Show 533 Thursday 18 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today I have a question for you. I want you to look at this footage and tell me if you can see anything strange.

Did you notice anything? Yes, there are no number plates on the car!
Well there are, but only on the back, not on the front.

I noticed this a couple of weeks ago and at first I was just looking at one car and I was thinking, “Hmm that’s strange, that car doesn’t have a number plate”. And then I looked around and I was like, “Ooh, they are all like that”. I was so surprised because I just assumed that everywhere in the world cars had two number plates.

But no.

And I just checked in Wikipedia and there are a whole list of places in Canada and the US where cars only have one number plate.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora this is Stick News. Today a famous Japanese boxer visited the home of his opponent to apologise for his bad behaviour in the ring.

The three Kameda brothers are a famous boxing trio in Japan.
They are from Osaka and their father trained them since they were young.
The middle brother is Daiki.
Last week Kameda Daiki fought the WBC flyweight champion Naito Daisuke
Naito won.
During the fight Kameda broke many rules and he’s now been suspended for a year.
Before the fight he said he would commit seppuku if he lost but he changed his mind.
Instead he went to Naito’s place to apologise.
After the visit, Naito said in a written statement: “I was surprised that they came to my home without notice but I now understand their best intentions after receiving the apology.”

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 18th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
What have you been doing during the strike?

Well I play volleyball, so we’ve had volleyball all day. And then we have study hall, work out. So we have a full day. And then just don’t do anything at night really.

I’ve been keeping up with some of my school work. Actually last night I went out to the bar. But, um, I’ve been, ah, doing, just trying to keep up and trying to get stuff done ahead of time. So I don’t have as much to do when we have to do all our mid-terms in one week.

I’ve been busy moving into residence, because I think the residence is a better choice for me.

Well I haven’t been doing a lot. Just sitting in my room, playing xbox, watching TV, going on the internet. Did a little bit of school work.

conversations with sarah
#331 What does “the Maritimes” mean?

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

Dana What does “the Maritimes” mean?

Sarah Oh, I just looked that up the other day actually, the Maritimes are Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

Dana Why are they called the Maritimes.

Sarah I don’t know.

Dana And what is Atlantic Canada?

Sarah That is the Maritimes plus Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dana So five provinces?

Sarah No four. Newfoundland and Labrador is one province.

Dana Really? Wow. Long name for a province.

Sarah Yeah.

links

today’s news

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

Kameda brothers (Wikipedia)

Kameda Daiki (Wikipedia)

Seppuku (Wikipedia)

Only one number plate in Canada and US:

The following quote is from this page on Wikipedia (look under “Mounting”).

“In the Canadian provinces and territories of Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, and in the U.S. states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts (most plates issued prior to 1988 – see note below), Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia, however, license plates are currently only required on the rear of the vehicle. Some vanity and specialty plates in Arizona and Kansas are issued in pairs, but only the rear plate is required to be displayed; the optional front plate is something of a bonus for paying an extra fee for the plate.”

The Maritimes (Wikipedia)

Atlantic Canada (Wikipedia)

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Pequeñas piezas para María 2
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 532 Wednesday 17 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today is mistake day and I’d like to talk about mistakes that aren’t actually mistakes.

One of the hard things about teaching English is that there are so many dialects, that it’s sometimes hard to know if something is a mistake or if it is actually correct in a certain dialect.

So, I would recommend that if you’re teaching English, try to be careful and look things up and don’t assume that everything that sounds wrong to you is actually wrong.

I think one of the advantages I have, coming from a small English speaking country, is that I’m quite aware that there are many dialects out there.
I grew up reading English books from many different countries and so I just got used to there being words in those books that I’d never heard before, and I’d just have to guess the meanings.

One example of that is the word bangs. I’d read that in books, like it would say something like, “she had bangs” or, “she cut off her bangs” … and anyway, I knew it was something about hair, so I just guessed that it meant plaits.
And for years I imagined that these characters in books had plaits. But actually no, bangs means what we call a fringe in New Zealand.

Sometimes people leave comments under these videos like, “Why would anyone want to learn Australian English?” And I’m like, “Well, it’s not Australian English for a start … “

I think there are some advantages, and this is one of them, that I’m really aware of the fact that just because it sounds wrong to me, it doesn’t mean that it’s definitely wrong.

However, I still get caught out sometimes. And I have an example: visit with.

