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Take Away English-Christmas Lights 圣诞灯彩

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Crowds watching the Christmas light switch-on
Crowds watching the switching on of the Christmas lights in London
Every year in November, many town centres around the UK are lit up with Christmas lights in preparation for the Christmas period. Some of the big cities in the UK have very extravagant1 light displays. Sometimes celebrities2 switch on the Christmas lights.

Oxford3 Street in London is one of the most famous high streets in the world and the switching on of the Christmas lights is a very big event. Gary Reeves is the chief executive of the New West End Company, which organises everything to do with the Christmas lights in London.

“It generates a really good reason for Londoners to come to their high street to see a great event – see the lights come on and really it signals the start of the Christmas trading period for the retailers4.”

It certainly was a big event this year - Westlife switched on the lights.

“What you can see is over 10,000 people congregating5 to see one of the biggest pop acts say 3-2-1 and on come the Christmas lights.”

It’s not only Londoners who enjoy the event. There are people from all around the world come to Oxford Street, including tourists from China.

“We’re from Shanghai. It’s great, fantastic – Did you enjoy Westlife? – Oh yes, of course, I screamed!”

There have been Christmas lights on London’s major shopping streets for over forty years now and every year a lot of planning goes into them.

In terms of designing and producing the lights it takes twelve months – in terms of putting them up it takes roughly three to four weeks to put them up and two weeks to take them down.”

London is extremely organised in planning its Christmas lights. It might surprise you to know that arrangements are already under way for the Christmas lights in 2008!

GLOSSARY 词汇表

 

lit up
张灯结彩


extravagant
华丽的;五彩缤纷的


switch on
点燃


chief executive
(公司)总裁


Londoners
伦敦人


retailers
零售商


screamed
惊叫


designing
设计


putting them up
悬挂


roughly
大体上


period
阶段; 期间


celebrities
名人


high streets
商业街


generates
产生; 激发


the Christmas trading period
圣诞交易(采购)


congregating
聚集


in terms of
就…而言


producing
生产; 制作


take them down
取下;摘下


under way
筹备之中

 


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1 extravagant M7zya     
adj.奢侈的;过分的;(言行等)放肆的
参考例句:
  • They tried to please him with fulsome compliments and extravagant gifts.他们想用溢美之词和奢华的礼品来取悦他。
  • He is extravagant in behaviour.他行为放肆。
2 celebrities d38f03cca59ea1056c17b4467ee0b769     
n.(尤指娱乐界的)名人( celebrity的名词复数 );名流;名声;名誉
参考例句:
  • He only invited A-list celebrities to his parties. 他只邀请头等名流参加他的聚会。
  • a TV chat show full of B-list celebrities 由众多二流人物参加的电视访谈节目
3 Oxford Wmmz0a     
n.牛津(英国城市)
参考例句:
  • At present he has become a Professor of Chemistry at Oxford.他现在已是牛津大学的化学教授了。
  • This is where the road to Oxford joins the road to London.这是去牛津的路与去伦敦的路的汇合处。
4 retailers 08ff8df43efeef1abfd3410ef6661c95     
零售商,零售店( retailer的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • High street retailers reported a marked increase in sales before Christmas. 商业街的零售商报告说圣诞节前销售量显著提高。
  • Retailers have a statutory duty to provide goods suitable for their purpose. 零售商有为他们提供符合要求的货品的法定义务。
5 congregating 0a33bbc34a3b0a1f206b9740da561dcf     
(使)集合,聚集( congregate的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • The spatial distribution patterns of larvae and pupae are congregating distribution. 幼虫和蛹的空间分布均为聚集分布。
  • He says victims of violence are congregating there because they feel safer. 他说暴力的受害者聚集在这里因为他们觉得更安全。
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