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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
22 novembre 2009 7 22 /11 /novembre /2009 19:53

As you have been studying an extract from Nelson Mandela's memoirs, I have just added "Mandela Day" in the blog music playlist (go right and scroll down). This song was written by the Scottish group 'Simple Minds' : it was released in their 1988 single (with the song "Belfast Child"). "Mandela Day" was first performed during the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute.

I do hope you will like the music, but if you don't... well, never mind because the lyrics will remind you of Mandela's fight against apartheid. Here they are :o)

Mandela Day
It was 25 years they take that man away
Now the freedom moves in closer every day
Wipe the tears down from your saddened eyes
They say Mandela's free so step outside
Oh oh oh oh Mandela day
Oh oh oh oh Mandela's free

It was 25 years ago this very day
Held behind four walls all through night and day
Still the children know the story of that man
And I know what's going on right through your land

25 years ago
Na na na na Mandela day
Oh oh oh Mandela's free

If the tears are flowing wipe them from your face
I can feel his heartbeat moving deep inside
It was 25 years they took that man away
And now the world come down say Nelson Mandela's free

Oh oh oh oh Mandela's free

The rising suns sets Mandela on his way
It's been 25 years around this very day
From the one outside to the ones inside we say
Oh oh oh oh Mandela's free
Oh oh oh set Mandela free

Na na na na Mandela day
Na na na na Mandela's free

25 years ago
What's going on
And we know what's going on
Cos' we know what's going on...

The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute was a popular-music concert staged in June, 1988 at Wembley Stadium, in London. The concert was broadcast to 67 countries -and an audience of 600 million people ! It was also referred to as "Freedomfest", "Free Nelson Mandela Concert" and "Mandela Day". However, the Fox television network heavily censored the political aspects of the concert, in the U.S.A.

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21 novembre 2009 6 21 /11 /novembre /2009 19:12
Aibo, Sony's robot dog

Click on the dog to get the original article from the BBCnews website you studied in your Friday test.

In the video below, you can see what Aibo looks like :
two robot dogs are dancing on a techno song by Daft Punk.

(1) : picture by bastiyxc (public domain)

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16 novembre 2009 1 16 /11 /novembre /2009 15:21
Dogs : parts of the body


Today, some of you had to match different words with the various parts of a dog body, on a diagram. Here is another one, with a few other (easy to remember !) words...

Now check if you know them all ; then, try to remember which parts of the body the following words correspond to :
pad / whiskers / belly (or under-belly) / flank ?


  still under construction
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13 novembre 2009 5 13 /11 /novembre /2009 09:50

..."The Langoliers"

You are currently studying "The Red-eye flight", an excerpt
from Stephen King's novel. "The Langoliers" is one of the four novels
gathered in the book "Four past Midnight" (1990).   
This video is taken from the film based on his novel.
It was released in 1995. 
currently = presently / at the moment
an excerpt = a passage / an extract
gather (V) = put different things together
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11 novembre 2009 3 11 /11 /novembre /2009 06:11

The origins of proper nouns
may be surprising...

"Tamiflu" : by now, most of you have already heard this name. It is the medecine aimed at curing the H1N1 flu. We may either have watched/heard it on TV, read it in newspapers or magazines... or heard it on air.
                          But where does the word "Tamiflu" come from ?

 Well... I also guess you have heard of Shakespeare !

 "The Taming of the Shrew" -one of his plays- tells  about a man (Petrucchio) whose future bride is  unwilling to have a relationship with him, at first.  Therefore Petrucchio has to  "tame" his future bride.

"Tamiflu" is a pun suggesting this drug is taming                                 
the flu !

                          on air = on the radio
                          bride = a woman who is about to get married or has just got married
                          tame (V) = to control an animal/something  dangerous or powerful
                          pun = a play on words

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10 novembre 2009 2 10 /11 /novembre /2009 22:58
Wakko created a special song
to declaim all of the American 50 states...

... and it might well help you learn them all :o)
  Do  you  remember  the  state your  English assistant comes  from ?  Hmmm ?

Further details about Wakko   here   < < <

Click here ^ to get the lyrics
of Wakko's song !
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9 novembre 2009 1 09 /11 /novembre /2009 15:59


Wikipedia on
Berlin Wall  >>>  (1)

Documentary film
 "Berlin Wall
- Escape for freedom"

The film is a bit long -but the trailer lasts about 1 minute
and the clearly articulated voice-over makes it easier to understand :
give it a try  :o)
video by factualtv
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy comes to West Berlin :
he addresses the crowd : "As a free man, I take pride in the words
'Ich Bin ein Berliner' !"
Today, these words are worldwide famous...
Listen to J.F. Kennedy here [on the video : 10'20''] > > > full VIDEO
(1) This image was taken in 1986 by Thierry Noir at Bethaniendamm in Berlin-Kreuzberg

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31 octobre 2009 6 31 /10 /octobre /2009 00:01


   Jack O'Lantern
   is one of the most popular

   legends related to Hallowe'en :
   it's an Irish tale...

    Click on the lantern to discover the story
   of 'Stingy Jack'...

... and listen to the tale thanks to the video below :

(1) : Photo by Photograph by Toby Ord,
under CC BY-SA license
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28 octobre 2009 3 28 /10 /octobre /2009 21:46

"The Boat that Rocked"


got a most English title in France : "Good Morning England !""  

... which became "Pirate Radio" in the U.S.A.

It tells the story of a fictitious pirate radio station : "Radio Rock", whose crew of disc jockeys broadcast rock and pop music to the United Kingdom, from a ship anchored in the North Sea. At that time  -1966 in the film-  the British government was trying to shut it down... but I won't spoil the film any further

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21 octobre 2009 3 21 /10 /octobre /2009 12:00

Linus blows the class rep' election...

... by telling his schoolmates about the 'Great Pumpkin' during the speech,  though he aimed at becoming the class representative (= "délégué" in France). Indeed, Linus is probably the most naive character in "The Peanuts" comic strips [by Charles Schulze].

How come Linus started talking about a pumpkin during the election campaign ?? Well... Linus is actually crazy about 'the Great Pumpkin'  -which is a character that nobody sees in "The Peanuts"...  However, Linus is strongly convinced 'the Great Pumpkin' is real... and continues to search for it !

If you wish to know who 'the Great Pumpkin' is,

   <<< Click on the photo

   of this pumpkins field
   in 'High Moon Bay'

    Pumpkins are one of the
    symbols of Hallowe'en :
    I will tell you more about
                                                                it...  soon :o)

blow (V) = to spoil, to fail, to mess up with something
      schoolmates = the pupils in your school                   
            a pumpkin = a large round vegetable (yellow or orange inside)
                                which grows on the ground (look at the photo !)
                    "How come [that]... ?" = "Why... ?"  "What are the reasons for... ?"
  search for (V) = to look for, to seek (irregular V)      

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