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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
6 avril 2011 3 06 /04 /avril /2011 16:16
A new study shows that the Americans remain optimistic about their chances of achieving the American Dream, despite recent tough economic times.
NBC's Tom Brokaw shares his thoughts.

 

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22 mars 2011 2 22 /03 /mars /2011 23:30

The 2 infographics below display various features state by state :

The maps show you what the U.S.A. are worst at... but also what their best assets are :-)

http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/The-United-States-of-Shame.png

http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/best-of-states.jpeg

The data in the 'U.S.A.'s best' infographic come from history.com, 50states.com and SolarPowerRocks.com

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Both infographics were taken from dailyinfographic.com

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8 mars 2011 2 08 /03 /mars /2011 09:00

Click to open the infographic :

http://www2.open.ac.uk/openlearn/women/assets/banner.gif

  and then, start the interactive : visualise "Wonder Women" in their various domain (related colour)

"The women portrayed in this interactive are just a selection of influential, pioneering and successful women from across the world. They were chosen for their remarkable contributions to their field, despite their educational, social and economic status. Many were trailblazers for future women working in male-dominated fields; many had to fight for success and recognition which may have gone ignored."

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by The OpenLearn team & Dr Gill Kirkup  (The Open University), made available
under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Licence

 

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8 mars 2011 2 08 /03 /mars /2011 07:40

Try and list as many examples as possible in the video clip below...

...showing women and men aren't  equals. Who made this video  clip ?  What does it aim at ? Do you find it effective... and why (not) ?

Though  this clip is not  an advert, it  uses a traditional advertising  feature  : which one ? <<<  You will find some help in the mind map  "How to analyse an advertisement", below :

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Computers/thumb_open_folder_purple.png

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30 janvier 2011 7 30 /01 /janvier /2011 15:34

Why is it so hard for customers to get out from Ikea's shops ?

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Buildings/thumb_labyrinth.png

Here is one of Ikea's  mazes

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/01/23/article-1349831-0CE10D7A000005DC-558_634x623.jpg

"A-mazing : a route a customer took through a store. Professor Alan Penn said they are designed to stop customers leaving"

"If you've ever found yourself hopelessly lost in an Ikea store, you were probably not alone. The home  furnishing chain's mazy layouts are a psychological weapon to part shoppers from their cash, an expert in store design claims.     The theory is that while following a zig-zag trail between displays of minimalist Swedish furniture, a disorientated Ikea customer feels compelled  to pick up a few extra impulse purchase.[...]"

   Full article

from the Dailymail (January 24, 2011)
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Vocabulary - practise !
- Doing something "hopelessly" means doing it  . . . . . . . . . . . (find a synonym)
- Find a synonym with "weapon" =   . . .
- "part shoppers from their cash" = to make shoppers spend their money (so they get separated from their cash) : find at least 3 different words built like "shopper" [ Noun-er / Verb-er  -  like "worker" for example]  : ..............................   .................................      .......................................
- Find  a  synonym  with  :  "compelled"  =  ..............................................   and   "maze" .= ...................................
- Explain the play-on-words in "a-mazing" : ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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2 janvier 2011 7 02 /01 /janvier /2011 21:16

January the 1st is also "Public Domain Day"

Here is a world map showing the various copyrights :

http://publicdomainday.org/sites/www.publicdomainday.eu/files/World_copyright-terms.jpgcopyright-around-the-world_caption.jpg

But when a book (or any creative work) is in the "Public Domain"... what does it mean ?

Every year [...] due to the expiration of copyright protection terms on works produced by authors who died several decades earlier, thousands of works enter the public domain. This means that their content is no longer owned or controlled by anyone  :  it rather becomes a common treasure, available for anyone to freely use for any purpose. Such works can also become a building block for new creations : people can transform a poem into song lyrics, or make a movie based on a public domain novel  : you can check your local cinemas to see how often that happens ! Literary works can be published or printed on paper, websites, for friends or school use. While you can print a fine leather-cover book, its content  will remain available for free to everyone, since it is in the Public Domain. The same goes for images, art works and other kinds of creative works entering the public domain under the same term expiration rule.

Adapted from  publicdomainday.org

Did you know this ?!

On January 1, 2011, their work entered the Public Domain :

F. Scott Fitgerald,  Paul Klee,  Leon Trotzky,  Nathael West (etc...)

 On January 1, 2010 :

Sigmund Freud,  William Butler Yeats (etc...)

 

 

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31 décembre 2010 5 31 /12 /décembre /2010 18:25

"New Year's Eve: a survival guide"

"It could be the biggest party of the year, a night to remember where you party till dawn. Or it could all go horribly wrong. Here are 20 tips to help you avoid a New Year's Eve to forget"...

in Tim Dowling's article  from 'The Guardian' :

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Household_Items/thumb_newspaper.pngThe tips I like best in the article ;-)
[...] Don't drink too much...  but be sure to drink enough !
Resist the temptation to take stock
It's OK if you don't go anywhere
 Before you do anything madcap, irrepressible, devil-may-care or   similar, check for CCTV  [also see : CCTV]
Whatever you do, don't suddenly decide to go skating
Make no resolutions until tomorrow, or possibly the next day  [...]

 

Whatever your own tips...
 Happy New Year's Eve! 

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24 novembre 2010 3 24 /11 /novembre /2010 17:45

VIDEO comprehension TRAINING

  CBC news - StatsCan  

Every night, Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge and the Canadian channel team bring you "the real story behind the news". Here is a 5' video about the evolution of the Canadian family model and the 2006 Census innovating statistics :
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23 octobre 2010 6 23 /10 /octobre /2010 16:53

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Money/thumb_british_pound.png

Is the UK government's strategy relevant ?

Time will tell...

"The British government has announced sweeping new austerity measures that critics say could add up to half a million lost jobs and a weakened military."

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22 octobre 2010 5 22 /10 /octobre /2010 07:36

Halloween infographics

The first infographic below tells us the different names of Hallowe'en... but it also explains how come today we carve pumpkins... and not turnips  ! Click on it, and you'll also discover other interesting facts about All Hallows Eve  :o)

Nowadays Halloween is widely celebrated in the U.S.A. : can you imagine how the Americans are going to spend their money this Halloween ? Click on the infographic to get the full-size picture.

 

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