2009年04月08日

イタリア地震、瓦礫をかき分けての捜索が続く


Italians Comb Through Rubble After Quake
( New York Times )

At twilight on Monday, seven wooden coffins lay on the ground under a gnarled tree in Onna, a tiny village eight miles from here. A woman was slumped in grief over one, while people comforted her. After a few moments, five men strained to lift four coffins into a funeral van.

“They belonged to an entire family: a husband, wife and their two children,” said one of the men, Piero Taffo, who runs a funeral home in L’Aquila.

As the death toll continued to rise late Monday from a powerful
earthquake that shook central Italy early in the day, officials said that as many as 150 people had been killed, at least 1,500 injured and tens of thousands left homeless.

The 6.3-magnitude quake seriously damaged historic buildings in the medieval hill towns of the mountainous Abruzzo region east of Rome. The deaths and damage was centered in L’Aquila, a picturesque fortress town at the epicenter, but more than 26 nearby villages were also affected, some seriously. Historic buildings in the surrounding region in the Apennine mountains were also damaged.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・coffin  棺
・gnarl 木の節、こぶ
・slump (価格など)暴落する、どすんと落ちること、どさっと倒れ込む
・grief 悲嘆
・picturesque 絵のような、絵のように美しい
・fortress 要塞
・epicenter 震源地


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2009年04月06日

北朝鮮のミサイル発射は失敗


North Korean Missile Launch Was a Failure, Experts Say
( New York Times )

North Korea failed in its highly vaunted effort to fire a satellite into orbit, military and private experts said Sunday after reviewing detailed tracking data that showed the missile and payload fell into the sea. Some said the failure undercut the North Korean campaign to come across as a fearsome adversary able to hurl deadly warheads halfway around the globe.

Defying world opinion, North Korea in recent weeks had moved steadily and fairly openly toward launching a long-range rocket that Western experts saw as a major step toward a military weapon. The launching itself of the three-stage rocket on Sunday, which the North Korean government portrayed as a success -- even bragging that the supposed satellite payload was now broadcasting patriotic tunes from space -- outraged Japan and South Korea, led to widespread rebuke by President Obama and other leaders, and prompted the United Nations Security Council to go into an emergency session.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・vaunt 自慢(する)
・payload 人件費、収益荷重、(弾頭の)爆発物
・adversary 敵、(競技などの)相手
・warhead (魚雷・爆弾の)弾頭
・brag 自慢(する)、ほら(を吹く)
・rebuke 非難(する)、叱責(する)
・prompt 促す、鼓舞する、刺激する


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2009年04月03日

過つは人の常・・・


To err is human -- and to blame it on a computer is even more so.

過つは人の常、コンピューターのせいにするのはもっと常。
(ロバート オーベン)


Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music, or pictures, or architecture, or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

人間の仕事というものは、文学であれ、音楽であれ、絵であれ、建築であれ、その他の何であれ、常にその人自身の自画像である。
(サミュエル・バトラー)

2009年04月01日

ハリウッドの作曲家モーリス・ジャール氏死去


Maurice Jarre, Hollywood Composer, Dies at 84
( New York Times )

Maurice Jarre, a composer who mastered the musical idiom of the
Hollywood epic and was nominated nine times for Academy Awards,
winning three, died Saturday in Malibu. He was 84.

He died after a short illness, said his agent, Laura Engel, speaking on behalf of Mr. Jarre’s wife, Fong.

Mr. Jarre won all three of his Academy Awards for films directed by David Lean, whose exotic locales served as fodder for Mr. Jarre’s lush musical imagination. Whether evoking the deserts of Arabia for “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), the Russian steppes for “Dr. Zhivago” (1965) or the Indian subcontinent in “A Passage to India” (1984), Mr. Jarre’s vivid scoring for percussion -- he was a percussionist
himself -- his use of wide intervals to suggest vast landscapes and his appropriation of musical modes indigenous to the films’ settings, made the music a crucial element of the romance and spectacle of the stories.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・locale 現場、場面、舞台
・lush (草が)青々と茂る、新鮮な
・vivid (色・光などが)鮮やかな、(描写などが)生き生きとした
・interval  (時間・場所の)間隔、合間、(音楽)音程
・crucial 決定的な、重大な


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