Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Show 655 Wednesday 27 February

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

Today I’m going to talk a bit about travelling, specifically about travelling to Niseko from overseas.

A lot of people who come here, come with tour companies. And I think there are definitely some advantages to that, like it could save you time, and it might be a bit easier to have someone organize everything for you.

But, even if you can’t speak Japanese, it’s not that hard to organize it yourself.
I want to tell people this because I’ve met a few tourists here who have come with tour companies and they haven’t been satisfied because they said they paid all this money and didn’t even get what they were supposed to … and I just thought wow you could have saved thousands of dollars if you just did it yourself.

All you really have to do is buy a plane ticket and book a hotel, and then catch a bus or a train from the airport to Niseko, which isn’t really that hard. And then once you get here you can ask the hotel staff about everything. And there is a great information center too and there’s lots of information available for English speaking tourists.

For example, the hotel that we’ve been filming at, Saison Club, has an English website and English speaking staff so it’s really easy to book. And you can just give them a call if you have any problems.

So, that’s my travel tip for today. If you want to save some money try booking your holiday yourself.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today Virgin Atlantic has carried out the world's first flight of a commercial aircraft powered with biofuel.

On Sunday a plane flew from London to Amsterdam with a mixture of coconut and babassu oil in one of its four main fuel tanks.
The company, Virgin Atlantic, was trying to show it can produce less carbon dioxide than normal jet fuels.
The associated press reported that some people praised the test flight as a “potentially useful experiment”.
While others criticized it as a publicity stunt and noted scientists question the environmental benefits of biofuels.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 27th of February.
Kia Ora

at Saison Club

Where are you from?

Is this your first time in Niseko?

What do you think?
I was surprised at how big the ski field is.
How about you?
Same. And I was surprised at how cold it is.
And there are lot of international tourists here.
You hardly see any Japanese people.
I’ve realized how useless my English is.

How did you hear about Niseko?
I heard from a lot of people how great the snow in Niseko is so I had to come and check it out.
Do you think you’ll be back?
Yes. I’ll be back.

conversations with sarah
#400 Can you hike up to the peak?

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

Tom You went to Hirafu yesterday, didn’t you?

Sarah Yeah.

Tom How was that?

Sarah Great. It was great in the morning. It got a bit too windy in the afternoon. We’re thinking of trying a different place tomorrow. What’s Annupuri like?

Tom I really like Annupuri. It’s smaller than Hirafu, but there are some really good runs. And it’s less crowded.

Sarah Can you hike up to the peak?

Tom Yeah, you can. And it takes less time than Hirafu. Only about 5 minutes.

Sarah Are there many restaurants there?

Tom Not as many as in Hirafu – but there are a couple.


today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: BrunoXe
album: aprendiendo desde 2004
track: Mandrake
from: Jerez, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

the snow report start
artist: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: Absolute
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: Groovetracks
tracks: groovetracks ending
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: NarNaoud
album: Green Vision
track: Dubbing Rules
from: Gironde, France
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo
artist site

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