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9 janvier 2011 7 09 /01 /janvier /2011 23:31

"America by numbers"

is an infographic that illustrates the Americans' changes

[click on the illustration to get the full-size picture]

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/images/newsgraphics/2011/0107-census/0108-nat-webCENSUS.pngCan you guess which of their habits has increased... so that it makes them look a bit more like the French ?? Below, you can also read the related article from the NY Times, by Sam Roberts (January 7, 2011)  -it is rather short :

"U.S. Portrait,  in numbers"  http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Household_Items/thumb_newspaper.png

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5 novembre 2010 5 05 /11 /novembre /2010 00:17

Diwali falls on the 15th day of the dark fortnight...

In 2010, it means both Diwali and Bonfire Night fall the same day :

today :o)


Diwali falls in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartik (= October or November in the English calendar). Diwali day 2010 falls on the "amavasya", or the "no moon day". Diwali date comes 20 days after the popular festival of Dussehra (or Vijaya Dashmi).  .

On the third day, lots of small clay lamps (called diyas) and candles are lit and placed in houses. Fireworks are also sparked everywhere... hence the name of Diwali : the “Festival of Lights”.



The "pink city" of Jaipur (in Rajasthan) is one of the best places to celebrate Diwali. Each year there's a competition for the best decorated and most brilliantly lit up market. That dazzling display attracts visitors from all over India.



Have you watched the videos and read the article ?

Then you are ready for this short quiz :o)

1) Diwali is celebrated in...


(1) Photos by m4r00n3d / Rohit Matto  under license CC BY-NC-ND

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30 octobre 2010 6 30 /10 /octobre /2010 07:20

This video clip aims at telling you all you've ever

dreamt of knowing about pumpkins ;o)

Watch it once...

then, try to answer the QUIZ :



               Have you ever heard

                   of 'PUMPKINS' ?!

1) Pumpkins originally came from...
  Central America
  South America


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27 octobre 2010 3 27 /10 /octobre /2010 22:49

Little more than 3 days left before All Hallows Eve,

or Halloween...


Click on the illustration  below


to view the full-size infographic timeline

telling the history of Halloween !

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24 octobre 2010 7 24 /10 /octobre /2010 17:26

Pumpkin  carvings can be  genuine masterpieces


Carving pumpkins is specific to Halloween traditions :

some people even turn this craft into art !


A Magnificent Dragon


Who's the superhero popping out

of the pumpkin ?!


Will you follow the

pumpkin's advice ?

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_C47qUqI2_O4/Rros2GPGfbI/AAAAAAAAAHw/QqhncB-DhR8/s128/2006PatchMaster%28F%29.JPG  http://lh3.ggpht.com/_C47qUqI2_O4/Rror1mPGeqI/AAAAAAAAABo/XcmEntAY_tE/s128/2002Graveyard%28F%29.JPG





Can you recognize this cat ?


All these pumpkin carvings & photos were created by

 Wayne Hamilton and are under a CC BY-NC-ND license

You'll find a great deal more on Wayne Hamilton's Picasa gallery

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3 octobre 2010 7 03 /10 /octobre /2010 18:40

From 3 to 14 October, the Commonwealth Games

are held in Dehli -India



A tiger is the mascot of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Here, you can see Shera on a stamp.

"DELHI, Oct 3 – Prince Charles opened the 19th Commonwealth Games on Sunday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in a spectacular opening ceremony that evoked the cultures and traditions of ancient and modern India.  It is the first time India has hosted the Games and only the second time the event has been held in Asia, after Kuala Lumpur in 1998. [...]"


In the video-clip below, you can see the Queen's Baton Relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games started in October... 2009 !

Watch the route the Baton needs to travel to reach its final destination : Dehli. [00'26"]


Dehli's Commonwealth Games ^^^ facts & figures  


Click on the photo to view...

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Cameras/thumb_camera_lens.pngCommonwealth Games photos on the BBC website.

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15 septembre 2010 3 15 /09 /septembre /2010 19:46

Do you live nearby Paris ? ... Lucky you !!  :o)

Vincennes is hosting the fifth    

>>>   F E S T I V A L - A M E R I C A  

on September 23, 24, 25 and 26.

Writers will make you travel throughout Canada, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico and the U.S.A. The Festival America is now famous : it aims at getting you discover and know the cultures of North America, not only through their literature, but also their cinema, photography, dance, music or fine arts.


Have a look at the   

>>>         2010  Programme

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8 septembre 2010 3 08 /09 /septembre /2010 20:32

US Route 66

First, click on the photo to get a short Wikipedia (simple English) article

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e8/Route_66_road_signal.JPG/120px-Route_66_road_signal.JPG                                                                 (1)

Here is >>>  a French radio programme about the Road 66 :

a Geography Professor (Olivier Archambeau - Parix VIII) went there

with two of his students, and made a kind of "geophotographic" tour.

The programme ("Planète Terre") podcast (about 30') shares their voyage and their feelings.

This trip is part of a worldwide project : making an iconographic account of the landscapes and human activities that border the great historic routes in the world.

Today, the audio podcast file's in French... I hope you'll enjoy it !


(1) = Photo under CC BY-SA license, by Fabio Pozzato

(to) be part of = (to) belong

make an account of.... = (here) tell the story of...

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1 août 2010 7 01 /08 /août /2010 19:10


& B2+above

  A 07'09" video explains the assets of the Ivy League

now might have become their flaw

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/79/Q%26D.jpgClick on the photo (1) ^^^

and scroll down to watch the video.

The prestigious Ivy League Colleges (Columbia, Princeton, Harvard...) are used to generating America's elite : from President Obama  -and the First Lady-  to all the judges in the Supreme Court, now. This exclusive educational system is meant to give birth to nearly cloned and moulded winners : a system that's more and more criticized by the Americans. To such an extent, that learning from failure... starts being taught there !

Sylvie Laurent, a French senior lecturer -and an America specialist-  teaching in Paris 'Sciences Po', decodes the Ivy League : though she speaks French the document sounds interesting  :-)


(1) Photo of Cornell University by Cornellian24  -released in the Public Domain.

Cornell  belongs to the Ivy League : it is in Ithaca -New York-

and was founded in 1865. Your can see ivy   covering part of its buildings...

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26 juillet 2010 1 26 /07 /juillet /2010 22:55

Now that you've read about digital communications from the British Royal Family... test yourself ! 

The Royal Monarchy & ICT
1) Queen Elizabeth sent her first e-mail when she  was...
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