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Libre à qui le souhaite de tisser ici ses propres fils avec ceux d'un blog à la trame dessinée par l'anglais et son univers. Orientés par exemple par l'histoire, l'humour, la musique ou le cinéma ses vidéos, textes, sons, illustrations -etc- viennent y prolonger les thèmes explorés en cours, et j'y publie des ressources conçues pour enrichir la pratique de la langue. S'il peut devenir outil de progression, je souhaite aussi qu'il vous procure plaisir et parfois même amusement... why not ?!
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
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.'
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...
... 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 :
The news map was worked out by Marcos Weskemp, a Design Engineer who investigates the fields of Interaction Design and Information Visualisation.
Newsmap is powered by Google and hosted by hetml.jp [jp stands for... Japan]
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 :-)
The data in the 'U.S.A.'s best' infographic come from history.com, 50states.com and SolarPowerRocks.com
Both infographics were taken from dailyinfographic.com
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
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 ?
"La Primavera" by Sandro Botticelli
This one was painted by another Italian painter whose style is completely different and also famous nowadays :
"Primavera" by Arcimboldo
The painting below was painted by a Welsh painter :
"Spring" by Christopher Williams
If you look attentively at the painting below and analyse its style... I think you might guess who painted it :
it is "Fishing in Spring" by Vincent Van Gogh
"Early Spring" :
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...
... YES ! By Norman Rockwell :-)
Below, a much 'cheaper' and modern version of other spring flowers :
"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.
In 2011 March equinox occurs tonight
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 :
St Patrick's Day is now over...
Let's see what you know about Ireland :
... and learn some more ;-)