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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
8 février 2010 1 08 /02 /février /2010 20:13
... or shall we discover new words for the snow storm that hit some Eastern American states ?
http://www.osei.noaa.gov/Events/Snow/US_Northeast/2010/SNWnortheast035_N9.jpgSuppliers of the satellite picture above : NOOA, NASA & the OSEI [Public Domain]
In the beginning of his speech on February 6 at the Democratic National Committee Meeting, President Barack Obama baptised the storm  snowmageddon, comparing its effects with the Armageddon aftermath...

Besides, the  Urban Slang Dictionary already names such storms  snowpocalypses !
How about contemplating an immaculate Washington ?
Here it is, on the video : 

Mark Twain's conclusion would have been "everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it"!

aftermath = the period which follows an unpleasant event or accident,
and the effects which it causes
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29 janvier 2010 5 29 /01 /janvier /2010 19:59
This 72-minute movie was created in 1954.
It is based upon the novel written by George Orwell in 1945.

Click on the book cover to watch the full movie ;
22'20' : you will recognize the passage you are currently working on !
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29 janvier 2010 5 29 /01 /janvier /2010 18:28


"This report uses recent economic modelling to relate cognitive skills – as measured by PISA and other
international instruments – to economic growth."

"The High Cost of Low Educational Performance

The OECD report ^^^ states that improving "the labour force skills"

may have "large impacts on future well-being"...

Table of contents


Executive summary


The effect of education on economic growth

Empirical growth analyses using school attainment


Empirical growth analyses considering cognitive skills

Measuring cognitive skills

Basic facts of cognitive skills and economic growth

Evidence on causality

The economic costs of low educational achievement

Simulation approach

Scenario I : Increase average performance by 25 PISA


Scenario II : Bring each country to the average level of


Scenario III : Bring everyone up to a minimum skill level

  of 400 PISA points

Policy conclusions



Annex A: Deriving a combined historical measure of

cognitive skills

Annex B: Underlying cross-country growth regressions

Annex C: Projection of the economic value of education


Notes to Annexes

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28 janvier 2010 4 28 /01 /janvier /2010 00:15
7 weeks after the end of the Copenhagen Summit,

watch this video clip in which Leonardo Di Caprio is prompting us
to act : 

  He suggests every American should spread the news about the 'Clean Energy' Bill, and make his Senators vote for it.

prompt somebody to... =  to make someone decide to say or do something 
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8 janvier 2010 5 08 /01 /janvier /2010 20:59
A picture taken by the N.A.S.A.

Great thanks to R. Thibert (a colleague) for having me discover this amazing picture : wow !
It looks as if Britain were completely covered with snow and ice !
The photo was taken on January 7, 2010,  from 'Terra' satellite.



Illustration by the N.A.S.A.  Goddard Space Flight Center
You can contemplate it 
here <<< :  
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31 décembre 2009 4 31 /12 /décembre /2009 11:11



Phillip Niemeyer is Three days ago, his "Picturing the Past 10 Years" was issued in the New York Times .

Click on the outlined name of the US daily (above -green) to discover a chart gathering major trends and events in the last decade : P. Niemeyer pictured them in icons and key words !

Which ones do you already know ?
Which ones have you heard of ?


outline = (ici) encadrer
trend = tendency
e decade = 10 years
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27 décembre 2009 7 27 /12 /décembre /2009 19:25

Here is the American flag parody by ADbusters

you studied before Xmas holidays

You have already detailed the original U.S. flag & revised its different elements : you know what they stand for  -well, at least, you ought to know this :-|   You also know 2 different names given to the "American flag"... don't you ?


(to) stand for = represent, symbolise
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26 décembre 2009 6 26 /12 /décembre /2009 22:25
Today is Boxing Day !


Boxing Day is a bank holiday and a public holiday in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Greenland,  Hong Kong, Jamaica, the Netherlands, New Zealand,  Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and in some countries in the Commonwealth of Nations with a mainly Christian population. In South Africa, it is known as "the Day of Goodwill".

Click on the box to find out more about Boxing Day :
http://imgcash2.imageshack.us/img42/5051/boxboxingdaygloubiwebfr.gifits origins, its past and present traditions...

  Boxing Day is not an official holiday in the United States and yet,  it gets currently known among the Americans  -especially those living near the Canada/U.S.A. border.
When Boxing Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is the public holiday.

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24 décembre 2009 4 24 /12 /décembre /2009 20:09
... are plainly explained in the video clip below.
The transcript will help you understand ;-)
                                                                                                                                                               plainly = clearly

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22 décembre 2009 2 22 /12 /décembre /2009 21:07

Gingerbread recipes, gingerbread houses and men
are also part of  the Xmas holiday traditions

Some historians claim Gingerbread Houses date from the early 19th century :  "Hansel and Gretel"  -a fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers -  showed such a house.  But others suggest that the Grimms merely developed a pre-existent idea..

As for the White House, each year both members of its staff, and its Pastry Team contribute to maintain the holiday tradition : more than 150 pounds of gingerbread dough and 250 libers of white chocolate are used to build the White House Gingerbread House. You can watch how it is achieved in the video below : 

Real carpenters, plumbers, or electricians help this project become a full success. This year, not only does the Gingerbread White House include a view of the State Dining Room and a marzipan vegetable garden... but it also shows the US President's family pet : the dog Bo :o)
gingerbread = a type of cake, usually very dark brown and soft, which contains ginger / ginger (gingembre)   |   mere = simple
pastry = sweet baked goods such as cakes, biscuits etc  |  dough = flour mixed with water, fat, sometimes yeast (levure), to be baked.


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