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English to Chinese: Happenings Detailed field: Advertising / Public Relations
Source text - English
Tuesday 4th December 7.30pm
Beijing LDTX Modern Dance
As the artistic Director of Beijing LDTX Modern Dance Company, Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company and The Guangzhou Modern Dance Company, Willy Tsao has been instrumental to modern dance in China
Tonight, Willy will introduce the Beijing LDTX Modern Dance Company, China’s first independent dance company. He will also speak about the history of modern dance in China and his experiences watching and supporting the growth of this movement. Using dance clips, pictures, and his many stories, Tsao will shed light on this performing art form that presents a distinctive view into Chinese contemporary society.
Thursday 6th December 7.30pm
The Bookworm Wine Club: a Christmas special!
Tonight, ASC Wines brings to The Bookworm a very special Christmas wine tasting, featuring those most seasonal of beverages tipples - sparkling wine and champagne! Three sparklers and one champagne to try, complete with canapés. Why not go a little glam for this last, festive tasting – as if you needed an excuse to get dressed up at this time of year! 250RMB per head.
Friday 7th December 7.30pm
The Great Quiz Off Grand Finale!!
Throughout the last year we’ve held a series of themed charity quiz nights showcasing the brightest and occasionally drunkenest pub trivia buffs from across Beijing’s educational, media, diplomatic and corporate fields. Tonight we bring the top two qualifiers from each heat together to compete in a grand quiz finale, hosted as ever by the inimitable Mr Ben T Slightly. Come along to join the fun and ruthlessly abuse the tuxedo-ed Mr Slightly.
Thursday 13th December 7.30pm
A Musical Evening at The Bookworm: Christmas Special
Join us for the very last Basically Beethoven of 2007, which promises to be a fabulous evening of musical performances from a range of diverse and talented musicians from across the city. With Paul ‘Santa’ Eldon cracking the sleigh-whip, we bring you a special Christmas themed event complete with traditional carols, and jazz renditions of seasonal classics. With mulled wine and mince!
Sunday 16th December 10am (EARLIER START TIME)
Kids Club at The Bookworm: a Christmas special
This morning is a kiddies’ Dr Seuss Christmas extravaganza! We’ll read from lots of different Dr Seuss books, and as a special treat we’ll be showing the film ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’. Brought to you by our resident storyteller, Terri Adams. Come along and join in the Christmas fun. Suitable for kids ages 4 and up.
English to Chinese: A Tight Grip Can Choke Creativity Detailed field: Media / Multimedia
Source text - English On Friday, a lawyer named Anthony Falzone filed his side’s first big brief in the case of Warner Bros. Entertainment and J. K. Rowling v. RDR Books. Mr. Falzone is employed by Stanford Law School, where he heads up the Fair Use Project, which was founded several years ago by Lawrence Lessig, perhaps the law school’s best-known professor. Mr. Falzone and the other lawyers at the Fair Use Project are siding with the defendant, RDR Books, a small book publisher based in Muskegon, Mich. As you can see from the titans who have brought the suit, RDR Books needs all the legal firepower it can muster.
As you can probably also see, the case revolves around Harry Potter. J. K. Rowling, of course, is the creator of the Harry Potter series — “one of the most successful writers the world has ever known,” crowed Neil Blair of the Christopher Little Literary Agency, which represents her. Warner Brothers holds the license to the Harry Potter movies. Of the two plaintiffs, though, Ms. Rowling appears to be the one driving the litigation.
“I feel as though my name and my works have been hijacked, against my wishes, for the personal gain and profit of others and diverted from the charities I intended to benefit,” she said in a declaration to the court.
And what perfidious act of “hijacking” has RDR Books committed? It planned to publish a book by Steven Vander Ark, who maintains a fansite called the Harry Potter Lexicon. The Lexicon publishes Harry Potter essays, finds Harry Potter mistakes, explains Harry Potter terminology, devises Harry Potter timelines and does a thousand other things aimed at people who can’t get enough Harry Potter. It’s a Harry Potter encyclopedia for obsessive fans.
So long as the Lexicon was a free Web site, Ms. Rowling looked kindly upon it. But when Mr. Vander Ark tried to publish part of the Lexicon in book form — and (shudder!) to make a profit — Ms. Rowling put her foot down. She claims that she wants to publish her own encyclopedia someday and donate the proceeds to charity — and a competing book by Mr. Vander Ark would hurt the prospects for her own work.
