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31 mars 2011 4 31 /03 /mars /2011 19:13

Tomorrow's April Fool's Day

The First of April, some do say

Is set apart for All Fools Day

But why the people call it so

Not I, nor they themselves do know

Here is a mini lesson on April Fool's Day and some vocabulary :

April Fool jokes generally involve persuading people to do something stupid like looking for hen's teeth or for a left-handed screwdriver  -or other things that don't exist. However, you can only play April Fools only before noon –if the jokes don't stop by midday the hoaxer is told :

'April Fool's Day is past and gone,
Your 're the fool and I am none.
'

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26 mars 2011 6 26 /03 /mars /2011 08:46

When millions switch the light off...

 

Earth Hour 2011 is tonight, at 08:30 PM :

A QUIZ on Earth Hour here :
http://www.clker.com/cliparts/b/1/Y/Y/L/3/help-button-th.png
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23 mars 2011 3 23 /03 /mars /2011 21:02

Newsmap

is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator.

You can view the most recurring Google news in...

newsmap-mod.jpg... Argentina / Australia / Austria / Brasil / Canada / France / Germany / India / Italy / Mexico / the Netherlands / New Zealand / Spain / the United-Kingdom / the U.S.A. : view them all, or select one (or several) countries.

You can do the same as for the news categories : 

world

national

business

technology

sports

entertainment

 

health

The news map was worked out by Marcos Weskemp, a  Design Engineer who investigates the fields of Interaction Design and Information Visualisation.

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Newsmap is powered by Google and hosted by hetml.jp [jp stands for... Japan]

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22 mars 2011 2 22 /03 /mars /2011 23:30

The 2 infographics below display various features state by state :

The maps show you what the U.S.A. are worst at... but also what their best assets are :-)

http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/The-United-States-of-Shame.png

http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/best-of-states.jpeg

The data in the 'U.S.A.'s best' infographic come from history.com, 50states.com and SolarPowerRocks.com

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Both infographics were taken from dailyinfographic.com

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21 mars 2011 1 21 /03 /mars /2011 20:18

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/Twitter-follow-me.jpg/120px-Twitter-follow-me.jpg

On March 21, 2007 "Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey blasted off the very first tweet. What began as an experiment in "microblogging"  -no more than 140 characters, please-  has become a cultural landmark :

Twitter now has 200 million users, including tech luminaries, celebrities and the president of the United States. It started off slowly. In 2007, Twitter averaged just 5,000 tweets per day. But in 2009, the site hit a tipping point and became a broadcast channel for major news events.[...]"

Full article on  CNN.money.com

 

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20 mars 2011 7 20 /03 /mars /2011 19:12

Here are some paintings illutrating spring :

The one I decided to start with was not painted by an English, American or  any other English-speaking painter...  yet, it is maybe the most famous allegory of the spring season in the world : can you recognise it ?

http://www.moncahier.com/uploads/images/tableaux/Peintres/botticelli-primavera.jpg

 

 

 

 

  "La Primavera" by      Sandro Botticelli

 

 

 

 

This one was painted by another Italian painter whose style is completely different and also famous nowadays :

http://www.ifalsidiautore.it/quadri/grandi/ar0017_la_primavera_60x50_m.jpg

"Primavera" by Arcimboldo


The painting below was painted by a Welsh painter :

http://www.art-prints-on-demand.com/kunst/christopher_williams/spring_ch139788_hi.jpg

"Spring" by Christopher Williams

If you look attentively at the painting below and analyse its style... I think you might guess who painted it :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e3/Fishing_in_the_Spring%2C_Pont_de_Clichy_1887_Vincent_van_Gogh.jpg/300px-Fishing_in_the_Spring%2C_Pont_de_Clichy_1887_Vincent_van_Gogh.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

it is "Fishing in Spring" by Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

 

"Early Spring" :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/86/Guo_Xi_-_Early_Spring_%28large%29.jpg/412px-Guo_Xi_-_Early_Spring_%28large%29.jpg

                                     was finished in 1072                                                  by Guo Xi

This one looks like a photograph but is also  painting : its author was American, and you know him since you've studied some of his paintings this year... its title is "Spring Flowers" and it was painted...

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSTYFINcca8mC7MzalhaQetDAbBVSjGpV5nYO_QwsYaskp2YMOP

... YES ! By Norman Rockwell :-)

Below, a much 'cheaper' and modern version of other spring flowers :

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41wscl4w6-L._SS400_.jpg

 

 

 

 

"Spring green" is manufactured and sold by ElleWeiDeco  -though it's not "great" art, but rather a decorating product... I like it :)

 

 

 

 

Now practise : present each illustration, then describe it in detail. You can use the recap sheets that include locating prepositions and phrases and show how to locate people/things on a picture.

As a conclusion, tell which picture you like best and explain why.

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20 mars 2011 7 20 /03 /mars /2011 18:35

In 2011 March equinox occurs tonight

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/23degrees/equinox_earth.jpg Image : courtesy of the N.A.S.A.

March equinox will occur tonight, on March 20 in 2011. From an astronomical viewpoint, that's when spring begins in the northern hemisphere  ; autumn also begins, but in the southern hemisphere. On this date, March equinox will occur at 11:21 pm at Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Below, the four seasons are pictured from an astronomical viewpoint :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f0/Seasons1.svg/700px-Seasons1.svg.png

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19 mars 2011 6 19 /03 /mars /2011 19:54

St Patrick's Day is now over...

Let's see what you know about Ireland :

... and learn some more ;-)

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18 mars 2011 5 18 /03 /mars /2011 19:52

Some of you asked for sheets they can't find...

Here they are :

"Bowling for Columbine" poster :

after studying the illustration, a gap fill to recap what you've found out :

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Computers/thumb_open_folder_blue.png

 

 

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18 mars 2011 5 18 /03 /mars /2011 06:30

                    NHK World is a Japanese TV channel that broadcasts news and information

on Japan's politics, business, culture, entertainment and more.

Here the journalist explains what happened to the nuclear reactor near Fukushima. His speech is both slow rythmed ans clear, and plain diagrams and pictures illustrate his explanations.

 

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