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NEW SITES - AUGUST 2011
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A NEW PAGE :

Rick PERRY

The Governor of Texas -
Running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 -
The Response -
Worksheets -
Cartoons

 

 

BEDROOMS

Where Children Sleep: James Mollison’s Poignant Photographs
- "a remarkable series capturing the diversity of and, often, disparity between children’s lives
around the world through portraits of their bedrooms...
 The book was written and designed as an empathy tool for 9-to-13-year-olds to better understand the lives of other children around the world..." 

(brainpickings.org)

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UNIVERSITIES

 "The top 500 Universities in the world by rank as determined in a study
from the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
A detailed description of the criteria used, rankings by geographic area, FAQ's and the questionnaire itself can be found at: http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/rank/2004/2004Main.htm "

N°1 : Harvard University,  located in CambridgeMassachusetts. (USA)
N°2 : Stanford University, located in  in Palo Alto, California (USA)

(online-universities.us)

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TEXAS HEAT

A dog is trying to beat the TEXAS heat after his owners emptied their cooler in the driveway
- Temperature : 108.9° Farenheit = 42.7° Celsius

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Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille) for this beautiful photo.

 

 

LIFE

In the fall
"A short hand-drawn animation created in Adobe Flash and After Effects about one mans reflection on his life."

Music : Game of Pricks by Guided By Voices (Video on YouTube)
(vimeo.com)

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RIOTS

UK riots: zero tolerance promises Cameron - but will this be his finest hour?
"After the biggest crisis of his premiership David Cameron talks about how to fix a broken society,
and the contagion of despair in Britain's bleakest neighbourhoods...
Bill Bratton, the former Los Angeles police chief much admired by Cameron, was a pioneer of the "zero tolerance" approach
while head of the New York City Transit Police in the 1990s. "

(telegraph.co.uk)



US 'supercop' Bill Bratton says riot arrests not only answer - 13 August 2011
"The former New York police chief meets David Cameron next month to discuss violence in English cities and says the issue is for society as a whole."
Bill Bratton: "My assignment is to focus on the American experience dealing with gangs"

(BBC)

 

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SAINTS

To Grill or Not to Grill: Commemorating a Saint’s Martyrdom
- St. Lawrence = the patron saint of cooks

"Lawrence, a deacon in Rome during the third century, met his martyrdom being roasted alive on a gridiron...
- St. Macarius of Egypt (feast day January 2) is the patron saint of cooks, confectioners and pastry chefs...
- St. Honoré (feast day May 16) is the patron saint of bakers...
- St. Arnold (July 8 ) is the patron saint of brewers...
- St. Martha (feast day July 29) is the patron saint of cooks and housekeepers."
(blogs.smithsonianmag.com)

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RIOTS

UK riots: George Osborne says Britain must tackle its 'deep-seated' social problems - 14 August 2011
but he "said that Government would stick to its plan to cut police spending.
The Chancellor, in response to the wave of riots that swept across the UK last week, said that some communities had been left behind
by the rest of the country and it was up to society and the Government to re-engage with those groups who felt isolated
and to make sure they know the difference between right and wrong."

(telegraph.co.uk)




The Chancellor of the Exchequer
  "is the title held by the British Cabinet minister who is responsible for all economic and financial matters..."

(Wikipedia)


George Osborne
since 11 May 2010

How has technology affected the riots in England?
"Following the riots in England, text messaging and social networks such as Twitter could be turned off during disturbances
- under plans being considered by the government.
Spencer Kelly examines whether BlackBerry Messenger, Twitter and Facebook can be blamed for the trouble
and if it would be possible to silence them."

(BBC)

UK riots: suspects, statistics and cases mapped and listed
"Courts across the country have been hearing cases from those suspected to be involved in the UK riots.
Here's a breakdown of their names, ages and charges against them."

See : Charges breakdown (from 377 suspects)
(telegraph.co.uk)


England riots: What happened to the rioters in court - 12 August 2011
"About 1,600 people are now known to have been arrested following four nights of riots and disturbances in cities across England...
796 of those arrested have been charged with offences ranging from burglary, theft, and handling stolen goods to offences of violence and disorder."

