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Oscar hadn’t eaten all day, but that was okay. Many scientific studies have concluded that the less people eat, the longer they live. These studies are based on experiments with mice and other small animals, so maybe the conclusions don’t apply to humans. But maybe they do. Oscar wanted to live to be 100. So, years ago, he had cut back from three meals a day to two. Occasionally, he ate only one meal a day. The fewer meals Oscar ate, the less guilty he felt about not exercising.It was 11 p.m. Oscar peeled and ate a banana. He filled a pot with water, put the pot on the stovetop, and turned on the gas. Then he sliced six radishes, salted them lightly, and ate them. Then he washed and ate two celery stalks. After that, he ate a half cup of assorted nuts. He loved the pecans best, although they were the fewest in the assortment. He sliced a lemon in half, and then used a squeezer to squeeze all the lemon juice into an empty cup. When the water in the pot began to boil, he grabbed a box of pasta from the cabinet. Article/201106/139711

Their party in the dining-room was large, for almost all the Lucases came to meet Maria and hear the news; and various were the subjects that occupied them: Lady Lucas was inquiring of Maria, after the welfare and poultry of her eldest daughter; Mrs. Bennet was doubly engaged, on one hand collecting an account of the present fashions from Jane, who sat some way below her, and, on the other, retailing them all to the younger Lucases; and Lydia, in a voice rather louder than any other person#39;s, was enumerating the various pleasures of the morning to anybody who would hear her.他们饭厅里人很多,卢卡斯府上差不多全家人都来接玛丽亚,顺便听听新闻,还问到各种各样的问题。卢卡斯太太隔着桌子向玛丽亚问起她大女儿日子过得好不好,鸡鸭养得多不多;班纳特太太格外忙,因为吉英坐在她下手,她便不断向她打听一些时下的风尚,然后再去传给卢卡斯家几位年轻去听;丽迪雅的嗓子比谁都高,她正在把当天早上的乐趣一件件说给爱听的人听。;Oh! Mary, ; said she, ;I wish you had gone with us, for we had such fun! As we went along, Kitty and I drew up the blinds, and pretended there was nobody in the coach; and I should have gone so all the way, if Kitty had not been sick; and when we got to the George, I do think we behaved very handsomely, for we treated the other three with the nicest cold luncheon in the world, and if you would have gone, we would have treated you too. And then when we came away it was such fun! I thought we never should have got into the coach. I was y to die of laughter. And then we were so merry all the way home! we talked and laughed so loud, that anybody might have heard us ten miles off!;;噢,曼丽,;她说,;你要是跟我们一块儿去了多有趣!我们一路去的时候,吉蒂和我放下车帘,看上去好象是空车,要是吉蒂没有晕车,就会这样一直到目的地。我们在乔治客店实在做得够漂亮,我们用世界上最美的冷盘款待她们三位;假使你也去了,我们也会款待你的。我们临走的时候,又是那么有趣!我以为这样一辆车子无论如何也装不下我们。我真要笑死啦。回家来一路上又是那么开心作乐!我们有说有笑,声音大得十英里路外都能听见!;To this Mary very gravely replied, ;Far be it from me, my dear sister, to depreciate such pleasures! They would doubtless be congenial with the generality of female minds. But I confess they would have no charms for ME--I should infinitely prefer a book. ;曼丽听到这些话,便一本正经地回答道:;我的好,并不是我故意要杀你们的风景,老实说,你们这些乐趣当然会投合一般女子的爱好可动不了我的心,我觉得读读书要有趣得多。;1.draw up 使靠近Draw up a chair and sit down.拉把椅子过来坐下。2. be y to do 准备去做某事She is always y to help others.她总是乐于助人。3. be congenial with sb. 和某人志趣相同,congenial 是形容词,表示; 同性质的, 趣味相同的,;I met few people who are congenial with me in that city.我在那个城市没有遇到几个意气相投的。 Article/201112/165120

