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Speakers’ Corner


“L’angolo degli oratori” di Hyde Park è una vera e propria istituzione londinese. Ogni domenica mattina si possono andare a esprimere opinioni o ad ascoltare i più svariati discorsi politici, filosofici, religiosi… Un tempo vi andavano Karl Marx, George Orwell, Lenin, oggi le cose sono un po’ cambiate! Ecco una selezione di qualche moderno oratore... By Mark Worden - LANGUAGE LEVEL C1 (ADVANCED)

Zionist preacher (Standard British accent)

Well, why should you have an assurance of heaven when you belong to the fallen race of Adam and Eve?

Diane (Standard British/”Geordie” accent)

It always amazes me how people think that England is some little bubble where everything’s all right.

Muslim preacher (Pakistani accent)

We do not force them to believe. So when we say, “OK, we believe in the Holy Koran.” I am a Muslim, the Holy Koran is the book of the Muslims.

Ilias (Mild Belgian accent)

My name is Ilias. I live in Belgium, I… my parents come from Morocco, they’ve been living in Morocco, and I… this is my first time at Speakers’ Corner.

Zionist preacher

I do not put my trust in a religion that propagates nothing but death.

Cowboy preacher (Standard American/Texan accent)

Listen, you should understand, Justin, that you shouldn’t be listening to people like this!

Diane

It is a child-like mentality who rushes into something without thinking.

Ilias

I discovered Speakers’ Corner in 2008 and I’ve… I’ve always been interested by this concept of people just going, taking ladders and saying what they want because this is democracy at a grassroots level.

English preacher (Standard British accent)

He said, “You stink, you whitewash walls, you... you sinners, you vipers!” Now, they didn’t like that when he knew that… what was going to happen then, they were going to get him, the Romans, and put him on the cross.

Man in crowd (Indian accent)

Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Don’t have a monologue, have a dialogue! Don’t…

Cowboy preacher

Have you ever read the Bible?

Man in crowd (Standard British accent)

No, he didn’t!

Cowboy preacher

Then why would you be sitting here talking about God when you don’t know what God says?

Ilias

It’s amazing to see all these people debating, and I came here to see what people have to talk about, and I’ve seen that there are not a whole lot of people right now, but there might be more people in about 30 minutes.

Diane

I have a right to.

David (Standard British/London accent)

So you live on benefits?

Diane

No, I don’t actually.

David

So you’re the parasite, then!

Diane

But I’m reminding you that the Welfare State is my birthright, nobody else’s.

Italian girl (Italian accent)

Madam, no…

Diane

Where do you come from? Where do you come from? Are you Spanish?

Italian girl

I’m Italian.

Diane

Italian?

Young Muslim men (Standard British accent)

Eh! Pizza, pizza!

Ilias

I came here also to deliver a speech that I made:

The Juche idea states that master… that… that man himself is a master of his own life and of the country’s development, so if… if people are willing to… to develop the economy to work together create a... a stronger union between the people of the nation, then the country will develop and the…

(Ilias was talking to Mark Worden)

To read the main article "Speakers' Corner" (speak Up, April 2013), click here


SPEAK UP EXPLAINS

Geordie accent. L’accento del Nordest dell’Inghilterra, soprattutto la zona di Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Da lì prende il nome lo show di MTV Geordie Shore.

You whitewashed walls. Il predicatore sembra riferirsi all’atto 23:3 (Sacra Bibbia, Nuovo Testamento), che recita: “Allora Paolo gli disse: «Dio percuoterà te, parete imbiancata; tu siedi per giudicarmi secondo la legge e violando la legge comandi che io sia percosso?»”

Benefits. I sussidi sociali del Welfare State. Diane, una signora inglese, vive grazie ai sussidi per i disoccupati ma critica gli immigrati “parassiti”.

Juche. Se non conoscete questa parola è perché è coreana! Ilias sta facendo un discorso sulla Corea del Nord. Storicamente Speakers’ Corner era un luogo per parlare liberamente della politica ma oggi, come vedete, è dominato dalla religione.