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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.

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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
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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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13 septembre 2009 7 13 /09 /septembre /2009 23:45
Hampton Court Palace was started building in 1514 for Cardinal Wolsey

I told you about this palace on your latest English lesson...
that's why I'd really like you to see what Hampton Court looks like  :o)

In the beginning, Cardinal Wolsey was one of Henry VIII's favourites... but as he couldn't help accomplish the divorce between the King and Catherine of Aragon (his first wife) he fell from grace.
Hoping to regain the King's favour, the Cardinal then presented him his palace...  But this failed too : in the late 1520's, Henry VIII finally kept it !


The above photo shows Anne Boleyn's Gateway and the Great Hall from Base Court.
Henry's had his second wife executed for adultery : today, Anne Boleyn is said to be one of the ghosts in the palace, hence her haunting Hampton Court corridors.
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The Fountain Court by Christopher Wren (a famous English architect)
who modernized Hampton Court from 1689 to 1702.
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The south front and flower gardens
This photo highlights Hampton Court's huge size.
Nowadays it is open to the public and has become a major tourist attraction.

The British royal family hasn't lived in the royal palace since the 18th century. Located south west London, it is 11.7 miles (18.8 km) south west of Charing Cross and upstream of Central London on the River Thames.
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ca. = circa = about / approximately
(to) fall from grace = do something which makes people in authority stop liking you or admiring you

  hence = that is the reason/explanation for
                         located = situated
  upstream  = en amont d'un cours d'eau (stream = courant)

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11 septembre 2009 5 11 /09 /septembre /2009 23:05

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

is an American public broadcasting television service. This non-profit service gathers 354 TV stations in the U.S.A. : they are its collective owners. PBS east coast headquarters are in Alexandria (Virginia).

"American Experience" is PBS companion : this site deals with events and people in American history.
The series features more than 200 films : discover their background and learn more about history !
 Click on the map to watch the films online !

These films are classified alphabetically but also by theme, by era and by season : it'
s up to you  :o)

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(to) gather =
to collect several things, often from different places or people
 (to) feature = to include someone or something as an important part
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10 septembre 2009 4 10 /09 /septembre /2009 20:01

             What happened on September 10 ?

In 1939. . .
     Canada declared war on Germany, entering WWII
   -the first and only time Canada has declared war
    on another country on its own.
    < < <  Click on Canada to learn more about it


In 1963. . .
                           Twenty black students entered public schools
                         in Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile (Alabama),
                      (1) 
following a standoff between federal authorities and Governor George C. Wallace :
Governor Wallace sent National Guard troops to keep black students out, but President Kennedy reversed Wallace by ordering the troops to  stand down < < <

In 1967. . .
   Gibraltar votes to remain British (12,138  to  44).

In 2002. . .
    Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations
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(1) Photograph : U.S. Public Domain                      WWII = the Second World War

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18 août 2009 2 18 /08 /août /2009 22:41

                                                           The year is...

1920 :     Tennessee guarantees women the right to vote : the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified by the state.    
  On August 18, 1920 Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment. Its two
  sections read : "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or
  abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".


1964 :                 South Africa was banned from the
        Summer Olympics in Tokyo...

   ... because of the apartheid policies.
  This ban effectively lasted until 1992.
                       What is    APARTHEID ?   <<<

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30 juillet 2009 4 30 /07 /juillet /2009 16:36


                                                   Today, July is nearly over
                                     Let's travel back into time : the year is...


           1965 : President Lyndon Johnson  signed Medicare and Medicaid into law
In December 1945, Truman had been the first president to propose national health insurance : at the time, the initiative was opposed by Congress.
 
- Medicare is a health insurance program for elderly Americans :  the Medicare program provides hospital and medical insurance for Americans age 65 or older.  It is entirely
funded by the federal government and  partly paid for through payroll taxes. The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), was signed in December 2003.
- Medicaid is a state and federally funded program offering health coverage to  certain low-income people.      
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HCFA (= the Health Care Financing Administration, created in 1977), later renamed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Its headquarters are in Baltimore (Maryland).     
                                                                                          (1) : Public Domain illustration by Arturo PORTILLA
                                       
           1932  : The United Artists Studio released Walt Disney's first cartoon

Some may find it a little  namby-pamby.< < <

Yet,  bear in mind we are now living in the 21tst century. while the cartoon was created before the WWI !

Anyway, I enjoy the second part most (when the forest is on fire) : the dancing flames for instance, or the birds stooping through the clouds as if they were bombs... Besides, don't you think the trees are expertly personified all along the cartoon ?

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22 juillet 2009 3 22 /07 /juillet /2009 18:45

Visualising can help you understand educational programmes better...
>>>
   The BBC has created a splendid TIMELINE illustrating BRITISH HISTORY ,
from the Neolithic until nowadays.

                                 Photo by Marcin Wichary - licence CC BY

On the BBC Timeline, you can browse a great deal of major events so as to understand how the past moulded our modern world :
 

         -  Neolithic and Bronze Ages                         -  Tudors
         -  Iron Age                                                          -  Civil War and Revolution
         -  Roman Britain                                               -  Empire and Sea Power
         -  Vikings and Anglo-Saxons                          -  Victorian Britain
         -  Norman Britain                                              -  World Wars
         -  Middle Ages                                                   -  Britain : 1945 to Present
 
      

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22 juillet 2009 3 22 /07 /juillet /2009 17:37


                                                      On July 22, in...


- 1588 :
   
   > > > The  
SPANISH ARMADA (an invasion
   fleet sent by Philip II of Spain)
   is sighted off the coast of Cornwall.


- 1969 :           

   US astronaut Neil Armstrong is the first
   man to walk on the moon, 
   stepping down from Apollo 11.

   How much do you know about  NEIL ARMSTRONG  ?  < < <
   > > >
   The site of the  N.A.S.A.  displays his biography too.
This one is more complete. Besides, the site also gets you to learn about 'Technology', 'Moon and Mars', 'Aeronautics'... and more !

                                                    fleet (N)  :  a group of ships, or all of the ships in a country's navy 
                                                    sight (V) : to suddenly see something or someone
                                                    off the coast
 = au large des côtes


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