Here's today's video. It's on Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. The link is here if you can't see the embed.The transcript will be up tomorrow. Try listening and writing down some of what I say, and tomorrow you can check back to find out if you were right.
In the meantime, feel free to have a look at the original Malaysian Airlines YouTube vocab clip and/or the Word list. This is one of my old lists, so every word has an article instead of one article with the thirty words.
Good morning. Welcome to Vocab Voyage for this morning. Sorry about yesterday. I was a
little busy; here, there and everywhere. I had to set up the Vocab Voyage lists for February Sapporo Snow Festival, Kei Nishikori, and Home Robots. There you go.
Anyhow, today we're going to talk about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. March 8th last year - plane flying, disappears, no sign of it. It's one of the big mysteries of modern aviation. I think not since Amelia Earhart was there such a mystery.
Malaysian Airlines has come out and said it was an accident, everybody's dead, we can now compensate you. We can now pay you off because we've accepted that it's an accident and everyone's dead, move onto the next step. Some families don't want to move onto the next
step. They think Malaysian Airlines are hiding something. They think the airline is calling it
an accident - it's all over - too fast. I don't know what else they can do. I'm no aviation expert though. They are still searching for the plane though, down off the coast of Australia.
They are still searching for the plane, but they're having problems. The lead contractor -
Fugro, from Holland - is an oil and gas firm. They have no experience in deep seas
searches. So they've been given the $US41 million contract to try and find MH370. They've had equipment problems, they're having weather problems. They're having problems fitting
sonar to their ships to search the sea floor. It's all problems. They say they're fine, but
they're having problems. It's all over the place.
Australia has asked that the search be finished by May, but the experts are saying they can't do it by May; or they can do it by May, but they can't do it properly and they may miss
something. I just think it's incredible that they think they can find an airplane down there. It's so, so far down. Such a big amount of sea.
Finally - an awful, awful carryon in New Zealand. The worst of taste, I think. There's a town
at the top of the South Island called Golden Bay. A very relaxed place to live. They have a
boat building contest once a year. Everyone builds their own boats in different shapes and
stuff. Part of the whole competition is sinking the boats at some stage - something to do with the Titanic. Anyway, one competitor entered a boat that was MH370, and they sunk it at the end. And that boat won the competition. The first prize, a scenic flight. So that's a bit ironic.
So they build this boat - have a look at the article, you'll see what I mean - shaped like
MH370, they sink it.....
One of the people who died on the plane was a New Zealander. His sister's come out and
said in no uncertain terms she's not happy. The builder , they guy who built the boat said,
"The creator, Robert Chubb of Golden Bay, he said at the event, 'He believed that enough
time had passed since the MH370 tragedy for people to see the humour of his boat instead of taking offence. '" The judge, he says, "At what point does a tragedy become safe to refer
to. One of the ways to deal with it is humour." I don't buy into that at all. I think it's awful
taste, but that's just me.
See you later. Thank you very much.