Friday, April 24, 2009

#1037 Naked Kusanagi, We Didn't Start The Fire, Swine Flu

Show 1037 Friday 24 April
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re studying a song called We Didn't Start the Fire which is by Billy Joel. It came out in 1989 and it’s like a list of events that happened in his lifetime up to that point – from 1949 to 1989.

The first line is: Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray.

Those are references to important people or events in 1949.

Harry Truman became the US president. Doris Day and Johnnie Ray are both American entertainers and Red China …the Communist Party of China wins the Chinese Civil War, establishing the People's Republic of China. That’s from Wikipedia.

Wikipedia has a good page on this song – it explains every event and has links so you can easily go and find more. This could be a fun way to learn a bit of history, especially American history during that time.

Some of the stuff in the song, I’d heard of, like British Beatlemania and Woodstock. But there’s lots of stuff that I’d never heard of like: Hypodermics on the shores.

In Wikipedia it says there was something called Syringe Tide which happened between 1987 and 1988.

Syringe Tide: Medical waste was found washed up on beaches in New Jersey after being illegally dumped at sea. Before this event, waste dumped in the oceans was an "out of sight, out of mind" affair. This has been cited as one of the crucial turning points in popular opinion on environmentalism.


Kia ora in Stick News today a member of the Japanese pop group SMAP was arrested for public indecency after he was found drunk and butt naked in a park in Tokyo.

SMAP is a group of five men who sing, dance and star in TV shows, commercials and movies.
They’re one of the most famous groups in Japan.
One of the members is called Kusanagi.
He’s 34 and he likes speaking Korean.
The other day Kusanagi had a few drinks in Akasaka.
At around 2 o’clock in the morning, after leaving his friends, he decided to strip off his clothes and frolic in the park near his apartment.
One of his neighbours didn’t think it was such a good idea and called the police.
According to news reports, Kusanagi was arrested at around 3am.
When police tried to arrest him, he said: “What’s wrong with being naked?”
Police said they wrapped him in a plastic sheet and took him to the station.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 24th of April.
Kia ora.

TDES Niseko Snow Report
in Niseko Annupuri

Where are you from?

Ah, from Sydney, Australia.

* From Show 945

Melbourne, Australia.

* From Show 946

Perth in Western Australia.

* From Show 953

I am from New Zealand.

* From Show 966

Ah, I’m from Australia originally … but I’ve been living in New Zealand for the last few years, in Queenstown.

* From Show 974

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Korea.

* From Show 981

Word of the Day

Today’s word is swine.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of swine flu.

Swine just means pig. Here is says formal or North American.

Swine is also an informal word for an unpleasant person.

For example: He’s an arrogant little swine!

friday joke

Why can’t Bob run?
Because Bob’s a fish.

conversations with sarah
#655 Are you a Billy Joel fan?

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

Sarah Are you a Billy Joel fan?

Ken I don’t think I’ve heard any of his songs.

Sarah You’d probably recognize them if you heard them. He has a lot of famous songs like Uptown Girl.

Ken Does he still perform?

Sarah Yeah, I think so.

Ken How old is he now?

Sarah I think he’s in his 50s or 60s.


today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: Boom Tschak
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: More Chocolate, Please
from: Former Yugoslavia

nsr start
artist: Zeropage
album: Ambient Pills Update
track: Is It Real?
from: Switzerland
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

nsr bgm
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Bass Vibes
artist site
YouTube channel

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

friday joke start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: Sumbala
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: Wolfgang S.
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: Dynamite
from: Belgrade, Serbia, Former Yugoslavia
artist site

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

qa bgm
artist: Jay P. Baker
album: The Last Riddle In Time
track: They Are We Now
from: the US
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo

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