This sounds so wrong to me and I’d always just assumed that it was definitely a mistake to say something like, “Yesterday I visited with my friend”. But no, actually, it turns out that you can say that.

I was procrastinating the other day and I clicked on a story about Britney Spears, terrible I know, but it turned out be educational. It was something about her visiting her kids and it said visit with and when I saw it, I went … “Oh, it must be American English”. I was shocked because I’ve been correcting students on that for years.

And sure enough, it’s in my dictionary:

Visit with sb
(AmE) to spend time with sb, especially talking socially
Ex. Come and visit with me some time.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora in Stick News today, Internet company AOL has announced it will cut 2000 jobs worldwide.AOL is an American global Internet services and media company operated by Time Warner and headquartered in New York, New York.
The company has 16,000 employees and its slogan is: See What’s Here For You.
Last year AOL cut 5,000 jobs.
Now, they’ve decided to cut 2000 more.
The Associated Press reported AOL has struggled in recent years as Internet users have ditched their AOL accounts for high-speed services offered by cable and telephone companies.
The job cuts are to reduce costs and build AOL’s strength as it transforms from an Internet access provider to an online advertising company.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 17th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
Which country would you most like to visit and why?

I would like to, um, visit Germany or Russia. Because they seem rich in culture. Thank you.I would like to visit Somalia, that’s where I came from. And I haven’t been there for 17 years. I would really like to go back and know more about my country. I’ve been living in Kenya and then finally I came to Canada.

I’d love to visit Peru because I think it has a beautiful history. The pyramids are very interesting too and all the culture and the ? of Peru. That’s my reason.

Probably Australia, ah, just because my friends who have been there before. They said it was a lot of fun, a lot of things to do.
And the people are different, but really nice. So, yeah, I’d probably say Australia.

Probably right now Brazil, just because I’ve never been to South America. And I’m just learning a bit of Spanish, I don’t know much, but working on that. I’ve been around, I’ve been to Asia, I’ve been to Europe and I’ve done all that thing, so it’s kind of the last frontier for the traveling. So I think that’d probably be my first choice.

Ah, Cuba because I want to listen some Cuban jazz.

Actually Cuba too but not because of the jazz. Because I want to visit before Fidel Castro die. So … before communism will, like, break up.

conversations with sarah
#330 When are you leaving Nova Scotia?Step 1: Repeat Brad’s lines.
Step 2: Read Brad’s lines and talk to Sarah.

Brad When are you leaving Nova Scotia?

Sarah Next Saturday, which is the 27th.

Brad Weren’t you supposed to be leaving at the start of October?

Sarah Yeah. But we extended our stay.

Brad Wow. They must like you at the university.

Sarah Yeah, I think they like us. And we’re having a great time so we wanted to stay longer.

Brad Where are you going next?

Sarah We’re flying back to Vancouver. Then going to Vancouver Island for a couple of days, then flying back to Japan.

Brad Are you stopping anywhere on the way back?

Sarah Just for about four hours in Taipei.

Brad Why don’t you stay longer?

Sarah We can’t, ‘cos we did that on the way over. And you can only do that one way.

notes

terrible I know

I don’t mean Britney Spears is terrible – just that reading celebrity gossip when you’re supposed to be working isn’t very good.

links

today’s news

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

AOL

AOL at Wikipedia

Time Warner

Time Warner at Wikipedia

>music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Pequeñas piezas para María 2
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 531 Tuesday 16 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

A lot has been happening here in Wolfville recently. Actually there always seems to be a lot of events going on. Last weekend was homecoming weekend. And then a strike started on Monday.

I thought I’d show you a bit of footage of some stuff that’s been happening recently.

This was on Sunday 6th October. There was an event in Wolfville called Clocktoberfest.It was part of a festival called the Valley Pumpkin Fest. There was music and food inside a kind of tent called a yurt.
The yurt was really cool. It was made by some people in Nova Scotia.
On Friday 12th of October there was a race as part of homecoming weekend. It had a name but I can’t remember what it was.
People were wearing some pretty cool costumes.
On Saturday, there was a homecoming parade. The band at the start was cool and rest of it was basically just people walking along holding signs.
After the parade there was a football game. Acadia played Bishop’s. They lost 42-17.
On Sunday there were two soccer games.
First the Axewomen beat the Mounties 2-0.

And then the Axemen drew with the Mounties 1-1.

From yesterday a strike started at the university. Members of the faculty are now walking around the outside the university holding signs.
This is called picketing.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora this is Stick News. Today in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, an agreement was signed to protect 605 acres of land supporting old-growth forests.

