so far:Up to the present moment knock off work:To cease work way below: much lower, cheap rate as: evaluate, grade, assume be wrapped up in: preoccupied, engaged, intriguing:something that is intriguing is very interesting because it is strange, mysterious, or unexpected: high tea:(BRITISH) substantial early evening meal including tea sleep like a log: To sleep very deeply stark:unpleasantly clear and impossible to avoid
"Work is refuge of people who have nothing better to do." - Oscar Wilde (Irish poet, playwright and novelist; 1854 - 1900)
ニュースを読んで英語が学べ、さらにそれを音声で聞いて英語が身に付く、一度で二度美味しいサイトVoice of Americaから、今日は海外の紛争地域における平和維持活動に関するニュースをご紹介したい。 英題は、"East Timor and Somalia: Two Different Reactions to Peacekeepers" 平和の国日本で生活をしていると海外から送られてくる国際紛争のニュースを見聞きすると、ついつい単純に平和を戻すために何か出来ることは無いか？国連は何をやっているんだ？と思いがちだが、なかなか現地での問題は紛争当事者双方の思惑が複雑に絡み合って容易には手出しがし辛いのが実情のようである。 今回ご紹介するニュースでは、東ティモールとソマリアという二つの紛争地における平和維持活動を取り上げ、一方が平和維持活動を歓迎して受け入れて現地から待ち望まれて赴くのに対して、もう一方は必ずしも国連および米国の平和維持軍が歓迎されているわけではなく、必然的にその活動も非常に危険が伴う内容になっていると言う。
capture: when soldiers get control of a place that previously belonged to an enemy intervene: to become involved in an argument, fight, or other difficult situation in order to change what happens protest: something that you do to show publicly that you think that something is wrong and unfair, for example taking part in big public meetings, refusing to work, or refusing to buy a company's products refuge: shelter or protection from someone or something warlord: the leader of an unofficial military group fighting against a government, king, or different group flee: to leave somewhere very quickly, in order to escape from danger:
I was very surprised at the news of the world's 10 hottest cities. Because my home town of Fukuoka was listed in the 10 cities by NewsWeek in U.S.A.
Of course I love my home town though, I feel the town has changed to a miniature of Tokyo same as other local cities in Japan. There are some franchised cofee shops or convenience stores or Keitai shops and so on in Fukuoka now.
And, as you may know it, Fukuoka is now aiming to attract the Olympia game. However, I doubt if Fukuoka is proper size of city.
I don't know what points of Fukuoka was evaluated by NewsWeek's writer. But I suppose most of dwellers in Fukuoka might be confused by this article.
Please read the article on the web site of NewsWeek described in below. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13528594/site/newsweek/
humble: simple and ordinary, but useful or effective: Goyang:高陽市 loom: to appear as a large unclear shape, especially in a hreatening way dominate: to control someone or something or to have more importance than other people or things: dominant: more powerful, important, or noticeable than other people or things stagnate: to stop developing or making progress: exurb: A region lying beyond the suburbs of a city, especially one inhabited principally by wealthy people. seismic: very great, serious, or important: encompass: to include a wide range of ideas, subjects, etc: outpace: to go faster, do better, or develop more quickly than someone or something else: aspire: to desire and work towards achieving something important breed: if a place, situation, or thing breeds a particular type of person, it produces that type: emerging: in an early state of development: megalopolis: A region made up of several large cities and their surrounding areas in sufficient proximity to be considered a single urban complex. soared: to increase quickly to a high level demography: the study of human populations and the ways in which they change, for example the study of how many births, marriages and deaths happen in a particular place at a particular time unaffordable: Too expensive: medical care that has become unaffordable for many. sprawl: a large area of buildings that are spread out in an untidy and unattractive way: viable: a viable idea, plan, or method can work successfully seedy: a seedy person or place looks dirty or poor, and is often connected with illegal or immoral activities: requisite: something that is needed for a particular purpose
1. "Since my last report, this employee has reached rock-bottom and has started to dig." 2. "I would not allow this employee to breed." 3. "This employee is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definite won't be." 4. "Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap." 5. "When he opens his mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet." 6. "This young lady has delusions of adequacy." 7. "He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them." 8. "This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot." 9. "This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts the better." 10. "Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together." 11. "A gross ignoramus - 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus." 12. "He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier." 14. "I would like to go hunting with him sometime." 15. "He's been working with glue too much."