Translation - Chinese 关于华纳兄弟娱乐公司（Warner Bros. Entertainment）和J.K.罗琳（J. K. Rowling）联手控告RDR Books出版社的案子，周五安东尼•法尔宗（Anthony Falzone）律师提出了他这方的首个重要的案情摘要。法尔宗先生受雇于斯坦福法学院（Stanford Law School），主管 “合理使用项目”。这个项目是由此法学院最为著名的教授劳伦斯•莱斯格（Lawrence Lessig）数年前创立的。法尔宗先生及“合理使用项目”团队的其他律师正为被告RDR Books出版社进行辩护。这是密歇根州的一家小规模的图书出版社，从the titans可以看到它正是这场案件的引发者。RDR Books需要使尽浑身解数，严阵以待。
English to Chinese: Love and Other Impossible Pursuits Detailed field: Poetry & Literature
Source text - English Usually, if I duck my head and walk briskly, I can make it past the playground at West 81st Street. I start preparing in the elevator, my eyes on the long brass arrow as it ticks down from the seventh, sixth, fifth, fourth floor. Sometimes the elevator stops and one of my neighbors gets on, and I have no choice but to crack the carapace of my anticipatory solitude and pretend civility. If it’s one of the younger ones, the guitar player with the brush of red hair and the peeling skin, say, or the movie executive in the low-slung, rumpled jeans and the buttery leather coat, it’s enough to muster a polite nod of the head. The older ones require more.
The steel-haired women in the self-consciously bohemian dresses, folds of purple peeping from under the hems of black wool capes, demand conversation about the weather, or the spot of wear on the oriental carpet runner in the lobby, or the front page of the arts section. That is quite nearly too much to bear, because don’t they see that I am busy? Don’t they realize that obsessive self-pity is an all-consuming activity that leaves no room for conversation? Don’t they know that the entrance to the park lies right next to the 81st Street playground and that if I am not completely prepared, if I do not clear my mind, stop my ears to all sounds other than my own breathing, it is entirely possible – likely even – that instead of striding boldly past the playground with my hands in my pockets and my eyes on the bare gray branches of the trees or on the brown patches of mud and grass, I will collapse outside the playground gate, the shrill voices of the children keening in my skull?
Don’t they understand, these ladies with their petitions and their dead banker husbands and bulky Tod’s purses, that if I let them distract me with talk of Republicans stealing elections or Palestinian suicide bombers or whether Mrs. Katz from 2B saw Anthony the new doorman asleep behind the desk last Tuesday night, if I let them divert my attention, I will not make it past the playground to the refuge of the park beyond. Don’t they get that the barbaric assault of their voices, the impatient thumping of their Lucite canes as they wait insistently for my mumbled replies, will prevent me from getting to the only place in the entire city where I am able to approximate serenity? They will force me instead to trudge along the 79th Street Transverse, pressed against the grimy stone walls, inhaling exhaust fumes from cross-town busses and dodging careening taxicabs all the way to the East Side? They will force me to take a cab?
Translation - Chinese 通常情况下,只要低着头快步前行，我就能顺利走过西八十一街的游乐场。我在电梯里就开始准备，双眼盯着那长长的黄箭头从七楼下到六楼、五楼、四楼。如果电梯停下来，一个邻居走了进来，我便毫无选择，只能抛开预想中一个人的清静，换上一副礼貌的面孔。如果进来的是年轻人，比如头发像红刷子，脸上脱皮的吉它手，或者身穿皱巴巴低腰牛仔裤和黄皮衣的电影制作人,只是礼貌的点个头就行。而年纪大些的人们则要求更多。
Translation - English As the only experimental music festival in north China,Mini Midi is an extension of Waterland Kwanyin,an experimental stage of Midi, a future world of underground rock ,a dearest one of noise music,and a party of indie organizations .About all ,it is free and you can have great fun in it.(minimidi.cn)
About Mini Midi
Mini Midi is a part of China’s first and largest outdoor music event -The Midi Music Festival. It made its debut in 2005 as the experimental stage of Midi and was held simultaneously with the Midi Music Festival since then,. It is sponsored by Beijing Midi Performing Co., Ltd, and undertaken by Sub Jam Studio.
Mini Midi is a nonprofit event which opening to experimental music, new music, Improvisational music, electronic music, noise music and sound art. It is one of the only two similar music festivals in China.(The other is 2pi Music Festival of Hangzhou).It is also an extension of the free weekly performances of Waterland Kwanyin ,whose stuffs are all volunteers.
The first Mini Midi was a three-day festival with 22 performed groups ;In the next year it expended to four days with 23 groups. And the third one carried through three days with 27 groups. The artists included Staalplaat Soundsystem, Jan Jelinek, DDV, FM3,Xiao He, Wang Fan, Dajuin Yao, LIN-CHI-WEI, Sulumi, Li jianhong and so on who come from different places of the world includingBeijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Datong,Qingdao,Taipei,Germany,Canda,Japan, Korean ,America, Holland, and Malaysia.
The first to the third Mini Midi were held in Beijing Haidian Park.
