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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 526 Thursday 11 October

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

This weekend is homecoming weekend at Acadia University.
So, what is homecoming?

I’d heard of it before and I always assumed that it meant when the students go home.
But no …

In my dictionary there are two meanings for homecoming.
1. an instance of returning home
2. (N. Amer.) a reunion of former students of a college or high school

In New Zealand, we don’t use the word homecoming. But I think schools and universities do have reunions, but not very often, as far as I know.

But here homecoming is an annual event. So I guess some people, if they have a lot of free time, could go back to their (old) university every year.

And former students are called alumni. It says in my dictionary, especially American English. I’ve heard that word before, but I don’t think it’s used much in New Zealand.

There are various events over homecoming weekend mostly sports games, and there is also something called fall convocation. I don’t actually know what that is. I should probably ask someone.

I’ve never heard of convocation before and in Wikipedia it says there are about three different meanings. But anyway it’s some kind of ceremony.

And fall is a season, as you probably know. I still can’t really get used to it being called fall. Fall sounds like something you do when you trip over, it doesn’t really sound like a season to me.

And tomorrow night we’re going to a hockey game. Hockey as in ice hockey which they call hockey in Canada. It’s hard to get used to that too.
In New Zealand we say hockey and ice hockey. And in Canada, they say field hockey and hockey.
I’ve played both sports actually. At high school I played hockey for 4 years. And then when I was at university I played ice hockey for a year.
So I’m really looking forward to watching the game.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today the Nobel Prize for literature has been awarded to 87-year-old British writer, Doris Lessing.

On the 22nd of October 1919, a girl was born in a country called Persia.
Her parents were British and six years after Doris was born, they moved to
Southern Rhodesia .
Doris went to a Catholic school and left when she was 13.
She was married twice and had three children.
In 1949, Doris Lessing moved to London and her first book was published.
The book was called The Grass is Singing.
It’s a novel which deals with racial politics in Southern Africa in the 1940s.
Lessing has now written more than 20 novels, as well as short stories, poetry, plays, two operas, non-fiction and two volumes of an autobiography.
Now she’s just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In a radio interview Lessing said about the prize: “They can’t give a Nobel to someone who’s dead, so I guess they were thinking they’d better give it to me now before I popped off.”

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 11th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
Why did you choose Acadia?

Cause it was the first place that accepted me.

Ah, it’s one of the only schools I got into.

Well, ah, it was one of the, it’s the closest school to my hometown with a program in theology, which is what I study. And they actually have, ah, better scholarships in theology than almost any other school in Canada right now, so a couple of really good reasons right there.

I wanted to go to a really small school. And most of the small schools are on the east coast. So then my dad and I came out and looked at them. And Acadia I guess was the one that just fit the best, so …

Ah the lap top program’s pretty nice. And ah, being far away from home.

Um, I came here, because it had a really good kinesiology program. And I came for rugby as well.

conversations with sarah
#326  How long did you play for?

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

Tommy You played ice hockey in New Zealand?

Sarah Yeah.

Tommy Is it popular in New Zealand?

Sarah No, not at all. I think there are only two ice skating rinks in the whole of New Zealand.

Tommy How long did you play for?

Sarah Just for one season.

Tommy Did you enjoy it?

Sarah Yeah, I loved it. I love ice skating and rollerblading and hockey … so, yeah, it was really fun.

Tommy Did you win many games?

Sarah Yeah, actually my team won the championship.

Tommy What was your team called?

Sarah Ahh, I can’t remember.

links

today’s news
Nobel Prize press release
today’s STICK NEWS pictures

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: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: Ksan
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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