実践ビジネス英語12/2018問題文

The Writers’ Workshop 12月号問題文 「シャーロック・ホームズ」の解説

At present in the 21st century, an unprecedented boom of Sherlock Holmes has continued. There is no doubt that one of the major factors is BBC drama, SHERLOCK. The drama series were based on the idea from "If Sherlock Holmes and Watson were modern people,"and produced with intelligence and stylish. So, they were enthusiastically welcomed by Sherlockians and a general audience.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, and Martin Freeman as John rose to stardom by the popular drama. Both of them made a cover of a film magazine. Even very popular Jeremy Brett in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was not as popular as two of them.
When Cumberbatch came to Japan, so many fans welcomed him at Narita Airport. To be honest, I was one of them. I experienced "welcome a star at Narita Airport" for the first time. More than 90% of fans around of me were women. Many of men accompanied them. It seemed that a few men including me came by himself.
In this way, I had bought all magazines which had interviews relating to "Sherlock" as well as the cover with two main those characters.......at first. However, they have been so popular that I gave up buying them now.





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Ikebana 11/28/2018

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I had composed this arrangement of Bottle Brush (金宝樹、又はブラシノキ), Gold dust dracaena (ゴッドセフィアナ), and Iris (アイリス).

After I learned how to arrange them on Nov. 28, I took a test today, Dec.2. It was the last test for me in Hakodate. I got 95 points and its placard stood beside my arrangement. I was very glad and thanked my teacher.

↓These works were arranged by a professor. 

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The second work was arranged with free style. We all were surprised by it. There were just some drops of water on the container, and a branch came out from under it.
A student imagined that this arrangement expressed late fall, and snow fell a little but melted soon. So, the drops expressed melted snow.
While I imagined that the white container expressed the snow. And the last leaf fell on the branch. However, I didn't know what the drops expressed.
We talked about our own imaginations for a while.
It was interesting.




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実践ビジネス英語11/2018問題文


Prince / When Doves Cry

This introduction impressed me very much when I listened to it from a radio for the first time a long time ago.


The Writers’ Workshop 11月号問題文 「高齢化社会」の解説

"I've finished raising my children. I'll retire soon. Now, the latter half of my life has just started.
I'll fully enjoy my life. I've worked hard for my family, but I'll do what I like from now on. You only live once."
Anyone thinks like this when the retirement is coming around the corner. It is exciting to imagine myself that I enjoy my life very much, such as I'm traveling, I open a soba noodle shop, or I'm into my hobby. I'm full of enthusiasm. Beside me, my wife is smiling, always cleans our house, and serves me daily meals.
Huh? Will the things go at my convenience?
Don't you think that it is just an extention of what I have worked? Only difference is that my job turns into my hobby, but the others are the same as before. My wife still takes care of our house and me.



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bread making class

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I joined a bread making class.
Same as last year, we learned how to make some bread and pizza, and we had the pizza and salad for lunch there.
I enjoyed it very much. After coming home with them, my son had many of them.

Clockwise, Ge ge ge no Kitaro bread (a boy face), Melon one, Bacon & Cheese one, Curry one, Cream one, and Sausage one.

Kitaro and Melon bread have chocolate cream in them.

[ Ingredients: 20 buns of bread ]
Bread flour: 500g, 100%
Sugar: 50g, 10%
Salt: 8g, 1.5%
Egg: 1, 10%
Milk: 325g, 65%
Butter: 50g, 10%
Dry Yeast: 10g, 2%






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take care of my parents in November 2018

My brother moved to his hometown to take care of our parents last April. My mother was not able to walk suddenly about a month ago. So, she hasn't been able to take care of my father well since then. My father has dementia, but he likes to go out. When he went out, sometimes with his pajamas, or sometimes without his shoes, and got lost three times in total recently. Fortunately, kind people brought him to his house.

Since my brother had a business trip for a week, I went back to my hometown to take care of my parents. During days, my mother-in-law came to take care of my son.

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My father's dementia has deteriorated since last March I saw him. He often slept in a daytime while he often got up at night. My bed (futon) was next to his bed room. He got up almost every one hour to go to the bathroom at night. The amount of each urine was a little. He sometimes didn't know where the bathroom was, so, I often got up and guided him to the bathroom. However, when I sometimes didn't notice him and slept over, he peed at the entrance, the bottom area of stairs, and even on a tatami mat in a room. After he peed at the entrance, I had to wash the entrance mat, the floor, and even shoes. He sometimes got up and walked around to turn on the light of each room at night.

My mother bought a stroller for elderly people. She can walk with it with my father now.

I had lack of sleep and got exhausted. Many people recommend that my father live at a nursing home, but we can't do this because my father feels uneasy without a member of our family, especially my mother although he often forgets who we are. He starts to look for her soon. He hates to be closed, so, he tries to get out of even window. He goes to a day care center twice a week, but he comes home after lunch because he can't stay until five. Therefore, it is very difficult for him to live at a nursing home. My brother says he can't make his father live there because he feels sorry for him. He is determined to take care of his father to my brother's utmost limit.
My brother goes to work by bike, train, and bus. It takes one and a half hours to go there. After work, he goes shopping and cooks. He can't sleep well at night. I know he always be exhausted and lost his smiles. I'm very worried about him.

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When I left them, I also lost my smiles, but I'm getting well to see beautiful nature.

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Sakae

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Welcome to my blog.
I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
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