Les insolites

  • Risky

    Risky

    There are scenic bike trails and thrilling bike trails and downright frightening-looking bike trails, and the daunting White Line in Sedona, Arizona, with a near-vertical drop off the edge if you blow the corner or slide out. Brave James, from Phoenix, Arizona, and pals Nate and Roman followed the infamous path last month. The thrill-seekers, aged between 26 and 42, have been coming to the stunning location for two years and decided to film it using the drone. They were welcomed by a cheering crowd after completing the terror trail.

    Publié le 1/12/2016
  • A last presidential thanksgiving

    A last presidential thanksgiving

    President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and some relatives served Thanksgiving meals to residents of the Washington Armed Forces Retirement Home on Nov. 23. The campus is home to 405 previously enlisted service members, who represent every campaign since World War I. Obama served the turkey and gravy and briefly chatted with veterans and workers as they went through the line.

    Publié le 1/12/2016
  • Now printing

    Now printing

    Police in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia, are working on a case they are hoping to get to the bottom of. Officers were baffled by a particularly unusual print detected on a glass door, after a break-in at the local community hall. While the scene was being dusted for prints, a shape from a pantless bare bottom began to appear. It is still not known exactly why the offender left the unexpected mark behind. "They're having a joke, or they're actually trying to lean up against the door to break in, but I don't know why they'd do it pantless," crime scene sergeant Shane Martin said.

    Publié le 1/12/2016
  • Public art

    Public art

    A 55 feet tall naked woman made of steel now towers over the entrance of a tech campus in the San Leandro neighbourhood of San Francisco. At the base of the 13,000-pound statue, named Truth Is Beauty, is a message in 10 languages that says: "What would the world be like if women were safe?" "As someone who is a survivor of rape and sexual abuse myself, I realised that this represented my story," said Deborah Acosta, San Leandro's Chief Innovation Officer. Acosta wanted to make a home for the sculpture, made by artist Marco Cochrane, after it was displayed at Burning Man in the Nevada desert in 2013. "The messaging is to look past the skin, the inner strength and the beauty that all of us have," she said. But not everyone sees it that way. "I think it's very inappropriate to have like a naked body just like that. And it's huge, you can't miss it," said one resident.

    foot(pl. feet)/pied (30,48 cm) - naked/nu, dénudé - steel/acier - to tower over/trôner au-dessus de, surplomber - neighbourhood/quartier - pound/livre (453,6 grammes) - what would the world be like [...]?/comment serait le monde [...] ? - safe/en sécurité - rape/viol - chief/en chef - to make, made, made a home for/ici, trouver un lieu qui puisse accueillir - to display/exposer - past/au-delà de - skin/peau - inner/intérieur - strength/force - way/façon; that way/du même œil - huge/énorme, gigantesque, imposant - to miss/rater, "louper"

    Publié le 8/11/2016
  • A big crash

    A big crash

    McKinley County (New Mexico) Sheriff’s deputies responded to a crash last month after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a medical helicopter and fire truck on Highway 566 near Gallup. Deputies say a landing zone for a medical transport helicopter had been set up by the fire department for transport of a patient from a separate crash on Navajo Route 1149. The reported drunk driver went around the barricade on Highway 566, crashing into the helicopter and fire truck. The helicopter was unoccupied, not running and rotors were not spinning, according to McKinely County Sheriff’s Office. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office says the suspected drunk driver, now identified as 26-year-old Glenn Livingston of Gallup, has been arrested and is charged with aggravated DWI, resisting, evading and or obstructing an officer among other charges, reports KRQE.

    county/comté (aux États-Unis, collectivité locale la plus importante à l’intérieur d’un État) - deputy/adjoint - drunk/ivre - fire truck/camion de pompiers - highway/autoroute, route nationale - landing/atterrissage - to set, set, set up/mettre en place, organiser - department/service - to report/rapporter, déclarer, signaler - to run, ran, run/fonctionner, tourner - to spin, spun, spun/tourner (vite) - according to/d'après - to charge sb with/accuser, inculper qn (de), mettre qn en examen (pour) - DWI = Driving While Intoxicated/conduite en état d'ivresse - among/parmi - KRQE/chaîne de télévision

    Publié le 8/11/2016
  • What’s this in you pants?

    What’s this in you pants?

