It’s a Small World After All: Restoring a Lost Art (Human Interest)  不再失傳的地球儀工藝

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It’s a Small World After All: Restoring a Lost Art (Human Interest)  再失傳的地球儀工藝
Learn about how one man came to rule the world of globes.
來瞧一瞧這位男子究竟是如何主宰地球儀的世界。

 

 

   In 2008, London’s Peter Bellerby made an unusual decision. He decided to become a globemaker. Bellerby came up with the idea while shopping for his father’s 80th birthday present. He wanted to buy him a globe, but he wasn’t happy with the choices that he found. They were either poorly made or expensive antiques. He thought making his own globes would be easy, but instead, it made his head spin.
   First, he needed to find a good map. However, finding one without mistakes that would fit onto a round object took him months. Next, he had to have the globe designed. To get the perfect sphere, he went to a company that designs Formula One cars. What he thought would only take a few months ended up being a two-year project that cost him nearly ?200,000 to
produce.
   After this expensive
education, he decided to set up his own studio—Bellerby & Co. His studio is one of the last in the world that makes high-quality globes. Since then, he’s sold his globes to TV programs, famous celebrities, and Hollywood filmmakers. Bellerby hopes to pass down his globe-making skills to others and keep this lost art alive for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  2008 年,英國倫敦的彼得‧貝勒比做了一個與眾不同的決定。他決定親手做地球儀。貝勒比是在挑選父親八十歲生日禮物時想出這個點子。他原本想買一個地球儀給父親,但他對自己找到的選擇都不太滿意。它們不是製作的品質拙劣就是昂貴的骨董。他以為親手做地球儀會很簡單,結果卻弄得自己暈頭轉向。
  首先,他得找到一張完美的地圖。然而,找尋一張沒有錯誤又可以貼合一個球狀物的地圖就花了他數個月。再來,他必須把球體設計出來。為了取得完美的地球儀球體,他找了一家設計一級方程式賽車的製造商。他原本以為只需幾個月的事情最後卻變成了為期兩年的計畫,還花了他二十萬英鎊來製作。
  經過這次所費不貲的經歷後,他決定要創立自己的工作室 ── Bellerby & Co.。他的工作室是世界上屈指可數製作高品質地球儀的公司之一。自那時起,他將地球儀販售給了電視節目、名流和好萊塢製片。貝勒比希望將他製作地球儀的技藝傳承給他人,讓這項失傳的藝術在未來也能永垂不朽。

 

antique n. 古董
sphere n. 球體,球形

 

1. restore vt. 復甦;恢復
The doctor performed an operation on Allison to restore her sight.
醫生為艾莉森動手術以恢復她的視力。
* perform an operation  動手術

2. globe n. 地球儀;球體
Matt failed to find that tiny country on this globe.
麥特沒能在這個地球儀上找到那個小國家。

3. unusual a. 不尋常的
It is not unusual to see women being pilots these days.
如今看到女性當機長已經很稀鬆平常了。

4. produce vt. 製造;生產
Electric cars produce less pollution.
電動汽車比較不會製造汙染。

5. education n. 有教益的經歷(幽默用法);教育
Demi got an education about how hard it is to be an adult after she moved out of her parents’ house.
搬出父母家之後,黛咪體會到了要當一個成年人有多麼不容易。

6. high-quality a. 高品質的
If you are looking for some high-quality coffee beans, you’re at the right place.
如果你在找尋高品質的咖啡豆,那麼你就來對地方了。

7. program n.(電視或廣播的)節目
This radio program has many young listeners.
這個電臺節目有許多年輕的聽眾。

8. pass down sth to sb  將某物傳給某人(後代)
My wedding ring was passed down from my mother to me.
我的婚戒是母親傳給我的。

 

動詞 spin 的用法
本文 "He thought making his own globes would be easy, but instead, it made his head spin." 中的 spin 作不及物動詞使用,原本是指「(使)快速旋轉」,在這裡則引申為「暈眩」的意思。而句中的片語 make sb’s head spin 則是表「某事讓某人感覺天旋地轉∕暈眩」。例:

The beautiful dancer is spinning on her toes.
(那位美麗的舞者正踮著腳尖旋轉。)

All the information in this document is making my head spin. I just can’t understand it.
(這個文件上的所有資訊讓我感到頭暈目眩。我實在看不懂。)

 

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