Watson´s World News no. 4/2011

Watson’s World News no. 4/2011

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Will and Kate Have Biggest Wedding Ever

It will be watched on television by as many as 2 billion people.  Thousands more will watch on big screens* in public squares across England.  It will cost almost 25 million euros, which is even more than Charles and Diana’s wedding 30 years ago.
Guests will include* celebrities such as singer Elton John, comedian Rowan Atkinson, footballer David and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, kings and queens from 40 other countries and political leaders from the 54 commonwealth nations.  (U.S. President Barack Obama, however, was not invited.  Neither was France’s Nicholas Sarkozy.)
This Friday, April 29th, Prince William of England will marry his long term girlfriend Kate Middleton at 11 a.m.
It will be a traditional royal wedding in many senses,* but there will be one modern touch.*  Instead of promising* to “love, honor* and obey*” Kate will promise to “love, comfort,* honor and keep*” William, but will omit* the word “obey.”
A friend of Kate’s said  “They have been together for 10 years, studied together, lived together and have the same friends. They are equals* in every way, and have planned this wedding as equal partners, so for Kate to ‘obey’ doesn’t make sense.*”
Prince William is 3rd in line for the English throne.  His grandmother, Elizabeth, is the current queen.  When she dies William’s father, Charles, will become king.
If Charles lives as long as his mother and, especially, his grandmother, William, 28, will be an old man before he becomes king.

Mr. and Mrs. Future King of England

Vocabulary:
screen – obrazovka
include – zahrnovat
sense – smysl
touch – nádech
promise – slibovat
honor – ctít
obey – poslouchat
comfort – postarat se o pohodlí; utěšit
omit – vynechat
equal – rovnocenná osoba
make sense – dávat smysl
Question for discussion:
Is this too expensive?

5,000 Year Old Gay Man Found

A Question of Orientation

Archeologists in the Czech Republic have found the 5,000 year old bones of a man they believe was homosexual.
In the corded ware* culture, which lasted* from the late stone age until the early bronze age, men were usually buried* facing* west and lying on their right side, and women exactly the opposite. Men were buried with weapons* and tools,* women were buried with their jewelry.The body that was found was that of a man who was buried as a woman.
“From history and ethnology we know that people from this period took funerals* very seriously so it is highly unlikely* that this positioning* was a mistake,” said lead archeologist Kamila Remisova Vesinova.  “Far more likely is that he was a man with a different sexual orientation, homosexual or transsexual.”
The man lived between 2,900 and 2,500 B.C.*
Vocabulary:
corded ware – šňůrková keramika
last – trvat
be buried – být pohřben
facing – situovaný
weapon – zbraň
tool – nástroj
funeral – pohřeb
unlikely – nepravděpodobný
positioning – poloha
B.C. – před Kristem
Question for discussion:
What else could explain the burial?

3D Porn Film Tops* Avatar

A film which was advertised as “the world’s first 3-D porn film” has been a huge success in Hong Kong, where it was made.  It brought in almost 250,000 euros on its opening day – more than Avatar.
“We met people’s expectations,*” producer Stephen Shiu said.  “People have always thought that you need 3-D technology for this kind of content,* so people were very curious.”
Some were so curious that they came from mainland* China, where the film will probably not be allowed.*
The story is set* in the Ming Dynasty.

Sex Sells

Vocabulary:
top – překonat
meet expectations – splnit očekávání
content – obsah
mainland – pevninský
be allowed – být povolen
be set – odehrávat se
Question for discussion:
Do you ever watch porn?

English Farmer Dyes* Sheep Orange

English farmer John Heard has dyed his sheep – all 250 of them – bright orange.
Heard, 48, said “Sheep rustling* has become a big problem with ewes* worth around 140 pounds (almost 160 euros) each.  My flock* roams* Dartmoor and I was getting fed up* losing them.  My son James suggested the orange dye and although it produces some strange looking sheep it has done the trick and I haven’t lost one this year.  It works because they are so easy to distinguish* making it easier for me and my neighbors to keep a wary* eye out for them.*  Plus the rustlers are obviously nervous about stealing such easily distinguished animals.”
The dye is harmless* and it eventually wears off.
Although Mr. Heard has solved his problem, sheep theft has increased dramatically across Britain in recent years.

Dyed in the Wool

Vocabulary:
dye – obarvit
rustling – krádež dobytka
ewe – ovce (samice)
flock – stádo
roam – potulovat se po
fed up – otrávený
distinguish – rozeznat
keep an eye out for –
dohlížet na
wary – ostražitý
harmless – neškodný
Question for discussion:
How can we stop theft?

China Bans* Time Travel

Chinese television viewers will not be able to watch Doctor Who or Back to the Future any more.
The Chinese government has banned from television (or radio) any program which deals with* time travel.
The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued* a statement* which said “dramas which casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots,* use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition,* fatalism and reincarnation are treating* the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means* be encouraged* any more.”
Vocabulary:
ban – zakázat
deal with – zabývat se
issue – vydat
statement – prohlášení
plot – zápletka
superstition – pověra
treat – pojednávat o
by no means – v žádném případě
be encouraged – být podněcován
Question for discussion:
Is time travel possible?

Nicolas Cage Arrested* for Domestic Abuse*, Being Drunk

Popular action adventure film star Nicolas Cage was arrested last week in New Orleans, USA, for being too drunk in public and physically abusing his wife.  Cage, who has starred* in such films as Raising Arizona and The Rock, and won a best actor Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, is in New Orleans filming Medallion, a story about a former* thief* searching for* his kidnapped* daughter.
According to witnesses, both Cage and his wife, Alice Kim, were extremely drunk when the incident occured.*  They were standing in front of a residence in the French Quarter, which is New Orleans’ entertainment* district, and arguing* about whether or not it was the place they were staying.  Cage grabbed* Kim by the arm and tried to drag* her to the door.  She was not seriously injured* and did not require  hospitalization.
Cage was previously married to actress Patricia Arquette and then Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie.

Cage and Kim

Vocabulary:
arrested – zatčen
domestic abuse – domácí násilí
star – hrát hlavní roli
former – bývalý
thief – zloděj
search for – pátrat po
kidnapped – unesený
occur – stát se
entertainment – zábavní
argue – hádat se
grab by – chytnout za
drag – táhnout
injured – zraněn
Question for discussion:
Are you a fan of Nicolas Cage?