Friday, March 28, 2008

Show 684 Thursday 27 March

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Hi I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show. Today I recommend a video by The Onion. The Onion is an American parody newspaper.

They started in 1988 and last year they started doing videos which I had no idea until I saw one featured on YouTube the other day. And I think they’re really well done. Very funny.

The one that was featured on YouTube is about the queen waving. And the style and the acting is so well done that it looks like an actual normal American TV news story – like off CNN or something. And if you read the comments under the video you can see that a lot of people don’t actually get that it’s a joke.

The conversation that we’re going to do today is from that interview.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, according to an online survey, Jack and Lucy are the luckiest names in Britain.

Richard Wiseman is a psychology professor at a University in Britain. Wiseman previously surveyed people to find the world’s funniest joke.
This time, his survey was about names. 6686 people in Britain voted in the survey.
James and Richard were voted as the names most likely to bring success for males and Elizabeth and Caroline for females.
The names voted as the least successful were Ryan and Brian for men and Lucy and Lisa for women.
The luckiest names were Lucy and Kate for females and Jack and Chris for males.
The unluckiest were Thomas and John for males and Elisabeth and Helen for females.
The most attractive title went to Ryan and James for males and Sophie and Rachel for females.
And the least attractive names were Jane and Ann for females and Thomas and George for males.

And that was Stick News for Thursday 27th of March.
Kia Ora

by the Hirafu gondola

This is some random footage from two months ago that I just came across. This is the Hirafu gondola. And this is in front of the gondola.

* Filmed on 22 January 2008

conversations with sarah

#421 What exactly did you mean by that?

Watch this conversation here from 1:00

Step 1: Repeat the woman’s lines.
Step 2: Read the woman’s lines and talk to the man.

Woman Now, in your book you said that Queen Elizabeth the second brought waving to the modern age. What exactly did you mean by that?

Man Well, she was the first queen to have her wave televised and the first to have a wave stream on the internet.

Woman Now, this concept is so foreign to all of us here in the US. Can you, can you trace it back to its origins for me?

Man Well it started in, ah, 939 AD by Edmund the First. He was the first man ever to wave at the people. They believe that he’d been divinely chosen to wave. And that, um, god directly communicated what kind of wave to give. I mean the royals all really have such beautiful hands.

Woman Lately, Prince Charles has been taking over a lot of waving duties from the queen. How are Britons feeling about that?

Man Well, it’s no secret they're not too thrilled about it.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


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