Part One: From San Francisco to London
When I was 27 years old, I worked in an office in San Francisco. I did my job well and my future was promising. I was alone in the world and I was happy. On Saturday afternoons I didn't work. I sailed my little sailboat on San Francisco Bay. One Saturday afternoon, I sailed out too far. The strong afternoon wind pushed my sailboat out of the bay, into the Pacific Ocean.
That night, when I had lost all hope, a small British brig saw me and took me on board. The brig was sailing to London. The voyage was long and stormy. I worked as a sailor to pay for my trip.
When I arrived in London, my clothes were old and dirty. I had only one dollar in my pocket. With this dollar, I ate and slept for the first twenty-four hours. During the next twenty-four hours, I didn't eat and I didn't sleep.
At about ten o'clock the following morning, I went to Portland Place. I saw a child walking past, holding a big pear. The child ate one small piece and then threw the pear onto the street.
I stopped and looked at it. I was very hungry and I really wanted that pear.
But every time I tried to get it, someone passed by and looked at me. I
quickly turned in the other direction and waited for the person to pass by. I tried again and again to get that pear, but the same thing happened. I was desperate . I decided to get the pear and not to worry about the people who saw me. At that moment, a gentleman opened a window behind me and said,"Come in here, please."
A well-dressed servant opened the door. He took me to a beautiful room.
Here, two old gentlemen were sitting and discussing something important.
Their breakfast was still on the table. I was very hungry and I stared at their breakfast.
I want to tell the reader that the two gentlemen had made a bet several days before. I knew nothing about the bet until later. Let me tell you what happened.
"Cover" has another meaning: to "cover" for someone if they couldn't work and you are taking care of their duties temporarily. Take a look below for more examples.
Chapter Eleven: Easter
Easter is a very important Christian festivity. People celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his death.
Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon in March. This is between 22 March and 25 April. The origin of the English word Easter is uncertain . It probably comes from the pagan goddess of spring, Eostre.
The pagans celebrated the arrival of spring with special festivals.
The Christian Easter slowly replaced the pagan festivals, but some symbols of the spring festivals remained, such as flowers, eggs, rabbits and bunnies . The tradition of the Easter basket is ancient. The pagans offered their eggs in grass baskets to the goddess Eostre.
In Britain and in the United States it is usual to send Easter cards to friends and relatives. For most Christian families Easter morning begins with a church service. Some Easter services begin very early in the morning. Others take place out of doors in a garden or park.
Easter is a time for Christians to be happy and there is special music in the churches. It is possible to hear George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" during some Easter services.
Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah To celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring almost everyone wears something new: a new dress, a new suit, new shoes.
Before Easter Day American and British children paint Easter eggs with bright colours and designs. Coloured eggs were exchanged at ancient spring festivals. The egg is an ancient symbol of life and fertility . The decoration of Easter eggs began in England during the Middle Ages. Members of noble families gave one another gold-covered eggs as Easter presents!
On Easter Day in the United States. There is the traditional Easter egg hunt in every city and town. Parents tell their children that the Easter bunny hid many eggs in the park. The children must find the hidden eggs. Eggs are hidden in the grass, in a shrub or under a tree. When the children find the eggs they put them in colourful Easter baskets. The child with the biggest number of eggs is the winner.
The tradition of the Easter bunny and the basket of eggs was introduced by German immigrants long ago.
On Easter Monday children roll their eggs down a hill.
Egg rolling is an ancient Easter tradition. The first egg that reaches the bottom of the hill without breaking is the winner.
A famous egg-rolling contest takes place outside the White House in Washington DC on Easter Monday. The President of the United States invites children to roll eggs on the lawn of the White House.
At Easter time there are chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and sugar eggs in all sweet shops. Some eggs are personalized with a name on them.
Hot Cross Buns are a special Easter food. They are small sweet cakes with a cross on top. This cross represents Christ's death on the cross. The buns are usually eaten in Britain on Good Friday.
In many American cities and towns there is an Easter Bonnet Parade.
Girls and women with funny and bizarre Easter bonnets march in the parade. Most women make their own bonnets. There is a prize for the most original. The most famous Easter Bonnet Parade is in New York City, on Fifth Avenue. Thousands of people participate !
In 1933 the great American composer Irving Berlin wrote a song about the Easter Bonnet Parade. Here is a verse:
"In your Easter bonnet With all the frills upon it You'll be the grandest lady In the Easter parade."
Families usually spend Easter Day together. The traditional Easter meal consists of roast lamb, peas, new potatoes and eggs in many forms.
