英国最年轻的市长即将上任
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现年29岁,金发碧眼、有着甜美微笑的凯瑟琳·伯斯诺尔将在5月25日宣誓成为英国温莎市的市长,她将是英国历史上最年轻的市长??毡硎咀约旱毖〔⒉皇且蛭は?,而是她真的了解人们需要什么。

At 29, Catherine Bursnall will be England
At 29, Catherine Bursnall will be England's youngest mayor.

With her long glossy1(有光泽的,光滑的) locks, model good looks and perfect smile, Catherine Bursnall is no doubt not a stranger to cruel “blonde” jokes.

But the 29-year-old is now having the last laugh – as she prepares to become England’s youngest mayor.

She will be working alongside her husband, Tom, who is also a local Conservative councilor(议员,参事) . The pair have even been dubbed2(被称为) “Tom Cat” in reference to the nickname given to Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.

However, Catherine reveals she has climbed the political ranks much quicker than Tom, 30, who joined the Young Conservatives at 16 and has been promoted to national chairman.

But she's keen to point out that she believes her three-year fast-track process to mayor, for which Catherine will be inaugurated(就职,开始) on May 25, is down to merit(优点,价值) rather than her appearance.

“It certainly helped that I was local,” said Catherine, who was brought up in Ascot by parents Terry, 59, and Elaine, 55 - both local government officials - and moved to nearby Eton with Tom before settling in neighboring Windsor.

“I knew there were certain things people wanted, such as more police on the streets, weekly bin3 collections, less noise from nightclubs and better parking, because I wanted them too.

“I didn't think I was that likely to win, but somehow on the night I got elected.”

However, Tom, a politics graduate who Catherine met when they were both students at the University of Warwick in 2001 and married at the Windsor Guildhall three years ago, is more blunt(迟钝的,生硬的) about his wife's triumph.

“They underestimated Catherine and probably thought she was a blonde bimbo(女人) ,” he told the Sunday Express.

“Our friends mock(嘲弄) us because I’ve been more political throughout my life, whereas Catherine’s only been in politics for two years and yet now she’s in higher office than me.”

Catherine agreed: “I’ve always been the one walking behind Tom, posting the leaflets(传单) through the doors but now it’s the other way round.”

The sociology and psychology4 graduate does admits that some local residents have been quite cynical5 about her success, which has also seen her carrying out the deputy mayor role for the past two years.

“When I was elected as deputy, a few people wrote into the local paper saying I was too young and only been picked because of my looks,” she said.

“On the whole though, when people get to know me they can see that I care and want to get involved.”

The couple, who run successful recruitment(招募,聘任) business, The Talent Pool Company, and are currently renovating6 their Grade II-listed 18th century Georgian home, have also appeared in an online poll of the country’s best-looking councilors.

However, Catherine will be taking a break from the company following her inauguration7 at the Windsor Guildhall as her role as mayor is a full-time8 job and will see her carrying 750 civic9 duties over the next 12 months.

The former pupil of Carters School in Sunningdale said she is keen for her people-focused political career to continue.

“Being a mayor is a more community-based role and less political, which is what I enjoy most,” she said.

“I won’t be called Mayoress because that’s the name for a mayor’s wife. You’re meant to be Mr Mayor but a lot of women ask to be Madam Mayor. I’d rather just be called Cat.”

However, Tom adds, for him, it’s nothing new, joking: “I’ve been calling her a ‘mare(母马,母驴) ’ for years!”



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1 glossy nfvxx     
adj.平滑的;有光泽的
参考例句:
  • I like these glossy spots.我喜欢这些闪闪发光的花点。
  • She had glossy black hair.她长着乌黑发亮的头发。
2 dubbed dubbed     
v.给…起绰号( dub的过去式和过去分词 );把…称为;配音;复制
参考例句:
  • Mathematics was once dubbed the handmaiden of the sciences. 数学曾一度被视为各门科学的基础。
  • Is the movie dubbed or does it have subtitles? 这部电影是配音的还是打字幕的? 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 bin yR2yz     
n.箱柜;vt.放入箱内;[计算机] DOS文件名:二进制目标文件
参考例句:
  • He emptied several bags of rice into a bin.他把几袋米倒进大箱里。
  • He threw the empty bottles in the bin.他把空瓶子扔进垃圾箱。
4 psychology U0Wze     
n.心理,心理学,心理状态
参考例句:
  • She has a background in child psychology.她受过儿童心理学的教育。
  • He studied philosophy and psychology at Cambridge.他在剑桥大学学习哲学和心理学。
5 cynical Dnbz9     
adj.(对人性或动机)怀疑的,不信世道向善的
参考例句:
  • The enormous difficulty makes him cynical about the feasibility of the idea.由于困难很大,他对这个主意是否可行持怀疑态度。
  • He was cynical that any good could come of democracy.他不相信民主会带来什么好处。
6 renovating 3300b8c2755b41662dbf652807bb1bbb     
翻新,修复,整修( renovate的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • The increased production was largely attained by renovating old orchards and vineyards. 通过更新老果园和葡萄园,使生产大大增加。
  • Renovating that house will cost you a pretty penny. 为了整修那所房子,你得花很多钱。
7 inauguration 3cQzR     
n.开幕、就职典礼
参考例句:
  • The inauguration of a President of the United States takes place on January 20.美国总统的就职典礼于一月二十日举行。
  • Three celebrated tenors sang at the president's inauguration.3位著名的男高音歌手在总统就职仪式上演唱。
8 full-time SsBz42     
adj.满工作日的或工作周的,全时间的
参考例句:
  • A full-time job may be too much for her.全天工作她恐怕吃不消。
  • I don't know how she copes with looking after her family and doing a full-time job.既要照顾家庭又要全天工作,我不知道她是如何对付的。
9 civic Fqczn     
adj.城市的,都市的,市民的,公民的
参考例句:
  • I feel it is my civic duty to vote.我认为投票选举是我作为公民的义务。
  • The civic leaders helped to forward the project.市政府领导者协助促进工程的进展。
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