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28/02/2016


ART

Non-Violence[1]
"is a bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd of an oversized Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with a knotted barrel and the muzzle pointing upwards. Carl made this sculpture after singer, songwriter and peace activist John Lennon was murdered.[2]
There are currently 17 copies of the sculpture around the world, ten of them in Sweden. They are placed in..."

(Wikipedia)
Thanks to Danielle Fitussi

 

Street art in Afghanistan
(huffingtonpost.fr)

 

“Art is stronger than war”: Afghanistan’s first female street artist speaks out – interview - Article + Photos + Video
"Afghan artist boldly takes to the streets with a spray can and hope for a peaceful future."

(artradarjournal.com)
Thanks to Fabienne Robin (Ac. Bordeaux)

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US ELECTIONS

US election 2016 What makes Super Tuesday so super? - Article + Photos + Video - 25 February 2016
"After Donald Trump's resounding win in Nevada, the candidates are already shifting their focus to 1 March or Super Tuesday
- a flood of primaries squeezed into a single day. Super Tuesday can be a day of reckoning for campaigns - exposing candidates
who can't complete on the national stage and instantly catapulting others to the nomination."

(BBC)

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FLAG

Cartoon: New E.U. Flag - 27 February 2016
THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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Oscars animation: 9 facts you (probably) didn't know
- VIDEO - 28 February 2016
+ ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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STORY

'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County', by Mark Twain - Text + Audio + Quiz + Lesson plan
"Mr. Smiley says, "all a frog wanted was education, and he could do almost anything."
The amazing frog pet is the main character of this American Story by Mark Twain. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FIFA

Infantino Wins FIFA Presidency - Text + Audio - 26 February 2016
"Gianni Infantino of Switzerland is the new FIFA president. He won in the second-round of a daylong election process on Friday in Zurich.
Infantino takes over an organization ripe with scandal just two years before the next World Cup."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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JOB

The $265,000 job that no one wants (February 26, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"There is a job available in the small New Zealand town of Tokoroa, but no one wants it. The job is for a doctor and it pays US$265,000 a year."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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VOCABULARY

Toll, Knell, and Tocsin
(dailywritingtips.com)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Thousands stranded in Greece as borders tighten - Article + Photos - 26 February 2016
"Large numbers of migrants and refugees are stuck in Greece as Balkan countries announce further restrictions on the number crossing their borders."

(BBC)

Migrants attempt to hang themselves in the centre of Athens - 26 February 2016
"Two migrants tried to commit suicide at a makeshift refugee camp at a central square in the city of Athens amid growing anger over border closures."

(Telegraph)

The Christians held in Thailand after fleeing Pakistan - Article + Photos + Video - 26 February 2016
"A BBC investigation has found that Thailand, a country known for its hospitality to tourists, routinely arrests and detains asylum seekers.
Many are Pakistani Christians who have fled religious persecution in their own country. Some are children.
And they are held despite being UN-registered asylum seekers, whom the UN is under a duty to protect."

(BBC)

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ROBOTS

What the march of the machines means for your job - 26 February 2016
"The robots are coming! Here’s how you can stay one step ahead of the revolution."

(BBC)

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CINEMA

Movie Trivia Quiz
"The Academy Awards Ceremony (aka the Oscars) takes place this Sunday, so to get you in the right frame of mind,
why not test your knowledge of movie history with this fun quiz?"
+ ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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BILLIONAIRE CAPITAL

Beijing overtakes New York as new 'billionaire capital' - Article + Video - 25 February 2016
(BBC)

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MURAL / HOLLYWOOD STARS

"You are the Star" by Tom Suriya.
1. First, click on the picture and watch the presentation. Famous Hollywood stars arel watching you from this mural... See if you can identify some of them.
2. Now, click on "Start now" and take the listening quiz.

Created by Renée Maufroid (Ac. Lille)

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GUNS

Never too young - Iowa house passes bill to let children of all ages handle guns - 25 February 2016
"‘We do not need a militia of toddlers,’ says lawmaker of draft law allowing under-14s to have ‘a pistol, revolver or the ammunition’
under parental supervision."

(theguardian.com)

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METHANE LEAK

California methane leak 'largest in US history' - 26 February 2016
"A scientific analysis of a natural gas leak near Los Angeles says that it was the biggest in US history...
Concerns over the impacts of the spewing gas eventually led to more than 11,000 nearby residents being evacuated
as California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the area."

(BBC)

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GARBAGE

Beirut's river of garbage, in pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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DRAGONS

The islands where dragons are real
"Komodo dragons might not breathe fire or fly but they are still awe-inspiring animals – the race is on to save them from becoming mere legends."

(BBC)

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TRAINS

9 Things Lost or Found on Trains
(neatorama.com)

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THESAURUS

Thesaurus - Synonyms, Antonyms, and Related Words
"Free Thesaurus is a comprehensive online thesaurus of synonyms, antonyms, and related words. The thesaurus contains more than 145,800 unique entries from three top sources: Collins Thesaurus of the English Language - Complete and Unabridged, The American Heritage Roget's Thesaurus, and WordNet."
(freethesaurus.com)

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TORNADOES

Tornadoes Crush Mobile Homes in South US - Text + Audio - 24 February 2016
"Tornadoes destroyed mobile homes, killed at least three and left a trail of death and destruction from New Orleans to Mississippi Tuesday."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FUTURE

Is this the future of work? Scientists predict which jobs will still be open to humans in 2035 - 25 February 2016
"Australian science agency CSIRO says workplaces will be increasingly digitally focused and automated. Who wants to be an ‘online chaperone’?"

