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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
26 avril 2011 2 26 /04 /avril /2011 18:33

Listen to Mary :

she'll tell you about who is likely to be the next King  -and why...


Now you can answer the QUIZ

Who will be the future King ?
1) How old must one be to become King/Queen ?
Eighteen years old
Twenty-one years old
There's no age limit
Sixteen years old


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25 avril 2011 1 25 /04 /avril /2011 23:10

Focusing on the Royal Wedding :

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8a/Royal_Coat_of_Arms_of_the_United_Kingdom_%28Variant_2%29.svg/690px-Royal_Coat_of_Arms_of_the_United_Kingdom_%28Variant_2%29.svg.pngYouTube Royal Channel above

The Royal Coat of Arms is illustrated by Sodakan & under the CC BY-SA license


On  the Official Royal Wedding website  you can view the formal consent of Her Majesty   the Queen to William and Kate's wedding

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5025/5641470738_098cdff38c_m.jpgThe Queen gave her consent on her 85th birthday -April 21st  :-)


BBC news U.K. : "Papers dominated by royal wedding" :

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/48908000/jpg/_48908499_sundays304.jpgA newspaper review above - April 24, 2011

The map below shows the royal wedding route :


What do the Americans think of the whole buzz ?

Here are a few questions from a New York Times/CBS news poll :


April 15-20, 201



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25 avril 2011 1 25 /04 /avril /2011 23:05

As Catherine Middleton and Prince William are to marry in 3 days (April 29)...

let's view a few pictures of the British royal weddings that not only fascinated the British crowds, but also the rest of the world... throughout the 20th century and now into the 21st  :

Oh woe is me     Here is how I inevitably yield to a so-British royal "fussing" over  this  marriage 

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19 mars 2011 6 19 /03 /mars /2011 19:54

St Patrick's Day is now over...

Let's see what you know about Ireland :

... and learn some more ;-)

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17 mars 2011 4 17 /03 /mars /2011 16:00


I've been noting or scribbling these Irish sayings and blessings here and there : in Ireland, or collecting others from books (sometimes magazines) and more recently from the Internet.

2-leave-Irish clover

Click on ^^^  the shamrock

Some of them are close to poems, some others are rather humourous. Actually, I cannot guarantee 100% the 'Irishness' of them all... but I do hope you'll enjoy reading them ;-)

You'll also view pictures of Irish symbols in this document : can you recognise/name them ??

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17 mars 2011 4 17 /03 /mars /2011 13:08

When Caroline Duggan -a music teacher from Dublin- started teaching in Bronx Bathgate Avenue the kids wondered why she "spoke like that". She explained it was because she was Irish ; she also showed them Riverdance classic Irish dances... and then one thing led to another. Eventually, the Keltic Dreams were born !

Let's see... how did it go ? Watch the New York Times' video  <<<


a CNN Report :

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14 mars 2011 1 14 /03 /mars /2011 12:44

   Some time before the Academy Awards,

   webtrends  illustrated  the  buzz on the

   possible  winners on  this  striking  info-



   <<< click on the illustration to get the full-size



   Today you know  2011 Awards winners :

   compare the buzz  forecasts with the

   actual results :


  which was the most realistic forecast ?


  Which one was the least successful ??


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1 mars 2011 2 01 /03 /mars /2011 08:08

"Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus !"... Happy St David's Day :-)

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The illustrations above show two symbols of Wales : the flag, on which you can see St George's Dragon (this legend symbolises when good wins over evil)... and [a field of] daffodils  -this flower is another symbol of Wales(2). Dewi Sant is the Welsh name of Saint David, the saint patron of WalesSaint David's Day falls on March 1.

What do you already know on St David's Day ?

Take the quiz : http://www.clker.com/cliparts/i/X/D/N/j/p/icon-with-question-mark-th.png-(from the CBBC site)

Two days ago, on BBC Radio 2, Brian D'Arcy explored the Welsh national character -in particular their passion for hymns.


The programme lasts 33' : if you are not keen on this music genre, I suggest you start listening from 04':14" to 05'13" : one short minute on Saint David's life and legend.


St David's Parade in Cardiff (2010)



An article posted on the BBCnews website (today) :


It tells us about Welsh official icons or symbols : leeks, daffodils, the Welsh flag or Welsh costumes... and a simple but tasty recipe too : Welsh Rarebit ! 


(1) : photo by Mark Robinson, licensed under CC-BY 2.0

(2) : the photo wasn't taken in Wales... but in Cornwall ;-)

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21 février 2011 1 21 /02 /février /2011 21:08

Presidents' Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February

 original designs by JGoode at myJGD.comThe American President's Day is also known as Washington's Birthday. It is a federal holiday in the United States. Nowadays it has become a great weekend for sales (esp. as for cars)... and yet, President's Day is a chance to learn more about the American history.

Fun facts about some U.S. Presidents
The Oval Office hosted extraordinary presidents. Today, we have almost forgotten many of them... the video below  tells about some of their unknown 'first times' :
The White House
"It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world" :
I'd rather turn the sound OFF...  nevertheless, this video shows interesting details...
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13 février 2011 7 13 /02 /février /2011 17:30

Tomorrow will be the day when lovers celebrate... hearts and flowers will pop out here and there :)

There's a great deal of idioms, sayings and phrases illustrating love (or related to this word )... I've collected some of them in this 'lexis - recap' sheet. There is no translation because the examples are  plain and easy to understand : all you have to do to get the vocabulary sheet is click on the cartoon "bear in love"


The infographic below  illustrates a series of data about love relationships evolving  -in different countries, and  at different life ages (clicking on the illustration gets you to the full size picture) :


  As for a short history of St Valentine's Day, you have to be patient... until February 14  :o)


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