Watson’s World News no. 2/2013

Watson’s World News no. 02/2013

Watson’s World News no. 1/2013

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Rock Star Shakira, Soccer* Star Piqué Have Baby

Colombian pop star Shakira (35) gave birth to a baby boy in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday.

The Proud Parents

The Proud Parents

The singer, who has had such hits as “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie,” announced* the birth on her website in a statement* published in English, Spanish and Catalán:  “We are happy to announce the birth of Milan Piqué Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain.”
Gerard Piqué, a star footballer for FC Barcelona, is exactly ten years younger than Shakira.  They have the same birthday, February 2nd.
Piqué and Shakira first met while she was making the video for “Waka Waka” (This time for Africa), which became the theme song for the 2010 World Cup. Piqué appeared* in the video.
At Shakira’s request, the entire*
medical team helping with the birth was made up of women.  The women had to sign an agreement of confidentiality,* to avoid the press getting any photos of the new baby.
“Everything was organized, down to the smallest detail,” someone who knows Shakira well said.
Last week the couple released* a photo posing semi-nude together.  It was on an invitation to their fans to a special baby shower.* The purpose* of the event was to raise funds for UNICEF, a United Nations program that helps children worldwide.
This  was the 1st child for both Shakira and Piqué.
Vocabulary:
soccer – fotbalový
announce – oznámit
statement – prohlášení
appear – objevit se
entire – celý
confidentiality
avoid – vyhnout se
release – uveřejnit
baby shower – girly party to celebrate the upcoming birth of a child
purpose – účel
raise funds – získat peníze
Question for discussion:
Are you a fan of Shakira? Gerard Piqué?  Both?

Watson’s World News no. 12/2012

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Franz Would Be World’s Most Tattooed President

Vladimír Franz

Vladimír Franz

Vladimír Franz, an artist and drama professor in the Czech Republic, wants to be president.  If elected,* he will be the world’s most heavily tattooed person to hold such a high office. 90 percent of his body is covered in tattoos.  Although his appearance is unusual, Franz, 53, is a highly respected drama professor at the Academy of the performing arts in Prague.  He is also a  painter and a successful opera composer.
He graduated from law school and has a doctorate in law, but decided against making it a career because of the former communist government.  Instead, he chose  the  arts.
Despite his appearance,* his politics are moderate.*  He supports the European Union, but believes efforts* should be made to ensure* the rules* don’t favor bigger countries over small ones. He also believes in medical marijuana, but that those who smoke pot before driving should be severely* punished.*
“ I think I have a chance,” he said, “not only because I am non-partisan,* but as a person without a tarnished* political past and an individual free of links to* financial circles and their interests.”
Polls* show he currently has the support of between 6 and 7% of Czech voters.* There is a history, in the Czech Republic, of electing artists to office.  Václav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic, was a playwright before he was a politician.
Franz is divorced and has one daughter. His current partner is photographer Ida Saudková.
Vocabulary:
elected – zvolen
composer – skladatel
appearance – vzhled
moderate – umírněný
effort – snaha, úsilí
ensure – zajistit
rule – pravidlo
severely – vážně
be punished – být potrestán
partisan – stoupenec
tarnished – poskvrněný
link to – propojení s
poll – průzkum veřejného mínění
voter – volič
Question for discussion:
Would you vote for a man who looks like that?

 

 

Watson’s World News no. 11/2012

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Larry Hagman (aka J. R. Ewing) Dies at 81

Larry Hagman, who is best known to TV viewers* as the evil* J. R. Ewing from the TV show Dallas, has died.larry_hagman

He was 81 years old. To older viewers, he was also known as Major Tony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie, a popular sitcom from the 60s, in which his character* was a nice guy.

Hagman was born in Texas in 1931. His father was a lawyer and his mother was actress Mary Martin, who is most famous for playing Peter Pan on Broadway. His parents divorced when he was 5.

Hagman began acting in High School, but had only small parts in films and TV series until he was cast as* astronaut Tony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie.

Then came Dallas. J. R. Ewing was not originally intended* to be the main character, but Hagman ad-libbed* a lot on the set,* to make his character more evil, and it worked.

He was known as a hard drinker his whole life, but gave up both alcohol and cigarettes after a life-saving liver* transplant in 1995. He then became a strong anti-smoking advocate.*

However, he recommended marijuana as a safer alternative to alcohol. He continued to be active in acting after Dallas, and was working on a new version of the series at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Swedish born Maj Axelsson, who he married in 1954. They have a daughter, Heidi, who is 54, and a son, Preston, who is 50.

“Larry Hagman was one of a kind and will be with us all forever,” Linda Gray, who played Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas, wrote.

Vocabulary:

viewer – divá

evil – zlý

character – postava

be cast as – bý obsazen jako

be intended – bý zamýšen

ad-lib – improvizovat

set – scéa

liver – jára

advocate – zastáce

Question for discussion:

Were you a fan of Dallas?

Watson’s World News no. 10/2012

Watson’s World News no. 10/2012

Watson’s World News no. 9/2012

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Adele Changes Tune:* Motherhood Affects Music

Adele Adkins, better known to her millions of fans simply as Adele, is pregnant.  She is expected to give birth sometime this autumn.

Adele at 2012 Grammy Awards

Adele, 24, lives with her fiance* Simon Konecki, 38, in a 10 bedroom mansion on 25 acres of land in West Sussex, England. Although she has not given much information to the press, such as the baby’s gender* or age, a friend of hers says “She is lying low and focusing on* becoming a mom.  The baby is healthy and she’s so excited!”
The friend also says that Adele’s next album will be lighter and more upbeat.* “The pregnancy has had a big impact* on her songwriting!”
Adele came to fame suddenly, becoming instantly popular after a friend of hers
posted a demo tape, which Adele had done as a class project, to MySpace in 2006.  That got her an agent and a recording contract.
Her two albums, called 19 and 21 after the age she was when she began recording each one, have been popular both with critics and fans, and she has had such hits as Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, and Set Fire to the Rain.
At the 2011 Billboard Music Awards* ceremony Adele won artist of the year, Billboard 200 Album of the year (21), and the Billboard Hot 100 Song of the year (Rolling in the Deep), becoming the first female ever to top* all three categories.
After throat* microsurgery in November, Adele made her live comeback at the 2012 Grammy Awards in February.  She won in all six categories for which she was nominated, making her the second female artist after Beyoncé Knowles do that.
Vocabulary:
tune – melodie
fiance – snoubenec
gender – pohlaví
focus on – soustředit se na
upbeat – optimistický
impact – dopad
award – cena
top – be first
throat – krk
Question for discussion:  
Are you a fan of Adele?

Watson’s World News no. 8/2012

Watson’s World News no. 8/2012

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