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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 10:46

The BPI "Polar Américain" page

hosts a file on the American Crime/Detective novels


Check it out by clicking on the detective picture :



There you'll find links to several referential websites (in French, nevertheless quite interesting) ; the Centre Pompidou Centre Library (aka 'BPI', in French) site also selects a series of major novels in the literary genre.

Published by M. Mirza - dans LITERATURE
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1 avril 2013 1 01 /04 /avril /2013 10:59

Little Red Riding Hood

Parodies are an interesting way of working on traditional and classic literary works : school textbooks now have taken over the English teachers' suggestions and work on animated parodies. The internet displays loads of documents that parody various tales and "Little Red Riding Hood" is one of the most commonly studied in France  -yet, many others are also worked on.

Here is the video of the 1931 version of Betty Boop Red Riding Hood :


"Fractured version" is part of a late 60s Rocky & Bullwinkle show :


Below is Tex Avery's version of the tale : "Red Hot Riding Hood" :


Here's the excerpt suggested by a French EFL textbook   -"An Old Tale in a new Skin" :


The passage above is taken from a 1983 film, "Twice upon a time" :

Here,  you'll find further information on the film and its making.
27 février 2013 3 27 /02 /février /2013 21:15

Infographic provided by Grammar.net

Published by M. Mirza - dans LANGUAGEs
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25 février 2013 1 25 /02 /février /2013 14:16

The title of the infographic below is quite provocative...

Not only does it outline parents' concern with their children's activities online, but it also gathers various data on the latter.

It displays find information on Cyberbullying and a list of the U.S. states with cyber bullying laws, what the youngsters think of Fbook parental controls... and more !


Why Parents Hate Social Networking Sites


17 février 2013 7 17 /02 /février /2013 00:03

Pop Art originated in Britain in the mid 1950s


before it emerged in the USA in the 60s.

A challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc... it often combines material sometimes removed from its known context with other unrelated material. The concept of Pop Art refers to the attitudes that led to it, as much as to Pop Art itself.

 ⇒   Simple English wikipedia article on pop art

Below is a slideshow style video by Christine Neale  -presenting Pop Art and one of its most famous artists : Andy Warhol

Adriana Marinica's "20 things you didn't know about Pop Art & graphic design" tells us about the history of Pop Art and about details on the rise of Pop Art. It also displays some of the more interesting pieces the movement has produced over the years.

Published by M.Mirza - dans CinemA-RT
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10 février 2013 7 10 /02 /février /2013 20:28

This infographic shows the use of social media by students in some worldwide known US Colleges.

Can you draw a few conclusions on these social media surfers' profile ? Which features can be found in the US Colleges that most use the Pinterest network... or Twitter ? Or...


The Most Social Colleges

9 février 2013 6 09 /02 /février /2013 12:20

Match the British English words with their American English equivalent :




 Here, you'll find another poster

displaying other pairs !

16 décembre 2012 7 16 /12 /décembre /2012 15:43

Prepositions : 14 common mistakes...

click on the infographic below to get useful tips on how to choose the suitable preposition :


grammar.net website displays a wide range of nice infographics to help you improve your language use : definitely worth a visit... have a try  :-)

Published by M. Mirza - dans LANGUAGEs
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13 décembre 2012 4 13 /12 /décembre /2012 20:55

SCIENCE  http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/2008_Jan_16_education/thumb_chemical_science_experience_01.png  QUIZ


Have this 60-question science quiz : click on the atom

http://www.wpclipart.com/education/supplies/science/Atom_01.jpgand check whether you're a true scientist to be ;-

Published by M. Mirza - dans SCIENCES & TECH
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10 décembre 2012 1 10 /12 /décembre /2012 20:21

The right to carry firearms in each U.S. state

Illinois and Wisconsin are "no-issue" states : concealed carry is generally forbidden.

http://www.justfacts.com/images/guncontrol/guncontrol_ad.jpgIn 10 "may-issue" states,  applicants must often present a reason for carrying a firearm to an issuing authority, who then decides (based on his/her discretion) if the applicant receives a permit. These are : Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Massachussetts, New Jersey and New York.

The 38 remaining states are "shall-issue" states : there, concealed carry permits are issued to all  qualified applicants.


A 2005 Gallup  poll throughout the U.S.A. (1,012 adults) found the following levels of firearm   ownership :


 Percentage Owning  a Firearm

Households  42%
Individuals  30%
Male  47%
Female  13%
White  33%
Nonwhite  18%
Republican  41%
Independent  27%
Democrat  23%


In the same poll, gun owners   stated they own firearms for the following reasons :

Protection Against Crime  67%
Target Shooting  66%
Hunting  41%