rock-bottom:a rock-bottom price is as low as it can possibly be: breed: if animals breed, they mate in order to have babies: has-been:someone who was important or popular but who has now been forgotten corner:to force a person or animal into a position from which they cannot easily escape: delusions:the belief that you are much more important or powerful than you really are adequacy: Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need. deprive:to prevent someone from having something, especially something that they need or should have: idiot:a stupid person or someone who has done something stupid: ignoramus:someone who does not know about things that most people know about ulcer:A lesion of the skin or a mucous membrane such as the one lining the stomach or duodenum that is accompanied by formation of pus and necrosis of surrounding tissue, usually resulting from inflammation or ischemia.
Now we Japanese are shocked by sad news from Nara. A high school boy set his house on fire and his step mother and step sister and step brother were killed by this fire while they were sleeping.
Two days later of the incident the disappearance eldest son of this family was found in Kyoto next to Nara. And in the probe of the police, he has confessed that he set his house alight.
According to the news, he wanted to get rid of his father's high demand of education. His parents are both medical doctor, and his father wants him to be a doctor very eagerly. Thus he entered a highest level private high school in Nara after graduating elementary school. Then his father asked him to study harder every day. Furthermore, his father hit him while he's studying in the home.
On the other hand, his mother married the father after the father divorced his former wife. And the eldest son is a child between the father and his former wife. But the son is known for accommodating his little brother and sister. And the little brother and sister also respect their excellent elder brother. And this eldest son has been keeping good relation with his step mother.
This high school boy is also very good at sports, especially kendo. He is a member of kendo club of his high school.
When I consider this boy's situation, I remember some classmates in my high school. One of the friends is a son of a medical doctor running a big local surgery hospital. But he was a star player of basketball and volleyball. So he chose his way by himself, and he entered the sports course of Tsukuba university. After graduating from university he became a coach of Hitachi basketball team and after that he became a lecturer of sports college. And now he runs his own sports massage salon. No one disrespect him, since he stuck what he believed in and his father accepted his way.
Another friend is a son of famous professor of the highest level national medical university. But he loves classical music and imaginative literature rather than science. Unfortunately his mother was very strict educational mother(Kyoiku-mama). So frequently he conflicted with his mother. But finally he entered the literature department of Tokyo university. Even though his furious mother didn't send him any living expenses, his girl friend, now his wife, supported him. And now he's a famous professor of a national university in Chugoku region.
There are lots of ways of life style around young students. And they can select whatever they want to be. If the boy student could reject his father's pressure, this tragedy wouldn't happen. So we feel very sad to read the follow-up reports of this incident on the newspaper.
今日は久し振りに梅雨の谷間の晴れ間、という趣で朝から好天に恵まれて汗ばむ事もあった。今日は当初初回見学者が来られる予定だったので比較的短めのニュースを選択したが、これが意外や意外参加者をてこずらせることになった。 本日のサークルで取り上げたニュースは、古代遺産の「リディアの財宝」がいつの間にかニセモノに擦りかえられていた、という犯罪を報じるもの。英題は"Museum head detained over fake exhibits." 詳しい内容は、http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060530/od_nm/turkey_treasure_dc_1、早速アクセスすべし！ 日本では考えられないような話題だが、意外と我々が知らされていないだけで誰かが海外に日本の文化財等を売り捌いて、私服を肥やしていることも考えられない話ではない。そう考えるとぞっとしますね。
