|English to Chinese: Complexity of regulating the sea |
|Source text - English|
The sea has shaped Britain in almost every imaginable way. For almost 1,000 years it has protected us from invasion, from becoming part of Napoleon or Hitler's Europe.
In the words of the 17th century jurist, Lord Coventry: "The dominion of the sea, as it is an ancient and undoubted right of the crown of England, so it is the best security of the land - The wooden walls [the country's sea fleet] are the best walls of this kingdom."
Angry seas, lashing at the rocks from the Lizard to Peterhead, have helped form the jagged rocks and sandy inlets that in turn provide habitats for British sealife.
Turquoise inland waters and dark green oceans have provided a wealth of food - from crabs, mussels and other shellfish inland, to deep sea fish that were once the staples of a fish and chip supper.
And the seas have lifted our spirits - whether it was looking back along the majestic sweep of the Gower from a clifftop walk on a sparkling summer's day, or a walk along the prom with an ice cream and a "kiss me quick" hat in Blackpool or Skegness.
But in return, we have treated our seas with something more akin to contempt than respect.
|Translation - Chinese|
英国是由几乎任何可以想象到的方式被海域所塑造而成。将近1，000来，海域在侵略中、成为拿破仑（Napoleon )或者希特勒（Hitler) 所统治的欧洲之中保护了我们。