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The Scroobious Pip by Edward Lear (1830-1888)
"Then all the beasts that walk on the ground
Danced in a circle round and round-
And all the birds that fly in the air
Flew round and round in a circle there,
And all the fish in the Jellybolee
Swum in a circle about the sea,
And all the insects that creep or go
Buzzed in a circle to and fro.
And they roared and sang and whistled and cried
Till the noise was heard from side to side-
Chippetty tip! Chippetty tip!
It’s only name is the Scroobious Pip."

(unsungproject.tumblr.com)

 

 

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Thou Shalt Always Kill [subtitled]
(YouTube)



"Thou Shalt Always Kill"
"is a 2007 song by Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip...
The song comprises an electronic dance beat with the vocals taking
the form of a satirical rant at aspects of modern British culture. The pivotal
message is to "think for yourselves" rather than to follow current
trends or get caught up in hype. The artists claim that the title,
and final line of the song, refer to
'killing' in the sense of performing excellently."

(Wikipedia)

Interview: SCROOBIUS PIP
"What’s behind the name Scroobius Pip?
Its taken from an Edward Lear poem of the same name..."

(siouxwire-annex.blogspot.com)

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World Malaria Day is on April 25th
(Larry Ferlazzo)

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British Man To Live With Venomous Snakes
- a lesson plan
"David Jones, 44, hopes to spend 121 days in a room
with 40 of the world’s deadliest snakes. His slithery companions
will include deadly adders, cobras and green and black mambas..."
WARM-UPS :
WORLD RECORDS / CRAZY / COMPANIONS / SNAKE

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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Texas and Oklahoma Lawmakers Have Plans to Secede From the Union
"Oklahoma Lawmakers are talking about forming a Tea Party Militia
that is voluntary to protect the State of Oklahoma from infringement
of Oklahoma state rights by the Federal government.
Oklahoma is not alone in talks of secession. Tea Party members
and legislators in Oklahoma and  Texas as well talks of secession. "  

(politics.gather.com)

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Texas city revives paddling as it takes a swat at misbehavior
"In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear
ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit
upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back the paddle...
Corporal punishment remains legal in 20 states, mostly in the South,
but its use is diminishing...
Rules about paddling vary from district to district, but typically
only administrators, not teachers, can mete out the punishment,
which is done in private."

(washingtonpost.com)

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ICELAND VOLCANO

Iceland's disruptive volcano - 18 PHOTOS
(boston.com)

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A new page :

ICELAND VOLCANO



The eruptions - Photos - Maps - The volcano cloud -
Slideshow
-
Airports
- Questions and Answers

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ICELAND VOLCANO

Iceland Volcano: Spewed Ash Grounds Planes
- a slideshow
(abcnews.go.com)




Why ash and aircraft don't mix
(washingtonpost.com)

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ICELAND VOLCANO

Iceland volcano in maps 
"A massive cloud of volcanic dust has covered vast areas
of northern Europe after the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
erupted in Iceland on 14 April.  See ... for details on the extent
of the dust cloud and for projections of its future spread.
"

(BBC)

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ICELAND VOLCANO

Live: Volcano cloud over Europe
(BBC)

Q&A: Volcanic ash cloud
"Aircraft across much of Europe have been grounded as a result
of an ash cloud caused by an erupting volcano in Iceland."

(BBC)

Airports shut from Dublin to Moscow
"Cloud of volcanic ash spreads, resulting in flight cancellations...
Flights have been grounded since April 14 when an eruption at the Eyjafjallajökull
volcano spewed dust across thousands of miles of European airspace."

(timescolonist.com)

Volcanic ash
Aviation : "Volcanic ash damages machinery..."
(Wikipedia)

2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull
(Wikipedia)


Why Is Volcanic Ash So Dangerous For Planes?
"A volcano erupting hundreds of miles away in Iceland is causing havoc for
air travellers in the UK - but why is volcanic ash so dangerous for pilots?...
Ingesting ash dust can cause partial or total engine power loss...
The ash will also damage aircraft ventilation, hydraulic, electronic and air data
systems along with the plane's paint, windscreens and powerplants."

