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Hi, I am reading an article written by a British columnist for Daily Mail. I'm all greek to what his wrote but I hope to learn. Could you please help? Thanks.Gordon Brown flies into Washington today, still an unknown quantity to most people in the U.S. despite his bizarre appearance on American Idol last week. If he runs true to form, he'll probably arrive at the White House via the back door, get lost in the corridors on his way to the Oval Office, refuse to have his picture taken with George W. Bush and then fly out - having signed over Bermuda to the Americans without holding a referendum of the colony's inhabitants.
Once back home, he'll deny ever having been there.
In advance of the trip, profiles of the Prime Minister have been appearing in the U.S. This column tuned in by satellite to Eye-Witness News, Palm Beach, for a preview of the visit:
Here is the URL link for the more context.
So who's this President Norman Brown guy? | the Daily Mail
Q1. an unknown quantity =?
Q2. American Idol= a website named "American Idol" ?
I just searched it from the Internet. Is it very well-known in U.K. ? I think the columnist just jeers Mr. Gorden Brown, right? He is American Idol but not British idol, right?
Q3. I can not understand the following sentence. Why by satellite? Is " Eye-Witness News" a name for a live TV programme in U.K.?
This column tuned in by satellite to Eye-Witness News, Palm Beach,
Q4. I just searched the info. via Google and learned Bermuda is British colony. Why has Mr. Brown signed over the Americans.
Q5. Why did Brown refuse to take picture with Bush?
Q6. Why will Brown go to White House via back door? Did the columnist hint Brown will have a closed-door deal with Bush?
Hi Heitida & Anglika, thank you very much for your kind help.
Heitida, your English is very good if it is not your mother tongue.
Anglika, I think the cynical writing style is not only interesting but also bitter sweet, even for me -a non-Brit to read. This style won't probably be allowed in Chinese media. Well, I'm a bit of an innocent abroad. I hardly read ours. I hope to beef up my knowledge of English language, backgrounds of events and culture step by step so that I can understand Westerners' emotions better. In addition, I took notice you also corrected my misappropriate usage of the English idiom. Thank you so much.
Last edited by rainbow402; 15-Apr-2008 at 15:09.
Coming late to the party: I don't think the bit about the back door is a reference to any sort of clandestine dealings, but to the convention (in the UK) that esteemed guests enter through the front door, and tradesmen through the back; in fact, some back doors were marked 'tradesman's entrance'). It's a social dig at GB (the sort of thing the Daily Mail has been doing for over ten years with Gordon Brown - as for example when, as Chancellor of the Exchequer [Finance Minster] he went to a banquet wearing a lounge suit rather than a tuxedo).
Warmly welcome Johnny-come-lately to the party! Bobk, thank you for your answer!