Thursday, December 20, 2007

Show 586 Thursday 20 December

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

The video I recommend today is called Cribs.

I think it was released in 2005, so you might have already seen it. But I just came across it the other day and I think it’s quite funny.

The joke is that it’s a stereotypical British Santa – who doesn’t usually live in a house like that - contrasted with elements of a stereotypical American hip-hop star, I guess.

And the language is part of the humour. Because Santa is mostly speaking in a certain style – mixed with a couple of words from a different style – so they seem out of place.

It’s funny because it’s usually one or the other.

You’d either say: Hello, I’m Santa Claus and welcome to my house.
Or: Yo. Wassup. I’m Santa Claus and this is my crib.

Or something like that ... however they say it ...

For me, as a native English speaker, even though I don’t use words like crib myself, it’s easy to understand which words are out of place. But if you’re not a native English speaker, you might not get it.

Two slang words he uses are crib and threads.

Crib means house. And threads means clothes.

One line you might not get is when Santa says:

This is my bedroom. This is where Santa shows “the real north pole”, if you know what I mean.

I think Santa is talking about his penis. And laughing at his own joke. Santa, Santa.

OK, so I really have no idea how American hip-hop Santa speaks, but I make a bit of an attempt …

Script for Cribs

video by One Post

Hello, I’m Santa Claus and welcome to my crib.
This is the most important room in the house. This is my bedroom.
This is where Santa shows “the real north pole”, if you know what I mean.
I’ve got my 52 inch plasma on the wall here.
Over there in the corner, I’ve got my closet.
In here is where I keep my threads.
I’ve got, ah, YSall? CK, Gucci, Vercase, Jean John? And somewhere in here, I’ve got one Madonna sent me.
OK, that’s it, ah, Merry Christmas from myself and from everyone at One Post.
Thank you so much for coming and letting me show you around my crib.
But, ah, now you’ve really all got to go.
Goodbye. Merry Christmas.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, a man in Nova Scotia, Canada has been given a 1000 dollar reward after he returned some bags of money that fell out of a truck.

Yesterday a Nova Scotia man was driving on a bridge when he saw bags of money fall on to the road in front of him.
He said he had just driven through the toll booths on the bridge when the back door of a van in front of him opened up and two bags of money fell out.
He pulled over and picked up the money.
CBC quoted him as saying: "I just thought, 'Oh my geez, these people are going to get in trouble for losing that money.' "
He caught up with the armoured vehicle, handed over the money, then drove away.
"I never left my name at the scene or nothing,” he said. “We were blocking traffic and you're not going to have a chit-chat with an armoured vehicle."
Before he left the truck's guards wrote down his number plate, then tracked him down to thank him and give him a reward.

And that was Stick News for Thursday 20th of December.
Kia Ora.


on Centre 4

with Karin

Where are you from?
Hong Kong.

How often do you come to Niseko?
Niseko, um, every, every Christmas holiday. One Christmas holiday, every year.

How many times have you been here?
Third time.

How do you like Niseko powder?
I love Niskeo powder, because, um, I usually ski, ah, maybe, near France and also Korea. But I prefer this powder show, it’s the best powder snow.

Are you a skier or a snowboarder?

How long have you been skiing?
Um, maybe for ten years, but I stopped, ah, I stopped skiing for a few years because of health problems. And then now I’m totally recovered, so I ski again. So, let’s say now, recently I’ve been skiing like, ah, five years.

conversations with sarah
#358 Did you ever believe in Santa?

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

Jake Did you ever believe in Santa?

Sarah Probably, but I can’t remember ever believing ... so I think someone must have told me when I was quite young.

Jake So you didn’t put out Christmas stockings?

Sarah Yeah, we did. But we knew that it was our parents that did it.

Jake What kind of stuff did you get?

Sarah Inside the stocking?

Jake Yeah.

Sarah Um, there was always an orange, for some reason. And these chocolate coins, covered with gold tin foil and other random stuff like sparkly stickers ... stuff like that.


today's STICK NEWS pictures


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

the snow report bgm
album: The jazz farm
track: Torti
from: Roma, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site
YouTube channel

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

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

qa bgm
artist: nino
album: Backface
track: WawWaw
from: Lille, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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