Friday, May 19, 2006

Show 47 Friday 19 May

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Kia Ora, this is Stick News.
In New Zealand some new stamps are due to be released next month. But some people are angry and want to prevent their release. They say the stamps are ugly.

Maori performing arts are called kapa haka.
Kapa haka is extremely popular throughout New Zealand.
But some stamps due to be released next month are proving to be not so popular.
The stamps portray kapa haka with cartoon-style illustrations.
This stamp collecter and former stamp shop owner said the designs were ridiculous. We was worried that the stamps would be seen around the globe. And said they would make New Zealand “the laughing stock of the world”.
This kaumatua said the stamps were stupid and insensitive. He said they should have been photographs, not drawings.
This kapa haka performer said the stamps looked cheap and ugly.

But a NZ post representative said the stamps were a fresh and contemporary interpretation of kapa haka.
And that was Stick News for Friday the 19th of May. Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 30 Which one is better?

Ali G interviews a professor about feminism.
Step 1: Repeat the Professor’s lines.
Step 2: Read the Professor’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Ali G    Women. They is important aren’t they?

Professor They indeed are. Very important. As important as men.

Ali G    Which is better, man or woman?

Professor Well, equality is not about being better.

Ali G    But which one is better?

Professor I don’t think either is better.

Ali G    But one must be a little bit better.

Professor In what respect?

Ali G    Like, you know, in the way that something is worse and something is better.

Do you think that there will ever be a female prime minister?

Professor Well, there has been one.

Ali G    When?

Professor Margaret Thatcher.

Ali G    No, she weren’t prime minister. She was the defense minister.

Professor No, she was prime minister.

Ali G    Do you think another woman will be allowed to slip through?

Professor I think the real question is whether there’ll be a president of the United States who is a woman.

Ali G    Do you think a woman should be able to have any job?

Professor I do, yes. I think they should be able to have any job.

Ali G    Would you feel safe, though, if you knew a woman was flying your plane?

Professor Why, wouldn’t you feel safe if a woman was flying it? Do you feel safe being driven by a woman?

Ali G    No.


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Kaumatua means "elder" in NZ English and Maori.