Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Show 80 Wednesday 21 June

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Kia Ora. In Stick News today American Actor Bruce Willis has sued a photographer for $1 million dollars for defamation.

Bruce Willis was walking into a Japanese restaurant in Hollywood when he came into contact with a photographer.
The photographer claimed that Bruce Willis hit him. He said he suffered a chipped tooth and a nose injury.
But Bruce Willis said he just held his hands in front of his face to avoid being blinded by the camera flashes.
Willis is now suing the photographer for defamation. The lawsuit claims he suffered at least $1 million in damage to his “reputation and standing in the community, as well as shame, mortification, hurt feelings, embarrassment, humiliation and damage to the value of his name, likeness and goodwill”.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 21st of June.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 53 Have you seen any good movies recently?

Takuo asks Sarah if she has seen any good movies recently.
Step 1: Repeat Takuo’s lines.
Step 2: Read Takuo’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Takuo Have you seen any good movies recently?

Sarah Yeah, I saw Walk the Line last week. Have you heard of that movie?

Takuo No. What’s it about?

Sarah It’s about Johnny Cash. Do you know who Johnny Cash is?

Takuo I’ve heard the name, but I don’t know any of his songs.

Sarah Yeah, me too. I didn’t know anything about him before I saw the movie.

Takuo Is it on at the movies now?

Sarah No. It came out last year. I saw it on DVD.


Walk the line at IMDB.

Music by Kenji Williams.
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Show 79 Tuesday 20 June

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Kia Ora. In Stick News today an armless man who was caught driving at 121 kilometers an hour says he wasn’t driving dangerously.

The 31-year-old New Zealand man was born with no arms. On the 23rd of March he was caught exceeding the 100km/h speed limit on State Highway 2, near Papamoa.
He was allegedly using one foot to steer and the other to operate the accelerator and brake pedals.
Police gave him a $170 dollar speeding ticket. He told police he had never held a driver’s licence, but had been driving with the use of his feet for years without any problems.
Several weeks later, police laid another charge: driving in a manner which might have been dangerous to the public.

The man says he wasn’t driving dangerously, and he will defend the charge in court next month. His lawyer said “this highly unusual driving system was, in fact, safe”.
That was Stick News for Tuesday the 20th of June.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 52 Did you feel the earthquake?

Sarah asks Mihoko if she watched the game last night.
Step 1: Repeat Mikoko’s lines.
Step 2: Read Mikoko’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Sarah  Did you feel the earthquake this morning?

Mihoko No. I was still asleep, did you?

Sarah  Yeah. I was using the computer, doing some lesson preparation ...

Mihoko What time did it happen?

Sarah  Just before 7, I think.

Mihoko What time do you usually get up?

Sarah  Um, it’s different every day, but this morning I had to leave home at 7:30, so I got up at 6:30.

Mihoko Was it a big earthquake?

Sarah  Not really. It was pretty much over before I could decide if I was shaking or the room was shaking.