Chapter Twelve: May Day
On the first day of May we celebrate the arrival of spring and warm weather. Everyone is happy to say goodbye to winter and to welcome spring.
Flowers bloom , leaves grow and baby animals are born in spring.
The May Day festival originated in the Roman Empire in about 258 BC.
It was a festivity in honour of Flora, the goddess of flowers and spring.
When the Romans invaded Britain the festivity was celebrated by the Britons too.
The ancient Celts celebrated spring the night before May Day. This festival was called Beltane. The Druids made big fires on top of the hills.
The Celts sat around the fires and ate, sang songs and danced happily.
In central Scotland Beltane is still an important festival. In the Middle Ages May Day was one of the merriest festivities in Britain. People went into the forest after midnight to pick flowers and plants. They returned the next morning and put the leaves and flowers in their hair. There was music,singing and dancing all day.
The most important event of the day was the dance around the Maypole.
The most beautiful young woman of the village became the Queen of the May. There were Morris dances too.
In Britain May Day is a public holiday and it is celebrated on the first Monday in May. It is not a public holiday in the United States.
In Britain and the United States there are still traditional Maypole dances on May Day. People in costumes dance around the Maypole. The Maypole is decorated with many coloured ribbons. The coloured ribbons represent the sun's rays and form a design on the Maypole.
In Britain many people in costumes do Morris dancing on May Day. They dance with bells and handkerchiefs. The tradition probably came from Spain in the 13th century when it was called Moorish dancing.
In the United States most elementary schools celebrate May Day with dances around the Maypole. In some American towns and universities there are May Day festivals. A young woman becomes the May Queen. Music,dancing around the Maypole and games are all part of the festival. There are beautiful floral decorations everywhere.
☑[例句]Saturday afternoon is for recreation and outings.
1864年国际工人协会创造，需求于1866年111月1日起举办八小时职业制 eight-hour day。世界多个国家的工友群众体育纷繁响应。随着1886年一月1日的赶来，以资深工业城市伊斯坦布尔为宗旨，United States工大家在全国外市举行了约35万人与会的宽泛罢工和示威游行，须求精雕细琢劳动条件，进行八小时工作制。但不幸的是在法兰克福的抗议运动中爆发了流血冲突，最终劳工和警官都伤亡惨痛，此事件也改为历史上盛名的「干草市广场惨案」Haymarket Affair。
提起大家中华人民共和国全体公民熟识的国际劳动节International Workers' Day和U.S.A.的劳动节Labor Day，都离不开多少个世纪前的异样背景。
the first American Labor parade held in New York City on September 5, 1882
The use of "cover"
在那课里，Helen对Brad说，感激她“covering work”。这些说法的意味正是，“thanksfor taking care of work”（多谢您做到专业）。指的是你会把工作做好、实现。
☑ labour 是 中式乌Crane语拼写
而回到美利坚联邦合众国本国，劳迷人民承接为促成八钟头职业日努力。1894年7月，马德里又产生了「Pullman罢工」PullmanStrike事件，全国铁路直通陷入瘫痪，最高峰涉及27个州的大致25万工人。最终联邦当局出台，罢工才方可安息。为了抚慰心思高涨的工友团体，国会同年就通过了劳动节的立法。而日期却采纳了高商率先个礼拜四以回顾1882年由「中心工会」Central Labor Union和「劳动骑士团」奈特s of Labor在London集镇体的United States野史上先是次“劳工节”万人游行活动。而到1934年罗斯福总统执政时，八钟头职业制也在法则中标正确立。
Save for a few fixed date holidays such as Independence Day, which is always July 4th, and Christmas, which is always December 25th, American holidays are typically observed on floating Mondays, such as Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, or Labor Day, the first Monday of September. This means that Americans get several long weekends over the course of the year, and many take this opportunity to go on road trips or travel domestically. Some might even take a few days off in addition to the long weekend to travel to other countries.
In America, federal holidays are never more than a day long, but many companies will, for example, give their employees the Friday after Thanksgiving off so they get a four-day weekend. Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of every November.
In this lesson, Helen thanks Brad for "covering work," which is just another way of saying, "thanks for taking care of work." It means you'll finish and complete your work.
Wewerefinallyabletobreatheasigh of reliefoncewegotalltheemptyshiftscovered.
Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September.
Canada's Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September.
The National Football League (NFL) traditionally play their kickoff game the Thursday following Labor Day.
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原标题：United States文化 Labour Day
☑ n.劳动; 劳工
By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.
Labor Day is called the "unofficial end of summer" because it marks the end of the cultural summer season.
☑ labor 是 英式韩文拼写
In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday.