plumbers and engineers.
The government announced today that the country will be accepting more immigrants. This year the total number of places will be up to 52,000.

The government also said it will now recognize skills from applicants in India and China. Previously, they weren’t recognized since those countries were considered to have non-comparable labour markets.
And that was Stick News for Friday the 30th of June.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 59 Would you like it gift-wrapped? part 2
This conversation is from the movie Love Actually.

Harry is shopping for a necklace for his lover. He wants the assistant to hurry and finish before his wife gets back, but the assistant is taking a long time.
Step 1: Repeat Harry’s lines.
Step 2: Read Harry’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Harry What’s that?

Rufus It’s a cinnamon stick, sir.

Harry Actually, I really can’t wait.

Rufus You won’t regret it, sir.

Harry Want a bet?

Rufus ‘Tis but the work of a moment. There. Almost finished.

Harry Almost finished? What else can there be – are you going to dip it in yoghurt and cover it with chocolate buttons?

Rufus No, sir. We’re going to pop it in this Christmas box.

Harry But I don’t want it in a Christmas box.

Rufus But you said you wanted it gift-wrapped, sir.

Harry I did – but …

Rufus This is the final flourish …

Harry Can I just pay?

Rufus All I need now is a sprig of holly …

Harry No! No!! No bloody holly!

Rufus But sir …

Harry Leave it – leave it, just leave it.

Links:

Today’s news.

Music by Drop Trio.
From the album Big Dipper.
Used with permission from magnatune.com

Show 88 Thursday 29 June

On today’s show you will hear a noise in the background which sounds kind of like a large truck. This is my air conditioner (made before the extinction of dinosaurs). Sorry. I’ll turn it off next time.

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日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora. This is Stick News. The Japanese government announced today that it aims to halve the number of stray dogs and cats in the next ten years.

Many people in Japan love cats and dogs. They buy them as pets. Last year there were 12 million cats in Japan and 13 million dogs.
But sometimes, the love doesn’t last. And the owner wants to get rid of their pet. So they abandon them.
In fiscal 2004 the number of abandoned dogs and cats was 420,000. About 90 percent of these animals were killed after their capture.
The government wants to reduce this number through measures such as encouraging pet adoption and requiring pet shops to fully explain to the customers the responsibility of a pet owner.

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 29th of June.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 58 Would you like it gift-wrapped?
This conversation is from the movie Love Actually.

Harry is shopping for a necklace for his lover. He wants the assistant to hurry and finish before his wife gets back, but the assistant is taking a long time.
Step 1: Repeat Harry’s lines.
Step 2: Read Harry’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Rufus Looking for anything in particular, sir?

Harry Yes … Ahm. That necklace there … how much is it?

Rufus It’s 270 pounds.

Harry Alright. I’ll have it.

Rufus Lovely. Would you like it gift-wrapped?

Harry Yes, alright.

Rufus Lovely. Just pop it in the box … there.

Harry Look, could we be quite quick.

Rufus Certainly, sir. Ready in the flashiest of flashes. There.

Harry That’s great.

Rufus Not quite finished.

Harry Look, actually, I don’t need a bag – I can just put it in my pocket.

Rufus This isn’t a bag, sir.

Harry Really?

Rufus This is so much more than a bag.

Harry Could we be quick … please.

Rufus Prontissimo.

Links:

Today’s news.

Love Actually.

The music on today’s show is by David Schombert from France.
The track is from the album Quiet Life Vol.2
You can listen to the album and download it for free here.
This is David Schombert’s blog.

Show 87 Wednesday 28 June

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日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora. In Stick News today, three suspected spammers have been arrested in Europe.

These three men are suspected of committing the hideous crime of conspiring to spread computer viruses through spamming.
The three suspects are a 63-year-old man in England, a 28-year-old man in Scotland and a 19-year-old man in Finland.
Police said the men appear to be connected via an online company.
They said the suspects “created and adapted viruses with the aim of causing massive infection by spamming”.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday 28th June.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 57 What did you have for lunch today?

Maki asks Sarah what she had for lunch.
Step 1: Repeat Maki’s lines.
Step 2: Read Maki’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Sarah What did you have for lunch today?

