Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Show 546 Wednesday 31 October



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Back to Japan 2007
Day 5: Tofino

Today the pouring rain killed our sightseeing plans so I decided to make a dash for the shops and find someone to interview.
The first shop I went into turned out to be very cool and the woman working there was really nice.
She said she was born and raised in Tofino and the shop was owned by her husband’s parents.

A lot of everything in here is native-made, from the area, the masks, the basketry, the jewelry. There’s ... there’s so much stuff in here.

I asked her what she liked about Tofino and she said she liked being close to nature.

I still go to the beach all the time and I still say to myself, “I just love it.” Like I, I go running on the beach all the time and I just ... like it’s like therapy for me.


She said the Tofino had changed a lot over the last 30 years.

When I was little, like growing up here when I was little, I used to know everybody and now, like I, in the summer especially, I walk down the street and I don’t know anybody, I can’t some people you can pick out, like you’re not from here, but, like, a lot of people like – do I know them? I don’t know them. They don’t know me. Like I feel like when I go out, if I go out at night or anything, I don’t know anybody. It’s kind of scary.
I asked her why she thought Tofino was such a popular tourist destination.

Again I think it has to do with the beauty and the activities to do here. Just a lot of people ... I don’t know, just to get away from the city, the crazy life, a lot of people come here to go to the beaches, like we have so many beaches, and trails, there’s kayaking, surfing, a lot of people come here to surf. It’s a really big, popular sport here.

In the evening we saw some trick-or-treaters out the window. Then we went to the bottle store and saw Oscar the Grouch. Very cool costume.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Show 545 Tuesday 30 October



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Back to Japan 2007
Day 4: Courtenay to Tofino


Yuko took us to the bus station in the morning and we took the bus from Courtenay to Tofino.

The bus took four and a half hours.
It left Courtenay at ten to ten and arrived in Tofino at twenty five past two.

When we got to Tofino we found our accommodation which turned out to be a bit of a disaster.

And then we walked around the town a bit ... which turned out to be a bit different than we imagined. We thought it was a surf beach town – but it’s not really. The town is next to the water but it’s actually quite far from the beach.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Show 544 Monday 29 October



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Back to Japan 2007
Day 3: Courtenay


Today we visited Yuko and Andrew. That was the reason we came to Vancouver Island. Yuko made us a great lunch.

In the afternoon walked around Courtenay. It seems like a nice little town.

In the evening we talked to some people at the hostel. The German girl was really nice.

I like this hostel. The only bad thing is that there is no laundry.

The room is nice, the internet is fast enough, the kitchen is really clean and well organized, the owner is nice. And the best thing is Jake. Jake is a very cool cat.


Show 543 Sunday 28 October



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Back to Japan 2007
Day 2: Vancouver to Courtenay


This morning we walked around in the rain trying to find a bus stop.
Finally we found it.

The bus cost $2.25 and took about an hour.

Horseshoe Bay is where the ferry leaves from.

The ferry goes to Departure Bay in Nanaimo. It costs $11.50.
It took about an hour and a half.

It was a cool ferry.
There were lots of different places to sit, cafes and a shop ... this was the kind of ferry I was imagining when we took the ferry to Hokkaido.

We had to wait for a couple of hours in Nanaimo for the bus so we went to a bar. It was packed with people. There was some kind of event on called a silent auction. They had wireless internet which was cool.

We took the Islandlink bus from Nanaimo to Courtenay. It took about an hour and a half.

The bus driver was really cool.

It was still raining when we got to Courtenay but the driver was nice and he dropped us off pretty close to our accommodation.

This is our room. I like it.



notes

took about an hour - actually it took about 40 mins

it took about an hour and a half - actually, sailing time is one hour and thirty five minutes

silent auction

This is from Wikipedia: This is often a variant of an English auction, where bids are written on a sheet of paper, and at the predetermined end of the auction, the highest listed bidder wins the prize. This auction variant is often used in charity events, and many items may be auctioned simultaneously. Participants submit bids normally on paper, near the item. Other variations of this type of auction may include sealed bids. The highest bidder pays the price he or she submitted.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Show 542 Saturday 27 October



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Back to Japan 2007
Day 1: Wolfville to Vancouver


This morning we left Wolfville at about half past ten. Ted and Lucy drove us to the airport. Before we went to the airport they took us to a place called Peggys Cove. They said you can’t leave Nova Scotia without going to Peggys Cove.
It was a beautiful place. Awesome rocks.

