Joe's Cafe, 24/7 pit stop for ESL learners and teachers | July 2010
Egg's off, bacon's off, bread's off, tea's off. English is on though.
Irony is a situation or state of affairs that seems deliberately opposite to what you expect.
As an example, there are several ironies in the video below. One example of irony is when the police claim that the children cannot be photographed without parental consent and yet those very same children are cadets in an organization that prepares them to kill and be killed. That irony seems to have been lost on the police, who apparently made their claim with a straight face.
Can you spot any more ironies?
Transcript (this is the first part only, we will add more soon):
Police: The trouble is, sir, you’re taking photographs of children…
Photographer: As I’m entitled to.
Police: And you’ve been asked to stop, and you’ve failed to do so.
Photographer: You have given no reasonable reason to stop.
Police: You have no power to take photographs of military personnel. Right? When asked a question, all you’ve got to do is answer, all right?
Photographer: I did answer your question. I said what I was doing and…
Police: And it’s no good your taking photographs of my face…
Photographer: I’m entitled to do that…
Police: Right? Because that’s a silliness and [unclear]…
Photographer: Actually what I’m doing is I’m taking pictures of you grabbing my arm with no reasonable reason to [unclear] … you’re taking down my details under what law?
Police: That’s right. We can do that.
Photographer: Under what law? Under what law are you taking my details?
Photographer: My date of birth?
Police: Yes please.
Photographer: I don’t want to give it. Under what law are you taking my details? Can I have my ID back please? Under what law are you taking my details? Listen. This is a public place. OK? There is no restriction on photography in a public place. Now, under what law are you taking my details?
Police: Don’t have to have any law to take your details.
Photographer: Yes, you do … You do need a law to take my details.
Police: At the end of the day, you were identified [unclear]
Photographer: I was, yes, that’s my job.
Photographer: I can. Public place, remember?
Police: Unless they’ve given you permission to do that.
Photographer: No, that’s not true. This is a public place. So are you saying, Sargeant, that in a public place I have to ask permission of every person in my picture?
Photographer: No, that’s not true. This is a public place.
Photographer: No I don’t. I know the law.
Police: However, when you’re asked to stop photographing children, yeah? right? that then becomes a little bit of a grey area, yeah?
Photographer: Well, if it’s a grey area, [Police: They are children.] why am I being detained?
Police: They are child… You’re not being detained.
Photographer: Well then, why did you prevent me from leaving?
Police: Coz you were acting the silly.
Photographer: But that’s detaining.
Police: No you weren’t. You were running around … being stupid
Photographer: No I wasn’t. I was walking away from one of your colleagues, when your colleague grabbed my arm, twisted it and tried to grab my camera
Photographer: I’m entitled to leave because I’ve broken no law. Can I have my ID back please?
Police: Would you like to leave?
Photographer: Yes, I would like to leave.
Police: We would like you to leave, so you can leave.
Photographer: Well, can I have my ID back?
Police: Certainly can …
Photographer: And I’m going to carry on working around this area.
Police: At the moment, at the moment, right, in this area, they’re trying to form up the parade.
Photographer: They’re welcome to do so, and I’m only trying to do my job. Under what law am I being detained?
Police: If you want to go and stay over that side, feel free.
Joe | Saturday, July 10th, 2010 | Filed under Vocabulary
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