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创新英语教程第三册:Unit2

宣布工夫:2013-03-28内容泉源:VOA英语学习网

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[00:04.99]2 While you read

[00:11.65]Surprise for Jailbird Dad

[00:16.20]There are many happy stories

[00:20.17]about children being reunitted with the famous parents they did not know they had,

[00:26.41]but perhaps one of the unusual

[00:30.77]is that of a twenty-five-year-old chef from Liverpool,

[00:36.13]who was recently in formed of the fact

[00:40.20]that the father he had never known

[00:43.86]was actually one of Britain’s most dangerous men.

[00:49.14]Originally jailed for robbery and burglary,

[00:54.60]Charles Bronson has spent twenty-two of the last twenty-six years in prison.

[01:00.84]Much of this is because he has repeatedly taken hostages in jail

[01:07.21]and attacked fellow inmates.

[01:10.87]He is a man of incredible physical strength and has a terrible temper.

[01:17.71]He has already caused over half a million pounds’worth of damage to prison property

[01:24.56]had to be moved to a special secure unit,costing the taxpayer over $60,000 a year.

[01:32.60]Twenty-five years ago,he became a father,when his son,Michael,was born.

[01:39.06]However,he split up with the boy’s mother when he began a prison sentence three years later.

[01:46.11]Last year,though,an old friend managed to track down Bronson’s son in Lverpool.

[01:53.19]The news that his father was the infamous ’most dangerous man in Britain’

[01:59.35]obviously came as a total shock to the son,

[02:04.11]who nevertheless decided to get in touch with his father.

[02:08.97]When Bronson first heard from Michael,he said:’I was on a mission of madness,

[02:16.23]now I’m no a mission of peace.

[02:20.67]All I want to do now is get home and have a pint with my boy.’

[02:26.42]When the two men finally met in prison,

[02:31.69]Michael said that he got on like a house on fire with his father.

[02:37.15]’I gave him a great big hug.

[02:41.52]It was very nice to finally meet him after all thesee years.

[02:46.69]People get the wrong impressioon of him from the media.

[02:52.15]He’s not as bad as they make out.He’s actually a very sensitive and talented guy.’

[02:59.10]Interestingly,the facts do back up this claim,

[03:04.37]because as well as having a reputation for violence,

[03:09.13]Bronson also has a reputation for his cartooms and poetry.

[03:15.08]He’s been attempting to have his work published,

[03:19.94]but the prison authorities have stood in the way of any such plan,

[03:25.19]because they didn’t want him to profit from his CRImes.

[03:30.26]Michel also commented on the fact that he and his father looked very similar,

[03:36.71]except for his dad’s large bushy beard.

[03:41.44]Bronson himself said:’I’m delighted to be back in touch with my son.

[03:47.81]It’s taken twenty-two years to get him back into my life."

[03:53.38]When Charles Bronson is eventually released,

[03:58.55]father and son want to open up a restaurant.

[04:03.41]Mike plans to be the chef-while Bronson intends to be the security on the door!

[04:09.97]These plans,however,may have to be put on hold-it seems that old habits die hard.

[04:17.70]Only last week,Bronson was involved in yet another violent incident

[04:23.55]and an early release looks increasingly unlikely.

[04:28.41]If you would like to know more about Charles Bronson’s amazing life,

[04:34.36]a biography is currently being written about him.

[04:39.12]You can read it with a clear conscience because any profits will be going to charity.

[04:45.88]3 Pronunciation:the schwa sound

[04:55.03]1.It’s better than my old one.

[05:04.17]2.It’s better than it was before.

[05:10.52]3.It’s bigger than the last one.

[05:16.08]4.It’s much more touristy than it used to be.

[05:22.93]5.It’s much cheaper than it used to be.

[05:29.40]6.It was quicker than last time.

[05:34.97]7.It wasn’t as good as the last time we went.

[05:41.92]8.It wasn’t as good as I remembered.

[05:47.79]9.It’s not as good as it used to be.

[05:54.04]5 Giving bad news

[06:03.18]1.Can you give me a lift home?

[06:11.72]I’m sorry,I’m afraid .I can’tI lost my licence las week

[06:17.97]-had a bit too much to drink and got stopped by the police!

[06:22.72]2.Do you think I could get that camera back off you sometime soon?

[06:29.20]I don’t know how to put this,but I think I lost it last night while I was out.

[06:35.96]I’m really sorry,but I’ve searched everywhere and I can’t find it.

[06:41.53]I’ll get you another one.I’m extremely sorry.

[06:46.39]3.Have you heard from Jan recently?

[06:51.98]Well,actually,I haven’t-not for about six months

[06:57.31]-we had a bit of an argument last year.

[07:01.43]4.Is your grandfather any better?

[07:07.31]I’m afraid not.We’re very worried about him.But then he is ninety.

[07:14.57]5.So,has peter had his results yet?

[07:21.23]Well,yes,I’m afraid he has.

[07:25.39]He didn’t pass-so he’s got to re-sit part of his exams in July.

[07:30.85]6.Are you feeling all right,Steve?

[07:36.02]Well,actually,no.I’ve just had some very bad news.

[07:42.18]7.Hello,how are you?

[07:47.75]Oh,fine thanks.Well,actually,I think I’m getting the flu.

[07:53.81]So I’d stay away if I were you.

[07:57.65]8.I thougt you had a dog.

[08:02.98]We did.But unfortunately,it ran out into the street and was run over.

[08:09.04]I’m aftaid we had to have it put down.

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