Ring Those Bells - Special English Audiobook

     Ring Those Bells

Ring Those Bells

   Welcome to Spotlight.
    Welcome to Spotlight.
  I’m Colin Lowther.
   I’m Colin Lowther.
   And I’m Robin Basselin.
    And I’m Robin Basselin.
  Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting.
   Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting.
  It is easier for people to understand - no matter where in the world they live.
   It is easier for people to understand - no matter where in the world they live.
   The sound of bells.
    The sound of bells.
  People use bells for many different things.
   People use bells for many different things.
  Bells in city clocks tell time.
   Bells in city clocks tell time.
  Bells on farm animals, like cows or goats, help a farmer find the animal.
   Bells on farm animals, like cows or goats, help a farmer find the animal.
  Bells in schools tell children when to go in.
   Bells in schools tell children when to go in.
  And people of different faiths use bells in worship in their churches and temples.
   And people of different faiths use bells in worship in their churches and temples.
   People also use bells to mark special events.
    People also use bells to mark special events.
  In some Christian churches, large bells ring when people get married.
   In some Christian churches, large bells ring when people get married.
  This is a happy sound.
   This is a happy sound.
  Several bells play together.
   Several bells play together.
  When someone dies it is different.
   When someone dies it is different.
  A single bell sounds very slowly.
   A single bell sounds very slowly.
  It is a serious, sad sound.
   It is a serious, sad sound.
  In the United Kingdom, people have special bell ringing events.
   In the United Kingdom, people have special bell ringing events.
  Hundreds, or even thousands of people ring bells together.
   Hundreds, or even thousands of people ring bells together.
  Today’s Spotlight is on some of these very large bell ringing events.
   Today’s Spotlight is on some of these very large bell ringing events.
  It was Friday the 27th of July 2012
   It was Friday the 27th of July 2012
  the first morning of the London Olympics.
   the first morning of the London Olympics.
  The time was 12 minutes past eight in the morning.
   The time was 12 minutes past eight in the morning.
  Thousands of people in all parts of the United Kingdom
   Thousands of people in all parts of the United Kingdom
  were ready to take part in a special event.
   were ready to take part in a special event.
  It was a bell ringing event, to celebrate the start of the Olympics.
   It was a bell ringing event, to celebrate the start of the Olympics.
  The bell ringing was going to last for three minutes.
   The bell ringing was going to last for three minutes.
  And it was going to be very loud.
   And it was going to be very loud.
  A very famous bell started the event - Big Ben.
   A very famous bell started the event - Big Ben.
  Big Ben is in Elizabeth Tower near the Houses of Parliament in London.
   Big Ben is in Elizabeth Tower near the Houses of Parliament in London.
  Big Ben sounded 40 times during the three minutes.
   Big Ben sounded 40 times during the three minutes.
   While Big Ben rang, everyone else rang their bells too.
    While Big Ben rang, everyone else rang their bells too.
  All over the country people rang bells.
   All over the country people rang bells.
  People used many different kinds of bell.
   People used many different kinds of bell.
  There were clock bells, church bells, door bells,
   There were clock bells, church bells, door bells,
  animal bells, hand bells and fire bells.
   animal bells, hand bells and fire bells.
  There were even Tibetan singing bells, and Swiss cow bells.
   There were even Tibetan singing bells, and Swiss cow bells.
  But everyone rang their bells as loudly and quickly as possible.
   But everyone rang their bells as loudly and quickly as possible.
   The idea for this mass bell ringing came from the artist Martin Creed.
    The idea for this mass bell ringing came from the artist Martin Creed.
  He wanted everyone in the country to share in the Olympic Games.
   He wanted everyone in the country to share in the Olympic Games.
  Most people could not attend the Games in person.
   Most people could not attend the Games in person.
  But anyone could ring a bell and join in the fun.
   But anyone could ring a bell and join in the fun.
  He told the BBC:
   He told the BBC:
  It is a piece of music for a special event.
   It is a piece of music for a special event.
  Creed also hoped to set a new world record –
   Creed also hoped to set a new world record –
  a record for the largest number of bells rung at the same time.
   a record for the largest number of bells rung at the same time.
  But this was not possible.
   But this was not possible.
  No one could count all the individual bells that rang during the special event!
   No one could count all the individual bells that rang during the special event!
  But we do know that thousands of people and organizations took part in the event.
   But we do know that thousands of people and organizations took part in the event.
  And they were not just in the United Kingdom.
   And they were not just in the United Kingdom.
  Ships at sea sounded their bells.
   Ships at sea sounded their bells.
  British Embassies in many countries rang bells.
   British Embassies in many countries rang bells.
  Even scientists at the British Antarctic Survey found a way to join in.
   Even scientists at the British Antarctic Survey found a way to join in.
  They were at the bottom of the world, in Antartica.
   They were at the bottom of the world, in Antartica.
  They did not have anything at all like a bell.
   They did not have anything at all like a bell.
  So they hit their cooking pots and pans to make a loud and happy noise!
   So they hit their cooking pots and pans to make a loud and happy noise!
  Everyone wanted to experience the celebration together.
   Everyone wanted to experience the celebration together.
  Earlier in 2012 there was another mass bell ringing.
   Earlier in 2012 there was another mass bell ringing.
  It was to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth the Second.
   It was to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth the Second.
  Queen Elizabeth had reigned for 60 years.
   Queen Elizabeth had reigned for 60 years.
   Eight new bells were made especially for the celebration.
    Eight new bells were made especially for the celebration.
  Each bell was given the name of a member of the Queen’s family.
   Each bell was given the name of a member of the Queen’s family.
  The largest bell was called Elizabeth.
   The largest bell was called Elizabeth.
  A large boat carried the eight bells.
   A large boat carried the eight bells.
  This bell boat led a huge parade of boats on the River Thames.
   This bell boat led a huge parade of boats on the River Thames.
  The Queen was in the one of the boats.
   The Queen was in the one of the boats.
  People in the bell boat rang the bells.
   People in the bell boat rang the bells.
  The bells were very loud.
   The bells were very loud.
  The bells continued ringing as the boats floated down the river.
   The bells continued ringing as the boats floated down the river.
   But it was not just the eight special bells that rang.
    But it was not just the eight special bells that rang.
  The boat parade passed churches on both sides of the river Thames.
   The boat parade passed churches on both sides of the river Thames.
  People rang the bells in these churches as the boat parade passed.
   People rang the bells in these churches as the boat parade passed.
  And at the same time people rang church bells all over the country.
   And at the same time people rang church bells all over the country.
  They all celebrated the Queen’s long reign.
   They all celebrated the Queen’s long reign.
   That mass bell ringing event celebrated a 60th anniversary.
    That mass bell ringing event celebrated a 60th anniversary.
  Another mass bell ringing event was held on the anniversary of something
   Another mass bell ringing event was held on the anniversary of something
  that happened more than 200 years ago.
   that happened more than 200 years ago.
   Over 200 years ago it was legal to buy and sell slaves in the British Empire.
    Over 200 years ago it was legal to buy and sell slaves in the British Empire.
  Most people accepted this fact.
   Most people accepted this fact.
  But some people thought it was wrong.
   But some people thought it was wrong.
  This group included writers, government leaders,
   This group included writers, government leaders,
  religious leaders and normal citizens.
   religious leaders and normal citizens.
  But it took many years of hard work to change the law.
   But it took many years of hard work to change the law.
  Protesters gathered information about the terrible conditions slaves experienced.
   Protesters gathered information about the terrible conditions slaves experienced.
  They shared this information in books, newspapers and at public meetings.
   They shared this information in books, newspapers and at public meetings.
  People were shocked when they heard about the suffering of the slaves.
   People were shocked when they heard about the suffering of the slaves.
  Opinions began to change.
   Opinions began to change.
  Finally the British Parliament voted to end the slave trade in the British Empire.
   Finally the British Parliament voted to end the slave trade in the British Empire.
  They called this law the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.
   They called this law the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.
  King George the Third signed the Act at noon on the 25th of March 1807.
   King George the Third signed the Act at noon on the 25th of March 1807.
  Exactly 200 years later a mass bell ringing event celebrated this law.
   Exactly 200 years later a mass bell ringing event celebrated this law.
  At noon on the 25th of March 2007
   At noon on the 25th of March 2007
  many people rang bells in towns and cities across the United Kingdom,
   many people rang bells in towns and cities across the United Kingdom,
  and in many other countries.
   and in many other countries.
  In the city of Bristol people rang bells for three hours.
   In the city of Bristol people rang bells for three hours.
  Individual people rang many different kinds of bells too.
   Individual people rang many different kinds of bells too.
  They did it to remember the struggle to end the slave trade.
   They did it to remember the struggle to end the slave trade.
   But this mass bell ringing event had another purpose too.
    But this mass bell ringing event had another purpose too.
  It was a call to change things that are still wrong in the world.
   It was a call to change things that are still wrong in the world.
  The Bishop of Bristol told the BBC:
   The Bishop of Bristol told the BBC:
  It is a good time to ring the bells.
   It is a good time to ring the bells.
  It is to remember past wrongs.
   It is to remember past wrongs.
  It is also to call for action.
   It is also to call for action.
  Unequal and unfair things still exist both in our own communities
   Unequal and unfair things still exist both in our own communities
  and all over the world’.
   and all over the world’.
  Have you ever rung a bell?
   Have you ever rung a bell?
  Was it for a special event?
   Was it for a special event?
  Share your experiences on our website,www.radioenglish.net.
   Share your experiences on our website,www.radioenglish.net.
  The writer of this programme was Joy Smith.
   The writer of this programme was Joy Smith.
  The producer was Luke Haley.
   The producer was Luke Haley.
  The voices you heard were from the United Kingdom and the United States.
   The voices you heard were from the United Kingdom and the United States.
  All quotes were adapted for this programme and voiced by Spotlight.
   All quotes were adapted for this programme and voiced by Spotlight.
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  This programme is called, ‘Ring Those Bells’.
   This programme is called, ‘Ring Those Bells’.
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