Larry's Lawn Chair Ride 梦想起飞,别一飞冲天……Larry Walters’ boyhood dream was not an unusual one: He wanted to fly. What was unusual, though, was the way he fulfilled it. After finishing school, Larry joined the U.S. Air Force, but was rejected from pilot-training school because of poor eyesight. However, his dream remained. Larry, aged 33, was not a pilot, but a truck driver in Los Angeles. One day, while sitting outside in his lawn chair, Larry had his eureka moment. As he watched jets fly overhead, an idea came to him to use weather balloons to fly. A few weeks later, Larry bought 42 one-meter diameter weather balloons. He tied them to a lawn chair and filled them with helium. Then he sat down in the chair with some beer, sandwiches, and a BB gun. Larry’s plan was to float about 10 meters above his backyard, enjoy a few hours in the air, and then pop some balloons with his gun to get back down. But things did not go according to Larry’s plan. When his friends cut the anchor lines, Larry, lifted by the 42 balloons, shot skyward at an astonishing speed. He finally settled at an altitude of 4,000 meters. Afraid to pop any of the balloons, in case he should upset the balance of his “craft,” Larry sat, cold and frightened, in the sky with his beer and sandwiches for 14 hours. Airline pilots heading toward Los Angeles’ busy international airport radioed in reports of the strange sight. Larry’s presence in the skies caused numerous planes to be rerouted. Eventually, Larry worked up the nerve to shoot a few balloons and slowly descended, landing in power lines. Uninjured, he climbed down to safety and was arrested by waiting police. When asked by a reporter why he had done it, Larry responded, "a man just can't sit around." Larry fulfilled his dream, and set a record for a gas-filled balloon flight. But it cost him: He was later fined US,500 for violating air safety regulations. 拉里·沃尔特少年时期的梦想并不很平常:他想飞。然而不寻常的是他实现的方式。从学校毕业后,拉里就加入美国空军,但由于视力不佳而被飞行训练学校拒之门外。尽管如此,他的梦想依然没变。33岁的拉里不是一名飞行员,而是洛杉矶的一名卡车司机。一天,当拉里坐在屋外的折椅上时,突然灵机一动。他看到喷气机从头顶飞过,就想到可以用气象探测气球来飞行。几个星期后,拉里买了42个直径为1米的气象探测气球。他将气球绑在折椅上并注入氦气。接着他坐上椅子,带了一些啤酒,三明治和一BB。拉里计划在他家后院飘起10米高左右,好好在空中享受几小时,然后用击破一些气球以回到地面。但是事情并没有按照拉里的计划进展。朋友们一切断锚线,拉里就被42个气球拉起,并以惊人的速度射向天际。最后他停在海拔4000米的高度上。担心击破一些气球会导致他的“飞行器”失去平衡,拉里又冷又怕,与他的啤酒和三明治在空中坐了14个小时。飞往繁忙洛杉矶国际机场的民航飞行员,用无线电报告了这一奇怪的景象。拉里停留在空中迫使许多飞机改变航线。最终拉里鼓起勇气击破了几个气球慢慢地下降,停在电线上。拉里没有受伤,爬了下来,获得了安全,随即被等候的警方逮捕了。当记者问及为什么会有此举动,拉里答道:“一个人就是不能坐在那里不干事。”拉里实现了梦想,而且创造了一项以充气气球飞行的记录。然而这让他付出的代价是:他后来因违反空中安全条例被罚1500美金。 Article/200803/28359

