Monday, March 01, 2010

#1183 Fitting In In Gisborne, Sydney Opera House Mass Strip, Save Radio NZ Protest

Show 1183 Monday 1 March
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today I have an update about the video we made for the If It’s Kiwi It’s Good competition. They have announced the winners and sadly, we didn’t win.

But I thought the video that did win was pretty well done and it has some interesting language we could study, so I thought we’d talk about that today.

It’s a video introducing a place in New Zealand called Gisborne and giving tips on how to fit in there.

The presenter starts out by saying: Going to a new city or town, you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb.

To stick out like a sore thumb is an idiom which means to be easily noticed as different.

And in the background a guy hits his thumb with a hammer so he has an actual sore thumb.

Their first tip is to pronounce the name of the place correctly: giz bin.

I guess this is because some visitors pronounce it incorrectly. Maybe they say giz-born, which is how it looks like it should be said.

The second tip is: Learn how to say hello in their language.

And they show a gesture of greeting. This gesture isn’t just used in Gisbourne – it’s an informal greeting used all over New Zealand. You raise your head and eyebrows, like that.

It’s the opposite of the Japanese informal greeting where you nod your head.


Spencer Tunick is an American artist famous for taking photos of naked people.
In 2003 he photographed 7,000 naked people in Spain.
In 2007 around 18,000 people striped for him in Mexico.
His latest work took place in Australia. More than five thousand volunteers posed naked in front of the Sydney Opera House.

And that was Stick News for Monday the 1st of March. Kia ora

Naked chicks?! DUDE, I should've been an artist!

The people are too small, dammit!

Gotta go and see some art!

Don't Australian people wear clothes, mummy?

conversations with sarah
#751 How was your day?

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

Tim How was your day?

Sarah Good. I went to a protest this afternoon.

Tim What about?

Sarah It was about protecting our national public service radio broadcaster.

Tim What’s going to happen to it?

Sarah Well the government wants to save money

Tim So, they’re going to get rid of it?

Sarah Not quite. But they’ve suggested stuff like introducing advertising, which would really suck.


today's news - Reuters


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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: The Jazz Woman
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

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

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artist: Scoop
album: Dub Therapy
track: Our Prophecy
from: Orleans, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

artist: King Dubby
album: Chapter II
track: Phases Dub
from: Angers, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

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