Maki  I had onigiri. How about you?

Sarah Pasta and salad.

Maki  What kind of pasta?

Sarah I made a new kind of sauce today. Parsley sauce.

Maki  Parsley sauce? I’ve never heard of that.

Sarah Mmm, neither have I. I made pesto the other day, and I thought I’d try and make it with parsley instead of basil.

Maki  How did it turn out?

Sarah Pretty good. I think I’ll make it again.

Notes:

The music on today’s show is by Ben Othman from Germany.
The track is from the album Lounge Cafè Tunis “Sahria”.
You can listen to the album and download it for free here.
This is Ben Othman’s blog.

Show 86 Tuesday 27 June

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日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora. In Stick News today, Japanese electronics company Sanyo is struggling. The president met with shareholders last week to apologise.

Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. was founded in 1947. At first it made bicycle lamps. In the 50s, it also made radios and washing machines.
Recently, the company has been struggling. Last week the president apologized that the company had fallen deeper into the red in fiscal 2005.
“We are very sorry for the concern and trouble we have caused to all our shareholders”, he said.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday 27th June.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 56 How big was it?

Sarah tells her friend Tom she saw a snake today.
Step 1: Repeat Tom’s lines.
Step 2: Read Tom’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Sarah Guess what?

Tom  What?

Sarah I saw a snake today!

Tom  Really?! Where?

Sarah By the river. I was biking back from a lesson along the river and it was crawling across the path.

Tom  Wow. How big was it?

Sarah It was quite big. It was really long and it was about this big.

Tom  Wow. Scary.

Links:

Read today’s news here.
About Sanyo.

The music on today’s show is by David Schombert from France.
The track is from the album Quiet Life Vol.2
You can listen to the album and download it for free here.
This is David Schombert’s blog.

Show 85 Monday 26 June

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日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora. In Stick News today, the world’s second-richest man has decided to give away some of his money.

Forbes is an American business magazine. They say Microsoft chairperson Bill Gates is the richest person in the world.
Warren Buffett is ranked number 2.
Buffett made lots of money from investments.
Now he is giving 85 percent of his money away. Most of it to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

The rest of Buffett’s money will be given to 4 other foundations. So far there is no indication that any of the money will be given to The Daily English Show.
And that was Stick News for Monday the 26th of June.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 55 There isn’t?
From the movie The Sound of Music

The Captain tells Maria he has called off his engagement.
Step 1: Repeat the Captain’s lines.
Step 2: Read the Captain’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Captain Maria, there isn’t going to be any Baroness.

Maria  There isn’t?

Captain No.

Maria  I don’t understand.

Captain Well, we’ve, umm … called off our engagement, you see, and, um …

Maria  Oh, I am sorry.

Captain Yes. You are?

Maria  Mm-hmm. You did?

Captain Yes. Well, you can’t marry someone when you’re … in love with someone else, can you?
The music on today’s show is by Philharmonia Baroque from San Francisco, United States.
This music was used with permission from magnatune.com

Show 84 Sunday 25 June

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sunday kitchen
#11 Hummus

The other day I made some hummus.
I soaked some chickpeas overnight.
Then I cooked them for about an hour.
Then I put them in a blender with olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and pepper and salt.

There are hundreds of different ways to make hummus.
Have a look on the internet if you need a recipe.
If you’re in a hurry you can also use canned chickpeas.
I made another version with half of the mixture.
I cooked some eggplant in olive oil and chilli and put that in.
I ate the hummus with celery sticks.
It was delicious.

Music by Drop Trio.
From the album Big Dipper.
Used with permission from magnatune.com

Show 83 Saturday 24 June

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Sarah’s Dairy
#6 Golden Week part 2

During Golden Week my friends from Aichi came to Tokyo.

First, we played at home.

Then, we went to Meiji Shrine.

Then, we went to Tocho.

Tocho is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

It’s in Shinjuku and is the tallest building in Tokyo.

At the top we saw some cute toys.

We had a great view of Tokyo.

And saw a beautiful sunset.

Then, we went home.

To be continued…

The music on today’s show is by David Schombert from France.
The track is from the album Quiet Life Vol.2
You can listen to the album and download it for free here.
This is David Schombert’s blog.