Duke Ellington: One of the Most Popular Musicians of the Twentieth CenturyWritten by Paul Thompson (THEME)VOICE ONE:I'm Richard Rael. VOICE TWO:And I'm Ray Freeman with the VOA Special English program, People in America. Every week we tell about a person who was important in the history of the ed States. Today, we finish our report about the great jazz musician, Duke Ellington. (MUSIC) VOICE ONE:That song is "Take the 'A' Train. " It is like a musical sign that says, "You are listening to Duke Ellington and his orchestra. " Music fans around the world know the song is linked closely to Duke Ellington. Yet they may not know that he did not write it. Duke Ellington "Take the 'A' Train" was written by a close friend and orchestra member, Billy Strayhorn. Billy and Duke had a very close working relationship for almost thirty years. Sometimes, it was difficult to tell which man had written a new song for the orchestra. Members of the group often argued about who had written it . . . Duke or Billy Strayhorn. VOICE TWO:Duke Ellington always wrote music. Music experts say he may have written as many as two thousand different songs. He wrote music wherever he went. He wrote late at night. He wrote on the train or bus or airplane when the orchestra traveled. Friends say he wrote music even in eating places while he waited for his food. Listen to this Ellington song, played by Russell Procope. Procope played the clarinet in the Ellington orchestra for many years. In this song, Procope was able to play his part a different way each time. Ellington let individual players create their own parts. This means it is almost impossible today to reproduce the sound of Duke Ellington's orchestra. The song is called, "Four-Thirty Blues." (MUSIC) VOICE ONE:Duke Ellington tried many new and different ways to play music. For example, he put different instruments together in groups that no one had tried before. He also was the first song writer to use a human voice as an instrument. He wrote music for a singer but no words. The song is called "Creole Love Call. " The singer here is Adelaide Hall. (MUSIC) VOICE TWO:Duke Ellington was one of the most popular musicians in the twentieth century. Yet, music experts and critics say he was much more important as a song writer and orchestra leader than as a piano player. Billy Strayhorn once said, "Duke plays piano. But his real instrument is the orchestra. " The orchestra was Duke Ellington's first love. In later years, when large orchestras were not popular, Duke often paid his musicians with his own money to keep the group together. To him, the orchestra was everything. VOICE ONE:Duke Ellington always was looking for ways to make his orchestra sound better. Like many song writers, he often took old songs, changed them, and made them new again. Last week, we played a song called "Concerto for Cootie. " In later years, a singer named Al Hibbler joined the Ellington orchestra. Duke added words to the song. Then he changed its name to "Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me. " Both songs were major hits for the orchestra. Listen as Al Hibbler sings, "Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me. " (MUSIC) VOICE TWO:Duke Ellington and his orchestra played around the world before millions of people. More than eight hundred musicians played with the Ellington orchestra at one time or another. After doctors told Duke that he had lung cancer, he continued to perform. One of his last concerts was at Westminster Abbey in London. His orchestra performed religious music. Duke Ellington was honored by people around the world. Former president Richard Nixon give him the presidential medal of freedom -- America's highest civilian honor. Leaders from around the world wrote him letters to thank him for his music. Duke Ellington died on May twenty-fourth, nineteen seventy-four. VOICE ONE:If you really want to know the real Duke Ellington, you must listen to his music. The music he left the world is truly a great gift. We leave you with Duke Ellington and his orchestra playing like they always did. This recording was made in a room full of people dancing to his music. The place is McElroy's ballroom in the city of Portland, Oregon. It is near the end of the evening. You can hear the crowd in the big room. The people have been dancing and do not want to stop. Duke Ellington, sitting at the piano, starts another song. It is his signal to the orchestra. Once again, the Duke Ellington orchestra begins to play "Things Ain't What They Used to Be. " (MUSIC) VOICE TWO:This Special English program was written, produced and directed by Paul Thompson. I'm Ray Freeman. VOICE ONE:And I'm Richard Rael. Join us again next week at this time for another People in America program on the Voice of America. Article/200803/30121

Thousands of immigrants who need to file papers related to immigration status, green cards, and resident cards no longer have to stand in line for hours on end. The immigration office now has a new system called Info Pass. Applicants simply schedule a time and a date to meet with an immigration officer using Info Pass. They don't even have to go to the immigration office. Info Pass is a website that they can access on their home computer or a library computer.To beat the crowds, immigrants in Los Angeles used to get in line the night before. They would start lining up outside the building at 6:00 p.m. and spend the night in the cold or, occasionally, in the rain. By the following morning, there might be 200 people in line. This, of course, was an unpleasant surprise to people who thought they were early birds by arriving at 7:00 a.m. Sometimes people would sell their place in line to others for or more.Where there are lines, there are vendors. No one had to worry about going hungry in line because of the variety of hot and cold food and drinks being sold all night long. Occasionally the police received reports about people being pickpocketed while waiting in the overnight lines. But such reports were rare. Many immigrants prefer not to get involved with police for fear of being sent back to their native country.With the new system, people with appointments are in and out of the building within an hour. Applicants show up 15 minutes before their appointment time. Things are so efficient now that about 120 applicants per hour can be processed through the immigration office. Before Info Pass, it was about 40 people an hour. Article/201106/142504

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