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Sensitive Aussies outraged by China takeover prank 中國接管玩笑激怒敏感的澳洲人

Australia’s Matthew Hayden hooks a shot against England on the second day of the Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia. Hayden announced on Jan. 13, 2009 his retirement from all international cricket.在澳洲墨爾本板球場舉行的節禮日大賽第二天,澳洲隊選手馬修.海登在出戰英國隊時揮出一記左曲球。海登今年元月十三日宣佈退休,將不再參加任何國際板球比賽。照片:美聯社


An April Fools’ Day prank in Australia suggesting a Chinese firm wanted to buy naming rights for the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) sparked a furious online reaction last week.

In a sign of sensitivities at Chinese takeover activity in Australia’s mining sector, the story on the Herald Sun’s Web site saying the stadium would be renamed the Mekong Cricket Ground drew more than 200 comments by midday.

While many realized it was a joke — with the story quoting a spokeswoman named April Fulton — most expressed anger at the idea of renaming the 100,000 capacity ground regarded as a symbol of Australia’s second largest city.

“Let’s just give up this whole country to the Asians and be done with it,” posted “Mister Master.”

“What did our diggers (soldiers) fight and die for in the past wars???? And they still expect us to be patriotic. This country is selling its soul.”

Anthony of Melbourne expressed sentiments on the same lines.

“Are we serious ... do we have to sell everything to the Asians!!! They are taking over the world, and we are letting them. I am not being racist when I say this, but aside from the Australian Asians, what possible interest do China have in the MCG?”

In other April Fools’ Day pranks, Victoria state Tourism Minister Tim Holding said Melbourne was bidding to steal the running of the bulls away from Pamplona when the contract the Spanish city has held since the 13th century expires.(AFP)





Desmond: I’m playing cricket today. Do you want to come and watch?

Mandy: No, I have to work. It’s Tuesday.

Desmond: Oh, sorry. I forgot you had to work.

Mandy: Most people have to.

Desmond: Yeah, that’s a pity. I guess I’m lucky.

Mandy: So what will you do when you finish playing cricket?

Desmond: I’ll probably go to a sauna or something.

Mandy: You’re so lucky. I wish I could live the life of Riley like you.









the life of Riley 安逸無憂的生活

People who live the life of Riley don’t do much work and spend all their time enjoying themselves.

若某人過著「the life of Riley」,就表示他們不怎麼工作,把時間都花在享受人生。






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