StoryCorps is an organization that records American people’s stories. I think it’s a great idea – and it’s an excellent site for listening practice if you’re studying English. You could just enjoy listening to them, or you could try transcribing them, or you could listen to them in a class or a study group and discuss them.
Facebook is the biggest social networking site in the world. The site was founded in 2004 by four guys in America. According to Wikipedia, since then there’s been “internal conflicts and differences of opinion”. And one of the guy’s “departure from Facebook was the subject of subsequent legal action”. The movie follows the drama of the friends falling out and is scheduled for release in October.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 30th of June. Kia ora.
It’s about a guy who has a job holding up advertising signs in London, England. He calls himself a board guy. And his fancy job title is: static outdoor information technician.
And this is his last day on the job because he has been promoted. In the movie he talks about his job and what he likes about it … and he describes his fellow board guys. He says one guy called Harry is a joker.
He’s always larking around.
To lark means to behave in a playful and mischievous way.
That’s not a word that I often hear in New Zealand. And another word that I’m not very familiar with is high jinks. It says in my dictionary that the word high jinks is old-fashioned and informal. It means lively and excited behaviour.
In the movie Ben says that his workmate must beplanning some high jinks.
He says two of his other workmates, Chris and Steve, are: completely inseparable, two peas in a pod.
Two peas in a pod, or as alike as two peas in a pod, is a phrase which means that two things are very similar … like two peas in a pod.
Do you have a brother or a sister? And if so, are you two peas in a pod … or are you apples and oranges or chalk and cheese.
According to news reports, about two thirds of prisoners in New Zealand smoke cigarettes. But from next year, they’ll all be forced to give up. The government says it’s introducing the ban for health and safety reasons as well as the possibility of legal action.
And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 29th of June. Kia ora.
Yeah, my work place is wonderful and I want to share it. My name is Ben. I am a static outdoor information technician – a board guy. I’ve been doing it for about 15 years, ah, but I’ve just been promoted. So today is my last day. London is the most exciting city in the world and I’m in the heart of it. Started out in the provinces, learning the trade, get the technique down. Worked the night shift for a few years. And then my dad retired, passed his patch on to me. But I had to earn it, really. This is Granddad’s pole actually. Ah, my workmates are amazing. That’s Harry, he’s a joker. He’s always larking around. You know last year he held his sign upside down all day, just for a laugh. You alright, Harry? Must be planning some high jinks. Then there’s Chris, Steve, completely inseparable, two peas in a pod. That’s Alex, work experience, degree in urban semiotics. Still got lots to learn though. Then there’s Anya. She only started last month. You can tell she really gets it though. Terrible condition those flyerers (?) I wish I could help. She’s non-union though, so I can’t talk to her.
Yeah, hi Dad. Yeah, hi. No, ah, new post … first day new post starts tomorrow. Yeah, I am excited. Look, Dad, I’m at work. Ah, yeah, can I call you back? Yeah, bye. Don’t get me wrong, the promotion is great. You know, It’s an honour to be recognized, Dad's over the moon. It’s just that, this … place… You know we’re on a 12th century road surrounded by 19th century buildings - they’re works of art. Beneath us, there’s an underground river. There’s so much community here, so much life. And most people don’t see past the neon. This job teaches you about things like that. You know I’m here to point out less obvious things. From the ruts of Oxford Street to open ways Thomas Hardy, 1872. There’s so much beauty, you know, so much opportunity, right under our noses. We shouldn’t just ignore it.
We’ll that’s it. Shift over. Thought the guys might give me a send off or something. I guess they’re too busy. Oh well.
Yeah, it’s not too bad. Not so many people as before, but, I still (?) Mondays. Off to work.
Put the fear of God as you hop, skip skip and jump, put the fear of God in you. Same old man you know, out taking a stroll. He might be the king of rock’n’roll, that’s the way it goes, all the way down Codeine Road. Stop in at the shop. Spend all the money he got on red red wine and a video. A shot to go, the whole way down Codeine Road. She’s sitting there, talking on the phone. I take a chair, she take a car and go go go! Codeine Road. There’s little boy blue he’s out on his own too. Lord, he ain’t got a clue, just what he’d do if they closed Codeine Road. There’s little boy blue, hey look, there’s me and you down Codeine Road. Hey don’t make no fuss, just find someone you can trust down Codeine Road. You got the same old face, in the same old place Codeine Road. It’ll put the fear of God in you. It’ll put the fear of God in you. It’ll put the fear of God in you. It’ll put the fear of God in you.
Today's ending shot was filmed on 14 June 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand - on the corner of Union St and Hobson St.
Early tomorrow morning New Zealand time, New Zealand is playing Paraguay in the World Cup. The New Zealand team’s called the All Whites … so I’m wearing all white, to show my support. And I even bought an official supporters scarf.
The video we’re studying today is an interview with one of the players – Mark Paston – I think that’s how you pronounce his surname.
They were talking to him after the Italy game, and he said: Yeah, it’s pretty crazy and not much sleep last night. And: A bit tired this morning, but, yeah, over the moon.
Over the moon is an idiom which means: extremely happy and excited.