A tiny isle off the coast of Britain’s northern-most island chain is to declare independence, claiming it had never been legally part of the country anyway, the Shetland News said earlier this month.
Forvik island’s only resident, Stuart Hill, said his new territory off the west coast of Shetland recognizes neither the British government nor the European Union and should become a Crown dependency.
In other words, the rocky, one-hectare outcrop would not be part of the United Kingdom, but run its own affairs and have no income, sales, property or corporation taxes.
The 65-year-old, known locally as “Captain Calamity” after being rescued on a doomed circumnavigation attempt of the British Isles seven years ago, also plans to issue his own currency, the Forvik gulde, stamps and a flag.
Secession could inspire Shetland’s 22,000 other residents to follow suit and have positive benefits, Hill said.
“Shetland’s relationship with the United Kingdom is based on the assumption that it is part of Scotland,” he was quoted as saying by the Internet daily from his official residence — a two-man tent. “That assumption is based on deception at the highest level and has been achieved by subterfuge and nobody can give a date on which it happened.
“By declaring Forvik a Crown dependency I am simply reestablishing the correct legal relationship between this part of Shetland and the Crown.
“By doing so I will prove that Shetland as a whole can get the same benefits and more — simply by asserting rights that already exist.”
Hill, who has published a declaration of independence, maintains that Shetland has been in constitutional limbo ever since King James III of Scotland was given the islands from King Christian of Denmark in 1469.
Shetland residents jealously guard their Viking heritage and have a closer bond with Norway than London or Edinburgh.
1. circumnavigation n.
環...航行 (huan2...hang2 xing2)
例: Jacob's circumnavigation attempt was cut short by the typhoon.
2. secession n.
脫離 (tuo1 li2)，分裂 (fen1 lie4)
例: "Secession is the only path to self-dignity!" the captain shouted.
3. subterfuge n.
詭計 (gui3 ji4)
例: Once again I fell for Heather's subterfuge.
4. limbo n.
擱置 (ge1 zhi4)，疏漏 (shu1 lou4)
例: Ryan's company has kept him in limbo for weeks.
1. How many people live on Forvik?
c. The article doesn’t say.
2. Captain Calamity...
a. sailed around the British Isles.
b. tried, but failed, to sail around the British Isles.
c. is from Edinburgh.
3. Hill lives in a...
4. Hill claims Shetland’s status has been unclear...
a. ever since he moved to Forvik.
b. ever since Elizabeth II ascended the throne.
c. for over 500 years.
in other words 換句話說
If you say something complicated and then want to express your meaning in a more straightforward manner, you could first say in other words. For example, “The movement of wealth toward the upper strata of society has resulted in a malcontent lower class that, if the situation continues, will turn to rebellion. In other words, as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, the poor are getting more and more pissed off.”
如果你在說某件複雜的事，而且希望用一種更直接的方式表達你的意思時，就可以先說「in other words」。例如：「財富湧向社會上流階級導致中下階層不滿，如果情況持續下去，將出現群起造反的情況。換句話說，富者愈富、窮者愈窮，這讓窮人愈來愈火大。」
Jose: What are you doing?
Renee: I’m updating my résumé.
Jose: Really! I thought you liked your new company.
Renee: I do, but it’s a sinking ship. Recently I took a look at their financial reports, and I don’t think they’re going to be around much longer.
Jose: You might be wrong. Think twice before you do anything rash.
a sinking ship 即將倒閉的企業
A sinking ship is a company or other group that is failing and will probably soon go bankrupt or break up. For example, “Everything was going well until the increase in oil prices turned our company into a sinking ship.”
「a sinking ship」是一個經營不善，且可能很快就會破產的公司或團體，例如：「我們公司本來經營得不錯，直到油價飆漲才轉而面臨倒閉」。
Microsoft is ending Internet Explorer support IE 瀏覽器走入歷史 學職場退休、辭職、下台英文 網路世代熟悉的Windows瀏覽器Internet Explorer（IE），因為近年使用者大幅減少，加上微軟推出的新瀏覽器Edge，在上周三停止技術支援，也代表IE正式退場、走入歷史。本次就讓我們來從國外相關報導學習如何用英文表達「退場」吧！ 退休、辭職、下台？ retire (v) 代表「退休」，相關名詞有retirement「退休」、retiree「退休人士 ，通常在屆齡退休時使用。 Mr. Schmidt’s retirement party will be held at the seafood restaurant next Friday. （施密特先生的退休宴將於下週五在海鮮餐廳舉行。） 另外，同樣是離開工作崗位，「辭職」是resign (v)，名詞為resignation。片語resign to 則代表「把…託付給、委託」的意思。 After Mr. Sutton’s resignation, Ms. Lambert took over his responsibilities. （沙頓先生辭職後，由蘭柏小姐接管他的職責。） She resigned her children to the care of her brother.（她把孩子交給她哥哥照管。） step down 退場、退位 而同樣是描述辭職的單字還有step down (v)「退場、退位、下台」，通常是表達政治人物（或高階主管）辭職、離開現有職務。 The CEO of QuaKing Inc. stepped down amid a scandal involving insider trading and money laundering.（QuaKing公司的總裁因身陷內線交易和洗錢的醜聞而下台。） 「退場」相似的字詞還有bow out (v)，bow 當動詞為「鞠躬」，注意發音為[au]，而名詞bow有「領結、弓」等意思，發音為[o]。bow out 根據字面可以解釋為「下台一鞠躬」，也就是「結束」的意思。 To most people’s surprise, McLaughlin, the defending champion, bowed out in the first round of the tournament. （出乎大多數人意料的是，衛冕冠軍麥克拉倫在首輪比賽就被淘汰出局。） phase out (v)也可以用來描述「漸漸退場」，而phase (n)單做一個單字時則是stage「階段」的意思。 The company will gradually phase out the use of fluorescent lightbulbs. （公司將逐漸淘汰螢光燈泡的使用。） 要描述產品被「移除」，或公司、軍隊「撤離、撤出」則可用withdraw (v)這個字。 Due to financial concerns, Parkland city decided to withdraw
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