Martin Smith Studio
Martin Smith Studio
I've just been awarded the commission to build a twinkling weather station in Penarth, Wales. More details soon....
Japan woman sues yakuza boss over protection money
TOKYO, Tokyo province (AFP) – A woman is suing the head of Japan's biggest yakuza organised crime group, seeking a refund of protection money paid to gangsters threatening to torch her bar, reports said Wednesday. The plaintiff is claiming Kenichi ...
to torch 放把火
Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Plan as Riots Rage
By NIKI KITSANTONIS and RACHEL DONADIO
As demonstrators torched shops and battled police in the streets of Athens, lawmakers approved a tough austerity package that is expected to help the country avoid default.
Other big technology companies had already drawn criticism for accommodating the Chinese government. Cisco Systems Inc. was criticized for selling China equipment that helps government censors. Rights activists and U.S. politicians slammed Yahoo for helping Chinese police identify a Chinese journalist who allegedly used his Yahoo email account to relay the contents of a secret government order and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
NASA's Star Is Fading, Its Chief Says
In Leaked E-Mail, He Rails About Budgetary Tensions and Feared Rise of China
(By Marc Kaufman, The Washington Post)
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has clashed repeatedly with the White House in recent months -- a rift that escalated when budget officials heavily edited a statement he was submitting to Congress about China's space ambitions and spilled into the open last week in a leaked e-mail that accused...
China often rails against the Dalai Lama, but not at Olympic-related events. It has often denounced critics for politicizing the Games and the Olympic charter states that no kind of demonstration or political propaganda is permitted "in any Olympic sites or other areas".
IOC investigates anti-Dalai Lama torch relay speech
rail (COMPLAIN) Show phonetics
verb [I + preposition] FORMAL
to complain angrily:
He railed against/at the injustices of the system.rail (complain)
intr.v., railed, rail·ing, rails.
To express objections or criticisms in bitter, harsh, or abusive language. See synonyms at scold.
[Middle English railen, from Old French railler, to tease, joke, from Old Provençal ralhar, to chat, joke, from Vulgar Latin *ragulāre, to bray, from Late Latin ragere.]
- A self-luminous celestial body consisting of a mass of gas held together by its own gravity in which the energy generated by nuclear reactions in the interior is balanced by the outflow of energy to the surface, and the inward-directed gravitational forces are balanced by the outward-directed gas and radiation pressures.
- Any of the celestial bodies visible at night from Earth as relatively stationary, usually twinkling points of light.
- Something regarded as resembling such a celestial body.
- A graphic design having five or more radiating points, often used as a symbol of rank or merit.
- An artistic performer or athlete whose leading role or superior performance is acknowledged.
- One who is highly celebrated in a field or profession.
- An asterisk (*).
- The star key on a telephone: For customer service, press star.
- A white spot on the forehead of a horse.
- A planet or constellation of the zodiac believed in astrology to influence personal destiny.
- stars The future; destiny. Often used with the.
- Outstanding or famous, especially in performing something: a star researcher; a star figure skater.
- Of or relating to a star or stars.
- An act of passing something along from one person, group, or station to another.
- A relay race.
- A division of a relay race.
- Electronics. A device that responds to a small current or voltage change by activating switches or other devices in an electric circuit.
- A crew of workers who relieve another crew; a shift.
- A fresh team, as of horses or dogs, to relieve weary animals in a hunt, task, or journey.
- To pass along by or as if by relay: relayed the message to his boss.
- To supply with fresh relays.
- Electronics. To control or retransmit by means of a relay.
[Middle English relai, fresh team of dogs for a hunt, from Old French, from relaier, to relay : re-, re- + laier, to leave (of Germanic origin).]
- 2 British term for flashlight (sense 1).
verb[with object] informal
Origin:Middle English: from Old French torche, from Latin torqua, variant of torques 'necklace, wreath', from torquere 'to twist'. The current verb sense was originally US slang and dates from the 1930s