+ a VIDEO
(news.sky.com)

Icelandic volcano glacier melt forces hundreds to flee 1707 14 April2010
BBC World News

- with the pronunciation of the names
(YouTube)

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Les 10 sites de réseaux sociaux qu'il faut connaître
(20minutes.fr)

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A welcome slice of American pie
"Forget greasy burgers, a growing enthusiasm for good local food
in the US is getting the nation salivating."

(BBC)

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Site espagnol à fouiller
avec beaucoup d'activités faciles pour débutants

+ des animations FLASH
Cliquer sur Inglés, à gauche.

(conteni2.educarex.es)
Site recommended by Renée Maufroid

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Clothes
"First click on the picture and play the games,
then make sure you know the words and play the 4 games..."
Created by Renée Maufroid

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A zombie parade
"self sheering sheep and the dress made from gum wrappers." 
Video from 00.30
(BBC)

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UK place knowledge - interactive quiz
(oup.co.uk)
Site recommended by Renée Maufroid

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Pronouns
PowerPoint Presentation

Click on ENGLISH / Sentence Level: Pronouns
(primaryresources.co.uk)

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Fox Pups Rescued With Help From Soap
"Three fox cubs got their heads stuck in a drain grate in Plainfield,
Connecticut last Friday. Neighborhood residents could hear their mother
calling for them from out of sight. After firefighters were unable to cut the grate,
Animal Control Officer Karen Stone tried lubricating the pup’s heads with
Vaseline, then corn oil, but had no luck. What finally did the trick was a dose of
Dawn dishwashing detergent. The pups were freed from the grate and
driven back to the area of their den, soapy but unharmed."

(courant.com)

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High five
"is a celebratory hand gesture that occurs when two people simultaneously
raise one hand, about head high, and push, slide or slap the flat of their palm
and hand against the palm and flat hand of their partner...
In the United States, there is an initiative to celebrate
the third Thursday of April as National High Five Day."

(Wikipedia)
Watch a VIDEO.
(nationalhighfiveday.com)

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PIT BULLS

Armed to the teeth: the problem with pit bulls
"Pit bulls are increasingly replacing knives as the weapon of choice
among gang members, with equally deadly results." 

- with a VIDEO
(telegraph.co.uk)

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Got To Have It by Method Man
"I got to have the fast car, the crash bar, place to stash the heaters
In the dash bar, and then I need no limits on that black car"

(azlyrics.com)
Listen to the song.
(YouTube)

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'The Boers have got my daddy'
"'The Boers have got my daddy
My soldier Dad;
I don't like to hear my Mammy sigh,
I don't like to see my Mammy cry;
So I'm going in a big ship
Across the raging main,
And I'm going to fight the Boers, I am,
And bring my Daddy home again!'"

Listen to the song.
(nzhistory.net.nz)

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Embrace Life - Always wear your seatbelt
(embracethis.co.uk)

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JOBS

The Day Jobs of 10 Mobsters
ex.: "Al Capone’s business card claimed he was a used furniture dealer."
(neatorama.com)

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EXTREME SPORT

Tricycle Scooter Invades Skatepark
"Take the feel of skateboarding, the stance of BMX biking
and the carving momentum of skiing and you got trikking,
a fairly new recreational sport."

+ VIDEOS with interviews
(environmentalgraffiti.com)

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Jonathan Klein: Photos that changed the world

"Photographs do more than document history — they make it.
At TED University, Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shows
some of the most iconic, and talks about what happens
when a generation sees an image so powerful it can’t look away — or back."

(ted.com)

Site recommended by Larry Ferlazzo

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Kung fu empowers Nepal nuns
"The Drukpa sect, which places an emphasis on meditation, is popular
throughout the Himalayas and also with Westerners...
It's excellent exercise, secondly it's very good for discipline
and concentration, thirdly it arouses a sense of self-confidence
which is very important for nuns, and fourthly when any young men
in the area know nuns are kung fu experts, they keep away "

(BBC)

Himalayan Buddhist nuns take up kung fu
(BBC)

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CURRENCY

Examples of currency abbreviations
- interactive game
(visual.merriam-webster.com)

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WEAPONS

WEAPONS - Pictures
(visual.merriam-webster.com)

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SUBMARINE

Nuclear submarine
"Underwater warship that operates on nuclear energy;
it can remain underwater for months without surfacing."