+ a graphic
(BBC)


On the front line of the riots with the police
"A police officer, whose anonymous blog has captivated thousands, tells of his shock, exhaustion and terror after confronting the mob."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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THANKSGIVING

Charlie Brown: Origins of Thanksgiving [Part 1/2-Full HD]
+ Part 2
(YouTube)

 

This is America Charlie Brown, The Mayflower Voyagers Part 1
+ Part 2
(YouTube)

 

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"Ignited Kingdom" - 6 : Analysis
DOCUMENTS and LINKS
(sabironlangues.typepad.fr)

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ELECTRONIC TATTOO

Electronic tattoo
"This photo provided by the journal Science shows a thin, flexible piece of electronics stuck onto the skin.
One day monitoring a patient's vital signs like temperature and heart rate could be as simple
as sticking on a tiny, wireless patch, sort of like the temporary tattoos popular with the younger set."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Stick-On Electronic Tattoos
"A flexible electronic device stuck on the skin could provide irritation-free monitoring of heart, brain, and muscle activity."
(technologyreview.com)

An Electronic Second Skin
It will "allow monitoring to be simpler, more reliable, and uninterrupted.
These devices were made through “transfer printing” fabrication processes that create flexible versions
of high-performance semiconductors that are brittle as bulk materials."

(sciencemag.org)

Des scientifiques mettent au point un tatouage capable de veiller sur votre santé
"Une équipe internationale de chercheurs a dévoilé jeudi un timbre épidermique plus fin qu'un cheveux, adhérant sans colle à la peau
et capable de mesurer le rythme cardiaque ou encore l'activité cérébrale et musculaire grâce à des capteurs électroniques..."
(20minutes.fr)

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CARTOONS

 

 

 

RIOTERS

England riots: Who are the rioters ? - 11 August 2011
"There has been much speculation about who the rioters are. This is a snapshot of the suspected rioters
who were due to appear at one London magistrates' court in the course of one day."

- with graphs
(BBC)

 
10 explanations for the riots
"Many theories have been posited about the underlying causes of the riots in England - from moral decay to excessive consumerism.
Here two criminologists give their views on some of the arguments."

(BBC)

 

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GANGS

British Leader To Crack Down On Gangs (11th August, 2011)
- a lesson plan

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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The Other Hand, also known as Little Bee,
"is a 2008 novel by British author Chris Cleave. It is a dual narrative story about a Nigerian asylum-seeker and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, and are re-united in England several years later. Cleave, inspired as a university student by his temporary employment in an asylum detention centre, wrote the book in an attempt to humanise the plight of asylum-seekers in Britain. The novel examines the treatment of refugees by the asylum system, as well as issues of British colonialismglobalization, political violence and personal accountability."
(Wikipedia) 

Meet novelist Chris Cleave.
(chriscleave.com)

The Other Hand / Little Bee
"Chris Cleave talks about his new novel, 3rd June 2008."

(YouTube)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
"is a realistic fiction novel written by American author Jeff Kinney."

(Wikipedia) 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
1er tome en ligne

(funbrain.com)

Interview of Jeff Kinney
(teachertube.com)

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VIOLENCE

UK riots: every verified incident - interactive map - 9 August 2011
(guardian.co.uk)

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London riots: how BlackBerry Messenger played a key role
"Police looking on Facebook and Twitter for signs of unrest spreading will have missed out – they should have watched BBM...
The most powerful and up-to-the-minute rallying appears to have taken place on a more covert social network: BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)...
 For many teens armed with a BlackBerry, BBM has replaced text messaging because it is free, instant
and more part of a much larger community than regular SMS."

(guardian.co.uk)

We will use water cannons on them: At last Cameron orders police to come down hard on the looters (some aged as young as NINE)
"16,000 officers on London's streets keep the capital calm... Ebay and Gumtree will help police to identify stolen goods being sold online..."
+ PHOTOS
(dailymail.co.uk)



London riots: David Cameron approves water cannon - 10 August 2011
"David Cameron has given the green light for water cannon to be used on the British mainland
for the first time and condemned pockets of society as “sick.”

