Dumfries (i/dʌmˈfriːs/dum-freess; possibly from Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Phris)
"is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland. It is near the mouth of the River Nithinto the Solway Firth. Dumfries was a civil parish and became the county town of the former county of Dumfriesshire. Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South. People from Dumfries are known colloquially asDoonhamers... Guid Nychburris (Middle Scots, meaning Good Neighbours) is the main festival of the year,
a ceremony which is largely based on the theme of a positive community spirit.
The ceremony on Guid Nychburris Day, follows a route and sequence of events laid down in the mists of time. Formal proceedings start at 7.30 am with the gathering of up to 250 horses waiting for the courier to arrive and announce that the Pursuivant is on his way, and at 8.00 am leave the Midsteeple and ride out to meet the Pursuivant. They then proceed to Ride the Marches and Stob and Nog (mark the boundary with posts and flags) before returning to the Midsteeple at 12.15 pm to meet the Provost and then the Charter is proclaimed to the towns people of Dumfries.
This is then followed by the crowning of the Queen of the South."
Everybody needs Guid Nychburris - 13 June 2007
"My childhood memory of Dumfries' Guid Nychburris celebrations is of scrambling around the street for sweeties flung from the vehicle parade..."
Migrants jump on lorries at Calais as port workers strike - VIDEO - 23 June 2015
"Many people in Calais who are attempting to enter the UK illegally are jumping on lorries, which are stuck in queues due to a port workers strike.
Ships are not being allowed to leave or enter the port, because of the dispute.
Eurotunnel has said the number of migrants in the area is the highest it has ever seen.
Richard Galpin reports."
Our deep need for monsters that lurk in the dark- Article + Photos + Video - 23 June 2015
"Sea monsters are the stuff of legend - lurking not just in the depths of the oceans, but also the darker corners of our minds.
What is it that draws us to these creatures, asks Mary Colwell."
"One Norse legend talks of the Kraken, a deep sea creature that was the curse of fishermen."
Mosquito-Borne Viruses Spread Across the World - Text + Audio - 22 June 2015
"There is a mutated virus free to travel the world. And it has a travel buddy. One is deadly. One is just extremely painful.
Find which viruses they are and if they are in your part of the world. You’ll also learn a great word: stow-away.
Read the article to find out what it means and how to use it."
"In Nicaragua, a woman moves her children out of the way as a health ministry worker sprays chemicals
to kill the mosquitoes that carry dengue and chikungunya fever, October 2014."
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
"is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans.
It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States.
Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Many of them have died."
Once Again, Americans Debate Gun Violence- Text + Audio + Video - 22 June 2015
"After a deadly shooting at a church in South Carolina last week, U.S. politicians are again debating how to deal with gun laws and gun violence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 11,000 people died
and 84,000 people suffered injuries from gun violence in 2013."
10 Fleshy Words
"Latin words meaning flesh and fleshly (carnis, carnalis), have given English several words,
some of which refer to human flesh and some to the flesh of animals."
The Laughing Heart - Charles Bukowski - A Short Film
"The animation is based on 'The Laughing Heart' written by Charles Bukowski and spoken by Tom Waits."
"Four of everyman author/poet Charles Bukowski's typically coarse and captivating poems are adapted to animated short form in this collection. The piece above, "Laughing Heart" read by Tom Waits, is profound. This is a message about finding light in life from someone who was well acquainted with its dark pitfalls and was often challenged in doing so. Contains NSFW language."
"This EFL lesson is designed around a beautifully animated short film written, directed and illustrated by artist Celia Bullwinkel titled Sidewalk that portrays a woman’s journey through the passage of time. In the lesson talk about the various stages of life and how we change physically and emotionally, watch a short film and describe how a woman changes through the course of her life."
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Time: 60 minutes
Topic: Growing up and aging
Language: Stage of life, vocabulary related to bodies.
Materials: Short film Downloadable material
Online shoppers fooled by fake reviews (21 June 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A consumer watchdog in the UK has reported that many Internet sites are full of fake reviews."
Poet Laureate writes dedication for Charleston victims- VIDEO -21 June 2015
"The poet laureate of South Carolina, Marjory Wentworth, has written a dedication
to those who lost their lives in Wednesday's attack at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
The poem, titled "Holy City", starts with a quote from the Reverend Clementa Pinckney,
who was one of the nine victims: "Only love can conquer hate."Here, she recites the poem for BBC News."
China Yulin dog meat festival under way despite outrage- 22 June 2015
"An annual dog meat festival in south-west China has begun, amid uproar on the part of animal rights activists.
About 10,000 dogs will be slaughtered for their meat at the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin in Guangxi province
on Sunday and Monday to mark the summer solstice, state media said."
