Monday, June 02, 2008

Show 751 Monday 2 June

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

Today I thought I’d tell you a bit about our new website. When The Daily English Show first started I made a free website with geocities.

Then at the start of last year a very nice person – who is a fan of The Daily English Show - bought us the domain name – and offered us free hosting. But I didn’t have time to make a new site, or, the money to pay someone (to do it) ... so we just left it redirecting to the geocities site.

But recently we finally decided to do something about it and we made a new site. We made it with Joomla which is open source software, which means it’s free.

And it’s been interesting and it’s not that hard to use. It’s not that easy either, but it’s just a matter of time really, to learn all the new words. There are so many words that I don’t understand. But I’ve learnt a lot in the last couple of weeks, like favicon, breadcrumbs, CMS, SEF (search engine friendly).

So now there is actually a site at and I think it’s a bit of an improvement on the old one. It’s still nothing special, but I think it will improve over time.
Not that I’m that concerned about having such a great website because The Daily English Show is all about the videos and I’d rather focus on that.
I’m really most interested in content, like you can have the prettiest website in the world, or the nicest set, but if the content is weak, then, what’s the point?

So there may be no good reason for you to go to at the moment – but there are a couple of pages which you may find useful if you’re looking for something.

For example, there is a page with a list of all the guests that we’ve had so far, so if you’re looking for an interview to watch and you don’t want to click through all the videos, then you can go to that list and quickly look down the list and see oh that looks interesting, I might check that out.

And I’m planning to make more pages like that to help people find what they’re looking for.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today a woman in the United States who spent almost 60 years in an iron lung has died.

When Dianne Odell was three years old she contracted a disease called polio. From then on, she lived in an iron lung.
An iron lung is a large machine that enables a person to
breathe when normal muscle control has been lost or the work of breathing exceeds the person's ability.
In the iron lung Dianne lay on her back with only her head exposed and made eye contact with visitors through an angled mirror. She operated a television set with a small blow tube and wrote on a voice-activated computer.
During her life she got a high school diploma, took college courses and wrote a children's book.
She died last week when there was a power cut and the emergency generator failed to come on.
CNN quoted a friend as saying Dianne accepted her life with grace. Everyone she encountered came to her because they cared about her, so she grew up in her 61 years thinking every person is good."

And that was Stick News for Monday the 2nd of June.
Kia Ora.

Word Of The Day

Today’s word is sceptical.
Sceptical can be spelt with a c or a k. In American English it’s spelt with a k.

Having doubts that a claim or statement is true or that sth will happen.


I found this headline on the internet:

Kiwis sceptical over business environmental claims

The article said that 67% of Kiwis believed that: “most companies are still not environmentally conscious and that they use the environment simply as a marketing tool”.

conversations with sarah
#459 How’s spring in Niseko?

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

Pete How’s spring in Niseko?

Sarah Good, actually.

Pete What do you mean, actually?

Sarah I’m just really surprised at how beautiful it is.

Pete Why are you surprised?

Sarah I just wasn’t expecting it to be very nice. I don’t know why ... maybe because when the snow starts melting, it looks really horrible. Like all the snow’s really dirty and the stuff underneath is kind of dead looking. And also because half the people that rave on about Niseko during the summer are trying to sell something, like real estate, so yeah, I was a bit sceptical.

Pete But it looks nice now?

Sarah Yeah, it looks amazing – it’s so green ... and everything grew so fast. It seemed like just a couple of weeks after the snow melted everything had sprouted all this green stuff.

Pete Have you been hiking yet?

Sarah No, no hiking, not yet. I’ve been walking quite a bit though, along the paths by the river. And also bike riding.


today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: BrunoXe
album: aprendiendo desde 2004
track: Mandrake
from: Jerez, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

WOD start
artist: DJ iPep's
album: Home Mix 2007
track: Game Toy
from: EVREUX, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack4
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack2
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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