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Archive for February Sunday, 2009

As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men in Job Force

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

With the recession on the brink of becoming the longest in the postwar era, a milestone may be at hand: Women are about to surpass men on the nation’s payrolls, taking the majority for the first time in American history.

The proportion of women who are working has changed very little since the recession started. But a full 82 percent of the job losses have befallen men, who are heavily represented in distressed industries like manufacturing and construction. Women tend to be employed in areas like education and health care, which are less sensitive to economic ups and downs, and in jobs that allow more time for child care and other domestic work.

Read more about it here

What News Anchors Do During Commercial Breaks

Sunday, February 8th, 2009
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I may go and watch this movie soon.

It is in fact adapted from a short story by Francis Scott Fitzgerald. You have to know this famous (and great) American writer because he actually wrote his masterpiece (= chef d’oeuvre) “Tender is The Night”  in Saint Raphaël !

For the Terminale pupils, we’ll be studying “The Great Gatsby” soon in our “Money” theme.

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Revolutionary Road

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

This is the film I watched last week-end, this is definitely a great movie, go and see it if you have some time !

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Slumdog Millionnaire

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

This is the next movie I want to watch :

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National Anthems

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

As the Six-Nation Rugby tournament is starting off this week-end here are a selection if the anthems you will hear (and be able to sing, thanks to the lyrics for some of them)

The British Anthem (sung by the English squad) :

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The Scottish Anthem , “Flower of Scotland” (not the pipe version …)

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The Welsh national anthem (Land of my fathers). It is sung in Welsh but you’ll get a translation in English thanks to this video :

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The Irish National Anthem sung in Croke Park :

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La version sous-titrée en Gaëlique + Ireland’s Call qui est l’hymne pour toute l’île (rappel : contrairement au football, l’équipe de rugby a toujours compté dans ses rangs des joueurs nord-irlandais et des joueurs de la République.)

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Rosa Parks

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

a video about Rosa Parks who fought for equality and civil rights in America :

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Norman Rockwell

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

This is a short video about Norman Rockwell’s life. Personnally, I love his paintings. Have a look !

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Mobile phone texting glossary

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Here are some frequently used texting terms or acronyms, words formed from each of the first letters of a phrase. There’s a full dictionary of the acronyms typically used in chatrooms here – and some of which parents should be particularly aware of including PAW – it means ‘parents are watching’!

AFAIK As far as I know
ATB All the best
BTW By the way
CID Consider it done
CUL8R Call you later
EZ Easy
H&K Hug and kiss
HHIS Hanging my head in shame
IYSS If you says so
KOTL Kiss on the lips
LOL Laughed out loud / Lots of luck
LTS Laughing to self
L8R G8R See you later alligator
LUWAMH Love you with all my heart
JM2p Just my two pence worth
OTOH On the other hand
2MORO Tomorrow
CU 2MORO See you tomorrow
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
SHID Slaps head in disgust
SOHF Sense of humour failure
THX or TX Thanks
TTFN Ta ta for now
TWIMC To whom it may concern
oxoxoxoxo Hugs and kisses
WYSIWUG What you see is what you get
YBS You’ll be sorry
YKWYCD You know what you could do
YTLKIN2ME You talking to me?
YYSSW Yeah, yeah, sure, sure, whatever