Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Show 17 Wednesday 19 April

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Kia Ora, in Stick News today, two of the suspects in the case of the Ginza jewellery heist have pleaded not guilty in court in Belgrade.

Ginza is one of the poshest shopping districts in Tokyo. Here you can pay thousands of yen for designer clothes and jewellery. Or, you can steal them.
On May the 5th 2004, two men and two women stole 12 pieces of jewellery, including a very pricy necklace. The women pretended to be customers, while the men carried out the theft using pepper spray and hammers.
They escaped on motorcycles, stayed a night in Tokyo, then flew to Paris the next day. Police didn’t catch them before they left. But they now seem to have caught up with them in Europe. The men are now being tried in Belgrade and are claiming they are innocent.

The Belgrade court has decided to try a third suspect separately, because he’s now in Denmark, where he has been getting up to more mischief and has been arrested and detained. And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 19th of April. Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah

# 13 Is it a boy or a girl?
Talking about Hollywood gossip.

Sarah is reading Hollywood gossip on the net and starts talking to her flatmate Matt about it.
Step 1: Repeat Matt’s lines.
Step 2: Read Matt’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Sarah Katie Holmes had a baby.

Matt What? Who’s Katie Holmes?

Sarah Tom Cruise’s girlfriend.

Matt Oh, O.K. That’s nice. Is it a boy or a girl?

Sarah It’s a girl. They called her Suri. Well I don’t know if that’s how you pronounce it…

Matt That’s an unusual name.

Sarah Yeah, it says here it means “princess” in Hebrew. But I thought Sarah was supposed to mean “princess” in Hebrew.

Matt Hmmm. Maybe there are a lot of words for “princess” in Hebrew.


Read about the news for the conversation here.

In Stick News:

1. March 5th is correct – I accidentally said May 5th.
2. Jewellery can be spelt two ways: jewellery or jewelry (the second one is American English).

More about the robbery story here and here.

Show 16 Tuesday 18 April

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Kia Ora, in Stick News today, three crew members for The Weather Channel have been arrested in Tennessee.

The Weather Channel is an American television network that reports about the weather.
Weather reporting is not usually associated with danger and risk. But that image could change after the three arrests last week.
The weather crew were filming on private property. They allegedly ignored the 8 “no trespassing” signs and the six verbal requests to leave.

The local sheriff said he didn’t give them permission to be on the property. And the spokesperson for The Weather Channel didn’t say anything.
And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 18th of April.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 12 What’s it about?

Jack and Sarah are university students. Sarah is reading a book during a break. Jack asks Sarah about the book.
Step 1: Repeat Jack’s lines.
Step 2: Read Jack’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Jack What are you reading?

Sarah Ah, Fast Food Nation. Have you read it?

Jack No, I haven’t. What’s it about?

Sarah Um, what’s it about? It’s about, um, it’s about the Fast food industry in America. And it’s about, about the history and ...

Jack Is it good?

Sarah Yeah, yeah, it’s really interesting. I’m just reading the part about slaughterhouses in America. And um, it says it’s like the most dangerous job in the world.

Jack Oh really? Actually I think I have heard of that book. It sounds interesting.

Sarah Yeah, yeah, um, I’ll lend it to you when I’ve finished if you like.

Jack OK, thanks.


More information about the weather channel here.