Monday, May 15, 2006

Show 43 Monday 15 May

Watch today's show at grouper or YouTube.


Kia Ora, this is Stick News. In America, a “paralysed” wheelchair-bound woman suddenly got up out of her chair and started to run.

This is a 35-year-old woman from Los Angeles. She is a liar.
She said she was paralysed from a drink driving accident.
She then sued four California cities over injuries she said she sustained while trying to navigate her wheelchair.
After telling so many lies, the police suspected her of fraud.
They followed her to Las Vegas and arrested her.
She then said she felt sick. So they took her to a hospital.
While waiting to see a doctor, she got up and tried to run away.

The woman is now facing charges of filing false documents, attempted grand theft and insurance fraud. And that was Stick News for Monday the 15th of May.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 26 I wonder if you might get me a rock hammer?
This conversation is from the movie Shawshank Redemption

Andy has recently arrived in prison, and asks Red a favor.
Step 1: Repeat Andy’s lines.
Step 2: Read Andy’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Andy I wonder if you might get me a rock-hammer?

Red  A what?

Andy A rock-hammer.

Red  What is it and why?

Andy Why do you care?

Red  Well, if it was a toothbrush, I wouldn’t ask questions. I’d just quote a price. But then a toothbrush is a non-lethal object, isn’t it?

Andy Fair enough. A rock-hammer is about six or seven inches long. Looks like a miniature pickaxe.

Red  Pickaxe?

Andy For rocks.

Red  Rocks.


Different countries have different legal systems and therefore different legal terms.
In crime news, the charges are often named.

I think the people who really know/care exactly what these charges mean are usualy laywers, police, journalists and criminals etc.

But if you're interested in crime news, or watching police movies/dramas, you might be interested in this kind of vocabulary.

Today's story was from America, so I didn't understand the charge: "grand theft".

I found this definition.

Simply put: "grand theft" is when a lot is stolen
"petty theft" is when a little is stolen

I'm pretty sure these terms aren't used in NZ. Maybe it's all just "theft".

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