2004

Welcome to the EU from Ireland

Message from the Ambassador of Ireland, Ms. Thelma M. Doran

On Saturday, May 1, Ireland, as Presidency of the European Union for the first half of 2004, has the honour of welcoming Poland and the other Accession Countries as full partners into the Union. It is with great pleasure for me to be in Poland as we approach this historic enlargement and I would like to take this opportunity to send a special greeting to the readers of The World of English© at this exciting time.

How European Are You?

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Well, here is your chance to find out by taking part in our Great European Union Accession Quiz. Answer all the questions below and send them in to us without delay. Details of how to enter are given at the end of the quiz.

1. How many stars appear on the European Union flag?
a. 9 b. 12 c. 15 d. 25

2. Who composed the EU anthem, Ode to Joy?
a. Mozart b. Beethoven c. Bach d. Jean Michele Jarre

Extreme Vacations

The summer is here and the travel bug has been biting everyone. Roads and airports will soon be packed with vacationers, and beaches, resorts and theme parks are ready for the tourist season. But for some folks there's no fun in those places. While people might still want the same things - relaxation, adventure or love - nowadays a summer trip's got to be further, faster or just plain freakier. Vacations ain't what they used to be, writes Steve DeBretto.

For the person who has everything

The Firm

As we reported previously in the WoE (Not Just a Power Failure - 4/2003 No. 67) many heads of large companies in the U.S.A. (such as Martha Stewart and Dennis Kozlowski) are spending a huge amount of money on lawyers and legal costs at the moment, defending themselves against charges of financial dishonesty. This is bad news for the bosses, but very good news for the legal people. In fact, America is full of lawyers, it seems, all making a fast buck. Mike Majewski, who works in the legal profession in the U.S., explains how to get into this very lucrative business.

The Real St. Patrick

His original name was Maewyn and he was probably born in the area we now know as Wales. Thought to have brought Christianity to Ireland he was actually a pagan until he was at least 16 years old. These are just two of the contradictions to be found in the life of Ireland's patron saint. Barry Keane unravels the facts from within the myth.

Study in the EU

One of the keys to increasing labour mobility in the European Union is education. The EU has many programmes aimed at students who wish to study in EU countries. Peter Gentle takes a look at some of these initiatives and has some advice for Poles who are thinking about enrolling at a British university.

Pupil Power

Students from Mielec and Turek were announced as the winners of the annual PupilPower competition at the Roma Theatre, Warsaw on June 1. The prizes were awarded by top British novelist, Terry Pratchett. The event was part of the British Council's Imagine This season, dedicated to the promotion of British Sci-Fi and Fantasy writing.

Przekładaniec

A więc już miesiąc z kawałkiem minął jak radość opanowała śpiewających Odę do Radości. I co? Ano mamy radość codzienną, bo ciepło, bo wakacje za pasem, bo podróże czekają, bo tak po prostu to, czy mamy w sobie radość czy nie zależy od nas samych, z odą czy bez ody, z młodością, czy już z nie tej pierwszej młodości młodością.

Pat Cox: President of the EU Parliament

At the dawn of a new era for Poland, Pat Cox, President of the European Parliament talked to Andrzej Geber about the role of Strasburg in an enlarged EU.

Letters to the Professor

Dear Professor,
I have got a question about a grammar problem. My friend had a discussion with a teacher about this sentence: "Julia .............. just................... (cover) herself in sun tan lotion when the sun ................... (go) behind a large black cloud."
She wrote: "Julia was just covering herself in sun tan lotion when the sun went behind a large cloud."
The teacher, however, says it should be: "Julia had just covered herself in sun tan lotion when the sun went behind a large black cloud."