Tuesday, August 03, 2010

#1262 Mankind Is No Island, Sleeping For Seven Hours, Smoking Cessation Service

Show 1262 Tuesday 3 August
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

The movie I recommend watching today is called Mankind Is No Island.
It’s a short film and I think the way it’s made is really clever. They tell a story using words from signs and it’s matched really well to the music.

It says at the start of the film that it was all filmed on cell phones in Sydney and New York.

The story starts like this:

This story is about two cities, divided by a great ocean, united by hope, hunger.

Please go and watch and read the film and tell me what you think.


Researchers from West Virginia University in the United States have found that the ideal number of hours to sleep each night is seven.
They say that people who sleep more or fewer than seven hours a day, are increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease.
Apparently, short sleep duration was associated with angina, while both sleeping too little and too much were associated with heart attack and stroke.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 3rd of August.
Kia ora.

1262 a
What shall we study next?
Something that involves sleep...

1262 b
The answer's seven!

1262 c
So that's my problem!

1262 d
Wake up! You're in the danger zone!

Word of the Day

Today’s word is cessation.

Yesterday I visited someone in hospital and while I was there I picked up a few flyers out of curiosity, including this one, which was called: Being smokefree in hospital.

On the back it advises patients to: Ask to be referred to the smoking cessation service.

Can you guess what cessation means?

cessation noun (formal) the stopping of sth

I’m not sure why they didn’t call it the stop smoking service or the quit smoking service. Cessation seems unnecessarily formal to me.

conversations with sarah
#806 I’m a night owl

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

George How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Sarah Usually about seven.

George What time do you usually go to bed?

Sarah About 11 and get up at six. How about you?

George I’m a night owl. I never get up at six.

Sarah Yeah, I used to be a night owl too, but now I prefer mornings.

George Have you ever worked at night?

Sarah Yeah, I used to work in a bar actually, so I’d finish at like 6am sometimes.

George Crazy. How did you stay awake?

Sarah Oh, it’s easy to stay awake, because your sleeping patterns change completely. It’s not very healthy though.



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

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

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

qa bgm
artist: Mr Haze dub project
track: Leaving Babylon
from: Reims, France

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