At the end of last year we got some towels made. And I was going to send them out to our members over winter … but got so busy over winter that I never got around to it, so I’m sorry about that. But, better late than never, we’re going to be sending them out this month. And recently we got some stickers made too … so we’ll be sending those out with the towels.
And I want to thank everyone again who has shown their support for The Daily English Show by becoming a member. We really appreciate it.
We have some other things to give away to members this month as well. One of them is for people living in Hokkaido basically … unless you want to jump on a plane and come here.
I have some tickets for the Hanazono Kutchan Jazz (I meant to say Music) Festival, which we’ve been helping to promote, you might have seen the banner on our site. That’s on the 25th and the 26th of July. I have four tickets to give away to one person. It’s a two-day festival so you could come with a friend for two days or a group of four for one day, it’s up to you.
If you’re interesting in these tickets, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org You have to be a member to enter, so you can find out more about that here if you don’t know what that’s about.
Email us before midnight Sunday Japan time. And if we get more than one email then we’ll do a draw on Monday’s show. And if we only get one email, then the tickets are yours and we’ll just announce it on Monday. And if we get no emails, then … I’ll cry.
We’re also giving away some books and CDs this month and I’ll talk about them on next Monday’s show.
The show is scheduled to begin broadcasting in September. Leaders from four different religions will try and convert the ten contestants to their religion. And the prize will be a pilgrimage to a holy site of their chosen religion Apparently, religious authorities in Turkey are not happy about the show. A spokesperson said it was “disrespectful to all religions.” And, “religion should not be a subject for entertainment programs”. But the makers of the show disagree and said they are “giving the biggest prize in the world, the gift of belief in God”. They said: "We don't approve of anyone being an atheist. God is great and it doesn't matter which religion you believe in. The important thing is to believe.”
And that was Stick News for Monday 6th of July. Kia ora.
* I accidentally said "jazz" festival - that's what it used to be called.
By the way, if there's enough interest in the festival tickets, we can get some more from the organizers to give away. We're going to be at the festival filming (and having fun!) ... I hope you can come if you live near here. It's going to be a great weekend.
I had a knee operation last August (injured it through sports) and I'll be back in hospital at the end of this month getting the bolts out. Ugh, not looking forward to those drugs they pump into you ...