Wolfville is a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada.
In April 2007, Wolfville became Canada’s first Fair Trade Town.
Wolfville was also the first municipality in Nova Scotia to be smoke-free in indoor public places, and the first municipality in the Maritimes to join the Safe Communities Foundation of Canada.
Now they have another first, after signing an agreement to protect a 605 acre parcel of land known as The Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve.
The agreement protects the land from development. The town will continue to own the land and it will looked after by the trust.
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust says it’s the first time a Canadian municipality has partnered with an NGO to permanently protect a municipally-owned natural area.
The Mayor of Wolfville said, “This easement will ensure that people will always be able to wander the meandering woodland trails of the Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve, to learn from, and be inspired by its pristine and undisturbed natural beauty.”And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 16th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
What do you want to do after you graduate?

Well, I’m thinking I’ll probably work for a year and then go to grad school. Probably do the whole English thing and then maybe go and do law. But I’m not sure. Still contemplating and stuff.

After I graduate, I’m thinking about working for a bit. And then I might start a, I’m planning to start a business. Then, during my free time, might just go back to culinary school. Cook.

After I graduate, I’d like to work for a year and then go to graduate school.

Ah, become a teacher.

That’s a hard question because I haven’t really decided yet. Like, I know I want to go into like, I’m taking kinesiology right now and I think I might be a physiotherapist and help people with ah, with recovering from injuries and stuff because I’ve had many myself. So that’s something I’d like to do.

conversations with sarah
#329 Do you get annoyed if people think you’re Australian?

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

Lily Do you get annoyed if people think you’re Australian?

Sarah No. Well, it depends.

Lily On what?

Sarah Well, if they just say, “Are you from Australia?” I don’t mind. I just say, “No, I’m from New Zealand.” But sometimes people keep asking about Australia after that, like, “Oh, so what’s the xyz like in Australia?” And I’m like, “I don’t know …”

Lily They’re pretty similar though, aren’t they?

Sarah Yeah, for sure. But some things are quite different, though. Like, some people say I want to go to New Zealand because I want to see Kangaroos. And I’m like hmmm, well …

Lily You don’t have kangaroos?

Sarah No.

Lily I’m kidding. I know that.

Sarah Oh, OK.

Lily Canadians get annoyed if people think they’re American, don’t they?

Sarah Yeah, I’ve heard that. I’ve never tested it out though. Actually I got annoyed by someone calling me American once. I lived in this apartment for a year in Japan and every time I walked outside, this little kid would yell out, “America-jin, America-jin” really loudly and at first I just thought, oh, whatever. And then after a couple of weeks I thought oh maybe I should actually tell him, so I explained to him that I wasn’t actually American. And then he just did it louder, obviously, just to annoy me. So I just gave up and just tried to ignore him.

Lily It’s pretty rude to yell out someone’s nationality when you see them anyway.

Sarah Yeah. But he was just a kid, so I can forgive him.

notes

do the whole English thing = study English (literature)

grad school = graduate school

(AmE) noun a tertiary institution that offers postgraduate courses

America-jin (アメリカ人) = American (Japanese)

links

today’s news

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

Nova Scotia Nature Trust

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 1
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 530 Monday 15 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today’s guest is the president of Acadia University. Her name is Gail.
We were quite lucky to score an interview with her because she’s pretty busy. We caught up with her just before she left on a trip to China.
I asked her about the trip and she said that she was going to 5 cities in 10 days and she was going to be meeting Alumni and visiting schools.

We do have many Chinese students now and we would like more students to come from China. So I will be visiting different schools who have sent students to Acadia and I want to thank them for sending students to Acadia.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora in Stick News today the Chinese government announced an extra 4 million people will be relocated from their homes to make way for one of largest dams in the world. Around 1.4 million people have already been displaced.

In 1919, some people in China decided to build a huge dam. The project suffered delays due to factors such as war and limited resources.
Construction finally started on December 14th, 1994.
It is now the largest hydroelectric river dam in the world.
So far the government has helped an estimated 1.4 million people move to make way for the dam.
On Saturday, they announced an extra 4 million people need to move.
Wikipedia says it’s still uncertain when the dam will be fully operational.
When it’s completed, it will be the largest hydroelectric power station in the world.
If it was fully operational now, it would support about 3% of the total electricity consumption in China.
When completed, it’s expected to lessen the frequency of big downstream flooding from once every 10 years to once every 100 years.