Our flight left at ten past five. The service at Halifax airport was great. The staff at check-in were super friendly and helpful.
The staff on the plane were good too.

We stopped in Montreal for a couple of hours.
Check it out, commas.

I did some editing and drank a $9 beer. Damn airports.

Before we took off, we had to wait about an hour, because, as the pilot explained to us, they couldn’t find anyone to push the plane out.
They gave us a free drink to apologize.

When we got to Vancouver there was a big line for taxis – we thought about taking a limo instead, because it’s not actually that much more expensive. But we didn’t have to wait too long.

I thought our taxi driver was really dodgy because he didn’t display any ID and because he was chatting on his cell phone for almost the entire trip – but apparently both things are actually legal in Canada.

We stayed at Pender Lodge in Vancouver. They weren’t very happy about us arriving an hour later than we said we were going to. But thankfully they let us in and we didn’t have to sleep on the street.



notes

This comma is for something called a decimal separator. (I just looked it up).

Friday, October 26, 2007

Show 541 Friday 26 October


Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

Today is our last day at Acadia. So I’d just like to say thank you very much to Acadia University for having us. And particularly thanks to the Acadia Centre for International Languages which is part of Continuing and Distance Education. It’s thanks to them that we got to come here.
And we’re really glad that we came because we’ve had such a good time.

And I think it has worked out really well for both The Daily English Show and Acadia university. Thanks to us producing the show here hopefullymore people have found out about Nova Scotia and Acadia University – because that was the point of inviting us here.

And the good news is: hopefully we’re going to continue to have some kind of relationship with Acadia University. We’re just sorting out the details at the moment.
But I think it’s going to work well. One idea we have is to have is to do ... like a weekly section featuring Acadia – like, for example, the Asking Acadia thing that we’ve been doing. Or something else. And maybe students will produce it, they’ll film it and then just send me the data and then I can include it in the show.

So I think that will cool if it works out and also in future to have sections from other parts of the world. So if anyone is keen to get involved, please let me know.

We really enjoyed doing the Asking Acadia section. It was a fun way to meet students. About half the people we asked said no – which was fair enough because you don’t always feel like suddenly being on camera. But everyone was really nice about it. And some people just started running when they saw us ... which was pretty funny.

So thank you very much to everybody who agreed to be filmed. You guys rock. And thank you to everyone who helped us out and was nice to us – which was a lot of people ...
In fact I think we’ve only met about two people who weren’t very helpful and everyone else was great. So, there are a lot of nice people at this university. And thanks to them, we’ve had a really good time here.



STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, this is Stick News. Last night in New Zealand a French tourist was rescued from the bush thanks to a cell phone and a flute.

On Thursday night a 28-year-old French tourist went for a walk in the bush in Taranaki and got lost.
When it got dark she called the police on her cell phone.
During the search she remained in contact with the police and when they came near where she was, she started to play her small flute.


And that was Stick News for Friday the 26th of October.
Kia Ora.




friday joke

A man walks into a bar and orders a beer.

There are some peanuts in a bowl on the counter.

They start talking to the man.
“Hey, you’re looking pretty hot tonight,” they say.

The man thinks it’s a bit weird that peanuts are talking to him. But he feels pretty good about being told he looks hot.

He decides to play pool and goes over to the change machine to get some coins.

As he is getting the money, the machine says: “You suck at pool, bro. Why do you even bother? In fact, you suck at life.”

The man doesn’t feel good anymore. He thinks: “Man, something strange is going on in this bar. Maybe I’m hallucinating.”

So he goes up to the bar again and he says to the bartender: “What’s up with this bar tonight? First the peanuts starts talking to me and telling me I’m hot and now the change machine is telling me I suck! What’s going on?!”

“Well,” says the bartender. “The peanuts are complimentary and the change machine is out of order.”



conversations with sarah

#336 What's been the highlight of your time in Canada?

