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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
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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14 décembre 2009 1 14 /12 /décembre /2009 13:09
Copenhagen +7
'River Runs Red'


"When Midnight Oil released this song (1990), the "world's largest-ever pollution incident, involving the supertanker   Exxon Valdez <<< off Alaska's pristine coasts, had [just] sent shockwaves around the world [1989].
Midnight Oil's response, by playing a guerrilla gig on a flatbed truck outside Exxon's headquarters in New York, brought areas of the city to a standstill and was hailed by environmentalists trying to put as much pressure on big business as possible." (from >>> hBBC h2g2   -see "Blue Sky Mining").
The spine-chilling video mixes reports from the disaster with the band legendary gig.
pristine = new or almost new, and in very good condition  |  a gig = (colloquial) rock concert, performance  |  a flatbed truck = camion à plateaux (ici, pour le concert)  |  (to) hail = acclaim, greet enthusiastically  |  spine-chilling = so frightening... that it makes your back (spine) shiver and chill (get cold)

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13 décembre 2009 7 13 /12 /décembre /2009 11:55
Here are a few links to help you explore the branding and [anti-]consumerism systems... enjoy your surfing :o)



The website of the Adbusters Media Foundation : ads and commercials that parody brand culture, and amagazine.

The Victoria & Albert Museum site : loads of resources worth visiting !

An informative site by the Institute of Packaging : all about the packaging industry, including education, design and technology.

The "website for the history of advertisign trust" : archives of the UK's advertising and marketing industries.

The official site of the Coca-Cola Company -contains information on the history of the brand.

The official site of Levi Strauss & Co., including the company history and information about the development of jeans.

Originally a support site for two activists sued for libel by McDonald's, the site has now become a focus for anti-consumerist criticism.

loads of...
= a great deal of..., lots of...
sued for libel = poursuivis pour diffamation

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12 décembre 2009 6 12 /12 /décembre /2009 00:01
This pie-chart helps you visualize the US states population

Mikael Häggström (1) drew it according to the 2008 U.S. Census

751px-Pie chart of US population by state

(1) : He put the illustration in the Public Domain
Not only is it useful... but it also looks nice :o)
If you want to read the caption better, you can view a larger picture  >>>    HERE

= an official count [here] to define
the number of people living in a country
    caption = a short piece of text under/ in an illustration (map, graph, etc), describing
  or detailing it

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11 décembre 2009 5 11 /12 /décembre /2009 21:23
++ Terminales

You have just started analysing a peculiar US flag today... But what are the states corresponding to the 50 stars on the American flag ?
Click on the notes


and listen to Wakko's little song in "A cartoon to memorize the 50 states"... not that easy, heh ? However, you should recognize many of them ! Write down the ones you remember ; then, listen to the cartoon again until you manage to complete your list.

Click on the map flag : this alphabetical list will help you memorize them more easily.
us_flag_map_T.gifA few mnemonic devices :
- no state begins with B, E, J, Q, S  -nor with X/Y/Z !
- the letters C, M, N and W  correspond to the longest states lists
- C and D include "double" states : North and South... but there is also West Virginia !

mnemonic devices = procédés mnémotechniques

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7 décembre 2009 1 07 /12 /décembre /2009 19:26
Copenhagen Summit delegates and experts
interviews and videos  24/7
I know it sometimes goes  pretty fast, but every now and then, listen to them so as to train your ears... You'll discover the more you listen, the more you understand  :o)

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6 décembre 2009 7 06 /12 /décembre /2009 14:57
Last month, you studied a passage from Nelson Mandela's autobiography ('Long walk to freedom') : it showed you that Mandela considered the oppressors needed to be liberated as well as the oppressed. The former A.N.C. leader might also have said this :

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor

is the mind of the oppressed."

However, he didn't : this quote is excerpted from the speech made in 1971 by Steve Biko, in Cape Town.

Steve Biko  <<<

The protest song "Biko" was released as a single in 1980 by Peter Gabriel.


former = ancient / previous


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26 novembre 2009 4 26 /11 /novembre /2009 17:58
How would you feel on Thanksgiving Day...
... if you were a turkey ?!
Listen to Gloria Turkey Gaynor, former disco star.

... she sang it for you :-)

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25 novembre 2009 3 25 /11 /novembre /2009 15:24
... for Thanksgiving :o)

Thanksgiving is coming  -this year it is on November 26... tomorrow !
For starters, here is a wonderful animated picture by Jackie Lawson : the animal you are going to discover has become one of Thanksgiving symbols...
Click on the hat and watch the animation, to find out !

 "for starters" = to begin with, at first...
a startera small dish served as the first part of a meal  -mainly British English  (hors d'oeuvre)
picture from www.public-domain-photos.com

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