(visual.merriam-webster.com)

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INCEPTION :

    Inception (Film)
    "Director Christopher Nolan has described the film
    as being "about the world of dreams and
    the interior of the human mind.
    It tells the story of Cobb, an agent who has a team of people
    who have access to a technology that allows them
    to enter people's minds through their dreams"."

    (Wikipedia)

    Inception - Official Trailer 2 [HD]
    (YouTube)

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VIDEOS and ACTIVITIES

Here's what's new at EnglishCentral this week:

Leonardo DiCaprio:
Your Mind is the Scene of the Crime
Difficulty: Easy
Princess Mononoke
Difficulty: Medium



Origami Masters
Difficulty: Medium

REGISTER FOR FREE!
You can pause the video after each line,
hear the line again,
hear the line slowed down
+ QUIZZES
+ TRANSCRIPTIONS
(englishcentral.com)


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Argentina criminals 'evade capture by dressing up as sheep'
They "dressed in full sheepskin fleeces with realistic looking heads
as they tried to evade capture...
They used their disguises to fool officials for more than a week
despite more than 300 members of the local constabulary searching for them."

"They can't pull the wool over our eyes forever,” one officer deadpanned.
(telegraph.co.uk)

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7 American stereotypes
+ Text + Interactive exercises
(editions-entrefilet.fr)

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WORD CLOUDS

Creating Word Clouds for EFL students
by Nik Peachey
(firtube.com)

 

Christopher Walken's Three Little Pigs
(milkandcookies.com)
- with the transcript
(blogs.myspace.com)

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COST OF LIVING

Numbeo
"the largest free Internet database about cost of living worldwide!"

(numbeo.com)

Numbeo allows you to see, share and compare information about
cost of living worldwide, by providing online software which :

  • allows users to enter or edit cost of living for many cities in the world
  • calculates derivated indexes such as consumer price index,
    domestic purchasing power and others
  • efficiently compares all information

    Site recommended by Larry Ferlazzo.

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TEACHING

Teaching English to young learners
62 pages - with many tips and activities
(nstru.ac.th)

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GAME

Pass the Paper conv. game
Just do it!
A FUNNY game!

(eflclassroom.com)

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Crumpet the Elf Reads from Santaland Diaries
- with the transcript
"Crumpet the Elf, better known as writer David Sedaris, is back
for another holiday visit. Sedaris first read from his Santaland Diaries,
about his experience working as an elf at Macy's, 15 years ago.
That reading helped launch his career as a novelist, playwright and humorist."

(npr.org)

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Bloody Sunday by Paul GREENGRASS
a worksheet on the film
(= "une fiche de travail sur les personnages du film
et sur 2 interviews du making of.")
Sent by Hortense de La Roche (Ac Versailles)

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LIKES and DISLIKES

Réviser les expressions de goût en anglais
et décrire ce que l'on aime ou déteste.
PowerPoint Presentation
"Chaque image humoristique s'accompagne d'une amorce de phrase
que les élèves doivent compléter à l'aide d'une expression appropriée en anglais."

Created by Agnès Pihuit Imbert (Ac. Nantes)



+ D'autres activités sur les goûts

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TERRORISM

Terrorism: A War Without Borders
- with the transcript

(usinfo.org)
- with curriculum activities
(future.state.gov)

 

Countering the Terrorist Mentality
"This edition of eJournal USA, "Countering the Terrorist Mentality,"
provides a look at the complex, global problem of terrorism. Several of the
world’s leading scholars in this field, including Walter Laqueur,
Bruce Hoffman, Jerrold Post, David Kilcullen, Mohammed Hafez,
and Mia Bloom, examine the motivations of those who carry out
terrorist attacks and the techniques terrorist organizations
like al-Qaida use to recruit and motivate them."

