Thursday, December 28, 2006

Show 239 Thursday 28 December

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

So, I’ve decided what I’m going to do for New Year’s Eve. I’m going to snowboard down the mountain holding a torch. I watched this event last year – I came to Niseko for two weeks over Christmas and New Year.

Last year I watched and this year I’m going to participate. Anyone can do it – you just have to go and register.
So that’s going to be interesting. I wonder if I’ll be able to get to the bottom without crashing into someone with a burning torch.

And today I tried drawing with this. So you’ll be able to see my masterpieces in questionanswer today.


Kia ora this is Stick News. In New Zealand a local council is helping parents pay for nappies in an effort to reduce waste.

Many parents use disposable nappies because they can’t be bothered washing cloth nappies. Disposable nappies are convenient – but disposing of them is an expensive task for councils.
Nappy waste occupies 2 per cent of the total waste system and costs ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Each baby who uses disposables puts two tonnes of waste into New Zealand landfills during their infancy.
To reduce waste Christchurch City Council wanted to encourage parents to use cloth nappies. So they introduced a Nappy Subsidies Scheme. Under this scheme, the council subsidizes starter packs of washable fitted nappies.
The scheme began as a trial last month and more than 600 packs have now been sold.

The Christchurch City Council says the trial scheme has been such a success they decided to continue for another month.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 28th of December.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

It started snowing tonight for the first time in ages. Good, good.

conversations with sarah
#146 What did you do last New Years?

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

Jen What did you do last New Years?

Sarah Watched TV until just before midnight and then went up the mountain for the countdown.

Jen What did you watch on TV?

Sarah Kohaku, Pride and K1.

Jen What’s Kohaku?

Sarah It’s a Japanese New Year show. It’s a kind of singing competition.

Jen Is it popular?

Sarah I think it used to be but the ratings have been dropping recently.

Jen How was the K1 and Pride?

Sarah Not that great from what I remember.