And that was Stick News for Monday the 15th of October.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#328 What does your job involve?

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

Sarah What does your job involve?

Gail Well, I’m in charge, in a sense, of the daily running of the university. And … but I have a team, of vice presidents and directors to assist me in that. Because the job of the president has changed. in many regards, over the last few years. And, for instance now, we’re in the middle of a 50 million dollar campaign.
And a big piece of my job is, is asking for money. So, I travel to where alumni are. And ah, I also do a lot of student recruitment. Because when a president shows up at a high school, high schools will let you in, which they won’t do if just a recruiter shows up. So I very much enjoy – I used to teach high school, so I very much enjoy visiting different high schools, visiting with our alumni around the world. In China, in Beijing, I’ll be meeting with a group of alumni. And I’m going to be visiting schools, who have been sending students to Acadia for many, many years. So it’s the perfect kind of trip for me.

Sarah You’ve worked at many different universities. What do you think is special about Acadia?

Gail I think the very close interaction faculty and students have. And the opportunity for students to do research as undergraduate students. Ah, most places you just can’t do that. And our students get that opportunity, the honours students get that opportunity to do significant publishable research – whether in science or the professional areas or the arts. And that’s one of the most special things for me.
I think the location is also wonderful. I think the small town lets you, lets you form friendships that you keep for your lifetime.
Ah, it’s not like going to school in a big city which sometimes even resembles high school where you commute. You know, go on the subway, show up, take a class, and leave.
Here people are very, very engaged all the time. Both inside the classroom and out.
And I think that’s what’s special about it.

Sarah Why do you think it’s a good place for international students?

Gail Again, because of the small town environment, it’s very safe. Ah, Wolfville welcomes international students. Um, I mean, you can walk down Main Street, you know, we have two streets, but you can walk down it and you’ll see a mix of international students as if you’re in downtown Toronto. And ah, and again I think it’s a place where international students can meet others from around the world, as well as Canadian students. And be able to concentrate on their studies. Not have to worry about all the different things, I mean, if they live in residence – and we’d like to see more of the international students living in residence – you get a wonderful experience and don’t have to worry about cooking. And, ah, and get to know people that you’d never get to meet anywhere else. So I think for international students in particular, it’s , it’s a wonderful place to come.

Sarah What is your vision for Acadia for the future?

Gail Um, I think our niche and an important niche for Canada is that we remain a relatively small undergraduate university. It’s good to have a few graduate programs.
But I think as an undergraduate university which concentrates on traditional age students. Gives them a wonderful classroom experience, gives them a very rich life outside the classroom. I mean, we have, we’ve got something like 65 clubs. We tell the students if you don’t find a club you like, create your own. A few years ago some girls … wanted to ride and they created an equestrian club. Because there are horses you can rent nearby. And now we have 60 students in our equestrian club.
And, so, it’s a place where you can discover yourself, it’s a place where you can try things and you don’t have to be afraid of failing. And that’s what I think Acadia should always be.
Ah, we want, again, more students from around the world. I’d like to see our Acadia students travel the world as well, as part of their educational experience. Go away for the semester, go away for the summer. Have the chance to travel.
So, those are my visions for the future.

notes

Her name is Gail.

Gail Dinter-Gottlieb would normally be called “Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb” or “Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottlieb”. TDES style is to use first names, so I stuck with that.

links

today’s news
today’s STICK NEWS pictures

Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottleib
Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottleib at Wikipedia

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 1
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 529 Sunday 14 October

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Sunday Kitchen #68 Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin
Apple

Flour
Salt
Oil
Water

Sugar
Salt
Ginger
Cinnamon

Nuts

Want to know quantities?

1/2 a pumpkin
1/2 an apple

3 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon of Salt
1/2 cup of oil
1 cup of water

1/2 a cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ginger
2 teaspoons of cinnamon

A sprinkle of nuts (pecan nuts)

notes

This pie is loosely based on this recipe. I didn’t even know pumpkin came in a can until I saw that recipe. Why would you buy it in a can when there are pumkins everywhere ?! Anyway …

There was no soymilk in the house, so I just left it out. I’m not sure where I got the crust recipe. links

pumpkin pie at Wikipedia

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: Shotla
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 528 Saturday 13 October

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Last night we watched a hockey game. The Acadia Axemen were playing the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

Someone sang the national anthem before the game.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

This guy scored a puck.
During the first break, a car drove onto the ice. And someone was throwing t-shirts into the crowd. We were sitting behind a net so we didn’t have much chance of catching one.
During the second break some kids had a shot at the goal.
And some other kids played on the slippery floor.

