Monday, July 16, 2007

Show 439 Monday 16 July

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today’s guest is Kris LeDrew. He is a musician. And how I met him is an interesting story which I think I’ll tell you tomorrow.
Kris plays in a band called Funk Republic.
They are playing at a festival called Starbelly Jam this weekend so they’ve been practicing for that. And I got to listen to some of their practice the other day – which was awesome.
And I also got to interview Kris.
The first thing I asked him was: how long have you guys been together?
Ah, let me see ... the band has been probably together ... Brent, how long has the band been together. (Eight months.) Eight months, exactly.

And what brought you together?

Well actually, um, ah, a friend was having a, a, um, end of her business, she was closing down The Night Train. And we jammed together and ah, we were trying to throw together a, a gig. And we just had a meeting, at Oso Negro and there was a bunch of us that came together and we just said let’s ah, let’s start a band. And then we came up, the name just came together, Funk Republic. And ah, and we’ve been playing um, you know, off and on around in the area for, for the last, you know, eight months or so.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today a temp agency in Japan has started placing robots to work as receptionists in offices and hospitals.

People Staff Co. is a temp agency based in Nagoya, Japan.
Usually they hire out people. Now, they’re also hiring out robots.
The robot for hire is called: Wakamaru.
Japan Today reported the robot is 1 meter tall and can identify visitors, conduct a simple conversation and move by itself to take visitors along preset routes to rooms or other destinations while singing a song.
It costs 120,000 yen per day to rent the robot.
To keep Wakamaru for year it costs about 3 million yen. According to People Staff Co. this is about the same level of expenses necessary for a human worker.

And that was Stick News for Monday the 16th of July.
Kia Ora.


today's news

People Staff Company


Kris Ledrew

Starbelly Jam