Bradbury "died in Los Angeles, California, on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91, after a "lengthy illness".
He died during a rare transit of Venus. The New York Times' obituary stated that Bradbury was "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream." The Los Angeles Times credited Bradbury with the ability "to write lyrically and evocatively of lands an imagination away, worlds he anchored in the here and now with a sense of visual clarity and small-town familiarity". Bradbury's grandson, Danny Karapetian, stated that Bradbury's works had "influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories". The Washington Post hallmarked several modern day technologies that Bradbury had envisioned much earlier in his writing, such as the idea of banking ATMs and earbuds and Bluetooth headsets from Fahrenheit 451, and the concepts of artificial intelligence within I Sing the Body Electric!...."
Diamond Jubilee: Crowds picnic at palace - 4 June 2012
"Ticket-holders for a star-studded Diamond Jubilee concert for the Queen have enjoyed specially-created picnics in the gardens of Buckingham Palace." + VIDEOS
Gotye's song, "Somebody I Used to Know": Use of a modern song to practice
- Word Transformation
- Phrasal Verbs
- Discussion of relationships
Gotye's song, "Somebody I Used to Know"- Worksheet
"This is a popular song which is useful for introducing or practicing "used to + infinitive". It contains a sequencing exercise, gap-fill
and a glossary for the slang terms. This song would be suitable for pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced levels." Register and download.
Diamond Jubilee pageant: Explore our high-definition picture
"More than one million spectators packed the banks of London's River Thames to watch the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant.
Explore our high-definition image and zoom in on some of the one thousand boats that took part, including the Royal Barge the Spirit of Chartwell."
Cartoon: Money Down The Drain
"In this cartoon from The Independent by Dave Brown, banknotes bearing the Queen's head are being washed down the drain."
+ COMMENTARY + LANGUAGE + NOTE + MORE JUBILEE CARTOONS (englishblog.com)
+ Pageant day with boat number 1,000 :
"A day at the Thames Pageant with the injured soldiers of boat number 1,000.
The Shropshire Lad narrow boat, manned by military personnel, some injured in Afghanistan, sails down the Thames in the pageant,
marking a poignant moment for the soldiers."
Reuters Video: What royalty is worth to the UK
"For the second year in a row, Britons are being given an extra holiday to celebrate a royal occasion, this time Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee
which it's hoped will give a boost to the economy despite lost productivity. Matt Cowan reports." + TRANSCRIPT + LINKS
Pomp and pageantry on the Thames
"Without the River Thames, London would not be the city it is today. In past centuries it helped commerce and trade grow,
but also was used to stage grand events and regal ceremonies.
Here - as final preparations are made for the 2012 Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3 June
- take a look at what organisers have planned, and see some of the past extravaganzas that took place on the water."
Learn about things we do during the summer holidays. "In this video you are going to learn English (ESL,EFL) Vocabulary and expressions related to summer holidays and activities... Communication focus: What do you want to do for the summer?, Where do you want to go?"
Holiday webquest "You have to plan your summer holiday’s trip to one of the following countries...
The outcome of this Web Quest is an oral report supported by PowerPoint presentation..."
Plan an exciting summer holiday- a webquest "The task of this project is to:
- plan a holiday in an English-speaking country by working in groups
- present it to the class
- decide which holiday plan is the most interesting
This project will take about 5 hours (45 minutes each)."
The ultimate summer holiday quiz (with answers)
- "with questions for adults and children, it's perfect for an afternoon around the pool or a couple of hours' lively debate."
Applications Android - US monuments and landmarks App by Laurence Bernard (Ac. Martinique)
"Il s'agit, dans le cadre d'une séquence à forte dominante culturelle sur le thème des monuments Américains de laisser la possibilité
aux élèves disposant de tablettes Android de choisir un ou plusieurs monuments parmi les 15 proposés , d'y accéder via Google Maps
et de susciter ensuite une prise de parole en continu où l'élève présentera le/s lieu/x touristique/s choisi/s,
à partir des informations visuelles et géographiques accessibles via Google Maps sur la tablette.
Cette activité pourrait par exemple être intégrée dans une séquence ayant pour tâche finale
la préparation d'un voyage, d'une exposition, d'un guide touristique, etc."
"Hilarious commercial showing the loch ness monster
using a cardboard cut-out of a toyota car
as a decoy to lure people over so that he can grab them...
very cool effects and commercial."
Elizabeth II dans l'intimité du règne
"La reine Elizabeth II d'Angleterre fête en 2012 ses soixante ans de règne.
A cette occasion, «Secrets d'histoire» diffuse des archives royales inédites à la télévision française et des témoignages du prince Charles,
de Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, de Tony Blair, de Margaret Thatcher, de John Major et de biographes officiels, qui parlent de la personnalité de la reine.
A travers ses rencontres de personnalités - de Winston Churchill à Nicolas Sarkozy -, ses choix vestimentaires, sa passion pour les chiens,
sa façon de vivre les fastes de la couronne britannique, «Secrets d'histoire» dresse le portrait de cette princesse timide montée sur le trône d'Angleterre
quand elle n'avait que 26 ans. L'émission propose également de découvrir les coulisses des châteaux de Windsor et de Buckingham."
Prometheus "is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof...
Set in the late 21st century, the story centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map discovered among the remnants
of several ancient Earth civilizations. Led to a distant world and an advanced civilization, the crew seeks the origins of humanity,
but instead discovers a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race."