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23 juillet 2011 6 23 /07 /juillet /2011 23:05

 The New York City OEM

(Office of Emergency Management)...


... has issued a Guide to help New Yorkers and visitors cope with the heat wave that is  currently  sweeping over the U.S.A. (up to 125°F/51.6°C in Nevada) : "On warm summer days, New York City can be as much as 10 degrees warmer than surrounding areas. Ready New York : Beat the Heat offers tips on how to stay healthy and cool during the summer months, conserve water and energy, and identify and treat individuals with heat-related illnesses"

To access the 2 PDF pages,

click on the Guide  cover below



The Guide explains that "New York City can be as much as 10 degrees warmer than surrounding areas because the city’s infrastructure – largely made up of asphalt, concrete, and metal – traps the heat." It aims at having you understand the risk factors so as to plan ahead : prevent or treat heat  strokes (or sunstrokes) and heat exhaustion / conserve your energy / save resources in extreme heat / prepare for possible  power outages and disruptions / etc...

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22 juillet 2011 5 22 /07 /juillet /2011 23:00


Troubled Soul Singer Amy Winehouse Found Dead

AUDIO file from   npr  programme     "All Things Considered"


(July 23, 2011)

Transcript of  npr music report :




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22 juillet 2011 5 22 /07 /juillet /2011 19:45

This infographic was created by MedicalBillingandCoding.org

about one year ago

http://images.medicalbillingandcoding.org.s3.amazonaws.com/the-internet.jpgCompare yourself and the way you use the Internet with the way it is used illustrated in the infographic...

Do you use TV and the Internet simultaneously ? What do you use the Internet mainly for, entertainment ? Information ? Or... ? How many hours do you spend on the Internet every week... 31 ? Less ?              ... more ?!

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17 juillet 2011 7 17 /07 /juillet /2011 15:22

  Kenneth Koch's words

are given rhythm by the visual effect of kinetic typography : "watch" 'You want a social life, with friends' in the video below :


You want a social life, with friends.
A passionate love life and as well
To work hard every day. What's true
Is of these three you may have two
And two can pay you dividends
But never may have three.

There isn't time enough, my friends--
Though dawn begins, yet midnight ends--
To find the time to have love, work, and friends. Michelangelo had
feeling For Vittoria and the Ceiling
But did he go to parties at day's end?

Homer nightly went to banquets
Wrote all day but had no lockets
Bright with pictures of his Girl.
I know one who loves and parties
And has done so since his thirties
But writes hardly anything at all.

a poem by Kenneth Koch


Hey, should some students hesitate, let me give you a clue : Homer was not an animated character from the Simpsons series                      The poet claims "two can pay dividends", but "you may never have three": do you agree on this ? I guess the answers will all be different -close to philosophy, hmm ? Anyway, I believe only time will tell !

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4 juillet 2011 1 04 /07 /juillet /2011 17:00







Click on each infographic to access various data related to the Independence Day !

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4 juillet 2011 1 04 /07 /juillet /2011 16:35

These covers from LIFE Magazine

range from 1927 to 1966 -some of them aren't dated. Don't some of the pictures evoke Norman Rockwell's pictures ? Well... he illustrated scenes from the American daily life, didn't he ? 

The gallery below includes 26 photos that illustrate events  which all occurred on July 4th

Most of them describe historical moments  -from 1754 to 2009. Do you know all the persons shown in the photos ?                                              [I have to confess I didn't    ]


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4 juillet 2011 1 04 /07 /juillet /2011 16:06

"Democracy is not a spectator sport"

 Once you have viewed this short video...

... complete the gap fill  summary based on Matt Damon's comments :


Matt DAMON reads and comments on a few articles from the Declaration of Independence

At first, he explains history is always told from somebody's …............................. : you have to consider who is telling it, and …............................. : you cannot just …............................. the story you are told.

As for the actor, being patriotic means engaging and …............................. : he disapproves of the "love it or leave it" position of people who are fed up with protests.

M. Damon concludes a constant state of tension derives from the Americans' right to …............................. and to struggle, adding the latter aims at making the country always better.

Click on the original manuscript below to read the full Declaration of Independence :


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2 juillet 2011 6 02 /07 /juillet /2011 15:47

This series of animations humorously relates the "History of English"

These Free Open Learning videos were created by the Open University

ANGLO-SAXON or "Whatever happened to the Jutes ?"

The NORMAN CONQUEST or "Excuse my English"

SHAKESPEARE or "A plaque on both his houses"


 The KING JAMES BIBLE or "Let there be light reading"

The English of SCIENCE or "How to speak with gravity"

English & EMPIRE or "The sun never sets on the English language"

The age of the DICTIONARY or "The definition of a helpless task"

"AMERICAN English or Not English, but somewhere in the ballpark"

INTERNET English or "Language reverts to type"


GLOBAL English or "Whose language is it, anyway ?"


All of them are licensed by the Open University

under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Licence http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/sites/all/themes/ole/images/creativecommons.png

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23 juin 2011 4 23 /06 /juin /2011 21:03

This infographic aims at showing higher education is no longer for the elite only : the Internet helps to educate oneself. It points out that knowledge (thus... power) has shifted from the institution's hands to the students' :


The infographic was created by Openeducation.net and licensed under the CC BY-NC-SA.

...Getting the document under such a license seems a plain illustration of the way education is spreading more democratically thanks to the Internet :-)

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23 juin 2011 4 23 /06 /juin /2011 09:26

English words derive from many languages :


Loads of words of French origins have entered the English language : as a result, so have a great number of Latin words. Most of French-originating words date from the centuries after the 1066 Norman Conquest  -since England got ruled by Norman-speaking administrations then.

Various surveys and studies have showed almost 30% of all English words have a French origin.

Click on the book below to access a list of French words/phrases used in English :


You might get interested in Wikipedia's article on Anglicisation too :


Anglicisation consists of "converting verbal or written elements of any other language into a form that is more comprehensible to an English speaker". More generally, anglicising is "altering words or phrases" so that they "become English (in form or character)".

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