Thursday, October 14, 2010

#1334 Paul Henry, Bird Of The Year, Flamboyant, NZ Music Awards, Breakfast

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

The video we’re studying today is a clip from a New Zealand TV show called Breakfast, that was big news in New Zealand recently.

What happened was a TV presenter called Paul Henry was interviewing John Key - the prime minister of New Zealand - and they were talking about the Governor-General.

The Governor-General is a kind of head of state – they’re the Queen’s representative in New Zealand.
The current Governor-General, Anand Satyanand, has been the Governor-General since 2006, and Paul Henry was asking about who the next Governor-General is going to be.

He said: It’s almost time, is it, for you to choose a Governor-General?

And the prime minister agreed that it was.

And then Paul Henry said: Are you going to choose a New Zealander who looks and sounds like a New Zealander this time?
And then: Are we going to go for someone who is more like a New Zealander this time?

So, the current Governor-General is a New Zealander and he was born in New Zealand too. This is from Wikipedia: Satyanand was born and raised in Auckland to an Indo-Fijian and Anglo-Indian family. And this is what he looks like:


Paul Henry didn’t say what he thinks a New Zealander looks like, but he was clearly saying that the Governor-General doesn’t look like a New Zealander because he looks Indian.
Which is wrong, of course, because you don’t have to be a certain race or look a certain way to be a New Zealander.
But more importantly it’s very rude and disrespectful to the Governor-General, to suggest that he doesn’t look like a New Zealander. And it’s offensive to other Indian New Zealanders to suggest that they don’t look like New Zealanders because of their race.
So a lot of people complained about Paul Henry’s comments and he ended up resigning.


Kia ora in Stick News today the Kākāriki is New Zealand’s bird of the year.

The Kākāriki is a native New Zealand parakeet . It’s just been voted bird of the year in an annual contest run by Forest and Bird.
A Forest and Bird spokesperson said the Kākāriki was popular for its flamboyant dress sense.
She said the birds were gorgeous chatterboxes who sounded like they were always having fun.

And that was Stick News for Thursday 14th October.
Kia ora.

Let’s not forget this is an award just for me.

I love Pukeko!
Me too. But that lime green oh! Stunning!

Daaaarling! You have to join us! We’re having drinky-poos watching the most fabulous sunset.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is flamboyant.

This is a word from today’s news story. The Kākāriki has a flamboyant dress sense.
Flamboyant means: bright, colourful and noticeable like the Kākāriki.

It also means: (of people or their behaviour) different, confident and exciting in a way that attracts attention.

Do you know anyone who you would describe as flamboyant?

I think Lady Gaga is someone you could describe as flamboyant.

Question Time

The New Zealand music awards were held on the 7th of October this year at Vector Arena in Auckland.

And for today’s question we asked people before the show: Who are you most exited about seeing tonight?

Shihad if they’re, if they’re here, I don’t know. I kind of came here last minute, so

Ah, probably Kids of 88. (PJ - Running With Scissors)

Gin Wigmore actually, if she, if she performs, yeah.

The Shihad act at the end is terrific and they’re getting a legacy award, but Gin Wigmore, she did a terrific show. (David Slack)

This is really embarrassing, but Ronan Keating.

Midnight Youth if they’re going to be here, yeah.

Ooh, it’s a tough one. Ooh, I don’t know. Everybody, everybody’s just so cool.

Pretty keen to see all the acts.

Ah, just come to see the whole lot really, just for a good night out.

J. Williams.

I’m not sure, because just, I’m curious, this event.

Stan Walker.

Gin Wigmore.

I’m really excited about all the acts tonight. Um, really good to I hope to see Stan Walker tonight, live, the brother representing. (Pikiteora Mura-Hita - Homai Te Pakipaki, Phatmatics)

Shapeshifter, definitely.

conversations with sarah
#857 Hence the name

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

Simon Is that show on at breakfast time?

Sarah Yeah, hence the name.

Simon Do a lot of people watch TV in the morning?

Sarah Yeah, I think they do, seems weird to me though - can’t imagine watching TV in the morning.

Simon So you’ve never watched that show?

Sarah No, but I’ve seen clips from it on the internet.


drinky-poos = drinks example

Lady Gaga flamboyant - Google search

The quote from the Kākāriki's speech in Stick News is from Paul Henry's acceptance speech when he won a People's Choice award.


today's news


show start
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

WOD start
artist: DJ iPep's
album: Home Mix 2007
track: Game Toy
from: EVREUX, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qt start
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Happy Alley
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

cws start
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: The Jazz Woman
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack2
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

qa bgm
artist: Dj Vinilo
album: Minimal Beach
track: Beta Beat
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

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