甜甜和阳光惹上了政治麻烦

可爱的熊猫甜甜(Sweetie) 和阳光 (Sunshine),星期天就要抵达英国苏格兰爱丁堡动物园了。

英国的动物园,上一次有中国熊猫,是 17 年前的事。

今天在报上,才知道甜甜和阳光惹上了一点政治麻烦。详情请看: 英国《每日电邮报》(The Daily Telegraph) : 甜甜和阳光

从卧龙到成都机场,负责载送甜甜和阳光的专用货车,车身有一则隆重漂亮又吸引人的广告:

甜甜和阳光: 去爱丁堡,不是去伦敦

货车上的长型广告,甜甜和阳光特别可爱,可是,图片的背景,是伦敦大笨钟 (Big Ben) 和伦敦塔桥 (Tower Bridge)。

可是,甜甜和阳光的新家不在英格兰的伦敦啊!它们的新家是在离开伦敦 400 英里以外的苏格兰首都爱丁堡啊!有木有?

我们中国人,想到 “英国”,就想到伦敦。可是,在英国人眼里,苏格兰是一个 “country“ ,苏格兰有独立的国会,有自己的货币,有自己的教育体系。

报道说,这个错误,苏格兰人会 “raise eyebrows” -- “眉毛向上翘”,也就是说,他们可能会感到错愕,觉得国家自尊受到了伤害。

“The truck, which carried the animals from their reserve in China to Chengdu airport for their flight to the Scottish capital, showed pictures of the pandas next to ones of the Big Ben clock tower and Tower Bridge.

A sign on the vehicle also said the pandas were “heading for Edinburgh, UK”. However, in a nod to their new home, a cartoon depiction of the pair on the front of the lorry did show them dressed in tartan.

The choice of London landmarks will was raise eyebrows among the Scottish authorities, for whom the transfer of the animals is the culmination of a five-year effort to get them to Scotland.“

Published by

Janet Williams 張玉雲

I am Janet Williams, an academic living in the southeast of England. I blog about culture, history, languages and my community. I created Chandler's Ford Today. During my spare time, I make Origami. Thank you for stopping by.

3 thoughts on “甜甜和阳光惹上了政治麻烦”

  1. 中国“大一统”的思维下
    很难理解苏格兰的情况。有木有!

    想请教一下“country”怎么理解呢?明显不能跟中文中“国”的意项等同起来。
    其它国家有无类似现象。请举例。

  2. 在世界杯足球赛的时候,英格兰和苏格兰就是两个‘国’ 了,那个区分是和明显的,如同英国对法国,中国对日本一样。
    本土意识强烈的人,会把苏格兰视为一个与英格兰完全区隔开来的独立的‘国家’。可能和一些矛盾的香港人看待中国大陆的那种情怀有点儿相似。
    有机会再聊聊。

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s