(theguardian.com)

Half of world population will be short-sighted (February 24, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Researchers predicted in a new report published in the journal Opthalmology that by 2050, half of the world's population will be short-sighted."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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SPACE

Astronaut Scott Kelly Talks about His Year in Space - Text + Audio - 25 February 2016
"For nearly a year, American astronaut Scott Kelly has been living and working at the International Space Station (ISS), with no running water.
During a news conference from space, he said the second thing he is going to do back home in Houston is jump into his swimming pool."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Scott Kelly: Astronaut and Space Ape - Text + Audio + Video - 25 February 2016
"On Thursday, American astronaut Scott Kelly held his last press conference from the International Space Station.
His historic #yearinspace is coming to an end. But, in a new video, Kelly looks nothing like an astronaut. He was in disguise.
The astronaut was wearing a gorilla costume."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NORTH KOREA

US, China Agree on Sanctions Against North Korea - Text + Audio - 25 February 2016
"The top diplomats of the two nations met to come to an agreement on proposed sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and missile programs.
The proposal will be presented to the United Nations Security Council. North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSON

Let's Learn English Lesson 4: What is it? - VIDEO
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHILD LABOUR

Activité de compréhension écrite, repérage d'information et reformulation sur le thème CHILD LABOUR
(deux worksheets en pdf en fonction du niveau des élèves).
Lien de l'article sur le site de la BBC : http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17673213
- A web article - A2
- A web article - B1
Activités créées par Delphine Darrieumerlou (Ac. Bordeaux)

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MONSTERS

Monstrous Tables
(1stdibs.com)

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CINEMA

Oscars 2016 in pictures: Hollywood prepares for the 88th Academy Awards
"The 88th Academy Awards begins on Sunday night at 20:30 local time which is 01:30 Monday morning GMT."
(telegraph.co.uk)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver - Hollywood White Washing (2/22/16) - VIDEO
(YouTube)
Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)

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25/02/2016


DISEASES

Spotlight on Zika Helps Neglected Tropical Diseases - Text + Audio - 22 February 2016
"Neglected tropical diseases afflict more than a billion of the poorest people in the world. Traditionally, these diseases have not received much funding.
But experts say that’s changing. The Zika virus has raised awareness of the need to combat these illnesses."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SUPERHERO

The Superhero Mythology: The Creation of a Culture
"This is a short documentary about how comic books and superheroes have had a major influence on American culture and worldwide entertainment. Featuring interviews with Jeff Watkins of Cloud City Comics and Toys, Keith Ward, and Joe Musolino, we get a view of how comics have also changed
the personal lives of our experts.
While it doesn't get to every major superhero, I've picked the ones that I felt have had a major contribution to society."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Emmanuelle Artault  (Ac. Versailles)

 

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Donald TRUMP

Funny Or Die Presents Donald Trump's The Art Of The Deal: The Movie - VIDEO - 10 February 2016
(funnyordie.com)
Thanks to Fabienne Arnoux (Ac. Nice)

 

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ANIMALS

Students Learn Hands-on With Animals - Text + Audio + Video - 15 February 2016
"High-school students at the Career Center in Arlington, Virginia are learning firsthand, and hands-on, how to care for animals.
They are at the animal science laboratory, learning about, and taking care of, about 50 species of animals."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Hero Rats: Giant rodents used to sniff out mines in Cambodia, in pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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FACEBOOK

Facebook has changed the 'like' button to six different emotions - 24 February 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ISIS

Life under IS 'really hard', rescued Swedish girl says - 24 February 2016
"A 16-year-old Swedish girl rescued from Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq has described life under the jihadist group's rule as "really hard"."

(BBC)

The 'Vimto Caliphate' - Islamic State group mocked over fake blood claims - 24 February 2016
"The Islamic State group (IS) is being mocked online after claims it faked footage of battles in its propaganda videos,
and even used the soft drink Vimto as fake blood."

(BBC)

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SYNONYMS

20 Synonyms for “Excuse”
dailywritingtips.com

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AD

Ad of the Day: You Can Rely on a Worcester
+ TRANSCRIPT + LESSON IDEA + LANGUAGE NOTES + TRIVIA + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

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CARTOON

Cartoon: Apple vs the FBI
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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LESSON

The Google Interview Lesson
+ LESSON NOTES + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

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GOOGLE

The Google Quiz and Lesson
(englishblog.com)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Desperation on the Greek border - 25 February 2016
"At the migrant camp at Idomeni, on the border between Greece and Macedonia, there is desperation in the air."

(BBC)

Migrant crisis: EU meeting seeks to heal growing rifts - 25 February 2016
"Ministers from EU and Balkan nations are meeting in Brussels to try to heal rifts over migrants that have plunged common policy into chaos."

(BBC)

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BLACK MUSIC

Black music : Des chaînes de fer aux chaînes en or
"Comment la musique noire a rythmé le combat pour lémancipation des Afro-Américains sur près de deux siècles,
des champs de coton du Sud profond aux ghettos du Bronx. Un ébouriffant maelström de sons et dimages."

(YoyTube)
Thanks to Richard Comerford (Ac. Versailles)

 

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PRONUNCIATION

Pronounce Every Word In This Poem Correctly And Prove You Are An English Pro!
(neatorama.com)

 

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CINEMA

10 Awesome Movies Where the Bad Guys Win - with videos
(tvovermind.com)

10 of Our Favorite Pilots in Movies - with pictures
(tvovermind.com)

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CEMETERIES

Merry Cemetery | 100 Wonders | Atlas Obscura
"This small-town Romanian cemetery is filled with darkly humorous graves."

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