+ a VIDEO
(telegraph.co.uk)

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VIOLENCE

UK Newspaper Front Pages for Tuesday, 9 August 2011
(frontpagestoday.co.uk)

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THE SHARD BUILDING

The Shard building
"Construction continues on The Shard building in London.
The building, due to be completed in 2012, will be the tallest building in the European Union."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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VIOLENCE

UK riots: Trouble erupts in English cities - 10 August 2011
ARTICLE + VIDEOS
"There was unrest in cities including Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham, with shops being looted and set alight...
ACC Garry Shewan said his force had faced "groups of criminals intent on committing widespread disorder"."

(BBC)

Live: UK riots

 

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CURFEW

Philadelphia orders curfew after flash-mob attacks - 9 August 2011
"Mayor Michael Nutter said that the curfew would apply at 22:00 for anyone under 13 years of age and at midnight for those under 18.
Flash mobs, organised through social networking websites, have left several city residents injured in recent weeks....
The mayor said those who broke the curfew could be taken to a police station and fined up to $300 (£184),
while repeat offenders faced penalties of $500...
He warned that if parents failed to pick up their children, the department of human services would be contacted
and parents could face child neglect charges...
"What is making this unique today is the social media aspect," Everett Gillison, Philadelphia's deputy mayor for public safety,
told the Associated Press news agency."They can communicate and congregate at a moment's notice," he added."

(BBC)

A flash mob (or flashmob) 
"is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act
for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment and/or satire.
Flash mobs are organized via telecommunicationssocial media, or viral emails."

(Wikipedia)

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VIOLENCE

Fresh violence erupts in Midlands and north-west
"Fourth night of rioting as disturbances spread to Birmingham, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Salford."

(telegraph.co.uk)

London riots: before and after the destruction in Croydon, Hackney and Enfield
"Move your mouse over the images below to see before and after pictures of the rioting and looting
which took place in Hackney, Croydon and Enfield."

+ Before and after riots in Tottenham, Brixton and Enfield.
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Before-and-after images of devastation
(BBC)

 

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WISH / CONDITIONAL

You And Me (in My Pocket) by Milow
"I wish you smelled a little funny...
I sometimes wish you were a mermaid
I could raise you in the tub at home
...
It would be only you and me...
I wish you were a little bigger...
I often wish that you had feathers
I’d keep you in a giant cage...
I wish you were a little slower...
I really wish that you were smaller...
So I could put you in my pocket
And carry you around all day"

(parolesmania.com)
+ the VIDEO (YouTube)

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VIOLENCE

Further riots in London as violence spreads across England - 9 August 2011
Article + Videos
"Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol also saw violence."
(BBC)

 

London riots spread to Birmingham in third night of violence - 9 August 2011
"Amateur footage of the trouble in Birmingham city centre which followed the riots and looting in London...
Police said the arrests, for offences including violent disorder and aggravated burglary, came after shops were damaged
and property stolen in the city centre and some surrounding areas."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

London riots: August 8 as it happened - PHOTOS
"Rolling coverage as the Prime Minister returns to Britain after night of violence, looting and arson causes chaos across capital and other cities."

(telegraph.co.uk)


London riots: aftermath of the violence and looting in Tottenham, Brixton and Enfield - PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)

London riots: Police battle to enforce order on the streets of London for a third night - PHOTOS
+ London riots: Police clash for a third night with rioters
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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KINGDOM TOWER

Saudi Arabia Begins Construction of World’s Tallest Building – The Kingdom Tower
"1,000 meters, or 3,280 feet. That’s two-thirds of a mile...
It features a Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, luxury condominiums,
top class office space and the world’s highest observatory...
The total cost for the tower is approximately $1.2 billion...
One of the tower’s investors, Al Maimam, explains in Forbes, “We intend Kingdom Tower to become both an economic engine
and a proud symbol of the Kingdom’s economic and cultural stature in the world community. We envision Kingdom Tower
as a new iconic marker of Jeddah’s historic importance as the traditional gateway to the holy city of Mecca.” "

(singularityhub.com)

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FOOD

The Ogre of the North - a cartoon
(kjpenglish.canalblog.com)

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BIRMINGHAM / VIOLENCE

Issues in Birmingham city centre - 8 August 2011
"West Midlands Police are aware of some disorder in Birmingham city centre.
Several premises in the centre have been attacked with some shop windows smashed and property stolen in various locations...
A policing operation is in place with extra officers in Birmingham to restore calm in the city centre, and protect local people and businesses."

