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  • A good idea?

    A good idea?

    A local wing of Austria's Green Party has announced it is holding a special meeting to teach women how to urinate standing up in unclean public bathrooms. The Green Party in Perchtoldsdorf, Lower Austria, which periodically holds "women's breakfasts" to discuss social and political issues, said the theme of the coming Saturday's meeting would be "everything that concerns the pelvic base". The party said the discussion would include instructions on how to urinate from a standing position at music festivals, sporting events, and other locations where unclean restrooms are likely to be found. According to UPI, the participants at the meeting will be instructed on how to build simple devices to assist with standing urination, organisers said.

    wing/ici, antenne, section – bathroom/(US) toilettes, (GB) salle de bains - pelvic base/plancher pelvien – location/lieu – restroom/(US) toilettes – device/dispositif

    Publié le 2/06/2017
  • Did you know?

    Did you know?

    Evidence suggests that the famous Berlin currywurst - a dish of sliced and grilled pork sausage with a sauce consisting of ketchup and curry powder - could not have been invented without the presence of British soldiers in the German city after the Second World War. The Local reports that the snack was first created on September 4th 1949 in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, on the junction of Kantstraße and Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße by the German woman Herta Heuwer. At the time, the area was under the control of the British. In the post-war period, Allied soldiers were introducing new foods and eating habits to Germany, such as the Americans eating tomato ketchup with steak, which was adapted to eating sausage with ketchup. Curry powder was brought over by the British. According to the Currywurst Museum, Frau Heuwer traded with British soldiers for the key ingredients of ketchup and curry powder.

    evidence (inv.)/preuves, indications – dish/plat - to slice/trancher – powder/poudre – snack/en-cas – junction/intersection – time/époque – area/zone, secteur - eating habits/habitudes alimentaires - such as/ici, tel(les) que - to bring, brought, brought over/amener, faire venir, importer - according to/d'après - to trade/négocier

    Publié le 2/05/2017
  • Shark attack

    Shark attack

    In this March 30, 2017 photo provided by Queensland state paramedic Lisa Smith, a shark is seen stranded in floodwaters in Ayr, northeastern Australia. A powerful cyclone that tore through Australia's tropical northeast has left the ground littered with battered trees, ripped-up roofs - and one very unlucky shark.

    shark/requin - to provide/fournir – paramedic/auxiliaire médical – stranded/échoué – floodwater/eau de crue (flood/inondation) - to tear, tore, torn through/ravager, tout dévaster sur son passage - to be littered with/être jonché de – battered/(fortement) abîmé - ripped-up/arraché – roof/toit(ure)

    Publié le 2/05/2017
  • Justice for all

    Justice for all

    Pro-choice activist Jessica Farrar, a Texas state legislator, introduced a bill in March to create consistency between the state's rigorous regulation of women's reproductive functions and those of men. Because Texas's anti-abortion laws highlight "procreation" as a crucial government interest, she believes male use of erectile-dysfunction drugs should be regulated as abortion is. Under her bill, individual use of Viagra or similar drugs must be preceded by "counseling" similar to that required by abortion laws, and since male masturbation involves the "wasting" of precious sperm cells, it, too, would require "beforehand" counseling.

    pro-choice/pour la légalisation de l’avortement – activist/militant – bill/projet de loi – consistency/cohérence – regulation/réglementation, loi – abortion/avortement, interruption volontaire de grossesse (IVG) – law/loi, législation - to highlight/souligner – drug/médicament – under/en vertu de - counseling (US) = counselling (GB)/conseils, assistance-accompagnement (psychologique) – since/ici, étant donné que - to involve/impliquer, induire - to waste/gaspiller – beforehand/au préalable

    Publié le 2/05/2017
  • New words

    New words

    Donald Trump’s lexicon has had an impact on the English language which is reflected in the latest additions to oxforddictionaries.com, the online reference guide to current English. Additions including "clicktivism" (a pejorative word for armchair activists on social media), "haterade" (excessive negativity, criticism, or resentment), "otherize" (view or treat – a person or group of people – as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself) and "herd mentality" (the tendency for people’s behaviour or beliefs to conform to those of the group to which they belong) all emerged during the 2016 battle for the White House, said head of content development Angus Stevenson.

