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Nigel Bellingham, British Council, Tunisia.

This week I made my first trip to Sousse. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to see the city or learn anything about the situation there, but I hope to make a return visit soon.

The purpose of my visit was to take part in a meeting of the steering group of the project to reform English language teaching in Tunisian schools. Led by the Ministry of Education this project has been in the pipeline for several years now, but for one reason or another it is yet to get underway. 
Our role in the British Council is to provide advice and support. In this capacity, on behalf of the ELRP project we asked the UK consultant, Joy Griffiths, to review the project plan and make recommendations for a refresh.
To prepare her recommendations, Joy travelled the country listening to students and their parents, teachers at primary and secondary…

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When You Bilieve.

Lors d’une soirée réunissant des personnalités du monde musical américain, Brenda K. Starr la présente à Tommy Mottola (responsable de la maison de disques Sony Music), à qui Mariah remet une maquette des chansons qu’elle a réalisées. Après avoir écouté la maquette, Tommy Mottola est sûr d’avoir découvert un talent exceptionnel ; il lui propose alors un contrat de 10 albums avec sa maison de disques.
En 1990, sort son 1er album, Mariah Carey, qui rencontre rapidement un grand succès, restant 11 semaines en tête du Billboard3 et se vendant à 15 millions d’exemplaires dans le monde4. Les singles Vision of Love, Love takes time, Someday et I don’t wanna cry sont tous classés no 1 des charts US5.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.[1] Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.[2][3] She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”,[4] influenced several African American female artists to follow in her footsteps.[5][6]

Wenn ich mal am Boden bin und nicht mehr weiter weiß,höre ich mir das Lied an schaue das Video und weiß warum ich eigendlich lebe es gibt schlimmeres
Es lohnt sich immer weiter zu kämpfen egal wie bitter das leben sein kann einen Ausweg gibt es immer…………….

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Gheorghe Zamfir & James Last The Lonely Shepherd

Gheorghe Zamfir

Il était autodidacte, mais il poursuivit des études à l’Académie de musique deBucarest et au conservatoire de Bucarest (1968). Il fut découvert par l’ethnologue musical suisse Marcel Cellier.

Avec les bambous chinois les plus fins, il a amélioré la flûte traditionnelle roumaine (naï) de 20 à 22, 25, 28 et 30 pipes, augmentant le nombre de tonsproduits par l’instrument. Il est aussi l’auteur du manuel Traitė du naï roumain : méthode de flûte de Pan.

Au cours d’une carrière de près de cinquante ans, Zamfir a collaboré aux bandes originales de nombreux films, parmi lesquels : Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire d’Yves RobertPique-nique à Hanging Rock de Peter WeirIl était une fois en Amérique de Sergio Leone, ou encore Kill Bill de Quentin Tarantino. Il a également sorti plus d’une vingtaine d’albums : Intemporel, Classics by Candlelight, The Feeling of Christmas, Love Songs… dans lesquels on peut entendre entre autres des musiques de films jouées à la flûte de Pan telles que dans Titanic ou le Grand Bleu.

Aaron Swartz – The Network Transformation

TO CALL Aaron Swartz gifted would be to miss the point. As far as the internet was concerned, he was the gift. In 2001, aged just 14, he helped develop a new version of RSS feeds, which enable blog posts, articles and videos to be distributed easily across the web. A year later he was working with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web, and others on enhancing the internet through the Semantic Web, in which web-page contents would be structured so that the underlying data could be shared and reused across different online applications and endeavours. At the same time he was part of a team, composed of programmers like himself (albeit none quite as youthful), lawyers and policy wonks, that launched Creative Commons, a project that simplified information-sharing through free, easy-to-use copyright licences.

Most of this he did for little or no compensation. One exception was Reddit, though he later sounded almost contrite about the riches showered on him and his colleagues by Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue and over a dozen other prominent lifestyle magazines, which bought the popular social news site in 2006. In any case, he wasn’t a good fit for corporate life, he said, and left a few months later—or, depending on whom you talk to, was asked to leave. But the cash did let him focus on his relentless struggle to liberate data for online masses to enjoy for free.

For although programming was his first love, campaigning was his true vocation. He co-founded Demand Progress, a group that rails against internet censorship and which played a prominent role in the online campaign last year that helped to scupper proposed anti-piracy legislation supported by Hollywood film studios and other content owners. HisGuerrilla Open Access Manifesto of 2008 presaged—and perhaps inspired—recent threats by academics to shun journals that charge readers for access.

Remembering Aaron Swartz, Honoring a Pioneer & Activist

How You Brake The Borders….

Prosthetic limbs are incredibly valuable to amputees because a prosthesis can help restore some of the capabilities lost with the amputated limb. Although prosthetic limbs have still not advanced to the point where they can rival the functionality provided by biological limbs, the capabilities they do provide can be significant. Great strides are being made each day in the field of prosthetics, and while great technological challenges remain, artificial limbs are becoming increasingly similar to real limbs.

How to Get Money from Rubbish?

29 December 2012 Last updated at 09:52 GMT

An orchestra of young musicians from a Paraguayan slum has been touring South America, using instruments constructed entirely from recycled materials.

They pulled them from the rubbish dump around their homes.

Russell Trott reports.