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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
17 octobre 2009 6 17 /10 /octobre /2009 21:41

... 1989 ?

A powerful earthquake -which lasted 15 seconds- shook San Francisco : the epicentre of the quake measured 6.9 on the Richter scale.Tremors from the quake were reported 400 miles away in Los Angeles and 200 miles away in Reno (Nevada). There were many killed and hundreds of injured. "Unbelievable damage to infrastructure" was reported, with collapsed bridges and freeways, fires, shattered buildings, gaping cracks in roads and land slides.

Fans about to see the baseball World Series match (Candlestick Park) were also caught up in the quake.


The California earthquake of April 18, 1906 is one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. At around 05 am, local time, a foreshock occurred was felt widely throughout the San Francisco Bay area. The great earthquake broke loose 20 to 25 seconds later, with an epicenter near San Francisco. Violent shocks punctuated the strong shaking which lasted some 45 to 60 seconds. The earthquake was felt from southern Oregon to south of Los Angeles and inland as far as central Nevada.
Damages and losses : Dead - More than 3,000 / Homeless - 225,000 / Buildings Destroyed - 28,000
(1) Map from the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) site

Basically, how does it happen ?

... and yes : "earthquke" needs another "a" : it spells "e-a-r-t-h-q-u-A-k-e ... but I cannot correct YouTube video titles :-(
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15 octobre 2009 4 15 /10 /octobre /2009 22:26

Today you met your English assistant.
Have a look at the map :

do you remember where she comes from ?
Which state ? Which city ?
For Monday 19, you know you must draw her portrait. Re-read your notes and remember the information she told you about, in detail.
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7 octobre 2009 3 07 /10 /octobre /2009 07:32
 This word is unusual : 
 every time you remove one of its letters, 
  it changes into another one... 
... until you get a one-letter word  -which still has a meaning !
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5 octobre 2009 1 05 /10 /octobre /2009 16:57

Speech at T.E.D.'s
-Technology, Entertainment, Design

The former vice-president of the U.S.A. (also film-'star' of  "An inconvenient truth") suggests 15 possible ways of reducing climate change... now !
 The man who called himself the "former future President of the United States" presents these plans with humour and humanity.

Not only does Al Gore's speech sound quite articulate and easy to catch, but you can also activate English subtitles to understand it even better.  [Nah... you are not going to put the French subtitles on, are you ?! Too easy : it would be no fun ! ]
(1) : TED <<<   is a small nonprofit devoted to 'Ideas Worth Spreading', started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Along with the annual 'TED Conference' in California, and the 'TEDGlobal conference' in Oxford UK, it now includes the 'TEDTalks' video site, the 'Open Translation Program' & other related events.
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4 octobre 2009 7 04 /10 /octobre /2009 18:00

Here is what you mustn't do in a cinema : watch Mr Bean,
he is forbidden to do various things.
He cannot drink nor eat...

... until he gets THE soda and THE pop-corn :o)

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3 octobre 2009 6 03 /10 /octobre /2009 10:47

A 2-minute version of the Google Earth Climate introductory tour

View the potential impacts of climate change on our planet Earth :
find out about possible solutions for adaptation and mitigation,
ahead of the UN's
climate conference  ^  in Copenhagen (COP15),
starting on December 7.

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1 octobre 2009 4 01 /10 /octobre /2009 23:42
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan refuses possible failure...
... by world leaders to reach a global agreement on fighting climate change at UN talks in Copenhagen in December.
Last Thursday, Annan was at Descartes University in Paris to promote a song and video aimed at spreading awareness of the damage by global warming and encouraging world leaders to come to an agreement.

The song is an updated version of Midnight Oil's 1987 hit
 "Beds are Burning".
It is called "Tck Tck Tck : Time for Climate Justice" and is designed as a countdown to the December talks.
You can download it  for free  here  ^
You can also sign, as you download : putting a "signature" with each download means signing a sort of  "digital musical petition".

The organizers will count the number of downloads by country : they will use that to lobby governments to make big commitments at Copenhagen.

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30 septembre 2009 3 30 /09 /septembre /2009 20:09


"Mary & Max" was released in January, 2009 in the U.S.A.
(today, it's being released in France)

Mary Dinkle is a chubby eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne. Max Horovitz is an obese Jewish man 44 years old who lives in New York.
The lonely little girl and the man with Asperger’s Syndrome start writing each other. They get to know each other and become friends.

Mary and Max’s friendship will last more than twenty years... and cross two continents !
It will also survive a great deal of life’s ups and downs.
Though the film is innocent  -but not naive-  it explores various topical issues. . .  I hope you'll enjoy its trailer :o)
                                             chubby = (especially of children) fat in a pleasant            
                  and attractive way  
                                          Asperger’s Syndrome = a category of autistic syndrome
                                  a great deal of = an important quantity of / lots of
                    trailer bande annonce. (d'un film)

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20 septembre 2009 7 20 /09 /septembre /2009 19:52

I've just finished transcribing the video (September 18)

that shows a New York guided tour...

http://png-3.findicons.com/files/icons/628/shiny_lockers/128/locker_notebook.png Click  ^^^ above

and read the script of the video !

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19 septembre 2009 6 19 /09 /septembre /2009 21:45

Watch the NY City guided tour video (Friday 17)...

and answer this quiz !



New York City
      1) Central Park is in the middle of...
  Little Italy
  Battery Park

By the way, if you observe the blog main page...

you should be able to see Brooklyn Bridge /

be attentive... the picture's quite small  :o) 

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