detain: to officially prevent soneone from leaving a place amid: while noisy, busy, or confused events are happening - used in writing or news reports probe: an investigation in which many questions are asked to discover the truth about something allegation: a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal, but that has not been proved artifact:(B:artefact) an object suc as a tool, weapon etc that was made in the past and is historically important repatriate: to send profits or money you have earned back to your own country archeology:(B:archaeology) the study of ancient societies by examining what remains of their buildings, graves, tools etc. interrogate: to ask someone a lot of questions for a long time in order to get information, sometimes using threats anonymous: done, sent, or given by someone who does not want their name to be known tip-off:(INFORMAL) a secret warning or piece of information, especially one given to the police about illegal activities
be with: agree, support clutter: a large number of things that are scattered somewhere in an untidy way [= junk] tusk: one of a pair of very long pointed teeth, that stick out of the mouth of animals such as elephants poach: to illegally catch or shoot animals, birds, or fish, especially on private land without permission: synthetic: imitated class with: put something in the same category of something pollutant: a substance that makes air, water, soil etc dangerously dirty, and is caused by cars, factories etc condone: to accept or forgive behaviour that most people think is morally wrong:
"We work not only to produce but to give value to time." -Eugene Delacroix (French Romantic painter; 1798 - 1863)
英文ニュースを読んで英語が勉強でき、そのニュースを音声で聞くことで英語が勉強できる、一度で二度美味しいサイトVoice of Americaから今日は人身売買等の現代版奴隷制に関して、全世界を対象に実態調査を行ったというニュースをご紹介。 英題は” U.S. Says 12 Nations Not Doing Enough to Stop Human Trafficking”、詳しくはhttp://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2006-06-11-voa2.cfm にアクセスすべし！ 米国政府の省庁による2006年度版「人身密売報告書」によると、全世界150カ国以上を対象に調査を実施した結果、12カ国が非常に劣る状況、と報告された。 その12カ国とは地域別の内訳はアジアから4カ国、中近東から3カ国、中南米から3カ国、アフリカから2カ国となっている。とりわけ今年はドイツでサッカーのW杯が開催されるが、ドイツは売春への規制がなくこの国に向けたこの時期の人身売買が懸念される。
trafficking: the buying and selling of illegal goods, especially drugs: be rated on: informal especially American English to be deserved something: diplomat: someone who officially represents their government in a foreign country congress: a formal meeting of representatives of different groups, countries etc, to discuss ideas, make decisions etc: fall back: To recede: emirate: the country ruled by an emir, or his position prostitution: the work of prostitutes prostitute: someone, especially a woman, who earns money by having sex with people
After getting drunk and making a nostalgic visit to Central Park Holden sneaks home and sees Phobe, with whom he has a long, intimate talk. Phoebe is distressed by his negativism and challenges him to mention just one thing he would like to be. It is then that Holden tells her about his ideal of being the catcher in the rye, even though Phoebe correct his misinterpretation of Burn's poem. Holden decided to see his former English teacher, Mr. Antolini, calls him, and sneaks out of his parents' apartment. He spends the night at the home of Mr. Antolini, who is last refuge because he thinks of him as the nearest thing to a non-phoney adult. Mr. Antolini succeeds in establishing contact with Holden, calms him down and gives him some practical advice, urging him towards a less egostistical and more constructive idealism. But everything is ruined when, after Holden has relaxed and gone to sleep, he is awakened by Mr. Antolini's patting him on the forehead, which he takes for a homosexual pass. Confused and frightened, Holden rushes out of the house, not knowing where to go. For a time he just wanders about, realizing that his nerves are going to pieces and feeling utterly dejected. He decides to say goodbye to Phoebe before going out West. Meeting his sister, he is deeply moved by her affection and loyalty. He is overcome by love for her and and for all people, and he knows he cannot leave. After going back to his parents he is taken to a rest home for psychological treatment. He recovers and tells about the experiences of these two dramatic days, which have taught him that he loves everyone he has ever known, 'even that goddam Maurice'.
