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14 septembre 2011 3 14 /09 /septembre /2011 14:49

Tale - B1/2

You've just started studying "Gun violence in the US" in 'XL Terminale' textbook...



The passage was adapted from an article by Stuart Jeffries, (from 'The Guardian' - May 17, 2002)

and I thought you might feel like reading it :

 "Gunning for the land of the free - TV documentary about the US love of firearms makes history"

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12 septembre 2011 1 12 /09 /septembre /2011 13:40

The Simple English Wikipedia definition :


Wind turbines use the kinetic power of the wind to generate electricity. Historically, they were more frequently used as a mechanical  device  to turn machinery.

There are two main sorts of wind generators : those with a vertical axis and those with a horizontal axis.

Large amounts of electricity can be generated in wind farms   -both onshore and offshore-  thanks to wind turbines.

  Here are the 3 main types of wind turbines :


HAWT / VAWT = horizontal / vertical  axis wind turbines


updated November 25, 2011


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7 août 2011 7 07 /08 /août /2011 08:27

Banksy's mural in East London


The Daily Mail decodes the image :

"It depicts a water tap being called - a tap phoned - with a simulated phone ringing 'Brinngg, Brinngg' as well as a confused person with a thought bubble which reads 'Oh no... my tap's been phoned.' "


'The Guardian' online hasn't reported yet, but meanwhile you can browse their previous articles on Banksy in the 'Art & Design' Section


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31 juillet 2011 7 31 /07 /juillet /2011 14:49

When Radio BBC4 interview focuses on Twitter, Hugh Laurie...

http:////upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Twitter-follow-me.jpg... hesitates ("I'm not...") but then admits ("Well actually I am !") he is well signed up to Stephen Fry's(1) Twitter account... He immediately adds he has "purely unmixed feelings about Twitter"... you'll discover them below :

The British actor outlines "the social cost of every tweet" : when for instance, we happen to be bothered -in a restaurant, as messages are received or sent (from underneath the table !)- and our conversations get interrupted...

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30 juillet 2011 6 30 /07 /juillet /2011 21:39

Can you imagine what happens in 60" time on the Internet ?

click on the illustration to view  various web events & actions...


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29 juillet 2011 5 29 /07 /juillet /2011 00:26

... to your English teacher 

http://graphjam.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/39c04b93-1fae-4be5-93d6-d1c84eb43e9a.pngHow true do you find this graph ?

Be honest... 

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28 juillet 2011 4 28 /07 /juillet /2011 23:10



Jim Denevan makes temporary drawings on sand earth and ice that are eventually  erased by waves and weather.












Not only does he create magical landscapes, but he also is a chef :-)  He's been sketching his temporary natural pictures in Florida, California, NY, Canada and many other places. He's involved in several art projects -see his stunning land art on his website (photos) !


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28 juillet 2011 4 28 /07 /juillet /2011 15:29

"Facebook bans Nirvana album cover

–then says Nevermind"

"Social networking site removes image of naked baby from 1991 LP for violating terms of use ... then changes its mind"

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Music/Pix/pictures/2011/7/28/1311844878492/Nirvanas-Nevermind-cover-006.jpgClick on the  album cover

to read Sean Michaels's article from The Guardian - 28 July 2011

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27 juillet 2011 3 27 /07 /juillet /2011 16:36

The gigantic building on the right is not a skyscraper...

it is a heap of US banknotes figuring the amount of the U.S. unfunded liabilities :

114.5 Trillion Dollars -$114,500,000,000,000.

"[...]The unfunded liability is calculated on current tax and funding inputs, and future demographic shifts in US Population. [...]"

Source: Federal Reserve & USdebtclock

View how fast it's going...

Only 126 days ago :

Sources : Congressional Budget Office, USDebtClock.org, SNBC.com & Time.com
Let's see how things are going for Europe...



Source : "Europe web of debts" - 'The New York Times' - May 1, 2011

"Banks and governments in thes five  shaky economies owe each other many billions of euros -converted here to dollars- and have even larger debts to Britain, France and Germany. Arrow widths are proportional to debt amounts."

Can't see Britain, France or Germany's debt... does it mean they have none ? . . .

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25 juillet 2011 1 25 /07 /juillet /2011 19:38

Google's domain : registered in 1997 -  Facebook : launched 7 years later

2011's websurfers cannot figure out searching the web without the search engine  -as for Facebook, Zuckerberg's corporation painted the word 'friend' quite a peculiar tinge !

Actually we can hardly imagine the Internet without the two tools. One even happens to forget Google and Facebook are tools that we assumedly control & direct    

After all, products usually comply with our needs... not the reverse, heh ?

http://obizmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/world_without_google_infographic.f3.jpg      http://obizmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/World-without-facebook.jpg

  As a matter of fact, all these data  are true only in an industrialised world...

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