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

Jude What’s been the highlight of your time in Canada?

Sarah Tough question. There have been many highlights.

Jude OK, tell me a few.

Sarah OK, um, eating fresh organic fruit and vegetables from the garden every day when we were wwoofing. That was amazing. And … swimming in the river at our private beach in Nelson, that was very cool.

Jude You must have seen some beautiful places.

Sarah Yeah, for sure. Beautiful scenery. And nice people – I think I kind of enjoy that more than the scenery, actually. And we’ve met a lot of nice people in Canada.

Jude Do you like Wolfville?

Sarah Yeah, I love it. I like how it’s small that it’s easy to walk everywhere. And I love the fact that you can go on a bar crawl and go to every bar. You can’t do that in a big city.

Jude Did you run out of things to film?

Sarah No way. Actually we still have a long list of things that we just didn’t get around to doing because there was just so much that we wanted to do. There’s so many things going on around here and so many interesting people that I’d really like to interview.



links

today's news

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

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: 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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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Show 540 Thursday 25 October


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

One great thing about being at a university is that there are often public lectures that you can go to. And we’ve been along to a couple after I’ve noticed posters around the university advertising them.

This one was a French professor from Russia talking about “Teaching languages and particularly Romance languages, in Russia today.”

She’s from a place called Saratov and she told us a bit about her university and we could ask her questions. It was really interesting and she was so nice – it really made me want to go to Russia. So if anyone from Saratov or somewhere else Russia is watching – Hi! Thanks for watching and I hope I can come to Russia one day.

Another thing we went to was a kind of book launch for a book called The Stone Canoe. It was a couple of really old stories that had been found and they were really excited about that ... and the story way interesting. But what I really enjoyed was the artwork. And the artist was there talking about his work too.
I love art – but I’m quite picky, so it’s hard to find stuff I really like. But I love this stuff. And this is his site, you should go and check it out.

And if you’re studying at a university, don’t forget to check out the posters that are up around the place because it’s a good way to find out about interesting stuff that’s going on.



STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today Microsoft paid $240 million dollars for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook.

Facebook is a popular social networking site with over with over 42 million active members.
Both Microsoft and Google were keen to buy a bit of Facebook.
The two companies have been involved in bidding wars before.
Previously, Google won the fights over AOL, YouTube and DoubleClick.
This time Microsoft was the winner. They paid $240 million for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook.
A Microsoft spokesperson said “Facebook could attract as many as 300 million users worldwide within the next few years, giving Microsoft ample opportunity to recoup its investment by putting ads in front of a potentially huge audience.”


And that was Stick News for Thursday 25th of October.
Kia Ora.




ASKING ACADIA

Who would you like to win the next US presidential elections?

I don’t even know who’s in the next US presidential election.

Obama.

Stephen Cobert.

For the next US presidential election, I would like Hilary Clinton to win.

I don’t even know who the candidates are, sorry.



conversations with
sarah

#335 Who do you want to win?

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

Sarah Who do you want to win?

Jim I don’t really care.

Sarah Fair enough.

Jim Why should we care, really? It doesn’t make any difference what we think.

Sarah Yeah, I know, but still ... the United States does some stuff which has a pretty big impact on other countries ... so I think we’re allowed to have an opinion at least.

Jim So who do you want to win?

Sarah Obama, I think.

Jim Why? Because he’s cute?

Sarah No, but he is pretty hot. I saw some video clips of him speaking on TV and he sounds really intelligent and honest.

Jim Don’t you care about his policies?

Sarah Not really.

Jim Not really?! Why not?

Sarah Because I usually just vote for someone who sounds intelligent and then trust them to make good decisions.

Jim So you don’t care about their policies at all?

Sarah Um. Well, yeah, OK, I do a bit, to a certain degree...



notes

been along to = gone to
to go along to = to go to

Go along to sounds more casual than go to.

picky adj. (informal) (of a person) liking only particular things and difficult to please

links

today's news

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: 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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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Show 539 Wednesday 24 October


Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

Today is mistake day and I’d like to tell you about a useful site about mistakes.

