Show 231 Wednesday 20 December

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
I’ve told a couple of friends back in NZ about The Daily English Show but not many because I’m pretty bad at keeping in touch in general.
I told my parents and they were like ‘mmm that’s nice dear’ … so I doubt if they’ve seen it.
But I told a friend recently and he replied and said that he’d checked it out and he was really impressed. So hey Richard, thanks. It was really cool hearing that from him. We’ve been friends for more than 10 years – since we worked together at a radio station.
And he’s still working in radio. When I went back to New Zealand last year I met up with him and he showed me around one of the stations where he’s working which is called Niu FM.
Actually I was just listening to Niu Fm on the net and they were talking – it sounded like talkback. It’s a Pacific Island station so I couldn’t understand what they were saying – but I like listening to it because I like the sound of Polynesian languages and I love the sound of their laughter. It got me thinking about how in different countries it’s not just the language that’s different – but also the way people laugh.
Richard has also started his own station called Retro Hit Radio – you can now hear it now in Manukau … and we drove out there and had a listen in the car. It was very cool. I think we heard Milli Vanilli’s Blame it on the Rain which is one of my favorite retro hits.
And the excellent news is I’ll be able to hear Retro Hit Radio on the net soon – so I can’t wait for that.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora this is Stick News. According to a UK magazine the internet has given birth to a range of modern sicknesses and addictions. These include ego-surfing, google-stalking and wikipediholism.

In the latest issue of New Scientist magazine several people suffering from internet addictions share their experiences. Richard Fisher confesses he has been an egosurfer for about five years and admits he needs help.
He says it began with the occasional sneaky web search and has now grown into a full-blown obsession with how high up Google’s ranking his articles appear when he puts his name into the search box.
Bryan Derksen is a wikipediholic still in denial. He has made more than 70,000 edits to Wikipedia entries which puts him in the top 10 wikipedians by number of edits.
People suffering from wikipediholism accidentally sign emails with four tildes.
They get confused when they can’t find the little blue edit markers on books and other websites.
If something they don’t know crosses their mind, they bolt for the nearest computer to see if Wikipedia has a page on it. If it does they edit the page obsessively. If it doesn’t they create a page.
Other addictions the magazine wrote about include: google-stalking, photolurking and blog streaking.

The magazine article didn’t report the treatment options available for those suffering from internet addictions. However Wikipedia does offer help for wikipediaholics. There is a list of the 12 steps to recovery and even a prayer.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the pages I cannot edit,
The courage to edit the pages I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 20th of December.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

There was no fresh snow today so I amused myself by jumping on a pile of futons and blankets.

conversations with sarah
#141 When did you work in radio?

Step 1: Repeat Jenna’s lines.
Step 2: Read Jenna’s lines and talk to Sarah.

Jenna When did you work in radio?

Sarah I started when I was still at high school. I worked there part-time.

Jenna What were you doing?

Sarah I was announcing. My shift was Sundays from 6 to 10, I think.

Jenna And you worked there for 4 years?

Sarah Yeah, I worked there full time over summer, during the university holidays.

Jenna Just announcing?

Sarah No, I also did promotions and news.

Jenna Sounds like an interesting job.

Sarah Yeah, I really enjoyed it.

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