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Not enough kilts to go around 裙子不夠穿

Scottish soldiers lower a coffin at a burial in Belgium in October 2004.二OO四年十月,蘇格蘭士兵在比利時的一場喪禮上降下一只棺木。

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More than 5,000 Scottish soldiers are having to share ceremonial kilts because defense chiefs have yet to finalize a contract to buy enough of the garments to go around, military officials said Monday.

The men, who face regular tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, have just 320 kilts between them, or one for every 15 soldiers.

Those 320 kilts have been provided on a trial basis by Argyll Bagpipes and Kilts, but that company has not officially been awarded the final contract.

The ministry refused to say who has won the final contract, worth up to 1 million pounds (NT$63 million) and involving 15,000m of fabric.

"A planned deployment of kilts will be agreed with the Royal Regiment of Scotland on a rollout basis with ... the full program being completed by January 2008,'' Defense Ministry spokesman said Monday.

Combat troops wore the traditional Highland skirt in battle as late as World War I, but now the plaid kilts are used as part of ceremonial uniform.

New kilts are needed for all Scottish soldiers following the August merger of centuries-old regiments into a single Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Some Scottish veterans and lawmakers have opposed breaking up the old regiments, which fought together in the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa and both World Wars.

"The kilt is psychologically important for the identity of Scottish soldiers,'' said Lt. Col. Willy Macnair, who served in the now defunct Queen's Own Highlander regiment.

"It may mean that some soldiers in the (new) regiment, by the time they leave, may never have worn it.''



(Staff Writer with AP)

英國軍方星期一表示,超過五千名蘇格蘭士兵得共穿慶典用的蘇格蘭裙,因為國防部的長官們尚未簽定合約,購買足夠所有人穿的服裝。

這一群得定期到伊拉克或阿富汗出任務的男人總共只有三百二十條蘇格蘭裙可穿,或者說,每十五個士兵共穿一條裙子。

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. ceremonial adj.

儀式的 (yi2 shi4 de5)

例: The Confucius Temple holds a ceremonial celebration of Confucius' birthday every year.

(孔廟每逢孔子誕辰舉行慶祝儀式。)

2. kilt n.

蘇格蘭裙 (su1 ge2 lan2 qun2)

例: Some people say that kilts look like skirts.

(有些人說蘇格蘭裙看起來像裙子。)

3. trial adj.

試驗的 (shi4 yan4 de5)

例: I'm not sure if I want to buy all 1 million robots, but I'll buy 100 and give them a trial run.

(我不確定自己是不是要賣下全部一百萬台機器人,但是我會買一百台試用。)

4. psychologically adv

心理學地 (xin1 li3 xue2 di5)

例: Solitary confinement can be psychologically damaging.

(單獨監禁會對心理造成損害。)


阿蓋爾風笛蘇格蘭裙公司提供這三百二十條裙子試穿,但尚未正式簽下最後合約。

國防部拒絕表示最後由誰得標。這項合約金額達一百萬英鎊(新台幣六千三百萬元),需消耗一萬五千公尺的布料。

國防部發言人星期一表示︰「既定的蘇格蘭裙調配方式會經過蘇格蘭皇家軍團的同意,逐批完成交貨,整個計畫將在二○○八年一月完工。」

戰鬥部隊一直到第一次世界大戰都還穿著傳統蘇格蘭高地裙,但現今這種方格裙卻是慶典制服之一。

明年八月,擁有數百年歷史的軍團被整合為單一蘇格蘭皇家軍團時,所有蘇格蘭士兵都會需要一條新的蘇格蘭裙。

部分蘇格蘭老兵和議員反對拆散曾在南非英布戰爭和世界大戰服役的舊軍團。

威利.麥卡尼爾中校曾經效力於現已終止服役的女皇直屬高地兵團,他表示︰「蘇格蘭裙對蘇格蘭軍人的心理認同很重要。」

他說︰「這可能表示(新)軍團的部分士兵一直到除役都會穿不到裙子。」



(美聯社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

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