Holden Caulifield, the son of a rich Jewish lawyer in New York, has been kicked out from fashionable Pencey Preparatory School because he has flunked all subjects except English. It is a few days before Christmas. Having said goodbye to old Spencer, his history teacher, Ward Stratlater, his conceited, athletic roommate, and Robert Ackley, the pimpy, boring boy that that rooms next to him, Holden leaves on Saturday night to spend a few days on his own in New York before returning to his parent's home. He meets the mother of one of his schoolmates in the train, and, just to please her, tells her a pack of flattering lies about her son. He takes a cheap, depressing hotel, from where he phones a cabaret girl and unsuccessfully tries to make a date with her. He would like to call his affectionate 10-year-old sister Phoebe, of whom he is very fond, but he knows she's asleep and he might get his parents on the phone. Holden tries to amuse himself in the night club of the hotel, but finds it a boring experience. His visit to another might club downtown is just as disappointing. Returning to the hotel, he accepts the liftboy's offer of a prostitute, but depressed by and sorry for the girl,he only has a long talk with her and gives her the money agreed upon. Her pimp, Maurice, browbeats Holden into giving more money and maltreats him. The next morning Holden calls his old girl friend Sally Hayes and makes a date with her. He tells he is tired of the phoney society he lives in and asks her to run away with him. But Sally, who is rather shallow, conceited and conventional girl, refuses indignantly. They quarrel and Holden leaves her. That night he meets his former Student Advisor, Carl Luce, a pseudo-refined intellectual. When Holden attempts to discuss his personal problems, Carl impatiently tells him to grow up and adjust himself to the world. ( to be continued )
とある集まりで英語の読書クラブを続けている。その集まりで最初に取り上げたのがこの本で、巻末のメモによれば２００３年７月に購入し、暑い夏に汗を流しながら原書に取り組んだ記憶がある。 邦題は、ご存知「ライ麦畑でつかまえて」。かつての天才シンガーソングライター故大塚博堂の名曲もあり、数多くの翻訳本も出ているが、ここは苦労を覚悟の上で是非原書にトライして頂きたい。それではこの本のどこが苦労なのか？それは１９５０年代のスラングのオンパレードなのである。 タイトルが、物語の中で子どもが歌うロバート・バーンズの詩 "If a body meet a body Comin' through the rye（曲は『故郷の空』として有名）" を主人公が "If a body catch a body comin' though the rye" と聞き間違えたところから来ている事は意外と知られていない。 では読みどころはどこか？私は若い２０歳前後の男子にありがちな青春の苦しみ、挫折と苦悩の日々からの脱出。そこに自分自身の青い時代と重ね合わせる向きも多いのではなかろうか？
dough: money for the birds: be of no significance grippe: flu get the ax: to be dismissed hit the ceiling: get angry puke:(informal) to bring food back up from your stomach through your mouth [= vomit]: helluva: hell of a sonuvabitch: son of a bitch can: toilet innarested: interested
- The Senior Citizens Bus Trip A tour bus driver is driving with a bus load of seniors down a highway when he is tapped on his shoulder by a little old lady.
She offers him a handful of peanuts, which he gratefully munches up.
After about 15 minutes, she taps him on his shoulder again and she hands him another handful of peanuts. She repeats this gesture about five more times.
When she is about to hand him another batch he asks the little old lady why they don't eat the peanuts themselves. "We can't chew them because we've no teeth", she replied.
The puzzled driver asks, "Why do you buy them then?"
The old lady replied, "We just love the chocolate around them."
- Before Computers 1.Memory- was something you lost with age. 2.An Application- was for employment. 3.A Program- was a TV show. 4.A Cursor- used profanity. 5.A Keyboard- was a piano. 6.A Web- was a spider's home. 7.A Virus- was the flu. 8.A CD- was a bank account. 9.A Hard Drive- was a long trip on the road.
garment:(FORMAL) a piece of clothing confiscate:to officially take private property away from ripped-off:(SLANG) to steal something practical:(EFFECTIVE) practical plans, methods etc. are likely to succeed or be effective in a situation vibrant: full of activity or energy in a way that is exciting and attractive - synonym lively handout: money or goods that are given to someone, for example because they are poor threads: clothes
folks:your parents and family: day off:a day when you do not go to work, school etc because you have a holiday or because you are sick: swindler:to get money from someone by deceiving them [= cheat] scheme:a clever plan, especially to do something that is bad or illegal - used in order to show disapproval: fork out:to surrender someone or something to another; "the guard delivered the criminal to the police"; "render up the prisoners"; "render the town to the enemy"; "fork over the money" con:a trick to get someone's money or make them do something: archenemy:the main enemy humiliate:to make someone feel ashamed or stupid, especially when other people are present [= embarrass]: to the tune of:To the sum or extent of: scam:a clever but dishonest way to get money:
"The mediocre teachers tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." -William Authur Ward
ニュースを読んで英語を勉強でき、そのニュースを聞いて英語を勉強できる、一度で二度美味しいサイトVoice of Americaから、今日はアメリカでも結婚式の形態が多様化しプランナーが活躍する、という話を紹介。 英題は"Planning a Wedding Becomes a Marriage of a Million Details"、詳細をご覧になりたい方は、http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2006-06-11-voa1.cfm、にアクセスすべし！ アメリカでは毎年２００万回以上の結婚式が行われ、何と新婚旅行の費用に旅費を除いて８００億ドル以上ものお金が費やされると言う。日本ではかつては日本人だけが異常に結婚式や披露宴にお金を無駄使いする、派手婚好みと言われたが、案外そうでもないことがこの数字から判る。 当然これだけのお金が動けばビジネスチャンスでもある。大勢の客を呼んで連日パーティーをする人、本当に身近な親戚と友人だけの挙式をする人、結婚した後に通知だけ出す人、そして定番の遠くに招待客と旅行に行って行った先で挙式もする人。 色んなケースが考えられるだけにプランナーの活躍する場所も広がる。
elope:to leave your home secretly in order to get married: bridesmaid:a girl or woman, usually unmarried, who helps a bride on her wedding day and is with her at the wedding tuxedo:a man's jacket that is usually black, worn on formal occasions chamber music:classical music written for a small group of instruments voluntary: a piece of music played in church, usually by the organ
Schindler Holding AG, the head office is located in Switzerland, is one of the biggest Lift Companies in the world. However, as you may know it, a high school boy was killed by the accident of the elevator made by Schindler in Tokyo. Now the Japanese authority is investigating Shindler's products installed in all of Japan. One of the news source says that Shindler adopted some lemon gears for their lift. Thus Scindler's products occured such tremendous number of accidents.
