Live or Die
The topic of today is pretty serious. Why I talk about it, that because I read a report of BBC which was published on Monday, 14 May 2007 .
Firstly, allow me to quote BBC news:
TV star awarded rail crash payout
A top Taiwanese TV presenter has been awarded substantial compensation after being horrifically injured in the Potters Bar Rail crash.
Seven people were killed and a further 76 people were injured when a train left the tracks near Potters Bar station after passing over a faulty set of points in May 2002.
Tanya Liu was left with intellectual and cognitive problems after suffering brain damage in the 2002 disaster.
The 39-year-old, who is now cared for by her family in Hong Kong, was awarded an undisclosed sum by the High Court.
And News in Taiwan reported that it was supposedly over a hundred million New Taiwan dollars of the undisclosed sum of Tanya Liu was awarded. A hundred million NT is equivalent to one and half million ponds. Another thing is about vicyims of death,the families of two Taiwanese victims of seven killed who have not been compensated till now.
In generally, in an accidental case, a GBH (grievous bodily harm) victim would get more amende than a death victim. On the contrary, the perpetrator might pay less money if the victim has died. So that, the perpetrator would have a motive to kill the GBH victim right after an accident in order to save their money. And it happens all the time in the whole world.
It is a case of Live or Die.
Another one is …………….
When people are getting older and older, they will question the question all the time:’ Live or die, which one would be better?’
When I have a bad day, I always think about those victims who have suffered badly. For example, if i have a bad day todaym i would think of:
1) Japan boy 'severs mother's head'
A teenage Japanese boy has been arrested after walking into a police station carrying a severed human head and claiming to have killed his mother.(According BBC reported, Tuesday, 15 May 2007)
2) 2007 Virginia Tech massacre:
On the morning of April 16, 2007, a gunman identified by authorities as Virginia Tech student Seung-hui Cho, a South Korean national and U.S. permanent resident, shot and killed thirty-two people and injured at least twenty others on the Virginia Tech campus. Cho then committed suicide, bringing the initial death toll to thirty-three.(According to Wikipedia website)
3) Top Justice official resigns amid attorneys controversy:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said Monday he will resign, the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys, The Associated Press has learned.(According to CNN reported,)
A reader whose name is CÚlio from Brazil asked about my religion. As I know, most people in Taiwan are the polytheist(if I am wrong, correct me please). People worship Buddha, Dao, Ancestors and many other Gods. As myself, I am a man without religion, but, I worship my ancestors and Gods, for I don’t want to offend any Gods.
Finally, teacher Alex’s question:
‘but I’m sure that by next year I will have forgotten again.
(By the way, look at the verb form in that last sentence again – ‘will have forgotten’. Who can tell me which tense that is?).
My answer is that it is a future perfect tense.
I made an example like this: James will have finished his homework by ten o'clock this evening.
Incidentally, I would like to say to you:’It’s easier to do than to think,…… You know what I mean!!’………
well ……I guess not,……..but sooner you’ll get to the point.
It’s easier to do teacher Alex’s homework than to think about a serious thing like Live-or--Die.
James Zhih-Cheng Wu
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