What Progress ?

I recently came across this repetitive drawing…
My guess is you can certainly relate to a bunch of the activities listed here.

-If we were to add items to this list, which ones would they be ?
-Don’t you think what appear as progress from a certain angle reveals to be dramatically….stagnating from another ?
-How has the role and perception of our body shrunk over the years ?

Well, let me know…

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Music and the Brain

Do you know why there is a ‘party going on’ inside our brain whenever we take a music instrument ?

Check out this video and discover the firework of activities that sparkles inside your skull as you listen to music, play live on stage or practice at home.

There are few activities which activate so many different areas of our brains.

DIscover why ‘playing music is the brain equivalent of a full body work out’…

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Are you an Anti-Masker ?

On what part of the line do you stand ?
How exactly do you adapt to the mask in your professional life ?

Very good article from the guardian here :

Let me know !

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« Prioriser ? » Non, Merci.

Ce verbe, répété à tout-va, et principalement en ces temps de stratégies brandies contre le coronavirus, ne trouve pas son chemin de façon fluide au travers de mon conduit auditif.

PRIORISER. Voilà qui sonne étrangement proche de l’usage abusif que nous faisons en français : « en termes de… ».
Ce dernier est la traduction triste de l’anglais « in terms of ».
Il en va de même pour le verbe « to prioritise », tristement traduit par « prioriser ».

Comme d’autres verbe à consonance anglophone, il véhicule l’illusion id’une efficacité plus grande. Ce raisonnement se base sur le schéma suivant : « les américains, le management, ils connaissent… ».

Après quelques recherches voici ce qu’en dit l‘académie française :

« Le verbe prioriser est un barbarisme qui commence, malheureusement, à s’entendre et à se lire ici ou là. Il s’agit d’une forme peu précise qu’il convient de proscrire. On dira donc plutôt accorder la priorité à, établir des priorités, etc. Cette remarque vaut aussi, bien sûr, pour un autre barbarisme, prioritiser. » (source : http://www.academie-francaise.fr/prioriser)

Je ne saisirai pas cette occasion pour rappeler que derrière cette utilisation facile se cache nécessairement un schéma de pensée, en l’occurrence, celui d’une hyper optimisation des processus, d’une technicisation des domaines relationnels….
sphères au sein desquelles la définition forcenée de priorités concourt parfois à la frustration grandissante des personnes, et de manière inattendue, à une sous-optimisation des résultats finaux, financiers et non financiers.

Le rouleau compresseur de la pensée dominante continue son oeuvre de désolation.

Précisément, au moment où je tape ces lignes, j’entends sur France Inter une représentante du gouvernement me rappeler à quel point cela « boost » de se sentir « challengé ».

Rouleau compresseur, vous dis-je….


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She Walks in Beauty

Here is one of the most famous poems in English.

Written by Lord Byron, as he woke up after having met a woman in an event occurring the previous day.

You can delight in those ear-massaging iambic tetrameters.

We’ll talk about it on a later post.

She walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
    Meet in her aspect and her eyes
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
    Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
    Had half impair’d the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
    Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
    How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
    So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
    But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
    A heart whose love is innocent


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World Economic Vision

Here’s a very interesting programme about the economic changes to come.

The various kinds of resets ahead are brilliantly detailed in French.

Which item do you believe is the scariest ?

Which one are you the most willing to comply with ?

Well, let me know.


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Book Porn

This is definitely not what you think…
Book porn is NOT porn book.

Reminder : « porn » refers to porni, in Greek, meaning « prostitute ».
This term conveys an idea of the vulgarity of showing.

This is the main idea in the following document.
A very short podcast (3mns) — in French — to talk about a new trend on social networks.


Links to etymology of the word : https://www.britannica.com/topic/pornography

Let me know what you think.
Enjoy !


Instant Messaging and Grammar

Very interesting audio document on the effects new technologies have had on the evolutions of grammar…
Again, an opportunity to practice listening skills while learning a thing or two from these well-qualified and very interesting guests.

You’ll be able to answer this question : ‘Is the full stop aggressive ?’

Well let me know how you enjoyed this content and grab the occasion to consider studying or practising your English skills seriously.

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Stress at Work

Very enriching testimony given by a doctor.
If you have ever been in a situation of burning out…or on the verge of experiencing a burn out without any idea this is the kind of pain you are going through, this podcast can be very useful for you.
Especially if you are in one of these professional situations where you are not supposed to complain…or one that is considered as desirable by the rest of the society.

Here’s the link : https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009zd3

Let me know if you’ve found this audio document useful in your situation…
Have a great day !