Britain’s ambassador to Thailand presented new prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva with a Newcastle United soccer shirt last Monday to mark the Thai leader’s links with the city of his birth.
At a formal ceremony of congratulations, ambassador Quinton Quayle handed over the famous black-and-white striped shirt complete with the number 27 — because the Eton- and Oxford-educated Abhisit is Thailand’s 27th premier.
“He is a fan of Newcastle United football club, so today I presented a gift of a Newcastle United shirt with number 27 on the back,” Quayle told reporters at the headquarters of Abhisit’s Democrat Party.
Abhisit was born in the northeast English city of Newcastle upon Tyne — natives of which are known as Geordies — in 1964 while his parents were studying in the city.
He once reportedly revealed his die -hard loyalty in an interview, saying that “If I wasn’t me, I would like to be a Newcastle United striker.”
Gordon: Nice t-shirt! Where are you going dressed like that?
Taylor: To the soccer game of course!
Gordon: Oh, right. Which team do you support?
Taylor: I’m a big Liverpool fan.
Gordon: And how are they doing this season?
Taylor: Not very well.
Gordon: Do you think they’ll fire their coach?
Taylor: It could happen. That’s the burning question.
the burning question 當務之急
A burning question is a question that everyone is asking, or everyone wants to know the answer to.