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MUSIC's also a way...

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20 juillet 2010 2 20 /07 /juillet /2010 18:22

I have to admit I first watched that Clint Eastwood's movie in French : to me, Dirty Harry's "Vas-y... fais-moi plaisir !" isn't as savoury as the original "Go ahead... make my day !".

casque-micro-rge-et-noir.jpgClick on the headset above  ^^^ to hear David Crystal's analysis of this idiom, in a BBC Learning English mp3 file.

... Actually, it's on two EFL French teachers' lists online [e-teach & eTeachNet  -they're worth mentioning !] that I really got familiar with using this phrase. 

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19 juillet 2010 1 19 /07 /juillet /2010 18:04

Last year, I put "Like a Hobo" clip on the blog :

actually it's the clip graphism that I liked most...

though I like Winston's music as well.

 

The clip below shows him singing "In your Hands" :

The lyrics, the tune, the rythm and also the scene directed like a short film... I like them all :o)
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17 juillet 2010 6 17 /07 /juillet /2010 13:15

 

 

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16 juillet 2010 5 16 /07 /juillet /2010 19:54

 

This morning the President spoke on the news from the Gulf, emphasizing that while there may be good news, the work is not done containing the leak, and will not be until the relief wells are finished and functioning [...]

First, you can watch the video below and President Obama's speech. Then, use the beginning of the transcript (00'00" to 02'12")  and fill in the gaps with the missing words. Beware, some words appear twice, : one of them even appears... 6 times ! 

His opening remarks :

"I wanted to give everyone a quick update on the situation in the Gulf.  As we all know, a new ...................... was ...................... over the BP oil well earlier this week.  This larger more sophisticated ...................... was ...................... to give us greater control over the oil ...................... as we complete the relief wells that are necessary to stop the leak.

Now, our scientists and outside experts have met through the night and continue this morning to analyze the ...................... from the well ...................... test.  What they're working to determine is whether we can safely ......................  the well using the new ...................... without creating new problems, including possibly ...................... new oil leaks in the sea ...................... .

Now, even if a ......................  is not possible, this new ...................... and the additional ...................... being placed in the Gulf will be able to contain up to 80,000 ...................... a day, which should allow us to capture nearly all the oil until the well is ...................... .  It’s important to remember that prior to installation of this new ...................... , we were collecting on average about 25,000 ...................... a day. 

For almost 90 days of this ...................... disaster, all of us have taken hope in the image of clean water instead of oil ...................... in the Gulf.  But it is our responsibility to make sure that we’re taking a prudent course of action and not simply looking for a ......................  solution that could lead to even greater problems down the road.

So to summarize, the new ...................... is good news.  Either we will be able to stop the ...................... , or we will be able to use it to capture almost all of the oil until the relief well is done.  But we’re not going to know for certain which ...................... makes sense until additional ...................... is in.  And all the American people should rest assured that all of these decisions will be ...................... on the science and what’s best for the people of the Gulf.[...]"

by the White House government,

licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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15 juillet 2010 4 15 /07 /juillet /2010 09:09

"Crude  Awakening"

by Jane Fulton Alt

To have us figure out  the impact of the oil spill on Lake Michigan shores, Jane Fulton Alt coated friends and other volunteers with a non toxic oillike substance before taking pictures of them. She surely aims at showing no matter how far we live from Louisiana or the Gulf coasts... we are all concerned !

The photo showing  an empty lifeguard chair with the sign "No lifeguard on duty"(1) symbolises the dangers of deep-water drilling, she explains : "It means that no one is really guarding life, basically," she said. "We're involved in risky oil drilling practices that threaten everybody and everything that is living."

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"Crude awakening" is a play on words : "crude oil" or "crude" also means 'pétrole brut'

(1) = photo 10 on the slideshow

>>>  Jane Fulton Alt's website 

About her >>> a biography on WIKIpedia
 Articles  >>> The Chicago Tribune - News  (June 30, 2010)

                treehugger.com (July 11, 2010                      

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10 juillet 2010 6 10 /07 /juillet /2010 17:55

TEACHERS' LOUNGE

These videos present two women writers'  http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Education/thumb_feather.png vision of creativity in writing... 

 Elizabeth GILBERT     is an American journalist and writer (a memoirist, a short story writer and novelist). In this TED talk, the author "muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius." I discovered  TED talks  about 2 years ago (you really ought to have a go  -if you don't know TED's yet!)  Last year I was dazzled by GILBERT's limpid speech : I do like to watch it from time to time for I consider it both funny and pretty moving.

February 2009

Most of English High School teachers in France have already heard of Amy TAN ...  if not studied excerpts from her novels in English textbooks. Here, she reviews both her childhood in quite a surprising and funny way... "and into the worlds of physics and chance, [she looks] for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride with a surprise ending."

Recorded in March 2008 in Monterey -California

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8 juillet 2010 4 08 /07 /juillet /2010 20:48

Here's a bright parody of the Wii...

... you know, the fabulous widget that gets you to do as if you were practising quite any activity... without practising them for real (or should I say IRL ?)  :o)

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IRL = in real life   |   brightI = here, clever / intelligent / smart   |   widget (gadget)

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7 juillet 2010 3 07 /07 /juillet /2010 21:58

"A harsh climate did not stop humans moving to northern

Europe nearly a million years ago", Miriam Frankel says.

Researchers have discovered stone tools in Norfolk : these suggest early humans arrived nearly a million years ago -or even earlier-  in Britain.

Here is a video on the Nature website :

You'd better launch the video and click on 'pause' until it is completely downloaded : then you'll be able to watch it. 

Click here >> BBC news

to read article about it.

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5 juillet 2010 1 05 /07 /juillet /2010 18:25

To be honest, Justin Bieber's music gets on my nerves :-(  But variety is the spice of life and... of music too I guess.

The singer's "My World Tour" page has become

the target of an internet joke : 

Click here >>   BBC news

to read the full article

The unexpected result of his asking his fans where to go next on his Word Tour points out  -again -  that the Internet not only may be full of treasures, but also... full of traps !

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"Variety is the spice of life" could be translated :

"Il faut de tout pour faire un monde"

a target (une cible) / to target (cibler, viser)

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