Friday, December 14, 2007

Show 579 Thursday 13 December

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

The other day I was checking out UK YouTube and I came across somegreybloke.
I watched some of his videos. And I really like them. Most of them. There’s one I didn’t like, but most of them are really funny.

In one of his video descriptions, he describes the humour as dry.

dry means subtle and expressed in a matter-of-fact way

Today I’m going to talk about one of his videos called My Ex Wife.

The video starts out by him saying: My ex wife was extremely selfish. Ah, I’ll give you an example that shows just how selfish she was.

And then he gives the example and he explains very seriously and clearly why his ex wife was selfish. But from his examples it’s obvious that he’s the one that’s selfish and his ex wife was perfectly reasonable.

So that’s why it’s funny.

Also the words he chooses and just the way he says it, is funny. For example, he says, “... but no matter how many times I asked, she would always find some excuse to avoid doing it.”
As if he’s asking her to do something perfectly normal and she’s being really unreasonable by refusing to do it. But what he is asking her to do isn’t like an everyday thing, so it’s perfectly reasonable for her to refuse.

So those videos are pretty funny. And some other videos I recommend, which aren’t funny, are the Canadian workplace safety ads.

I think they’re pretty well done – and these kind of videos are good for discussion in a classroom. You could discuss workplace safety and safety in general, advertising standards – whether these ads are appropriate or effective, and you could talk about the word accident.

What does it mean when they say, “there really are no accidents” ?

What’s the difference between a car crash and a car accident?


Kia Ora, this is Stick News. An occupational safety campaign in Canada featuring graphic TV ads will take a break over Christmas and will be relaunched in January.

The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board is a workers' compensation board in Canada.
In 2006, they began a marketing campaign to “to dispel the myth that workplace accidents actually exist.”
The campaign includes graphic ads of people dying at work.
The WSIB chairperson says they make no apologies for the graphic nature of the campaign, because the ads are purposely controversial to spur reaction and awareness.
“I'm delighted they're upset about the ads because I wouldn't want anyone to enjoy watching them," he said.
The campaign is now taking a break and will start again in January.

And that was Stick News for Thursday 13th of December.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#353 Are there ads like that in NZ?

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

Dave Are there ads like that in New Zealand?

Sarah Like those Canadian ads?

Dave Yeah.

Sarah Um, not about workplace safety. Not that I can remember anyway. There are really graphic ads about stuff like drinking and driving though.

Dave Like people dying.

Sarah Yeah. Flying through the windscreen and stuff. Actually not just about drinking and driving – about, um, stuff like wearing a seatbelt and speeding.

Dave Do you think they’re effective?

Sarah Yeah, definitely. The road toll is a lot lower than it used to be.


today's news
Prevent It

today's STICK NEWS pictures

Canadian workplace safety ads:


show start
artist: Anawin
album: A glimpse inside the bubble
track: Little jazzy
from: Arles, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

the snow report start
artist: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: Absolute
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

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artist: ioeo
album: Groovetracks
tracks: groovetracks ending
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Silence
album: Encre
track: Plume
from: Bruxelles, Belgium
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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