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Over 14,000 Santas march for world recordMore than 14,000 people dressed as Santa Clauses paraded in Portugal's city of Porto on Sunday to try to set a new world record for the largest gathering of Santas and raise money for charity.Despite cold weather and drizzling rain, the crowd in red-and-white hats and jackets, including scores of women and children with fake white beards, strolled through the city streets singing songs and dancing in the annual parade that started in the afternoon and continued after dark."It's not just a gathering of people at the time of the year when people normally get together, but it is also a social event to bring the warmth of Christmas to those who don't always have it," Vitor Ferreira, one of the organizers of the event, told reporters.Every Santa, or Pai Natal (Father Christmas) as he is known in Portugal, who took part in the parade donated 1 euro to buy presents for the needy children in Porto, Portugal's second-largest city, Ferreira said.He said 17,400 people had signed up to take part, although bad weather prevented some from parading. Still, over 14,200 showed up in the end, which organisers claimed to be record, according to RTP national television channel.According to the Guinness World Records web site (http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com), the previous world record for the largest gathering of Santas was set last year in Derry City, Northern Ireland, where a total of 12,965 people took part dressed up as Santa or Santa's helpers. /200812/58913

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said,"Richness, can you take me with you?"Richness answered, "No, I can't. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you."Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. "Vanity, please help me!""I can't help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat," Vanity answered.Sadness was close by so Love asked, "Sadness, let me go with you.""Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!"Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her.Suddenly, there was a voice, "Come, Love, I will take you." It was an elder. So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way. Realizing how much was owed the elder, Love asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who Helped me?""It was Time," Knowledge answered."Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?"Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is." /200902/62379

For all his flourish, President Barack Obama sure falls back on a few familiar phrases.尽管美国总统巴拉克·奥巴马在发表演讲时总是风光无限,不过他总离不开他那几句口头禅。Make no mistake. Change isn't easy. It won't happen overnight. There will be setbacks and false starts.如,“不要犯错”、“变革并非易事”、“这不会在一夜之间发生”以及“挫折和失败难以避免”等。Those who routinely listen to the president have come to expect some of those expression_r_rs to pop up in almost every speech.常听总统演讲的人几乎在他的每一次演讲中都能听到其中的一些表达。Yet in the portfolio of presidential phrases, none is more pervasive than Obama's four-word favorite: Let me be clear.不过,在总统的众多口头禅中,使用频率最高的莫过于他最爱的四字表达:我要说明(Let me be clear.)。It is his emphatic windup for, well, everything.无论讲话的内容是什么,奥巴马在最后表示强调时,都会用到这句话。"Let me be clear," he said in describing his surprise at winning the Nobel Peace Prize(speech). "I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations."奥巴马在发表诺贝尔奖获奖感言时是这样表达自己的惊讶之情的:“我要说明,我不认为这个奖项是对我个人成就的认可,而是对美国为实现各国人民愿望所发挥的领导作用的一种肯定。”"Let me be clear," he said in one of his dozens of pitches for a health insurance overhaul. "If you like your doctor or health care provider, you can keep them."在医疗改革问题的一次游说中,奥巴马说:“我要说明,如果你喜欢你的医生或保健务提供者,你可以继续留着他们。”Presidents talk so much in public that it is not surprising to find rhetorical patterns. Although Obama is known for aflair with the written and spoken word, his hardest mission is often to make complicated matters relevant to the masses.奥巴马所发表的公共演讲不计其数,所以在其中发现一些相同的用语也不足为奇。尽管奥巴马能说会写,但他最艰巨的任务常常是要把复杂的事情向大众说清。So clarity, it seems, is of the highest order.因此,清楚明白似乎就成了头等要事。Terrorists? "Now let me be clear: We are indeed at war with Al-Qaida and its affiliates."恐怖分子?“现在让我把话说明白:我们确实是在和‘基地’组织及其同党作战。”Student testing? "Let me be clear: Success should be judged by results, and data is a powerful tool to determine results."学生测验?“我要说明:成功应该通过成绩来衡量,而数据则是决定成绩的强有力的工具。”Iran? "Let me be clear: Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the ed States, but to Iran's neighbors and our allies."伊朗?“让我把话说明白:伊朗的核武器和导弹活动确实是一个实质性的威胁,这不仅对于美国而言如此,对于伊朗的邻国和我们的盟国都是如此。”Auto bailouts? "Let me be clear: The ed States government has no interest in running GM."汽车业救助?“我要说清楚:美国政府对于经营‘通用’没有兴趣。” /200910/87081

"Putpockets" give a little extra cash  原来去伦敦的游客都要提防被人“掏兜”,而现在,尽可以把衣兜都张开了,没准会有人往里放钱呢。这个“扔钱”活动主要由20名前“扒手”实施,他们每天游走于特拉法加广场、伦敦中心区广场等游客密集的景点,然后在游客不注意的时候将面值5英镑到20英镑不等的纸币偷偷放进他们的口袋。为该活动提供资金持的是伦敦一家宽带提供商,他们表示这样做是想用特别的方式让人们在经济不景气的时候感受到生活的美好。据悉,此次伦敦“扔钱”活动会持续到八月底,至少会有10万英镑被偷偷放进游客的口袋,之后可能会在英国全国范围内推行。   Visitors to London always have to be on the look out for pickpockets, but now there's another, more positive phenomenon on the loose -- putpockets.  Aware that people are suffering in the economic crisis, 20 former pickpockets have turned over a new leaf and are now trawling London's tourist sites slipping money back into unsuspecting pockets.  Anything from 5 pounds () to 20 pound notes is being surreptitiously deposited in unguarded pockets or open handbags in Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and other busy spots.  The initiative, which runs until the end of August in London before being rolled out countrywide, is being funded by a broadbrand provider, which says it wants to brighten up people's lives in unusual ways.  "It feels good to give something back for a change -- and Britons certainly need it in the current economic climate," said Chris Fitch, a former pickpocket who now heads TalkTalk's putpocketing initiative.  "Every time I put money back in someone's pocket, I feel less guilty about the fact I spent many years taking it out."  London's police have been briefed about the plan, which will see at least 100,000 pounds given away. /200908/82278

The power of attraction is a very useful thing. There is a common misconception that physical appearance completely determines attractiveness, but this is simply not true. If you want people to be drawn to you, there are a variety of things you can do as a woman that will have others flocking to you in time.Love yourself. You can be pretty but still unattractive if you don't start to love yourself.学会打扮不要相信男人说不在乎你的外表之内的甜言蜜语,女人爱美是天性,男人爱美女是本性,所以,学着让自己做一个时尚达人,任何时候不要把自己邋遢的一面表露在外,优雅的出门。从容、优雅的女人,在男人心目中比胸大的女人更有魅力。 /200912/91571

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