These are pieces easy for understanding but not quite easy for wording in the Russian language. What version would you offer? The best versions will be published on this page.
1) To widespread relief, the music of Bee Gee does not feature among the “sticky” tunes that an American scientist has found to be lodged permanently in the human brain, replaying over and over again. But only two decades ago the trigger phrases “Staying alive, staying alive” and “Night Fever” helped to launch the disco craze…
2) Sexism is alive and well in the world. In one interview, a prime piece of Argentinean beef described male attributes as: “Owning a car, owning a spouse and owning a child.” Not merely the ownership but also the order raised a few eyebrows.
3)The jobs conference was suggested to Mr. Gergen by Robert Hormits. As a tactic, it served two useful purposes. It enabled the president to repeat his jobs mantra at every opportunity in Tokyo and remind Americans that his international efforts help the economy at home . And it gave him a fall back accomplishment to tout from Tokyo, in case negotiations on trade issue to produce agreements.
In the following passages the contents is perfectly clear, but could you preserve the irony, at the same time adhering to the style of Russian newspapers:
1) President … has said he will unveil the plan Wednesday. Of course, this is the same guy who said the plan would be ready on Inauguration Day, but, hey, that’s another story. … Will the plan be successful? The Associated Press said that “there will be significant howls” from the business community. But it also observed that “President seems close to striking the right balance between encouraging growth and calling for even-handed sacrifice”.
2) Republicans are like that pop culture clichй, women who love too much. They know they shouldn’t get involved with Ross Perot, that they can’t help themselves. The mating dance between Republicans and Perot is in full swing. What is starting to happen is a Repibican- Perot love-in. Frank Luntz, who worked for Perot, believes Perot could prompt a stampede of voters to Republican congressional candidates next year.