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The bicycle and the sweet-shop

  1. He encontrado este texto que describe el sentimiento de cualquier chaval por las bicis. (Está en inglés)

    This extract is from the author Roald Dahl’s book of tales from his childhood, Boy.

    It was my first term and I was walking home alone across the village green after school when suddenly one of the senior twelve-year-old boys came riding full speed down the road on his bicycle about twenty yards away from me.  The road was on a hill and the boy was going down the slope, and as he flashed by he started backpedalling very quickly so that the free-wheeling mechanism of his bike made a loud whirring sound.  At the same time, he took his hands off the handlebars and folded them casually across his chest.  I stopped dead and stared after him.  How wonderful he was!  How swift and brave and graceful in his long trousers with bicycle clips around them and his scarlet school cap at a jaunty angle on his head!  One day, I told myself, one glorious day I will have a bike like that and I will wear long trousers with bicycle-clips and my school cap will sit jaunty on my head and I will go whizzing down the hill pedalling backwards with no hands on the handlebars!
    I promise you that if somebody had caught me by the shoulder at that moment and said to me, ‘What is your greatest wish in life, little boy? What is your absolute ambition? To be a doctor? A fine musician? A painter? A writer? Or the Lord Chancellor?’  I would have answered without hesitation that my only ambition, my hope, my longing was to have a bike like that and to go whizzing down the hill with no hands on the handlebars.  It would be fabulous.  It made me tremble just to think about it.


    term: trimestre
    senior twelve-year-old boys: chicos de 12 mayores
    about twenty yards away from me: a unas 20 yardas de mi.
    he was going down the slope: iba cuesta abajo
    flash by: pasar como un rayo
    backpedalling: pedalear hacia atras
    whirring: zumbido
    he took his hands off the handlebars: El quitó sus manos del manillar
    casually: tan alegremente, tan tranquilo, despreocupadamente
    fold his hands across his chest: cruzando sus manos en su pecho.
    I stopped dead: me detuve en seco
    I stared after him: Me quedé mirándole después.
    swift: veloz, rápido
    graceful: elegante
    bicycle clips: pinzas de bicicleta
    cap: gorra
    jaunty (clothes): alegre (estilo de ropa)
    tremble: temblar


    Cuando veo a un adulto sobre una bicicleta, aún creo que hay esperanza para la humanidad.
    "Me lo contaron y lo olvidé, lo vi y lo entendí, lo hice y lo aprendí". Confucio
    Publicado hace 4 años #

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