(america.gov)

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HUNGER

World Hunger - infographic
(onlineschools.org)
Page recommended by Larry Ferlazzo

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NOISE POLLUTION

Noise Pollution: The Scarcity of Silence
(marisys.com)
Page recommended by Larry Ferlazzo

Noise levels - Compare :

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ASBO

ASBO generation, fact or fiction?
(termtime.com)

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LAW / ASBO

An Anti-Social Behaviour Order ASBO 
"is a civil order made against a person who has been shown, on the balance
of evidence, to have engaged in anti-social behaviour 
in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland...
The orders then restrict behavior in some way, by prohibiting a return
to a certain area or shop, or by restricting public behavior
such as swearing or drinking."

(Wikipedia)

A former seaman has been given an Asbo for swearing at TV
during the general election coverage.

(telegraph.co.uk)

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NUCLEAR TERRORISM

US President Barack Obama warns of nuclear terrorism
"Speaking on the eve of a nuclear security summit in Washington,
he said leaders from 40 states should focus on how to secure nuclear material...
Neither North Korea and Iran, two states with disputed nuclear ambitions,
have been invited to the summit...
Syria was also left off the invitation list ..
But the leaders of nuclear states like India, China and Pakistan are
among those coming to Washington for the biggest gathering of
world leaders in the US capital in decades...
Leaders or other representatives of 47 states are attending the summit."

- with a video
"The summit is to be held at the Washington Convention Center"
(BBC)




Introduction to Nuclear Terrorism
(nti.org)

  • What are nuclear weapons?
  • How could terrorists acquire or build nuclear weapons?
  • Why would terrorists use nuclear weapons?
  • How should the world respond to the threat of nuclear terrorism?


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List of poisonings
ex. : Socrates - Cleopatra VII of Egypt - Julius Caesar Drusus -
Alexander the Great - Mozart - Maxim Gorky...

(Wikipedia)

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A Day in the Life of a Poison Center
with 282 cases for a single day
Examples :
- "An adult male called concerned about his friend who drank
a very large amount of alcohol over the course of the previous evening
after losing his job. His friend had vomited numerous times
and had very garbled speech but was awake.
- A 20 year old college student drank 2 Red Bulls® and took
6-7 Ritalin® tablets that belonged to a friend to help her stay awake
and concentrate to study for a big exam. She stated she was having
palpitations, vomiting and tremors..."

(ipcblog.org)

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COMMERCIAL

Drive on Chairs
"What makes zero emissions mobility so much fun?"
A Nissan commercial

(YouTube)
Read the article about it.
(urlesque.com)

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Slavery Museum
(slaverymuseum4teens.wikispaces.com)
- "a pretty impressive multimedia site that appears to be designed by students."
(Larry Ferlazzo)

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INTERNET

Internet People! - The Meth Minute 39
"An animated tribute to the internet people of the world,
wherever you may be." 

(YouTube)

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Clash of the Titans 
"is a 2010 fantasy film and remake of the 1981 film of the same name.
The film is loosely based upon the Greek myth of Perseus."

(Wikipedia)



'Clash of the Titans' Trailer 2
(YouTube)

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NAVAL GLOSSARY

WORLD WAR II NAVAL GLOSSARY and TERMINOLOGY 
"Note: The majority of terminology below refers primarily
to the U.S. Navy and/or to U.S. submarines.
Several items, however are specific to both U-boats
and the German Kriegsmarine and are so noted."

(valoratsea.com)

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Submarine vocabulary
(upload.wikimedia.org)

 

Atomic submarine
A picture + Definitions
(infovisual.info)


The Astute

(img.dailymail.co.uk)



NAUTICAL VOCABULARY - Definitions
(ussslater.org)


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Smoking To Be Extinguished On Submarines
"Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) has effected a policy
April 8 banning smoking below decks aboard all U.S. Navy submarines.
The smoking ban, announced via naval message, will become
effective no later than Dec. 31, 2010.
The impetus behind the change of policy is the health risks
to non-smokers, specifically exposure to secondhand smoke.
Our Sailors are our most important asset to accomplishing our missions..."

VOCABULARY :
Commander / Navy / submarines / decks / naval / Sailors / missions /
a submerged submarine / aboard
...
(navy.mil)

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