(west-midlands.police.uk)

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LONDON / RIOTS

London riots: Timeline and map of violence - 8 August 2011
"People have been left homeless after a night of riots on the streets of Tottenham. Buildings were set alight and shops looted
after a peaceful demonstration turned violent. Looting spread to other areas on Sunday. Here is a timeline of what happened..."

(BBC)

In pictures
"Before-and-after images show the damage caused by London riots
."
(BBC)

 

Disorder: updates and advice
(content.met.police.uk)

Fire crews face second night of disturbances
(london-fire.gov.uk)

2011 London riots
"The 2011 London riots are a series of public disturbances in London, initially in Tottenham, which began on 6 August 2011 following the fatal
shooting of a suspect by the police.[5][6][7] This built upon unease at high levels of unemployment and cuts in public services.[3]"

(Wikipedia)

List of riots in London
(Wikipedia)

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JFK

Jacqueline Kennedy Reportedly Believed Lyndon B. Johnson Behind JFK's Assassination
- Published August 08, 2011
"The tapes, which are set to be released by ABC News, reportedly reveal that Kennedy-Onassis believed then-vice president Johnson,
along with businessmen in the South, planned the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of her husband in Dallas, Texas."

(foxnews.com)

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GLOBAL OBESITY

Sizing it up: The facts behind global obesity - animation
- 7 August 2011
"The world is getting bigger. Larger waistlines are on the increase.
We look at why putting on weight has become a problem around the world."

(BBC)

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LES PROGRAMMES

Les programmes au collège en Langues vivantes
(education.gouv.fr)

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CAHIER DE TEXTES NUMERIQUE

Le cahier de textes numérique
Bulletin officiel n°32 du 9 septembre 2010

(education.gouv.fr)

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COLOURS

Landing on Earth - interactive game with animated pictures
"Help Ross! Become the pilot of a spaceship and learn the colours at the same time!"
(worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr)

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NAVY SEALs

Who are the Navy SEALs ?
- a slideshow
with captions + an article
(edition.cnn.com)


"The SEALs have expert snipers,
able to blend in wherever they are."

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MOBILE PHONE

Cartoon: Mobile Phone Addiction
"This cartoon by Andy Davey from The Sun relates to research that shows that smartphones have turned Britain into a nation of mobile addicts.
Regulator Ofcom found that 60 per cent of teenagers and more than a third of adults are 'highly addicted' to using their mobile phones." 
Read more >>

+ VOCABULARY + LINK
(englishblog.com)

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SMARTPHONE

Third of adults 'use smartphone' says Ofcom report
"More smartphone time is spent on Facebook than any other service according to Ofcom."

+ a video : "BBC Breakfast discusses why we are addicted to smartphones."
See Britons 'multi-task' with media
(BBC)

 

Ofcom (officially the Office of Communications; WelshY Swyddfa Gyfathrebiadau)
"is the government-approved regulatory authority for the broadcasting and telecommunications industries in the United Kingdom."