The site is by Paul Brians who is a Professor of English at Washington State University in the United States – so obviously it’s about American English.
And it’s not actually for English language students. It’s talking about the common mistakes of native English speakers in the United States.
But I still think it could be useful for you. And if you’re a native English speaker interested in language then I think it’s a fun site to browse. You can think, “Mmm what does that word mean?” And click on it and have a read ... it’s really interesting.

Here’s an example which could be useful for language learners: vain vane vein
Three different words with the same pronunciation.

This is what he says about this vain:

When you have vanity you are conceited: you are vain. “You’re so vain you probably think this song is about you.” This spelling can also mean “futile,” as in “All my love’s in vain” (fruitless). Note that when Ecca-something ( Ecclesiastes) says that “all is vanity” it doesn’t mean that everything is conceited, but that everything is pointless.

Next vane:
A vane is a blade ... blah, blah, blah ... I don’t think that one’s very important.

And the last vein:
A vein is a slender thread of something, like blood in a body or gold in a mine.

I can see veins in my arms. They’re blue lines.

And he says:
It can also be a line of thought, as in “After describing his dog’s habit of chewing on the sofa, Carlos went on in the same vein for several minutes.”



STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, this is Stick News. For the last four days massive fires have been burning in Southern California in the United States. More than 900,000 residents have been evacuated and at least 1,500 homes have been destroyed.

Southern California is the southern portion of the US state of California.
Recently, the area has been extremely dry and windy.
On the 20th of October a series of wildfires started burning.
Today, 16 fires were burning. Several fires were thought to be started by power lines which were knocked down by winds. Others may have been arson.
According to Wikipedia six people have died and at least 70 others have been injured.
The Californian Governor declared a state of emergency in seven California counties. And the President of the United States signed a major disaster declaration.
CNN reported there were 76,000 people staying in 42 shelters in San Diego County this morning. Including thousands of people staying in a sports stadium.
According to an emergency official the cost of homes destroyed by the fires is likely to top $1 billion in San Diego County alone.


And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 24th of October.
Kia Ora.



ASKING ACADIA

Which language would you most like to study and why?

Um, I would love to continue studying French in France. I did an exchange when I was in grade 10 and I was way too young to care about it. Like, I was just like, “oh yay, I’m in France”.
But I’d love to go back there and become immersed in the culture and stuff. And just get to know it better because I definitely didn’t appreciate it when I could do it.

Italian, because my family’s from Italy.

I’d like to study Spanish because I think it’s one of the, kind of, next emerging languages. So it’s going to become really important economically and to get jobs. And I think the more languages you have the better chance of getting jobs. Plus, I’d love to go to South America. So I’d love to have that language so I could work down there.

I guess English is the, ah, language that I want to study, because, ah ... in my way of thinking, I guess English will, ah, be most useful. Although my mother, mother language is Chinese, but I guess English, ah, will be a very good choice to be my second languages. So, I guess, that will be OK.

French. Because it’s a romantic language, that’s why.



conversations with sarah

#334 You must get annoyed sometimes.

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

Jim Do you have any pet language peeves?

Sarah Yeah, kind of. Well, I mean, I’m a teacher so when students make mistakes I don’t get annoyed.

Jim You must get annoyed sometimes.

Sarah Yeah, sometimes secretly. But I would be a really bad teacher if I showed the student I was annoyed at them making a mistake, because it’s perfectly natural to make mistakes. I mean, if they spoke perfect English they wouldn’t need lessons, right?

Jim True.

Sarah Anyway, OK, I’ll try and think of something that annoy me. OK, マイカー。That’s Japanese.

Jim What does it mean? My car?

Sarah No, it could mean my car, your car, anybody’s car. It just means … a car that someone owns privately, as opposed to a rental car or a stolen car or something.

Jim How do you use it?

Sarah For example, 彼女はマイカー通勤です。And if you translated that literally, it would mean, “she goes to work in my car”. But it doesn’t mean that, it means: “she drives to work”. Or, “she drives her own car to work”. But it’s like ... my car? She doesn’t drive my car to work, it’s her car!

Jim Are there any other words like that?

Sarah Oh, yeah: マイペース. Another ridiculous word. You say to someone: please go at “my pace” when you mean your pace. Crazy.

Jim But people don’t say that in English.

