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  • Nouveaux bureaux de vote

    Nouveaux bureaux de vote

    At the next general election, due to take place in November 2020, voters in New Zealand will be able to choose their new prime minister at the supermarket! The new legislation, which will also allow same-day registration and voting, was announced by Jacinda Ardern’s government in order to make voting easier in the country. “It's important that ballot boxes are placed where people are going about their normal business,” New Zealand Justice Minister, Andrew Little, said.

    to be due to/devoir, être censé - to take, took, taken place/avoir lieu - to allow/permettre - registration/inscription (sur les listes électorales) - in order to/afin de - ballot box/urne - to go, went, gone about/ici, vaquer (à) - normal business/ici, activité quotidienne

    Publié le 9/07/2019
  • Chauffeur silencieux

    'Chauffeur silencieux'

    In the U.S., Uber has launched a new preference in the app that allows customers to specify what level of conversation they would like to have during their ride. They can choose between the "quiet preferred", "happy to chat" and "no preference" modes, and the driver is notified before picking them up. This is one of the new features recently unveiled by the ride-sharing company to ensure a "consistent and high-quality experience" for their premium customers.

    Publié le 7/06/2019
  • Plutôt chien ou chat ?

    Plutôt chien ou chat ?

    According to a survey run by social research organisation NORC at the University of Chicago, dog owners are happier than cat owners. 36% of dog owners report being "very happy" compared to just 18% of cat owners. The survey also revealed that dog owners are more likely to be married and own homes than cat owners. This survey confirms a previous study, led in 2016, which had found that dog owners scored higher on all aspects of wellbeing compared to those with cats.

    according to/selon - survey/étude, enquête - to run, ran, run/ici, mener - owner/propriétaire - to report/déclarer - to be likely to/être susceptible de - previous/précédent - to lead, led, led/mener - to score/obtenir des résultats - wellbeing/bien-être

    Publié le 29/04/2019
  • Nouvelle vie

    Nouvelle vie

    Richard Hochfeld, a major British fruit supplier based in Kent, and Foxhole Spirits, a craft spirits producer, have teamed up to create the first gin made from grapes in the UK. By doing so, they hope to help prevent surplus supermarket grapes from going to waste. Richard Hochfeld loses the equivalent of 1.4m punnets of grapes every year, because they are damaged or fail to meet supermarket specifications. The new gin has just hit Tesco’s shelves. Tesco is one of the supermarkets and manufacturers who have signed up to efforts to drive down the UK’s annual £20bn food waste bill.

    supplier/ici, fournisseur et importateur - spirits/spiritueux, alcools - craft/artisanal - to team up/s'associer - to prevent/empêcher, éviter - to go, went, gone to waste/être gaspillé, perdu - punnet/barquette - damaged/abîmé - to hit, hit, hit/ici, arriver dans - shelf (plur. shelves)/étagère, rayon - manufacturer/industriel, producteur - to sign up to efforts to.../s'engager à, prendre de mesures pour... - to drive, drove, driven down/faire baisser - bn= billion milliard - bill/facture ici, coût

    Publié le 1/04/2019
  • Appartement magique

    Appartement magique

    If you’ve always dreamt of going to Hogwarts, rejoice, your time has come! An ad for a luxury flat, located in the real-life school where the Harry Potter films were shot, was recently posted on a real estate website. Royal Connaught Park in Bushey, Hertfordshire, is a Grade II-listed, Victorian Gothic building, which doubled as Hogwarts when its 1,400 square feet dining hall was used as the Great Hall in the first three Harry Potter films. The building has since been transformed into flats. You can now rent this modern two-bedroom apartment for £2,200 per calendar month.