About Mini Midi 2008
The forth free Mini Midi will be held on May 1st to 2nd ,2008 in 2 KOLEGAS BAR which lies in the Drive-in Movie Theatre .And is the performing venue of experimental music event Waterland Kwanyin. The event including lectures/ conversazione, outdoor shows, and electronic music party.Therefore,it is not only a party for musicians and audiences but also for indie music spreader, music reviewers, label operators ,and events planners. It is a ecological music party.And to Mini Midi,the most important thing is not performing shows but breeding and sharing scenes.
Atlantic Waves music festival from London and Staubgold label from Berlin will each give a lecture/conversazione to introduce the world-famous experimental/indie living organizations .It is also a large party of native planners,music reviewers ,and indie organizations and labels .
The outdoor performing artists are less than the ones in former years, but they continues a random smell of grass and liberty spirit of noise . Andy Guhl from Switzerland is the first determined artist who is a international underground /noise scene hero and doyen, a member of world-famous duo Voice Crack. And the first generation noise music band of Taiwan, the legendary troublemaker will meet for the first time after leaving stage for more than 10 years and give a show in Mini Midi. And there is another artist Fujui Wang from Taipei who is regarded as the chief editor of 90th noise music magazine’noise’,the member of Ching-Shen-Ching and etat lab,and a master of the computer music laboratory in the technology centre of Taipei University of the Arts.The determined artists to date include Li jianhong(Hangzhou),Ji Mu(Hangzhou),Hong Qile(Fuzhou),Wang Fan(Beijing),Li Zenghui(Beijing),Xiao He(Beijing),FM3(Beijing),Wu Quan(Beijing),Yan Jun(Beijing), Zafka(Beijing), Justin Pedro(New York/Beijing), TronOrchestra+SAM2+SomeMoreSams+(Beijing/Tokyo),8gg(Beijing),10(Tokyo/Seoul),Li Tie Qiao(Beijing/ Oslo),Mafeisan(Beijing), Bruce Gremo(New York/Beijing)……
The two night indoor shows are special shows of SHANSHUI records and Staubgold, electronic music ,DJ and a party.
China Indie Music Audio Library will give a first-time mobile exhibition.
Sugar Jar and other indie organizations will give exhibition booths to extend indie productions.
Mini Midi 2008 is the sweet flowering season of noise music and is also a bloom of China indie scenes .Sub Jam, Kwanyin,News China Music ,Wuya.org, Elvita, Neocha, 2 KOLEGAS,D22, Yu Gong Yi Shan Bar, Borderline……It is an open free festival formed by indie organizations, individuals, and volunteers who unite to do one thing or even to do their own thing.
English to Chinese: What would you fight for? Detailed field: Poetry & Literature
Source text - English I am not sure I would always fight for my life.
Life might not be worth fighting for.
I am not sure I would always fight for my wife.
A wife isn't always worth fighting for.
Nor my children, nor my country, nor my fellow-men.
It all deprnds whether I found them worth fighting for.
The only thing men invariably fight for
Is their money. But I doubt if I'd fight for mine, anyhow
not to shed a lot of blood over it.
Yet one thing I do fight for, tooth and nail, all the time.
And that is my bit of inward peace, where I am at one
And I must say, I am often worsted.
Translation - Chinese 你将为何而战？
English to Chinese: My Naughty Book Detailed field: Poetry & Literature
Source text - English They say I wrote a naughty book
With perfectly awful things in it,
putting in all the impossible words
like b---- and f--- and sh--.
Most of my friends were deeply hurt
and haven't forgiven me yet;
I'd loaded the camel's back before
with dirt they couldn't forget.
And now, no really, the final straw
was words like sh-- and f--!
I heard the camel's back go crack
beneath the weight of muck
Then out of nowhere rushed John Bull,
that mildewed pup, good doggie!
squeakily bellowing for all he was worth,
and slavering wet and soggy.
He couldn't bite 'em he was much too old,
but he made a pool of dribblings;
so while the other one heaved her sides
with moans and hollow bibblings
he did his best, the good old dog
to support her, the hysterical camel,
and everyone listend and loved it, the
But still, one has no right to take
the old dog's greenest bones
that he's buried now for centuries
beneath England's garden stones.
And, of course, one has no right to lay
such words to the camel's charge
when she prefers to have them left
in the W.C. writ large.
Poor homely words, I must give you back
to the camel and the dog,
for her to mumble and him to crack
in secret, great golliwog!
And hereby I apologise
to all my foes and friends
for using words they privately keep
for their own immortal ends.
And henceforth I will never use
more than the chaste, short dash;
so do forgive me! I sprinkle my hair
with grey, repentant ash.
Translation - Chinese 他们说我写了本下流的书