A Look at the World’s 15 Most Impressive National Parks: 1. Iguazu National Park, Argentina
2. Canaima National Park, Venezuela
3. Banff National Park, Canada
4. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
5. Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
6. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador
7. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
8. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
9. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
10. Kruger National Park, South Africa
Celebrating Fathers!- Text + Audio - 21 June 2015
"On the third Sunday in June, Americans take time to recognize and thank a special person in the family – fathers!
Father's Day celebrates the importance of fathers, young and old, and the men thought of as father figures.
“Like father, like son” is probably the most common father expression." + Video: "Star Wars "I am your father" Scene Full - Original"
taken from the 2000 Vhs release of Star Wars Episode 5 The empire Strikes Back.
Prince Harry ends Army career after a decade - 19 June 2015
"The fifth-in-line to the throne will spend the next three months carrying out voluntary work with conservation experts in Africa.
He will travel to Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana..."
English in a Minute: Fishing for Compliments - VIDEO
"A compliment is a nice thing you say about a person or something that person has done.
But what does it mean to "fish for compliments?" Find out in this week's English in a Minute!"
Jurassic World breaks box office record(18th June, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The movie Jurassic World has broken box office records around the world.
It is the first movie ever to make more than 500 million dollars at movie theatres on its opening weekend."
Jaws in 3 minutes - 40th Anniversary Tribute
"Here's a 3 minute retelling of the story. Steven Spielberg was quoted as saying half the success of the film was
because of John Williams iconic score. I think it's one of the best film scores of all time."
Angelina Jolie serves as a United Nations special envoy for refugees
She visited a refugee camp in southeastern Turkey on Saturday, which is home to Syrians and Iraqis displaced by war
This visit is the latest in a series of trips to Turkey as part of her work to bring attention to the plight of refugees
This was Jolie's third visit to Turkey since 2011, when Syria conflict began
Turkey hosts the world's largest refugee community, about 1.6million
Passau in Germany struggles to support asylum seekers - VIDEO - 19 June 2015
"The United Nations estimates that more than 60 million people across the world have fled their countries
displaced by war, violence and persecution. Half of these people are children.
Germany is one of those countries struggling to cope with new arrivals, and 400,000 asylum seekers are expected to end up there this year.
One of the the hardest-hit areas in Germany is Passau on the Austrian border, where hundreds of children are being taken by people traffickers.
Jenny Hill reports.
How drones are helping hunt for sharks in California - Video - 18 June 2015
"Lifeguards in the US have come up with a new tool to protect beach goers from potential shark attacks.
Drones with mounted cameras to spot potential problem predators are being used in California.
Claudia Redmond reports."
Def Poetry Jam
"Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry, better known as simply Def Poetry Jam or Def Poetry, is a spoken wordpoetry television series hosted by Mos Def and airing on HBO between 2002 and 2007. The series features performances by established and up-and-coming spoken word poets. Performances also include special appearances by well-known actors and musicians, as well as occasional performances by Mos Def himself..." (Wikipedia)
What is Magna Carta and why is it so important? - 15 June 2015
"It is the most famous document in history - Magna Carta - and it was sealed 800 years ago today.
This humble piece of parchment is celebrated for creating the very concept of human rights, the idea that "all men are equal".
But what exactly is Magna Carta? And who was it really written for?"
Jeb Bush Enters US Presidential Campaign - Text + Audio - 15 June 2015
"The son of a former US president and the brother of another launched his campaign for the presidency Monday.
Jeb Bush announced his candidacy to a cheering crowd in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Bush is seeking to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination."
After Quake, Nepal Reopens Centuries-Old Structures- Text + Audio - 15 June 2015
"Nepal has reopened its major World Heritage Sites in an effort to get tourists to return.
They say conditions in areas affected by the recent earthquake are nearly back to normal. However, UNESCO warns it may be too early.
The organization says that some sites are still in a precarious state."
Runners Live Longer and Have Less Disease - VIDEO - 16 June 2015
"While all exercise is good, it seems running might be better. Running is hard on the body.
But a recent study claims that runners live longer than those who do not run."
Test Your Vocabulary Knowledge of Farm Words - Text + Audio
"Can you correctly answer these vocabulary questions about plants and animals?
Do you know the difference between annual and perennial plants? How about the different terms for male and female sheep?
Or the words we use for young horses and adult horses? Test your knowledge with this quiz!"
Mickey Mouse - Haunted House (1929) - Diaporama pour permettre une prise de parole guidée. Proposé en fin d'année de sixième à orientation européenne. Créé par Murielle Pennetier
(Ac. Orléans-Tours) Objectif principal:réactivation du présent -be-ing Pré-requis: