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31 décembre 2010 5 31 /12 /décembre /2010 18:25

"New Year's Eve: a survival guide"

"It could be the biggest party of the year, a night to remember where you party till dawn. Or it could all go horribly wrong. Here are 20 tips to help you avoid a New Year's Eve to forget"...

in Tim Dowling's article  from 'The Guardian' :

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Household_Items/thumb_newspaper.pngThe tips I like best in the article ;-)
[...] Don't drink too much...  but be sure to drink enough !
Resist the temptation to take stock
It's OK if you don't go anywhere
 Before you do anything madcap, irrepressible, devil-may-care or   similar, check for CCTV  [also see : CCTV]
Whatever you do, don't suddenly decide to go skating
Make no resolutions until tomorrow, or possibly the next day  [...]


Whatever your own tips...
 Happy New Year's Eve! 


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30 décembre 2010 4 30 /12 /décembre /2010 17:29

The astounding growth of the Internet

in the last decade

There were 361 million Internet users throughout the world, in 2000 : this corresponds to two thirds of  today's Facebook users... but today, there are also more than 5 times as many Internet users (as there were in 2000) :

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1151/5104240707_f1513849a2_o.png⇑  CLICK on the 3 illustrations to get the full-size charts ⇓

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1162/5104237195_816f1e32d5_o.pngAbove and on the pie-chart below you can visualise how the Internet  growth distributed through the various countries and areas of the world.

internet-pie-chart.png- still in progress -

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29 décembre 2010 3 29 /12 /décembre /2010 14:06

Worth watching  :o) 

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23 décembre 2010 4 23 /12 /décembre /2010 00:19

CNN breaking news (01'35") : worksheet

"European travelers in Europe get an early Christmas gift as more passengers are moving." CNN's Atika Shubert reports :

On air on December 22, 2010

Click on the snow flake :

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Weather/thumb_snow_snowflake_image.pngyou'll get a worksheet to help you

understand the video !


 The smaller snow flake will head you to the transcript :


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22 décembre 2010 3 22 /12 /décembre /2010 14:39

5,000,000,000 words

It looks as if Google assembled the largest collection of words

ever gathered online !


These words have been taken "from 5 million books published over the past four centuries."

 Read the article >>> "Google Book Tool

tracks cultural Change with Words"

on 'npr' website

All of these words have become part of a database Harvard researchers are interested in : they say this new tool is powerful enough to help analyse cultural change. "The words are a product of Google's book-scanning project. The company has converted approximately 15 million books so far into electronic documents. That's about 15 percent of all books ever published. It includes books published in English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian and Hebrew."  (the article was written by Dan CHARLES - December 16, 2010)

Click on the npr logo :  http://media.npr.org/chrome/news/nprlogo_138x46.gif

LISTEN to 'All Things considered',
the 04'15" AUDIO file (mp3) corresponding to the article.

  Here >>> http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Education/thumb_subject_book_red.pngyou can read

the transcript of the mp3 file


Still...  let us not forget it is but a tool :o)

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16 décembre 2010 4 16 /12 /décembre /2010 22:27


"British academics fear the government's plans for cuts will have a negative impact on the north of the county and are to unite to fight against the plan.

Principal Mark Silverman has called for MPs support.

"I am concerned at the Department of Education's decision to stop paying Education Maintenance Allowances to 16 to 18-year-olds in July 2011. I have written to the college's local MPs to ask for their support in seeking reconsideration of the matter. The allowance is vital in enabling learners from low income families to stay in full time education."
The Education Maintenance Allowance is between £10 and £30 and is paid to poor 16 to 18-year-olds to enable them to continue their education, afford travel costs, equipment and books."

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12 décembre 2010 7 12 /12 /décembre /2010 23:19

"Exit Through The Gift Shop"

A documentary about the street art superstar

To read Banksy's interview (from the French newspaper 'Le Monde')

click on Banksy's rat :


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11 décembre 2010 6 11 /12 /décembre /2010 13:38

"Snow extends from Northern Ireland southward past Dublin, and from Scotland southward into England." Its cover stops close to London : there, the expanded white corresponds to clouds.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/47000/47626/greatbrit_amo_2010342_lrg.jpgPhoto taken from  Aqua   (N.A.S.A. satellite)  -December 8, 2010



Quoted sentence & satellite photo by the N.A.S.A. -in the Public Domain

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24 novembre 2010 3 24 /11 /novembre /2010 17:45

VIDEO comprehension TRAINING

  CBC news - StatsCan  

Every night, Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge and the Canadian channel team bring you "the real story behind the news". Here is a 5' video about the evolution of the Canadian family model and the 2006 Census innovating statistics :
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23 novembre 2010 2 23 /11 /novembre /2010 22:45

"A fake wi-fi hotspot run by criminals could allow them

  to steal passwords and log into social networking sites :

[...] Facebook has responded by saying it advises people to be careful with what data they give out to unknown networks, "in the same way we look to draw out cash from legitimate ATM (cashpoint) machines". [...] Apple has responded to the way that the latest iPhone is unlocked in this video, by saying that a recent update can be downloaded to prevent this."

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