By the way, what does the lemon mean ? The sour fruit ? We're very familiar with a slice of lemon in red tea. And its ingredient of vitamine is very good for keeping lady's skin condition.
But the lemon has different meaning from fruit. * Informal One that is unsatisfactory or defective: 1) [countable] especially American English informal something that is useless because it fails to work or to work properly: [C] MAINLY US INFORMAL something that does not work: e.g. I soon realized the van was a lemon. 2) [countable] British English informal a silly person: [C] UK INFORMAL a very foolish person: e.g. He just stood there looking like a real lemon.
argument:a : one of the independent variables upon whose value that of a function depends b : a substantive (as the direct object of a transitive verb) that is required by a predicate in grammar c : the angle assigned to a complex number when it is plotted in a complex plane using polar coordinates -- called also amplitude; customize:customise-British English to change something to make it more suitable for you, or to make it look special or different from things of a similar type: default:the way in which things are arranged on a computer screen unless you decide to change them: hard copy:information from a computer that is printed out onto paper, or the printed papers themselves initialize:to set (as a computer program counter) to a starting position, value, or configuration off the shelf software:A software from ready-made merchandise in stock soft copy:information stored in a computer's memory or shown on a screen rather than printed on paper threshold:the level at which something starts to happen or have an effect: utilize:utilise-British English to use something for a particular purpose:
英題は、"John Lennon asks for peace, says pay TV seance" http://www.smh.com.au/news/people/lennon-asks-for-peace-tv-seance/2006/04/25/1145861319686.html
seance: a meeting where people try to talk to or receive messages from the spiritd of dead people channel: to allow a spirit to come into your body and speak through you, to tell people a message that you have received in this way: scathing: a scathing remark criticizes someone or something very severely paranormal: paranormal events cannot be explained by science and seem strange and mysterious (=supernatural) frequent:(FORMAL) to go to a particular place often: feed: when the television or radio signal, computer information etc is sent somewhere, or the connection that is used to do this: proclaim:(FORMAL) to say publicly or officially that something important is true or exists: consent: agreement about something: tacky: if something is tacky, it looks cheap or badly made, and shows poor taste: exploitative: taking as much as possible from someone or something and giving very little in return: deranged: someone who is deranged behaves in a crazy or dangerous way, usually because they are mentary ill:
ビジネスマンのストレス社会を中心に英語を説明してきたが、余りに仕事にパワーを注ぎすぎる余りに、所謂燃え尽きてしまう人たちも少なくは無い。そしてそうした人の多くが燃え尽きる寸前には、アルコールに頼るか、処方薬か麻薬に依存してしまう傾向がある。 しかしながら、そうした燃え尽きてしまう人たちほど人間味に溢れ、思いやりのある人が多い。それでいて頑張りやさんなのである。だからこそ落伍者と後ろ指を指されることを良しとしないので無理をしてしまう。 そういう本当は企業にとっても大切な人材だからこそ企業も彼らの支援に本腰を入れ始めたのであろう。｢英語耳＆英語舌」の最近号では、Inside the USAと言う囲みの中で、アメリカ人の働き方事情が取り上げられている。日本社会の中で自分達だけが超過労働を強いられている、と思い込んでいる人たちには是非読んでいただきたい実情である。
decent:of a good enough standard or quality: pop:pop pills informalMDD to take pills too often, or to take too many at one time get hooked on:develop an addiction pot:old-fashioned informalMDD marijuana: measure up to:to reach a standard that is as good as someone or something else. blow one's top:get savage with,get good and angry (with) on the verge of:almost doing or experiencing something. delegete:to give part of your power or work to someone in a lower position than you:
