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4 novembre 2010 4 04 /11 /novembre /2010 19:38

You've just heard of the beginning of the first verse of this British popular verse.

Below is its full version :

http://www.remember-remember.com/schools/fworks.gif"Remember, remember,

The fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot !

We see no reason why

Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot !

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent

to blow up the King and Parli'ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England's overthrow ;

By God's providence [or mercy] he was catch'd

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, let the bells ring.

Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King !"

Here it is, in an excerpt from the film :

It presents the beginning of the popular verse too : but now it's the man with a mask -"V"- who recites the verse  and not Evey any more !

The film is partly a historical  allegory : which historical character does "V" correspond to ? What historical event is alluded to in this video ?


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4 novembre 2010 4 04 /11 /novembre /2010 19:33

Bonfire Night


All over the United Kingdom, Bonfire Night celebrates the anniversary of the Gunpowder plot and therefore reminds the story of Guy Fawkes... it's tomorrow, November 5th !

But let me tell you about the graphic novel created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd : "V for Vendetta" consisted of a series of comics, issued from 1989 to 1990. It told a story whose hero got inspired by Guy Fawkes.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/6/63/20070815183651!Wikipedia-logo.pngThe novel was adapted into a film (same title) :

click on the logo to read Wikipedia's article on the film.


Below, Evey's words are a kind of leitmotiv in the film : click on the first line to view a short video taken from the beginning of the film :

Remember, remember

The fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot !

We see no reason why

Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot !

Guy Fawkes wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament to kill King James.

Learn some more here


Bonfire photo by Fir0002, licensed under CC BY-SA

Parliament photo by mookiefl, licensed under CC BY-NC

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3 novembre 2010 3 03 /11 /novembre /2010 12:36

From the BBCNEWS

2010midterm-election-results-graph.jpgLast updated at 11:45 am

November 3, 2010

Maps from the Associated Press

in the BBCnew article  >>>   "2010 General Election Returns"

[U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Governors, ballot initiative]

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2 novembre 2010 2 02 /11 /novembre /2010 21:52

Midterm elections <<<

  Understand & learn with a few illustrations !


Here you can see the reactions of these regions inhabitants

http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/yahoo-ask-america-large.jpgto a few questions on the election issues :

- The consequences of a reorganization of the White House  staff on Obama's policy.

- Are Charlie Crist's motivations sincere... or is he an opportunist ?

- Has the notion of "American Dream" been knocked out by the Great Recession in a globalising world ?

- Can new Wall Street regulations  prevent another financial failure ?




This infographic   shows the Americans' reactions nationwide to questions on seven major issues (more than 1.6 million answered the  survey.) :

Culture media / Economy / Energy environment / Immigration / National Security / State of the Union / Justice -courts.


The midterm elections give the American voters the opportunity to have their say on both the Senate and the House trends.


This infographic gets you to visualise what is  at stake : the first two graphs show the Democrats (their symbol is a donkey, but it's not on their new official logo) and the Republicans (their symbol is an elephant)  seats at the Senate. Some are leaning seats : seats leaning towards one of the 2 parties (= seats favouring one of the 2 parties).   [still in progress]

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31 octobre 2010 7 31 /10 /octobre /2010 14:57

The song "This is Halloween" is taken from

   "The night before Christmas"

a fantasy film produced and co-written by Tim Burton.

http://www.clker.com/cliparts/b/d/1/5/12455049392122341067lyrics.svg.thumb.png <<< Here is a worksheet with the lyrics of the

song. Fill in the gaps & answer the questions.


But first... enjoy the clip :

On top of the article is a link to Wikipedia's article on the film...
Now click below :

and enter Tim Burton's official website : his drawings and animations are worth watching  :o)

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30 octobre 2010 6 30 /10 /octobre /2010 23:14

Another haunted house... 

and yet this one is quite different : it will show you a website

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Holiday_and_Celebration__Halloween/thumb_Halloween_haunted_house_1.pngthat "compiles a big collection of Halloween advertisements from the past 60 years or so." Most of he products brands are American... but I'm sure you know many of them !

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30 octobre 2010 6 30 /10 /octobre /2010 22:46

at Hallowe'en... in a haunted house !

http://www.clker.com/cliparts/f/9/9/0/12860540211181800984spooky%20house.svg.thumb.pngClick on the haunted house to enter the game

[you need a flash player to view it]

Garfield has to find 7 packages of goodies, but he has to search the different rooms of a haunted house first. Beware ! If he gets too scared, he'll lose !


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30 octobre 2010 6 30 /10 /octobre /2010 07:20

This video clip aims at telling you all you've ever

dreamt of knowing about pumpkins ;o)

Watch it once...

then, try to answer the QUIZ :



               Have you ever heard

                   of 'PUMPKINS' ?!

1) Pumpkins originally came from...
  Central America
  South America


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27 octobre 2010 3 27 /10 /octobre /2010 22:49

Little more than 3 days left before All Hallows Eve,

or Halloween...


Click on the illustration  below


to view the full-size infographic timeline

telling the history of Halloween !

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26 octobre 2010 2 26 /10 /octobre /2010 19:50

SYD  MATTERS' websitehttp://www.clker.com/cliparts/d/c/7/7/11949905581442888573folder_music.svg.thumb.png

"Hi life"

I like the animation film that features the song as much as "Hi Life" itself. It's been inserted here thinking of all the students who have both studied and struggled to defend their opinions, especially before the holidays... you surely deserve a little rest and poetry ;o)

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