Friday, March 16, 2007

Show 316 Thursday 15 March

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today I recommend studying: When I’m Sixty-Four.
When I’m Sixty-Four is a love song by the Beatles.
It was written Paul McCartney and released in 1967.
Beatles songs in general are great for studying. You’ve probably studied some already – if you’re from Japan anyway - they’re in a lot of junior high school textbooks.
You can study a few different things in this song.
For example the conditional tense.

If I'd been out till quarter to three would you lock the door.

You can also study the use of when.
A lot of students only know the use of when as a question.
For example:
When’s your birthday?
When are you leaving?

But if you hear the word when – it doesn’t always mean that it’s a question.

When I get older losing my hair
many years from now
will you still be sending me a valentine?

That’s a question – but the will is the question word.
When is often used in sentences that aren’t questions.
For example:
It’s so annoying when people do that.
I like watching TV when I’m hungover.
When I have a cold I usually drink hot water and ginger.


Kia ora, this is Stick News. A school teacher in the United States is in trouble after showing his bare bottom on stage.

The Full Monty is a British comedy film which was released in 1997. It tells the story of six unemployed steel workers who decide to form a male striptease act.
The film's title is an informal phrase used in the UK to mean 'the full amount expected, desired, or possible'. In the film, the characters use it to refer to full nudity. One of the characters says, "No-one said anything to me about the full monty!".
According to Wikipedia, in the United States, the phrase was unknown prior to the film, and consequently most Americans now take the phrase to refer to being in the nude.
An American musical adaption of the film has also been made.
The show is now on at a community theatre in Florida.
The actors who play the strippers bare their bottoms briefly at the end of the show.
One of the actors is a part-time high school teacher.
The school district isn’t impressed with him showing his bum on stage. Last week they wrote to him and said he either had to cover up, withdraw from the show or resign his job at Lemon Bay High School.
The school district's director of human resources said: "because teachers are held to a higher standard than most people, you have to look at how that affects the community and his role as a classroom teacher."
The teacher has refused to quit the show. He said: "for me it's the principle of the thing, because I'm not letting anybody stifle my art”.
He’s due to have a meeting with an administrator today.

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 15th of March.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

It snowed last night, this morning and periodically throughout the day. The walls of the cave are getting thicker and thicker.
Maki-chan’s cave doubles as a vegemite shrine.
This was the situation outside at quarter to 4.
Some people were playing in the snow across the street.

conversations with sarah
#194 Do you like swimming?

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

Mana Do you like swimming?

Sarah Yeah, I do.

Mana Do you prefer swimming in the sea or in a river?

Sarah Mmm ... I like both.

Mana Did you go swimming much when you were a child?

Sarah Yeah, in summer we went swimming almost every day after school in the river.

Mana Did you live next to a river?

Sarah Yeah, we lived right next to a creek. But we had to go for a bit of bike ride to get to a swimming hole.

Mana Sounds fun.

Sarah Yeah, it was. All the kids in the valley used to meet up at the same place. We used to get off the bus and then race down there to see who could get there first.

When I'm Sixty-Four

When I get older losing my hair
many years from now
will you still be sending me a valentine
birthday greeting, bottle of wine
If I'd been out till quarter to three
would you lock the door
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four

You'll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy mending a fuse
when your light have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings, go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four

Every summer we can rent a cottage on the
Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
stating point of view
indicate precisely what you mean to say
yours sincerely wasting away
Give me your answer fill in a form
mine forever more
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four