(Wikipedia)

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AFGHANISTAN

US special forces Afghan helicopter downed 'by Taliban' - 6 August 2011
"Thirty US troops, said to be mostly special forces, have been killed, reportedly when a Taliban rocket downed their helicopter in east Afghanistan.
Seven Afghan commandos and a civilian interpreter were also on the Chinook...
US sources say the special forces were from the Navy Seal unit which killed Osama Bin Laden...
Several air force personnel, a dog and his handler, a civilian interpreter, and the helicopter crew were also on board, AP reports...
There are currently about 140,000 foreign troops - about 100,000 of them American - in Afghanistan,
fighting the Taliban insurgency and training local troops to take over security.
All foreign combat forces are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and some troop withdrawals have already taken place.
"
+ Nato's worst Afghan moments
+ Who are the Navy Seals ?
+ a video : "BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says the crash was a significant loss for the international mission."
(BBC)

 

Afghan troop map: US and Nato deployments - UPDATED
+ Nations contributing troops to Isaf (International Security Assistance Force)
(BBC)

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HAIR

Trade in Human Hair Booming (5th August, 2011)
- a lesson plan
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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FINGERPRINTS

Fingerprint breakthrough offers new forensic evidence - 4 August 2011
"A technology to extract fingerprints from a crime scene could show if a criminal suspect has taken drugs or been in contact with explosives.
This could provide new information about a suspect's actions and habits."

(BBC)

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VIDEO GAMES

Tonight (D&D song) - Allie Goertz
(YouTube)
"Allie Goertz wrote and performed a touching song about how gamers escape from their mundane lives into worlds of their own creation."
(Neatorama)

Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D[1] or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) 
(Wikipedia)

 

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A Song About the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual
"“Monster Manual” is a song by the band Mixel Pixel. It tells the tale of a role-player’s struggle with a particularly brutal Dungeon Master,
who is throwing just about every creature in the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual at him."

(Neatorama)

 

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Dungeons & Dragons Song: "Roll a D6"
"Connor Anderson and Zac Smith made this outstanding parody of Far East Movement’s “Like a G6.” Truly, contrary to the airy video
of Far East Moment, this is how the good life is lived: in a basement, all night, with candles and Coke."

(Neatorama)

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STARVING

Starving in Somalia - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

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ZOO

Ukrainian Living with Lions - PHOTOS
"Zoo owner and artist Aleksandr Pylyshenko looks out from between bars of a cage, next to female African lion Katya, at a private zoo situated
in his yard in the city of Vasilyevka, southeastern Ukraine August 3, 2011.  Pylyshenko decided to spend five weeks in a cage with a pair
of African lions, Katya and Samson, to get money for improving the lions' living conditions, according to local media. He is broadcasting it
on internet to attract the public's attention to plight of wild animals in private Ukrainian zoos, which do not get enough fundings."

(ibtimes.com)
MORE information HERE.
(rt.com)

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AD

Mouse vs Mouse Trap
Watch the end!

(YouTube)

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WALL STREET

Scary Stock Market - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

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THE EURO

Is the euro crumbling ?
"Rioting on the streets of Athens, banks are in trouble, investors worry, taxpayers are angry. The eurozone is in crisis.
We explain what went wrong in the eurozone, and why the problems in Greece are now a global problem.
For more background see our special report ."

(BBC)

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COLOURS / CARTOON CHARACTERS

Red Skull Is Red, Smurfette Is Blue
"A beautiful color wheel showcasing the entire cartoon character spectrum." - interactive
(slate.com)

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COLOURS

Colours - Exercises and Games
(worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr)

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PRESENT SIMPLE

 

Leçon sur le présent simple
(worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr)

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Exercices sur le présent simple
avec une video : Morning routine

(worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr)

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JOB APPLICATION FORMS

Online Job Application Form Resource Site
Find Printable Applications.
- with videos
"It is a resource that provides hundreds of printable and online applications
for retail stores, department stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants, shops,  etc. 
See "JOB CATEGORIES"
(job-applications.com)

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SUPERHEROES

Superheroes - the trailer
"HBO's latest documentary (about real life superhero crime fighters)"

+ VIDEOS
(io9.com)


HBO (short for Home Box Office)
"consists of several American premium cable television specialty channels, owned by Time Warner."

(Wikipedia)

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ADJECTIVES

Poster : 12 Angry Men
(cracked.com)

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3 VIDEOS

move, eat, learn
"3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage...
all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films...
= a trip of a lifetime."