    According to ABC News, a 39-year-old man has been arrested in Adelaide's north after stealing two mirrors from a car and putting them "down his pants", police allege. "Police were conducting patrols when they stopped and spoke to a man walking along the road," a South Australian officers statement said. "The man was searched with police locating two [Holden] Torana wing mirrors down his pants along with a screwdriver and allen-key set. The man from Salisbury East has been granted bail and will appear in Elizabeth Magistrates Court this month.

    Publié le 8/11/2016
  • Behind the wheel

    Behind the wheel

    A 32-year-old man has been criticised by police after he was caught using a frying pan instead of a steering wheel in Adelaide, Australia, last month. Police were called to reports of a suspicious red Mazda sedan loitering and approached its driver after it entered the car park of a nearby unit block. While speaking with the driver, police noticed the man's homemade steering wheel, and that the car's number plate had been altered. Police said the car was also found to be unregistered and uninsured and had recently been defected, but the defect label had been removed. The driver said he was “remorseful” and acknowledged that the DIY wheel was a "reckless and dangerous" idea.

    behind the wheel/au volant - to catch , caught, caught/ici, interpeler - frying pan/poêle à frire - instead of/au lieu de - steering wheel/volant (de voiture) – report/ici, signalement – sedan/berline - to loiter/ici, rouler lentement (de manière suspecte) - car park/"parking", aire de stationnement – unit/block pâté de maisons (dont les numéros sont compris entre 1 et 99) – while/alors, pendant que - to notice/remarquer – homemade/"fait maison", artisanal - number plate/plaque d'immatriculation – unregistered/non immatriculé – uninsured/non assuré – defect/défaut, anomalie – label/étiquette - to remove/retirer, enlever, ôter – remorseful/repenti (remorse/remords) - to acknowledge/reconnaître - DIY = Do It Yourself/"fait maison", artisanal, amateur – reckless/imprudent

    Publié le 30/09/2016
  • Bad taste

    Bad taste

    An Egyptian artist has been forced to change a sculpture honoring fallen soldiers after it was criticized as apparently depicting sexual harassment. Mother of the Martyr features a slender peasant woman, a common representation of Egypt, being held by a helmeted soldier. But residents in the city of the Sohag claim it is inappropriate. The concrete statue, located close to a girls' school in the city, has yet to be formally unveiled. Along with criticism of an apparent unwanted advance on a woman, others suggest the 8.5-metre-tall artwork depicts Egypt's military seducing the country.

    taste/goût - to depict/dépeindre, représenter, montrer – harassment/harcèlement - to feature/(re)présenter – slender/mince – peasant/paysan(ne) – helmeted/casqué - to claim/prétendre – concrete/(en) béton - to be located/être situé, se trouver - [it] has yet to be [...]/litt. [elle] doit encore être [...]; ici, [elle] n'a pas encore été [...] - to unveil/dévoiler, inaugurer - along with/ici, en plus de – artwork/œuvre d’art

    Publié le 30/09/2016
  • Wrong lunchboxes

    Wrong lunchboxes

    In the UK, parents are still packing their children’s school lunchboxes with junk food, despite high-profile awareness campaigns on childhood obesity and guidance provided by consumer groups, research has found. The Leeds University study published earlier this month found just 1.6% of packed lunches for primary school children met tough nutritional standards set for their classmates eating in the school canteen. About half of all primary school pupils take a packed lunch to school.

    to pack a lunchbox/ici, préparer une gamelle - junk food/aliments non diététiques (trop gras-sucrés) - high-profile/très médiatisé – awareness/ici, de sensibilisation – childhood/chez l'enfant, infantile – guidance/conseils - to provide/fournir, apporter - consumer group/association de consommateurs - to find, found, found/ici, montrer - to meet, met, met/satisfaire-correspondre à, respecter – tough/ici, strict – standard/norme - to set, set, set/fixer, établir – classmate/camarade – pupil/élève

    Publié le 30/09/2016
  • Would you do anything for love?

    Would you do anything for love?

    What sacrifices are you willing to make for love? Brits are more willing to move house (73 per cent), than become a vegetarian (14 per cent) for the sake of their long-term relationship, with very few willing to convert religion (5 per cent). Sixty-six per cent said they'd stop smoking and 45 per cent said they'd stop drinking, 29 per cent said they'd give up a job and 14 per cent said they'd ditch a friend. More than four in 10 people would dump someone who wasn't willing to change.

    to be willing to/être prêt à - to move house/déménager - for the sake of/pour - to give, gave, given up a job/ici, démissionner - to ditch/laisser tomber - to dump/plaquer, larguer

    Publié le 22/08/2016

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