Sarah Yeah, no they don’t. But students do – because sometime Japanese is the name as English, like カメラ means camera, exactly the same, no problem. But マイペースdoesn’t mean my pace.



notes
You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you.
This is a line from a song called You're so Vain by Carly Simon. This song was written in 1972.
Listen to the song here.

links

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 4

from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Show 538 Tuesday 23 October


Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.


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

This is our last week in Wolfville. On Saturday, we’re flying to Vancouver. And we’re actually stopping in Toronto on the way but only for a few hours unfortunately. We wanted to stay there longer, but we can’t so we’re just have to come back to Canada. There are so many places that I’d like to see. But you can’t see everything – especially when you’re in the second biggest country in the world.

So we’re flying back to Vancouver, then flying back to Japan on the 4th of November. So we have a week to fill in and during that time we’re going to Vancouver Island for a couple of days and after that I’m not sure yet. I’m supposed to be sorting that out but I haven’t quite got around to that.

Anyway, after we get back to Japan we’re going to take a bit of a holiday. The Daily English Show hasn’t had a holiday since last August, when we took a month off. So I think it really is time for a break. We’re going to take 10 days off. From Friday the 9th of November to Sunday the 18th of November. I think it’s a good time to have a break because we might not have internet access during that time – because it takes a bit of time to set up. We’re going back to Kutchan by the way – the same place we were in last winter. Back to the yellow couch.
And it’ll be nice to have a break when we get back to get over the jet lag, do a bit of cleaning. And I might even do a bit of work on The Daily English Show website. That really needs some work.



STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today, YouTube New Zealand has been launched. The site is a localized version of YouTube featuring some videos on the front page that were made by New Zealanders.

YouTube is an online video sharing website owned by an American company called Google.
Since June this year localized versions of the site have been available
for countries such as Japan, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Today, YouTube New Zealand was launched.
Newstalk ZB reported that members of the VIP online community were invited to the launch which was held in Auckland.
The New Zealand Herald reported the launch was a “kiwi content fizzer”.
But according to one of the leading sources of online news, YouTube editors showed their outstandingly good taste in deciding to feature a video by The Daily English Show.


And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 23rd of October.
Kia Ora.





ASKING ACADIA

What do you know about New Zealand?

Ah, I only know about cows in New Zealand.

Um, nothing.

I don’t really know anything about New Zealand.

Well, I know that it is located in the Pacific, close to Australia. That it has a lot of sheep. And that Lord of the Rings was filmed there.

I know that they, ah, filmed Lord of the Rings in New Zealand.

I know that New Zealand has good rugby. Our rugby coach is from New Zealand.



conversations with sarah

#333 What’s different about the NZ site?

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

Mana What’s different about the NZ site?

Sarah Not much ... the videos on the front page are different.

Mana Are they all made by Kiwis?

Sarah No, most of them are made by Australians.

Mana Oh, that’s weird.

Sarah Yeah ... but I don’t think there are that many videos made by Kiwis to choose from.

Mana Isn’t YouTube very popular in NZ?

Sarah I don’t know. But I think New Zealand has some problems with broadband – so most people don’t watch online video. And anyway, there aren’t many people in New Zealand.

Mana Is there a YouTube Canada?

Sarah No, there isn’t. I guess ... maybe there will be in the future, though.

Mana I wonder how they decide which country to do next.

Sarah Yeah, I don’t know.



link
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: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 4

from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Show 537 Monday 22 October


Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.


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

Today’s guest is Jeremy. He’s a fourth year business student at Acadia. And he’s also the president of ACE Acadia.
ACE stands for Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE).
And as part of ACE Acadia Jeremy has been producing video during the strike which is going on at Acadia at the moment. I asked him why he decided to make the videos and post them on YouTube.

Ah, well, part of the, ah, ACE project or ACE mandate, one of the criteria is, ah ... well there’s an ethical component to it. And my faculty advisor, ah, for ACE, she had this brainwave, ah, the weekend before the strike happened, she said why don’t you go around interviewing people and just getting their take on things. And ah, the second question could maybe be an ethical one. So with her help we, we established the three questions. And every day of the strike have gone around talking to people ... um, what they think of the strike, if they think it was ethical for the faculty to have gone on strike, and if they have any other messages to tell people about the strike.
It’s, it’s our current event right now, it’s, it’s ah, what Acadia and Wolfville is going through at this ... immediate time. And ah, It’s been an absolute pleasure, ah, talking to people, and hearing what they have to say. And these skills with video editing and YouTube it’s all been knew to me also, so ah, it’s fun to learn.



STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today, Dumbledore is gay. On Friday night the author of the Harry Potter series announced that one of the main characters in the series plays for the other team.

Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
On the 19th of October J.K. Rowling was speaking in New York City. A fan asked her whether Dumbledore finds “true love”. She answered, “Dumbledore is gay.”
She said that he had fallen in love with another character, who did not return his affections. And that love, was his great tragedy.
The audience at the time first gasped, then clapped.
Since Friday, Potter fans around the world have discussed the news. CNN reported some were dismayed, others indifferent, and most were supportive.
One fan said Rowling calling a character gay would make wonderful strides in tolerance toward homosexuality.
"By dubbing someone so respected, so talented and so kind, as someone who just happens to be also homosexual, she's reinforcing the idea that a person's gayness is not something of which they should be ashamed."


And that was Stick News for Monday the 22nd of October.
Kia Ora.





conversations with sarah
#332 Why are you studying business?

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

Sarah Why are you studying business?

Jeremy For myself, I think business makes sense. Ah, I’ve always been a little bit entrepreneurial in my thinking. Sort of, what can I do, ah, to create my own type of employment. I don’t do that all the time but I think the skills I’m learning in business is going to ultimately assist whatever game plan I, or life plan I, I choose to go down. Ah, I didn’t want to go to university right after high school, so I didn’t. Um, so I’m sort of more of a mature student right now, well for age at least. And, ah, yeah, when I looked at what do I want to take, I figured business was the practical way of, the practical thing to do, I guess you could say.

Sarah And you’re in your fourth year?

Jeremy Fourth year here at ah ... of Acadia studies, but this is actually only my second year on campus. There’s a college down the road in Kentville and I went there, got a financial services diploma, and I was able to transfer here into third year, last year. So, ah, I’m in fourth year at Acadia, but it’s only my second year here.

Sarah What do you want to do after you graduate?

Jeremy That’s always the question people ask students. And, ah, ideally I’ll stay here in Wolfville. I’m from the West Coast, a suburb of Vancouver. And I moved out here about five years ago. And, I love it out here, I think Wolfville’s a great little community. And in one of my classes right now actually, at Acadia, I’m developing a business plan. Um, I’ll be doing that all year. And if things work well and if the plan, you know, ah, is well thought out, then I’m going to try to establish this project this summer. And, so that will give me a short term plan for, you know, immediately after school, during the summer. And then we’ll see if it can go from there.
I’m sure there’s ways I can stay in Wolfville, and be involved, and have it financially make sense also.

Sarah Can you tell us about it or is it a secret?

Jeremy Well no, it’s not secret. I mean I don’t like to talk about it too much because, you know, it puts up expectation. But, um, at the same time I’m kind of excited about the possibility of starting a town walking tour, idea. Wolfville is such a picturesque, community, tourist type of town. And although the tourism numbers have been going down in, in recent years,
I still think there would be a market out there for people willing to know more about the town when they come to visit. And so if I can provide a guided walking tour of the, ah, cultural, historical ah business aspects of the town. Then I think people will pay for that service. And it would be very enjoyable for myself because it just involves talking to people, really. And that works for me.

Sarah What do you like about Wolfville?

Jeremy It’s the sense of community that’s here. Every Saturday morning there’s a Wolfville Farmers’ Market. Throughout half the year, like the summer months, it’s outside. And the other half of the year it’s here on campus in the BAC. Ah, or in the SUB, the Student Union Building, sorry.
Ah, and what do I like about Wolfville? I like going, standing right in the middle of the market, looking around and just breathing it all in. Because you see people ah, buying from local farmers, their produce, their vegetables. There’s live music, there’s, there’s people with smiles on their faces. There’s a sense of community that, ah, is elsewhere, you can find this in other places also. But no where have I been that it’s most ... um, I don’t know, welcoming, as here in Wolfville.
There is such a great dynamic from townspeople and university. Ah, there’s like, what, 3000 students, about 3000 community members. So it’s a great mix. It’s somewhat of a transient town, in the sense that you do get people coming in for brief amounts of time. And make friends and then you say goodbye real fast. But ah, you know, that’s what makes it enjoyable also. There’s always people coming and going because of the university and because of the university and because of the facilities that are in place here.
It might be in rural Nova Scotia but it’s about an hours drive to the city.
And I’ve never felt trapped or bored and those are good things for a young person to, to not feel.