(vimeo.com)

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PARKING

Vilnius mayor runs over illegally parked car in a tank
"The eccentric mayor of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has decided to send a stern message
to anyone thinking of illegally parking on his city's streets: by driving over an illegally parked car in a Soviet-era armoured personnel carrier...
The car that he so demonstrably crushed was bought especially for the exercise and did not belong to an unsuspecting motorist..."

+ a video
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SNORE / HOTEL

Hotel starts "snore patrol" - in northern England
"Crowne Plaza is trialing the first "snore absorption" rooms at 10 hotels in Europe and the Middle East,
whilst six branches in Britain have implemented "snore patrols" this month in a bid to combat noisy sleepers.
"Snore monitors" patrol corridors in the designated quiet zones of Crowne Plaza hotels in the cities of London, Leeds and Manchester.
Their job is to listen out for offensive noises and knock on the door of guests who snore too loudly."

(neatorama.com)

Hotel 'snore patrol' to help guests sleep more soundly
(smh.com.au)

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POSSESSIONS

Personified - a book by Jason Travis
L'aperçu montre l'intégralité du livre.
(fr.blurb.com)
Personified: A Photo Series on People and Possessions
Jason Travis's "project intended to “capture a portion of [his subjects'] lives in terms of what each individual considered
essential enough to carry around with them everyday”."

(neatorama.com)
MORE here.
(design.org)

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REFRIGERATORS

You Are What You Eat 
"is a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States...
You Are What You Eat has traveled to many cities and has been used by universities and community organizations
as a catalyst for dialogue about food issues."

(markmenjivar.com)
"The series is fascinating in what it says about the people involved and what it makes you think about your own fridge."
(Neatorama)


"Holds records for eating most burritos, cannolis, buffet food, green beans,
sushi, pancakes, ramen noodles, tamales, tiramisu and sweet corn."

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SPY HELICOPTER

Miniature spy helicopter used to hunt pirates
"It is only seven foot long and weighs just 49lbs but it is the latest weapon in the war on piracy in Africa...
A remote-controlled mini-helicopter, which can fire tasers, grenades and shotgun shells, is being used
to track pirates off the Horn of Africa and enforce law on the streets in the US...
The discreet Shadowhawk UAV is proving an effective crime-fighting solution for both police forces and private companies."

ARTICLE + VIDEO
(telegraph.co.uk)

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POPULATION

Newsy Video: Global Population to Hit 7 Billion This Year (2011)
"New research on U.N. population data shows the world's 7-billionth person will be born sometime in October."
  Transcript & sources >>

+ VOCABULARY + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

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EDUCATION

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms - animation
"This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education
and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award."

(YouTube)

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WEDDING

Zara Phillips wedding: Ceremony at Edinburgh church - 30 July 2011
"The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips has married England rugby player Mike Tindall at a ceremony in Edinburgh...
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were among those at the wedding in Canongate Kirk on a sunny Royal Mile.
Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets for Scotland's first royal wedding in almost 20 years.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Catherine, and Prince Harry were also attending the ceremony and reception at Holyroodhouse."

+ PICTURES
+ VIDEOS
(BBC)

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SLANG

kick the can down the road = to procrastinate.
"Kicking the can down the road" has been a favorite metaphor politicians have used
to describe someone who is postponing a decision or avoiding an issue.

(onlineslangdictionary.com)

Kicking the can - cartoons
(cagle.com)

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SAT-NAV RACERS

Sat-nav racers: Dangerous new craze sweeps Britain as drivers bid to 'beat the clock'
"Millions admit breaking the speed limit, while many admit to having a crash while driving dangerously
to 'win' the game which is condemned by road safety groups as 'irresponsible and lethal'...
Dicing with death: Almost 3.6 million motorists admitted to breaking the speed limit when racing against their GPS to in the last 12 months."

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HARRODS / SELFRIDGES / CHRISTMAS SHOPS

It's July - so time for Harrods and Selfridges to open their Christmas shops
"Harrods stressed the need for the early launch, saying that there is an increasing demand from international shoppers for Christmas products...
This years’ theme is ‘A Crystal Christmas inspired by Swarovski,’ so customers can expect a glittering exhibition."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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School shopping - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

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In the background : Magic Carpet painted by Sharon Furner