    Hogwarts/(V.F.) Poudlard - to rejoice/se réjouir - ad = advertisement/publicité - to shoot, shot, shot/ici, filmer, tourner - real estate/immobilier - Grade II-listed/de Grade II (selon la classification des monuments historiques de l’Angleterre et du Pays de Galles) - to double/être aussi, être également ; ici, servir aussi de décor - square foot (pl. feet)/pied carré (0,09 mètre carré)

    Publié le 28/02/2019
  • Le combat des élans

    Le combat des élans

    Until 2015, the Canadian city of Moose Jaw was home to the world’s largest moose statue, Mac the Moose, standing at 10 meters tall. But in 2015 Norway erected its own moose sculpture, Storelgen, or “Big Elk”, located in Stor-Elvdal, and 30cm taller than Mac. A pair of Canadian comedians, Justin Reves and Greg Moore, have just asked the residents of Moose Jaw to fight back and “stick it to Oslo” by adding 31cm to Mac. They have set up a GoFundMe page to raise $50,000 to hire an engineer to increase Mac’s size. The city’s mayor answered their call with enthusiasm. But the municipality of Stor-Elvdal said they’re going to do “everything they can” to make sure Storelgen remains the world’s tallest moose.

    moose/élan - Norway/Norvège - to erect/ériger - elk/élan - to be located/être situé, se trouver - to fight, fought, fought back/riposter - to stick, stuck, stuck it to sb/(argot) ici, affronter, en découdre avec - to raise/lever (fonds) - to hire/embaucher - engineer/ingénieur - mayor/maire

    Publié le 31/01/2019
  • Poutine, star des calendriers

    Poutine, star des calendriers

    In Japan, a calendar featuring the Russian President – Vladimir Putin Official Calendar 2019 – is dominating calendar sales across the country and outselling those featuring Japanese celebrities! According to The Loft chainstore, which has exclusive rights over the sales, Putin’s calendars were more popular in the run-up to the New Year than those of Japanese actor Kei Tanaka and Olympic men’s figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu. According to the Japanese media, many of the people buying this item are women, and are drawn to Putin’s unconventional style and open machismo.

    to feature/présenter; ici, mettre en vedette - to outsell, sold, sold/se vendre mieux que - according to/d'après, selon - chainstore/chaîne de magasins - run-up/période précédant (un événement) - item/article, produit - to be drawn to/être attiré par

    Publié le 3/01/2019
  • Boîtes aux lettres festives

    Boîtes aux lettres festives

    For this year’s Christmas season, Royal Mail has installed a musical letterbox in each of the UK capitals: Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. These four letterboxes are fitted with sensors that trigger either the sound of sleigh bells, a Christmas song or a jolly message from Santa Claus every time a letter is dropped. And, of course, they are covered in snowflakes. Merry Christmas!

    Publié le 10/12/2018
  • A small New Zealand village is up for sale!

    A small New Zealand village is up for sale!

    Lake Waitaki village, located on the South Island, was built in the 1930s but has been deserted since 1989. Originally built as workers accommodation for workers who laboured the Waitaki dam, it was sold by the state to a private buyer in 1991 before passing through several hands over the years. It consists of eight three-bed homes, 14 hectares of land, a restaurant, a lodge and nine garages. You can buy it for £1.4m.

    to be up for sale/être à vendre - accommodation/logement - to labour/ici, construire - dam/barrage - through/à travers, par; ici, entre - bed/ici, chambre(s) - land/terrain - lodge/pavillon

    Publié le 9/11/2018
  • Nouveau best-seller

    Nouveau best-seller

    A video of a Scottish grandmother giggling uncontrollably while reading a picture book to her baby grandson has gone viral on the Internet. The book in question, The Wonky Donkey, written by New Zealand author Craig Smith, was first released in 2009. Thanks to this unexpected Internet success, sales of the book have suddenly skyrocketed worldwide! In New Zealand, its publisher is rushing to print another 50,000 copies. The book is also being reprinted in the United Kingdom. “The video is gold. Watching Janice read and laugh was just delightful, and like many, her infectious laugh had me laughing too,” said Craig Smith.

    to giggle/glousser, rire - to go, went, gone viral/se propager rapidement - The Wonky Donkey/littéralement, l'âne bizarre, bancal - to release/publier – unexpected/inattendu - to skyrocket/grimper en flèche – worldwide/dans le monde entier – publisher/éditeur - to rush (to)/se hâter (de) - to print/imprimer – copy/exemplaire – delightful/adorable – infectious/contagieux, communicatif

    Publié le 1/10/2018

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