Mon, Jul 02, 2007 - Page 14 News List

It's in the shoes: Blair reveals secret to his success 足下乾坤:布雷爾成功之道

British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, June 21, 2007.六月二十一日,英國首相布雷爾到布魯塞爾參加歐盟高峰會。


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair revealed on May 22 that he has worn the same pair of shoes to his weekly question-and-answer session in parliament since he became the country's leader.

The shoes in question - an 18-year-old pair of hand-made leather Brogues that have only been re-soled once - were made by Church's in Northampton, central England.

"I know it's ridiculous, but I've worn them for every PMQs (Prime Minister's Questions) ... I've actually had them for 18 years," Blair said.

According to a spokeswoman for Church's, a 134-year-old company, the shoes Blair bought would have cost 150 pounds (NT$9,873) when he bought them, and cost about 290 pounds (NT$19,089) now.

Blair resigned as prime minister on June 27, and appeared at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons on his last day in his lucky Brogues.(AFP)







1. session n.

授課或活動時間 (shou4 ke4 huo4 huo2 dong4 shi2 jian1)

例: This class lasts 110 minutes, but we will have two 50 minute sessions with a break.


2. re-sole v.t.

重新換底 (chong2 xin1 huan4 di3)

例: I loved the old shoes so much, I got them re-soled instead of buying new ones.


3. ridiculous adj.

可笑的 (ke3 xiao4 de5),荒謬的 (huang1 miu4 de5)

例: Don't be ridiculous! You can't fit an elephant in that bowl.


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