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8 mai 2010 6 08 /05 /mai /2010 22:58

What is a "hung Parliament" ?

It is the state of the British Parliament... right now ! Professor Robert Hazell, Director of the Constitution Unit in UCL's(1) School of Political Science, explains what a hung Parliament means for the UK.

(1) : UCL = University College London
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7 mai 2010 5 07 /05 /mai /2010 19:02

Click on the ballot box to get the results :

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Election_Day/thumb_election_ballot_box.pngThe map below helps visualize where the various parties got their votes :


  Conservative Party

Labour Party

Liberal Democrat Party

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30 avril 2010 5 30 /04 /avril /2010 21:04

How Louisiana became American

1) "The U.S. purchased Louisiana"

       means that they...

  lent Louisiana
  sold Louisiana
  borrowed Louisiana
  bought Louisiana
Try to remember the previous video clip !


 And now you've done the quiz... let's have a closer look at question 4 (the price of Louisiana puchase) : in the video, we can hear one of the prices that is in the quiz answers...

    But  the other sources I've found tell the deal cost         $ 15,000,000 ! See : The nation expands  page, on "Interactives - United States history maps". Also re-read Simple Wikipedia Louisiana purchase article :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/63/Wikipedia-logo.pngClick  ^^^ here 

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30 avril 2010 5 30 /04 /avril /2010 17:58

... 1803

  At that time, the land that America bought was much larger than modern Louisiana :

Click on this ^^^ coin                   
to read Simple Wikipedia's article on Louisiana purchase

[The coin is the reverse of the United States "Louisiana Purchase/Peace Medal" ; the photo is in the Public Domain]
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7 avril 2010 3 07 /04 /avril /2010 19:53

Do you know "America on the Move" ?

  It includes an online exhibit by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

>>>   America on the Move  shows the evolution of transportation  in the United States. You can also learn and test your knowledge with games : each game requires you to analyse information about the history of transportation.

Why not play  "Drive through time", for a start ?!

 Click on this old train...


... you'll have to stop a spinning clock to select a year in the past ; then, you can select a scenario and the appropriate mode of transportation for that scenario's era.


an exhibit (exposition) 

   spin = turn around and around, especially fast

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4 avril 2010 7 04 /04 /avril /2010 20:13

Egg rolling, or an Easter egg roll 

is a traditional game played with eggs at Easter. The versions of this game vary from one country to another, and they are traditionnally played with hard-boiled decorated eggs.

Here's a photo of the White House Egg Rolling...


                   ... in 1929 !                           (1)

 Click on the White^^ House in the background :

you'll get more details on the egg roll tradition.


By the way, an "egg roll" or a "pancake roll" is the Americans name of a "spring roll" : it is "a savoury Chinese pancake which is rolled up, filled with small pieces of vegetables and sometimes meat and fried" (from the  Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary online )   


  (1) Picture from the Public Domain

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4 avril 2010 7 04 /04 /avril /2010 14:57

One of Easter traditions is hiding eggs in the garden...

for the kids to find them out. Easter is also the opportunity to decorate them and put them in a basket.


easter-perforated-egg.jpg (1)

  This amazing one was perforated with a dentist's drill.



dentist's drill = an instrument used by dentists to treat teeth

more generally, drills are used to make holes

(1) : Photo from the Public Domain

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13 mars 2010 6 13 /03 /mars /2010 23:00
This pretty dynamic video depicts the various articles
of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights

"The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a non-binding declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, partly in response to the atrocities of World War II. [...] it is now considered to be a central component of international customary law [...] The UDHR urges member nations to promote a number of human, civil, economic and social rights [... as] part of the "foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world."
Wikipedia article                     non-binding = that doesn't
make it obligatory
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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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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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