    current/actuel, ici branché – armchair/en pantoufles (qui n'est pas sur le terrain) – resentment/rancune, ressentiment – alien/étranger – herd/troupeau – head/responsable, chef

    Publié le 22/03/2017
  • Leaking


    Last month, WikiLeaks published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency's Center for Cyber Intelligence. This release appear to provide an eye-opening look at the intimate details of America's cyberespionage toolkit. The dump of more than 8,000 documents could not immediately be authenticated by The Associated Press and the CIA declined comment but WikiLeaks has a long track record of releasing top secret government documents. Experts who've started to sift through the material said it appeared legitimate - and that the release was almost certain to shake the CIA.

    to leak/laisser filtrer, divulguer – purportedly/prétendument – release/publication - eye-opening/édifiant – toolkit/ici, arsenal – dump/ici, diffusion - track record/historique, antécédents - to sift through/passer au crible - to shake, shook, shaken/secouer, ébranler

    Publié le 22/03/2017
  • Life on mars?

    Life on mars?

    NASA has developed a new strategy for warming Mars up, so people could feasibly survive there. According to James Green, Director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, scientists are looking at using a giant magnet to transform the planet’s atmosphere into one that would be safe for humans. It would create an artificial magnetosphere that would then protect the planet from the sun’s harmful radiation. Mars was stripped of its atmosphere by solar radiation around three billion years ago, turning it into a desert landscape.

    to warm up/réchauffer (l’atmosphère de) – magnet/aimant – harmful/nocif – radiation/rayonnement - to strip/ici, priver – landscape/paysage

    Publié le 22/03/2017
  • Mystery solved

    Mystery solved

    For decades, seemingly healthy children in the Bihar region of northern India had been suffering sudden seizures and loss of consciousness, always during the scorchingly hot summer months of May and June, before the arrival of the annual monsoon rains in July. Almost half of the affected children died, baffling doctors. Research published last month has finally claimed to have solved the mystery, suggesting the children were not ill, but had been poisoned by eating too many lychees on an empty stomach.

    to solve/résoudre – decade/décennie – seemingly/en apparence – healthy/en bonne santé - to suffer/souffrir-être victime de – seizure/crise, convulsion – loss/perte – consciousness/conscience; ici, connaissance – scorching/torride, caniculaire – almost/presque, quasi - to baffle/déconcerter - to claim/affirmer - to poison/empoisonner – empty/vide

    Publié le 23/02/2017
  • Who’s laughing now?

    Who’s laughing now?

    A London based artist has sculpted a reputation for upsetting almost everyone he carves into clay. Wilfrid Wood, 48, originally from Wadhurst in Sussex, hilariously brings out the often hidden emotion in the faces of the rich and famous. Not afraid to offend his models whether they be friends or celebrities, Wilfrid describes his work as witty interpretations of people and never attempts an accurate replica.

    to laugh/rire - to sculpt/ici, se faire - to upset, upset, upset/contrarier, vexer - to carve/sculpter – clay/argile – hilarious/hilarant, humoristique - to bring, brought, brought out/dégager, faire ressortir - to hide, hid, hidden/cacher, dissimuler - to be afraid/craindre - to offend/offenser, offusquer – whether/ici, que (ici, whether they be [...]/qu'ils soient [...]) – witty/humoristique - to attempt/tenter, entreprendre – accurate/précis, exact, juste; ici, parfaitement réaliste

    Publié le 23/02/2017
  • Delays


    Delays caused by overcrowding on London Underground have soared in the last five years, new figures show. Passengers wasted almost 400,000 hours because of delays to their journeys in the last 12 months because of overcrowding. Information obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon revealed the amount of time passengers spent battling through crowds at Tube stations and onto trains, including queues at the barriers.

    delay/retard – overcrowding/affluence, nombre trop important de voyageurs (crowd/foule) - (the) Underground/métro londonien - to soar/augmenter (fortement) – figure/chiffre – passenger/passager - to waste/ici, perdre (aussi, gaspiller) – journey/trajet, déplacement - amount of time/temps (amount/quantité) - to spend, spent, spent/passer (temps) - (the) Tube/métro londonien

    Publié le 23/02/2017

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