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。

PHOTO: AP

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)

甫卸任的英國首相布雷爾在五月二十二日透露,自就任首相以來,他都穿著同一雙鞋參加國會每週的「首相詢答時間」。

布雷爾提到的這雙手工粗革皮鞋,是英格蘭中部北安普頓的Church's製鞋廠所生產,十八年來只換過一次鞋底。

布雷爾說:「我知道這聽起來很可笑,但我每次參加『首相詢答』時都會穿著它...這一穿就穿了十八年。」

Church's製鞋廠的女發言人表示,布雷爾當年花了一百五十英鎊(新台幣九千八百七十三元)買這雙鞋,但它現在的售價是兩百九十英鎊(新台幣一萬九千零八十九元)左右。Church's製鞋公司已有一百三十四年歷史。

六月二十七日卸下首相職務的布雷爾,穿著他的幸運粗革皮鞋出席任內最後一次的下議院「首相詢答時間」。(法新社/翻譯:林倩如)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

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.

(這堂課有一百一十分鐘,但兩節五十分鐘的課中間可以休息一下。)

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.

(我很愛那雙舊鞋,與其買新的,我寧願換個新底再穿。)

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.

(別鬧了啦!你不可能把大象擠進那碗裡的。)


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