During the game we saw a bit of pushing and crashing …

Acadia scored one goal which was pretty exciting.

Unfortunately the other team scored four goals.

links

story about today’s game

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Balbalama5
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 527 Friday 12 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Time for some more Canadian English today.

This is called a tuque in Canada.
In NZ I’d call it a beanie.

Another word I learnt recently is faculty.
Well I already knew that word, but not its North American meaning.

This is of those words that, the first time I heard it, I thought that the person must be just using it in a strange way, but then after I heard several people using it in the same way I started to think hmm hang on, maybe I’m the one who is using it incorrectly, or maybe it has a different meaning in Canada. And so I looked it up and yes, sure enough, it does.

Faculty. Chiefly British. A group of university departments concerned with a major division of knowledge.

And that’s how the word is used at New Zealand universities.
For example, the Faculty of Arts, which includes many departments like the Department of English Literature or French.

And the North American meaning is: the teaching or research staff of a university or college.

So there are different kinds of staff members here at Acadia, there are people who teach, and they are part of what is called faculty, and then there are other people who do administration or cleaning or whatever and they are not part of faculty.

The reason why I’ve heard that word a lot recently is because now there are negotiations happening between faculty and administration.

I’m not exactly sure what it’s about, but basically something about their working conditions and how much they get paid.

And there’s also a possibility that they could strike on Monday. But they haven’t decided that yet and they’ll probably keep negotiating and decide on Sunday night.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora this is Stick News. A New Zealand man who has previously been jailed in three countries started a new jail term in his home country today. Over the last four years he has conned 3.4 million dollars out of the New Zealand government.

Wayne Thomas Patterson is a 47-year-old New Zealander. He has been in jail in Australia, New Zealand and America.
In Australia he conned $A500,000 in benefits using 43 false identities. In America he defrauding authorities of $US2 million.
He was last released from prison in 2003 and within a month, he was offending again.
Over the last four years he has used 123 false identities to con more than $3.4 million out of the Ministry of Social Development.
The New Zealand Press Association reported the fraud was New Zealand’s largest benefit fraud. The previous biggest benefit fraud was for $250,912.
Police said when they raided Patterson’s modest rented flat in west Auckland, they found nearly $700,000 in $50 notes buried in the garden, $184,333 cash in the flat and in his car, and gold bars worth $355,000, also hidden in the flat.
They also found 137 ATM cards and 102 forged birth certificates.
There was a sophisticated security camera, six computers, and a lavish garden with $50,000 worth of plants.
Patterson is now in jail again and will serve at least five years of an eight-year sentence.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 12th of October.
Kia Ora.

friday joke

Two ducks are staying in a hotel. They are about to make love and then they realize they don’t have any condoms. So one of the ducks rings room service to ask for some condoms.
The woman on the phone says, ”OK sir, would you like to put them on your bill?”
”No,” he says, ”I’ll suffocate!”

I found today’s joke here. I changed it a little.

conversations with sarah
#327 What happens if there’s a strike?

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

Tane What happens if there’s a strike?

Sarah Not much, I don’t think, just most of the classes stop. But the English language classes continue.

Tane Why is that?

Sarah Because the English language instructors aren’t part of faculty.

Tane Why not?

Sarah I don’t know. I’m not quite sure how it works.

Tane How long will they strike for?

Sarah I don’t know. I doubt if it would be very long though. Probably just a couple of days.

Tane What’s the problem?

Sarah I think one of the problems is that the professors want to get paid more. Apparently they get less than people at other universities in Canada.

notes

Faculty of Arts
It depends on the university, what this is called.

For example, if you do a BA in English lit at Victoria, NZ, you would be studying with the School of English, Film, Theatre, & Media Studies, which is part of The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

If you do a BA in English lit at Auckland, NZ, you would be studying with the Department of English, which is part of the Faculty of Arts.

If you do a BA in English lit at Acadia, Canada, you would be studying with the Department of English, which is part of the Faculty of Arts.

links

today’s news
more here
today’s STICK NEWS pictures

About the strike – ASU
Acadia University Faculty Association
The last time they had a strike it was in winter, check it out, the place looks so much different in winter, eh.

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

friday joke start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: Sumbala
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: L-Micro
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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