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panda missed out on a first class flight to Washington in Margaret Thatcher's Concorde after she refused to accommodate him in the back of the plane.

一只熊猫在玛格丽特·撒切尔拒绝在飞机后部安置它的原因错过了坐上玛格丽特·撒切尔协和式飞机上飞往华盛顿的头等舱航班。

According to papers released by the National Archives the former prime minister was asked by the president of the London Zoological Society if she could allow space for the animal on the flight to her first summit with US President Ronald Reagan in January 1981.

根据国家档案馆发表的论文指出,这位前首相被伦敦动物学会主席问道,她能否在1981年1月在去与美国总统罗纳德·里根举行的第一次峰会的飞机上为某只动物留出空间。

Desperate for a boost to the cash-strapped London Zoo and keen to loan the bear to Washington's Smithsonian Institution Solly Zuckerman contacted No 10 as he felt the publicity stunt could have aided the US and UK's much-vaunted "special relationship".

资金短缺、迫切需要现金的伦敦动物园急切地想将这只熊猫借给华盛顿的史密森尼博物馆,索利·朱克曼联系了唐宁街10号,他觉得这种宣传噱头可能会有助于美国和英国大肆吹嘘他们之间的"特殊关系"。

At the time Cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong wrote: "Lord Zuckerman sees this as a signal demonstration of the special relationship and would be very happy to time the announcement of the loan or the delivery of the panda in any way that the prime minister thought would be most likely to benefit Anglo-American relations.

当时内阁大臣罗伯特·阿姆斯特朗爵士写道:“朱克曼勋爵认为这是证明(我们)特殊关系的一种信号,他很高兴以任何方式为贷款的宣布或者熊猫的交付制定时间表,首相认为这将对英美关系有利。

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"He even suggested that the prime minister might like to take the panda in the back of her Concorde when she goes to Washington next month."

“他甚至还建议,当首相下个月去华盛顿的时候,她可能会愿意用她协和式飞机的后舱带上那只熊猫。”

Mrs Thatcher turned down the proposal in a handwritten note saying that Lord Zuckerman "knows more about pandas than I do" and should be able to "arrange these things" without her involvement.

撒切尔夫人在一封亲笔信中拒绝了这一建议,她写道,朱克曼勋爵“比我更了解熊猫”,应该可以在没有她协助的情况下“安排这些事情”。

Her private secretary Clive Whitmore replied: "She has commented that she is not taking a panda with her.
"Pandas and politicians are not happy omens!"

撒切尔夫人的私人秘书克莱夫·惠特莫尔回应道:“她说了她不会带上熊猫,‘熊猫和政治家的组合可不是什么吉兆!’”

Giant pandas were once a star attraction at London Zoo but it has not housed one since Ming Ming returned to her native China in 1994 following a three-year stay in the capital.

大熊猫曾经是伦敦动物园的明星,但自从熊猫明明在首都伦敦呆够三年,于1994年回到了她的祖国中国之后,伦敦动物园里就再也没有熊猫了。

Edinburgh Zoo is now the sole home of giant pandas in the UK.

爱丁堡动物园现在是英国唯一的大熊猫基地。