To stumble means to almost fall over. To trip means to catch your foot on something and then stumble or fall. To tumble means to fall: suddenly, clumsily, or headlong. To crumble means to fall apart gradually or to break into pieces like a biscuit or a cookie. Fumble means: use the hands clumsily while doing or handling something.
So, if I was attempting to open my phone and make a call and then, I don’t know, Will Smith walked past, I’d probably get really nervous and start fumbling.
Kia Ora in Stick News today police in Japan have raided five companies in connection with a bamboo shoot labeling scam.
The Ministry of Agriculture said a company called Takenokoya sold more than 1000 tonnes of boiled Chinese bamboo shoots last year. They mixed the Chinese bamboo shoots with a small amount of Japan-grown bamboo shoots, and labeled them as being grown in Japan. The bamboo-shoots were then sold to other companies who sold them to supermarkets all over Japan. According to Kyodo news photographs of fake farmers were even attached to the bamboo shoot labels. The agriculture ministry said the people in the pictures were simply employees of the companies.
And that was Stick News for Friday the 9th of January. Kia Ora.
On my way back from the gym on Wednesday a fire department parade went past. They were driving slowly so I had time to get out my camera and start filming.
町内の皆さん、明けましておめでとうございます。 Happy New Year everyone.
今日は消防出初め式です。 Today the fire department opens for the year.
今年も火の用心をお願いします。 Please continue to be careful with fire this year.
Word of the Day
Today’s word is breathe.
This is a line from today’s song:
Can't breathe, when you touch my sleeve
Breathe means to take air into your lungs and send it out again through your nose or mouth. By the way, the noun for that air that goes inside your lungs … is called breath.
So if someone is panicking you can say to them: calm down, take a deep breath.
And back to that song, when the person that she’s singing about touches her sleeve, she can’t breathe because she’s overcome with emotion.
What did the baby digital watch say to the mummy analogue watch? Look Mum, no hands!
conversations with sarah
That’s pretty funny
Mary That’s pretty funny. おかしなニュースだね。
Sarah Yeah it is. It’s pretty bad too though actually. そうだけど、けっこう酷い事件でもあるよね。
Mary Yeah, true. It makes people stop trusting food labels. 確かに。 食品表示を人が信用しなくなっちゃうよね。
Sarah Exactly. I always look at those pictures too and I’m like thank you very much for all your hard word growing this carrot or whatever … and now I’m going to be like mmm are they really farmers? その通り。 私も買い物するときは、いつも生産者の写真を見て「私たちの食べ物を作ってくれてありがとう」って思っているのに、これから「この写真の人たち、本当に農家の人なのかな？」って疑っちゃうよね。
Mary There have been a lot of food labelling scandals, haven’t there? それにしても最近、食品の偽装問題が多いよね。