2010年 1月 5日, 星期二 - 格林尼治标准时间17:05

Emmet's Student Diary 伦敦学生博客第十三周

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly

Wednesday 6th January 2010 – Happy New Year

Emmet with his sister Megan

Emmet with his sister Megan

“Céad míle fáilte” was the phrase that welcomed me home as I stepped off the plane in Dublin airport on Christmas Eve. This is the enthusiastic Irish way of welcoming someone. It translates as ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’. It felt like I hadn’t been away for long even though July was the last time I was in Ireland.

It’s been a pretty special festive period. Christmas itself was every bit as cosy as I had dreamed of. My family home is in County Wicklow, roughly an hour’s drive south from Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. It was a wonderful place to grow up in because it is so close to the city, yet, as you can probably tell from the photographs, it feels like the countryside.

The view from Emmet's home in Manor Kilbride, County Wicklow, Ireland

The view from Emmet's home in County Wicklow, Ireland

A deer in Emmet's back garden

A deer in Emmet's back garden

Some of the scenery in the area is stunning. I woke up on the morning of St Stephen’s day (the day after Christmas day) to find a pair of deer in our back garden as the sun rose.

This Christmas was the coldest Christmas of the past 35 years. In fact I was looking at the skies nervously in the airport wondering if I would make it back to Ireland. Many flights were cancelled and delayed due to the bad weather. The snow fell fairly consistently while I was home. I know temperatures of -7C are nothing special by Beijing standards but we in Ireland and the UK aren’t used to it.

Emmet with his brother Ruraidh in the snow

Emmet with his brother Ruraidh

A roaring open fire and a glass of hot mulled wine were the ideal tonic for the cold snap and cheered myself, my brother and my sister right up. Christmas dinner was divine. We stuffed ourselves with turkey, ham and Christmas pudding. I know I mentioned that student food in the canteen was pretty good but I clearly had no idea what I was missing. There’s no substitute for good home cooking.

The snow was particularly bad on the night of New Year’s Eve. This is of course one of the city’s busiest nights of the year. I went to a club in Dublin to see some local bands and DJs play and to ring in the New Year with some good friends. Everything stopped at midnight for everyone to count down to 2010.

Of course, due to the weather and the general madness of town on New Year’s Eve, there wasn’t a taxi or bus to be found for love nor money. It was a beautiful scene, watching hundreds of people walking home in the snow in the wee hours of the morning after a night’s celebrations.

Happy New Year and have a prosperous 2010!

Emmet

stepped off 走出, cosy 舒适温暖的, scenery 风景, stunning 极美的, due to 由于, tonic 滋补品, roaring open fire 烧得旺的壁炉火, mulled wine 加香料后的热葡萄酒, cold snap 寒流, divine 好极了, stuffed 塞饱了, substitute 代替品, to ring in 庆祝迎接, in the wee hours 十二点后的几个小时

Emmet said that Christmas with his family was every bit as cosy as he had dreamed of. The phrase every bit as can be used with an adjective to emphasise it. For example, “The holiday was every bit as exciting as I had hoped” or: “The Great Wall of China is every bit as beautiful as in the photographs.” Emmet said that he and his brother and sister were cheered up by the roaring fire and the hot mulled wine. If you are cheered up it means you become happier. E.g. “I was cheered up by the comedy film on TV” or: “A cup of tea can cheer me up when I’m feeling a bit sad.” Finally, Emmet said they couldn’t find a taxi or a bus on New Year’s Eve for love nor money. If you can’t do something for love nor money, it means it’s impossible or you can’t find a way to do it. Here’s another example, “I couldn’t get tickets to the show for love nor money, they had completely sold out.”

Question of the Week

How do people in China celebrate the calendar new year? How did you ring in 2010?

Email me and you might see your answers at the bottom of this page.

Email Emmet at 按键 chinaelt@bbc.co.uk



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