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quinta-feira, 28 de junho de 2012

Learning English from Cartoons: The Queen's Historic Handshake.

This cartoon by Andy Davey from The Sun relates to the historic handshake between the Queen and the former IRA commander, Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, now Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, in Belfast on Wednesday. The Daily Telegraph puts the handshake into context:

The Queen, once a prime target for the IRA, shook hands not once but twice with Martin McGuinness, a former commander of the terrorist group, in a gesture that meant every bit as much as the sovereign’s historic visit to Ireland last year.
Barely a decade ago, the idea of the monarch, the ultimate symbol of British rule in Ulster, even being in the same room as Mr McGuinness, arguably the most recognisable former member of the IRA, would have been unthinkable. Full story >>


In the cartoon, we see the Queen reaching out to shake McGuinness's hand over the bombed-out wreck of a car—a clear reference to The Troubles, in which IRA terrorist attacks claimed the lives of hundreds of victims. Note the 'History' numberplate on the car, another reminder of past events.

You shake hands with someone or give someone a handshake.

From: theenglishblog.

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