Thursday, May 18, 2006

Show 46 Thursday 18 May

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In Stick News today a plane in the north of Japan has a 30 centimetre hole in one of its wings, after flying into some birds.

On Tuesday a Boeing 767 aircraft took off from Haneda airport in Tokyo.
It flew to Sapporo, and was due to land at 8:45pm.
The collision occurred when the plane was descending.
It flew into some birds, creating a hole in the right wing.
The president of the United States initially blamed the attacks on the international bird terrorist network Al Birdia.
However it has now been proven that Al Birdia doesn’t exist.

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara said the birds must have been foreign since Japanese birds never commit crimes.
And the government has now passed a law requiring all foreign birds to be fingerprinted and photographed before flying into Japan. And that was Stick News for Thursday the 18th of May. Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 29 Where is Mali?

Sarah quizzes her flatmate.
Step 1: Repeat Bob’s lines.
Step 2: Read Bob’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Sarah Wow, this is so interesting.

Bob  What is?

Sarah I’m reading the world almanac. It makes you smarter.
It says so on the back.
OK, I’m going to test your knowledge of nations.

Bob  Mmm OK. Go ahead.

Sarah Question One ... Where is Mali?

Bob  What?

Sarah Mali.

Bob  Mali?

Sarah Yeah. Mali.

Bob  Um ... I don’t know. Next to Bali?

Sarah No. It is ... hmm where is it ... where is it, where is it, location. It’s in the interior of West Africa. Let’s see ... let’s find it on the globe ... Hmm ... Africa, Africa, west, where is it, I can’t find it.. hmm ... ah, here it is, here we go, the yellow one.
OK, next question. Hmm. What’s the population?

Bob  I have no idea.

Sarah 11 million. What’s the capital?

Bob  This quiz is ridiculous, I’ve never even heard of Mali.

Sarah Well, you should spend more time reading the World Almanac then.

Bob  Whatever.


Read about the bird news here.
(I credit a couple of the ideas at the end of Stick News to comments I read on the Japan Today site.)

Read about the new fingerprint/photograph law here. (You need to register to see old stories on this site.)