notes

plays for the other team = is homosexual

stride = a long, decisive step

dub = give an unofficial name or nickname to

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
This is a quote by Dumbledore. (Used in today's STICK NEWS picture).
More quotes from Dumbledore here.

does not do to = it is not a good idea to
to dwell on = think, speak, or write at length about

links

today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures

Dumbledore (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 4

from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Show 536 Sunday 21 October


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Sunday Kitchen #69 Brownies

Boil one cup of water and 1/2 cup of flour over low heat, stirring constantly, until it reaches the consistency of a thin gluey paste. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Mix 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 3/4 of a cup of cocoa and 1/2 cup of oil.

Add the flour-water mixture.

Mix well.

Add 1 1/2 cups of flour and 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder. Spread mixture into a pan.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.




link
I used this recipe.
But I used one cup of sugar instead of two because two seemed like too much.
It tasted sweet enough to me.

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: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 2
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Show 535 Saturday 20 October


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When did you learn how to make a Chinese knot?
Four years ago.

Who taught you?
My friends.

Was it easy to learn?
Ah, it’s easy to understand how to make it, but it’s very hard to remember the process.

How long does it usually take to make one Chinese knot?
Ah, maybe 20 minutes.

What do you call it in Chinese?
In Chinese, it’s 中國结. Yes. 中國 means China. And 结 means knot.

Do many people in China know how to make them?
No, because it’s so difficult so just ... little people know how to make it.

How do you use them in China?
Ah, we always hang it on the wall, or on bag, or so on. And some people always make it like some mobile phone hangings, or some earrings and so many things.

What do they mean?
Ah, have so many meanings, like harmonious and double lucky and the live forever and so fourth.



links

Chinese knot (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: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Pequeñas piezas para María 2, Noesis 5, Noesis 4
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Show 534 Friday 19 October


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Today we went to Halifax. The trip went smoothly until just before we arrived in Halifax and suddenly the bus crashed into the car in front. So we had to wait for about an hour before we could continue. Luckily no one on the bus was hurt but the guy in the car got taken away in an ambulance.

We all had to give our details to the police.

This is Halifax.

First we went to Keith’s brewery. We did a tour. The tour was great. The guides were all dressed in costumes and they spoke as if they were living in the 1800s. It was really cool.

In we go on folks. Time's a-wasting.

We had to show them ID and wear a sticker.

Hello folks, how are you doing today? Good. Well, my name’s Amy O’Hara and Mr. Keith gave me explicit instructions to take you under my wing, so to speak, and to show you what it is you’ve gotten yourselves into. So follow me, right this way.

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to film anything. But we were allowed to take photos.
On the tour they showed us a movie and talked about the history of Keith’s.

The guides stayed in character the whole time. This guy was brilliant. He was very funny.

They served us beer, sang, danced, told us a story, and played a game. I fully recommend this tour if you’re ever in Halifax.

After the tour we walked around Halifax for a bit.

Then we went to a shopping mall where I saw a Spiderman bucket and a singing tree, but nothing else that was very interesting.




Signs from the tour:






notes

time's a-wasting = we are wasting time

take you under my wing
under one's wing = in or into one's protective care

knave
n. (archaic) a scoundrel

scoundrel
n. a dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue

rogue
n. a dishonest or unprincipled man, a mischievous but likeable person

unscrupulous
adj. without moral principles, not honest or fair

fisticuffs
n. pl. (old-fashioned or humorous)
a fight in which people hit each other with their fists

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: Fabio Basile
album: Mabbit
track: Tropica Bulgar
from: Verona, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site
YouTube channel

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

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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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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

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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