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Bulletproof 時尚防彈衣

Now it's possible to be both safe and stylish.
現在你可以同時擁有安全性和時尚感。

They say the clothes make the man, but Oscar Ruiz's clothes might save his life. The 42-year-old businessman lives in Bogota, Columbia, the kidnapping capital of the world and a place where violent crime is a fact of life . To protect himself, Ruiz used to wear a bulletproof vest under his suit jacket, but the vest was bulky and hot. Today, however, Ruiz is looking good in a custom -tailored lightweight black leather coat, guaranteed to stop a 9mm bullet.

人家說人靠衣裝,但是奧斯卡儒茲的衣服可能可以救他一條命。這位四十二歲的商人住在哥倫比亞的波哥大,這是全球著名的綁架之都,這個地方的暴力犯罪是生活中嚴酷的現實。為了保護自己,儒茲曾經在他的西裝外套下穿一件防彈背心,不過這個背心又大又熱。但是現在,穿著訂製的量輕黑色皮衣外套的儒茲看起來很體面,這外套保證可以抵擋九厘米子彈。

Ruiz says, "I ordered a black coat because it matches6 the color of my car," a bulletproof BMW driven by a trained armed bodyguard. These kinds of precautions might seem excessive to most people, but the market for bodyguards, bulletproof clothing and cars is growing rapidly.

儒茲說:「我訂了一件黑外套,因為這顏色和我的車子相稱。」這是一部由受過訓練的武裝保鑣駕駛的防彈寶馬汽車。這樣的預防措施對某些人來說可能太過度了,但是保鑣、防彈衣物和汽車的市場正快速成長。

Miguel Caballero, the tailor who made Ruiz's coat, turns out over $3 million worth of bulletproof clothing every year from his Bogota factory. Known as the "Armani of bulletproof clothes", Caballero produces suits, coats and even T-shirts that protect their wearers from bullets and knives.

幫儒茲做外套的裁縫米蓋爾卡巴雷若,每年從他在波哥大的工廠生產出價值超過三百萬的防彈衣物。卡巴雷若以「防彈衣的亞曼尼」聞名,他生產西裝、外套,甚至T恤,這些衣服可以保護穿著的人免受子彈和刀子傷害。

"The world can be a dangerous place," says Caballero as he demonstrates his products - by shooting live bullets at his lawyer. The lawyer feels the force of the bullets as they hit his chest, but survives the attack with just a few bruises . "People think that if our bulletproof clothes work here in Columbia, they'll work anywhere."

「世界可能是個危險的地方。」卡巴雷若以真正的子彈射擊他的律師來展示說明他的產品時這樣說,這位律師可以感覺到子彈碰擊他胸口時的力道,但是他從攻擊中存活下來,只留下一點點瘀傷。「大家認為如果你的防彈衣物在哥倫比亞這裡管用,在任何其他地方都管用。」

As for Ruiz, he never goes out without his bulletproof coat. "Even if I never have to use it, it gives me a little peace of mind ," says Ruiz. "How can you put a price tag on peace of mind?"

至於儒茲,他出門一定穿著他的防彈外套。「就算我從來都用不上它,它也讓我安心一點。」儒茲說:「內心的平靜是無價的。」
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capital of the world 世界首府
Paris is home to many famous designers and is known as the fashion capital of the world.

a fact of life 現實;常識
Having to work to earn a living is a fact of life for most people.
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Vocabulary    

1.kidnap [`kIdnGp] v. 綁架
The child was kidnapped and held until his parents paid a ransom.

2.violent [`vaIKlKnt] adj. 暴力的
Some people think that violent TV shows lead to violent behavior in children.

3.bulky [`bOlkI] adj. 體積大的
That couch is too bulky for our small room.

4.custom [`kOstKm] adj. 訂製的
He ordered his new car with a custom paint job.

5.guarantee [ˊgGrKn`ti] v. 保證
I guarantee you won't find a lower price anywhere.

6.match [mGQ] v. 相稱;相符
The serial numbers don't match! This isn't the original engine part.

7.precaution [prI`kRBKn] n. 預防措施
We covered our windows as a precaution against the typhoon's high winds.

8.excessive [Ik`sAsIv] adj. 過度的
The policeman was accused of using excessive force in arresting the suspect.

9.demonstrate [`dAmKnˊstret] v. 實際解說、示範
The salesman demonstrated the many features of the vacuum cleaner.

10.bruise [bruz] n. 瘀傷
The fall left a large bruise on Jill's back.

11.peace of mind n. chk. 內心的平靜
Paying off the mortgage on his home early gave him a lot of peace of mind.

12.price tag n. chk. 標價牌
There was no price tag on the pants so I don't know how much they cost.
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questions    

1.Have you or anyone you know been the victim of a violent crime? What happened?

2.What are gun laws like where you live?

3.What are some cities you think of as being dangerous? What makes you think that?
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