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  • 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
  • Pizza museum is opening in Chicago and the Internet is going crazy

    Pizza museum is opening in Chicago and the Internet is going crazy

    A temporary United States Pizza Museum has just opened its doors in Chicago. The pop-up museum, which is 2,910 square feet, will remain open until the end of October but may stay in Chicago for longer if it attracts enough visitors. It features both present-day and historical pizza-related items such as menus, rare boxes, vintage ads and artworks. If the city of Chicago is known for its signature deep-dish pizza, the city of New York is also renowned for its own style of pizza – the thin crust pizza – and the food feud between the two cities is legendary. This may explain why so many New Yorkers tweeted offended and disappointed messages online when they first heard about the location of the new museum...

    pop-up/ici, éphémère - square foot (pl.feet)/pied carré (0,09 mètre carré) - to remain/rester - to feature/présenter - item/objet - ad = advertisement/publicité – artwork/œuvre(s) d'art - deep-dish pizza/pizza à la garniture très épaisse servie dans un plat creux (deep dish) inventée à Chicago en 1943 – renowned/célèbre, réputé – thin/mince - feud/rivalité – disappointed/de déception

    Publié le 3/09/2018
  • Jacinda Ardern’s baby

    Jacinda Ardern’s baby

    Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, has named her baby girl after a town. The baby, whose full name is Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, has her second name taken from the mountain and small rural town of Te Aroha, which means "love" in the Te Reo Māori language. Jacinda Ardern, who grew up in a nearby town, under Mount Te Aroha, said: "It was our way of reflecting the amount of love that this baby has been shown before she even arrived". Locals were ecstatic at this announcement, saying that this name has put their town on the map. They also invited the Prime Minister to take part in the traditional Māori ceremony of burying the afterbirth in the earth of Te Aroha.

    nearby/voisin, proche - to reflect/refléter - amount/quantité – local/habitant (de la ville) – ecstatic/ravi - to put, put, put sth on the map/faire connaître qqch (map/carte) - to bury/ensevelir, enfouir – afterbirth/placenta

    Publié le 5/07/2018
  • A fountain adorned with more than 220 wooden penises

    A fountain adorned with more than 220 wooden penises

    The Dutch city of Leeuwarden, which was made European capital of culture 2018, commissioned 11 fountains by international artists to adorn several cities in the province of Friesland. However, a group of local artists from the city of Workum were not happy with the lion fountain that British artist Cornelia Parker designed for their city, stating: “[...] it’s ironic that the Frisian population was not involved in the decision-making and that no Frisian artist has been asked to design a fountain.” To protest this “elitist” art project, artist Henk de Boer created a fountain adorned with more than 220 wooden penises, which has a public toilet inside. He drew his inspiration from the Dutch expression “Jan Lul”, used to describe someone who is excluded. The crowdfunded fountain is portable and will tour several other Frisian cities in the forthcoming months...

    Dutch/néerlandais - to commission/commander - to adorn/orner, décorer - several/plusieurs - however/cependant - to design/concevoir - to state/déclarer - to involve/impliquer - decision-making/prise de décision - to draw, drew, drawn inspiration from/s’inspirer de - willy (fam.)/zizi (fam.) - to crowdfund/produire (qqch) grâce au financement participatif - to tour/ici, faire le tour - forthcoming/à venir

    Publié le 7/06/2018
  • Brits and chocolate

    Brits and chocolate

    According to new data, the consumption of chocolate is on the increase worldwide. The British, in particular, are consuming more chocolate with an average of 8.4 kg of per person in 2017. Overall, the increase is due in part to the importance of "seasonal products as a whole," with a lot of holiday-themed chocolates on offer, especially for Easter. The report also shows that the production of chocolate bites has risen a lot in the last five years, potentially because they provide an easier way to measure intake and are more compatible with a healthy lifestyle.

    data/données ici, statistiques - to be on the increase/être en hausse - overall/globalement - seasonal/de saison - as a whole/dans l'ensemble - holiday-themed/ici, pour les fêtes - Easter/Pâques - bite/bouchée - intake/ici, apport calorique - healthy/sain

    Publié le 23/04/2018
  • Moines trappistes en guerre

    Moines trappistes en guerre

    Belgian monks from Saint Sixtus abbey were shocked when they discovered that the Dutch supermarket brand Jan Linders was selling their brew at very high price, without their permission or knowledge. A spokesman for the abbey said: “A price of nearly €10 per bottle goes against the ethical standards and values that the monks live by. Every beer lover knows that the Trappists of Westvleteren do not pursue profit maximisation.” Under the abbey’s rules, the beer can only be purchased on site in small quantities. The monks have taken legal action against the company.

    monk/moine – abbey/abbaye – Dutch/néerlandais – brand/marque, nom; ici, enseigne – brew/ici, bière (to brew/brasser) – spokesman/porte-parole – nearly/presque - to go, went, gone against/aller à l'encontre de – standards/principes (éthiques) - to live by/ici, respecter, appliquer - to pursue/ici, être à la recherche de – profit/bénéfice (commercial) – under/d'après, en vertu de – rules/règlement - to purchase/acheter - to take, took, taken legal action against/intenter un procès à-contre

    Publié le 30/03/2018

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