2010年 4月 21日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间11:16

Emmet's Student Diary 伦敦学生博客第27周

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly

Wednesday 21st April 2010 – Chinese Grand Prix

"Ireland to be grounded for a week" was the headline in The Sunday Times this week. You may have read that a volcanic eruption in Iceland has led to flights being cancelled around the world. The giant cloud of volcanic ash has caused havoc for so many people including several friends who are trying to return to London after their Easter break.

I am due to fly back to London on Sunday and once again I'm looking to the skies nervously. You would never tell there was a problem by the weather. It's been all blue skies and sunshine since I got home. I even got sunburnt on Friday! The last time I was home, my flight was cancelled due to snow. I'm starting to wonder if some supernatural power wants me to stay in Ireland. If worse comes to worst, I can always get the ferry across the Irish Sea.

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly at home in Ireland

Emmet has enjoyed the sunny weather while he's been at home

This week, I attended a seminar hosted by the Ireland Chinese Association. The theme of the meeting was Education and China. I met some like-minded Irish people who are interested in China and Chinese culture. However, it was really interesting to hear the flip side of the coin. There were lots of Chinese students there who have been studying in Dublin and other parts of Ireland.

I was surprised to learn that there were as many as 4,259 Chinese students studying in Ireland last year. For a country with approximately 150,000 students that is a pretty big percentage. In fact more students come to Ireland from China than from any other foreign country, even the UK. Many of those who I spoke to seemed to have integrated really well and plan on building careers in Ireland over the next few years which is nice to hear.

Over the weekend, I was concentrating on studying classical Chinese. But on Sunday I decided to take some time out from 古文 to watch the Chinese Grand Prix, live from Shanghai. I feel less guilty taking breaks from study when I'm doing something Chinese related.

Lewis Hamilton, left, pulls out to pass Michael Schumacher during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, China

Lewis Hamilton (left) pulls out to overtake Michael Schumacher (right) during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai

Due to the time difference, that meant getting up before 8 o'clock in the morning. It was worth it though, as despite the rain it was definitely one of the more exciting races. I particularly enjoyed watching Lewis Hamilton running rings around Michael Schumacher. I think it will be well worth the trip south from Beijing next year.

grounded 停飞, volcanic eruptions 火山喷发, volcanic ash 火山灰, havoc 混乱, sunburnt 被太阳晒伤, supernatural 超自然的, ferry 渡轮, theme 主题, like-minded 志趣相投的, flip side of the coin 另一面,反面, integrated 融入当地文化, guilty 内疚的

Emmet used the phrase if worse comes to worst, which means: if a bad situation becomes almost hopeless. It is usually used before saying what you will do about the problem. For example, "If worse comes to worst and I can

Question of the week

Did you watch the Chinese Grand Prix? Are Formula One and other motor sports popular in China? What other sports do you enjoy watching?

Email Emmet at 按键 chinaelt@bbc.co.uk


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