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10月 16 2008

英语阅读 Split that is end of an era – and tragedy for Pilates

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Hadley Freeman 八卦麦当娜和盖·里奇的离婚新闻。

Split that is end of an era – and tragedy for Pilates

Hadley Freeman
The Guardian,
Thursday October 16 2008

Madonna has elevated many unlikely items into cultural signifiers: conical bras, yoga teachers and Kabbalah centres, to take a brief and Proustian tour through the singer’s career. But few would have predicted that British director Guy Ritchie would join that eclectic roll call. This coupling was, for a moment, as exciting as it was unexpected. A cult(ish) British director and an American superstar? To a country so fond of self-deprecation, and for so long in the grumbling, intimidated shadow of its bigger and brasher transatlantic neighbour, it was as though the hometown boy had pulled the prom queen.

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10月 15 2008

Carbon credit

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昨天在看这篇文章时,一直在想文章中这个 carbon credit 该如何翻译,“碳信用”?虽然credit 是“信用”,但这里其实指一种货币的替代值,说成 credit,是为了方便交易;“碳权”?哪里来的“权”?“碳排放额度”?有点接近,但是不仅比较长,而且有点负面和曲解。直到我看到这篇文章中用的“碳汇”,终于发现这是最贴切的翻译,强调碳排放的可交易性,而且再延伸到 carbon trading,可以翻译为“碳汇交易”,carbon market,可以翻译为“碳汇市场”,都比较顺。不知道谁是第一个使用这个翻译的,但我觉得以后应该推广“碳汇”。

The Guardian: Global fund ‘could pay owners to keep rainforets safe’

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10月 15 2008

英语阅读 The White Tiger

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今天的每日英语是刚刚获得布克奖的印度作家阿迪加的小说《白虎》(The White Tiger)节选。

Extract from The White Tiger

Aravind Adiga

Now, I no longer watch Hindi films – on principle – but back in the days when I used to, just before the movie got started, either the number 786 would flash against the black screen – the Muslims think this is a magic number that represents their god – or else you would see the picture of a woman in a white sari with gold sovereigns dripping down to her feet, which is the goddess Lakhshmi, of the Hindus.

It is an ancient and veneratedcustom of people in my country to start a story by praying to a Higher Power. I guess, Your Excellency, that I too should start off by kissing some god’s arse.

Which god’s arse, though? There are so many choices.

See the Muslims have one god. The Christians have three gods. And we Hindus have 36,000,000 gods.

Making a grand total of 36,000,004 divine arses for me to choose from.

Now there are some, and I don’t just mean Communists like you, but thinking men of all political parties, who think that not many of these gods actually exist.

Some believe that none of them exist. There’s just us and an ocean of darkness around us. I’m no philosopher or poet, how would I know the truth? It’s true that all these gods seem to do awfully little work – much like our politicians – and yet keep winning re-election to their golden thrones in heaven, year after year.

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10月 14 2008

英语阅读 Do open plan offices work?

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Do open plan offices work?
Leo Benedictus

The Guardian,
Tuesday October 14 2008

Gordon Brown certainly thinks so. Yesterday it was reported that the prime minister will shortly be moving his team into 12 Downing Street, where there is room to create a large shared space that will reflect his famously relaxed personality and laid-back working style.

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10月 13 2008

英语阅读 Ask Hadley

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Hadley Freeman 的周一时尚答问专栏。

Hadley Freeman can ease your fashion pain

Hadley Freeman
Monday October 13 2008

On a recent documentary Kate Moss seemed to design her collection for Topshop by just getting things out of her wardrobe or finding vintage pieces and telling Topshop to copy them. Is this how designers work these days?

Sarah Morris, London

Oh, you picky, picky public people! What do you want from the poor, hard-working, straining-by-the-grit-o’-their-teeth fashion designers? Donatella, Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia Prada – honestly, most of the time, they look as if they work down mines. Especially Karl, when he wears that little Chanel hard hat (quilted, obviously) – faaaaabulous.

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10月 10 2008

英语阅读 Brad Pitt’s Angelina Jolie picture

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Eamonn McCabe 对《W》杂志封面照片的评述,在调侃中带出观点。

Brad Pitt has made Angelina Jolie look like she’s on the cover of Woman’s Realm
As private photos Brad Pitt’s snaps of his wife might be quite nice. But in the public realm they seem creepy, phoney and hypocritical

Eamonn McCabe

In many ways this is a beautiful picture of a mother and child, taken by a besotted father. In other ways it’s highly disturbing.

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10月 10 2008

Daily quote: Your call is important to us

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Guardian’s Simon Hoggart recreated the scene of the communication between British Chancellor of Exchequer Alistair Darling and his Iceland counterpart:

(Later, Alistair Darling told us that he was at sea. “Getting information out of Iceland is quite difficult,” he said. Imaging their attempts. “The British Treasury here. Can you tell us what is going on?”

“You call is important to us. Please hold.” Then half an hour of Vivaldi.)

A happy day. For Labour at least.

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10月 10 2008

英语阅读 At last, technology is making photography better, not worse (2008-10-09)

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Andrew Brown 的文章说什么样的数码相机才是最好的相机--并不是像素越多越好。

At last, technology is making photography better, not worse
Andrew Brown

The Guardian,
Thursday October 9 2008

The phone I bought last month has a camera supposedly better than the camera I bought four years ago. That’s to say it has a 5MP camera instead of a 4MP one. I could have bought a Samsung phone with 8MP, the same as my second digital camera. And the phone does take perfectly usable pictures and recognisable videos. That it functions as well as a mapping device and a recorder is astonishing, but irrelevant to this argument. My cameras will do none of those other things. When I want to take a close-up with the most recent, and expensive, DSLR, I have to go to the trouble of changing the lens first. The phone – and the previous camera – do it all in software.

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10月 09 2008

Buzzword: recapitalisation/recapitalization

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这两天谈论最多的,就是 recapitalisation 了,要不就是 preferred shares、preference shares,因为 recapitalisation (注资)是布朗政府救市方案的中心,说大白话,就是虽然银行号称身缠万贯,但是。。。没钱了,要向政府要钱。

FT: US shift as UK sets out on path to recapitalise

Forbes: EU’s Almunia says bank recapitalisation needed

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10月 08 2008

英语阅读 Rally driver Guy Wilks on Death Race

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动作片《死亡赛车》(Death Race)正在英国公映,电影中的男主角,一位汽车拉力赛车手不得不参加一场”死亡赛车”游戏。2007年英国汽车拉力赛冠军 Guy Wilks 从职业角度评述这部电影的可信性。

Another view
Rally driver Guy Wilks on Death Race

Interview by Paul Arendt
Wednesday October 8 2008

Funnily enough, I’m not really into car movies. When I come home after a week’s rallying, I don’t even want to talk about driving – it’s my day job, and sometimes you’ve got to chill. So I found Death Race a bit lacklustre. It starts out well, with a mysterious murder, but as soon as the racing begins the film turns into a sadistic, live-action version of Mario Kart.

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