"Only a mediocre person is always at his best." - Laurence J. Peter (Canadian writer, University of Southern California, in The Peter Principle)
トレンドな話題を読んで英語が勉強でき、音声を聞いて英語が勉強できる一度で二度美味しいサイトVoice of Americaから、今日は森林保護に関する話題を紹介！ 英題は"Study Finds Only Five Percent of Tropical Forests Are Protected"、詳細をご覧になりたい実際に音声を聞いて勉強して見たい、という方は、http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2006-06-05-voa2.cfm まで。 森林保護の専門機関による最近の調査では、全世界の僅か５％の森林しか保護されていないことが判明した。開発用に計画的に伐採の後に植林していく場合と、純粋に自然保護の立場から森林を保護する場合とがあるが、何れにせよ専門機関が中心になって関連する生物の為にも森林保護にもっと全世界が注目しなければならない。
tropical forests:Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests, also known as tropical rain forests, are a tropical and subtropical biome. sustainable:able to continue without causing damage to the environment: timber:trees that produce wood used for building or making things: supervision:when you supervise someone or something: harvest: to gather crops from the fields enforcement:when people are made to obey a rule, law etc:
本日の「ニュースを読む」で取り上げた記事は、アメリカのＮＡＳＡでシャトルが上昇中に大きな鳥と衝突するのを避けるためのプロジェクトに取り組み始めた、という話。 英題は、"Rounding up roadkill for shuttle safety" http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=11998221
round up: To seek out and bring together; gather. roadkill: An animal or animals killed by being struck by a motor vehicle. vulture: a large bird that eats dead animals lift-off: the initial ascent of a rocket from its launching pad posse: a group of men gathered together by a SHERIFF(=local law officer) in the US in past times to help catch a criminal carcass: the body of a dead animal pad:(FLAT GROUND) a piece of flat ground where small aircraft can land chunk: a large thick piece of something that does not have an even shape carrion: the decaying flesh of dead animals, which is eaten by some animal and birds vulnerable: a place, thing, or idea that is vulnerable is easy to attack or criticize noxicious:(FORMAL) harmful or poisonous(=toxic) resume: to start doing something again after stopping or being interrupted preserve: an area of land or water that is kept for private hunting or fishing
brace: to mentally or physically prepare yourself or someone else for something unpleasant that is going to happen buy:(informal) to accept that an idea is right and allow it to influence you: chronic:a chronic disease or illness is one that continues for a long time and cannot be cured [↪ acute]: settle for:to accept something even though it is not the best, or not what you really want: migraine headache: an extremely bad headache, during which you feel sick and have pain behind your eyes ulcer:a sore area on your skin or inside your body that may bleed or produce poisonous substances:
make ends meet:To manage so that one's means are sufficient for one's needs. nose to the grindstone:To work hard and steadily.
'One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea' - Walter Bagehot(British writer and economist, 1826 - 1877)
ペットのワンちゃんに心癒されるのは洋の東西を問わないが（実は私も今年の３月下旬に１５年間育てた飼い犬に先立たれて今は少々へこんだ生活を送っているが）、これが犯罪者となると少しばかり様子が違っている。 カナダのトロントから届いたニュースで人懐っこい公園の犬が、大量殺人を狙った凶悪犯に犯罪を思いとどまらせた、というニュース。英題は"Friendly dog prevents killing spree" 車に銃器と大量の弾丸を積み込んで無差別殺人の対象を探して、車を転がしていた中年男性の殺人者が、車を降りて公園で犯罪を実行に移そうとした時に、通りかかった愛嬌のある犬に心を慰められて犯罪を思いとどまり、警察官に逮捕された、との事。
spree: a short period of time doing something that you enjoy, especially spending money or drinking ammunition: 1 bullets, shells etc that are fired from guns disturbed: someone who is disturbed does not behave in a normal way, because they have had very shocking or upsetting experiences round: GUN SHOT a single shot from a gun, or a bullet for one shot machete: a large knife with a broad heavy blade, used as a weapon or a tool bail: money left with a court of law to prove that a prisoner will return when their trial starts