- In 1994, when Intel launched the Pentium processor that was central to the emergence of the personal computer as an everyday consumer product, more than half of worldwide production was based in Leixlip. Over the next decade the Irish plant produced a billion Pentium chips. Intel went on to invest more than €6 billion in the site, making it the most technologically advanced industrial location in Europe.
Such a development was unimaginable in the 1950s – and not simply because nobody predicted the rise of information technology. Ireland was a declining economic backwater, with little sophisticated industry, few global trade links and a poorly educated workforce.
Saviez-vous que le 'vrai' nom de l'acteur Jackie Chan, Chan Kong-san, signifie "né à Hong Kong"? Intéressant, de lire les commentaires du South China Morning Post à son dernier film, CZ12.
"According to our own review, the movie written and directed by Chan is about a mission led by Asian Hawk (Chan) to find six missing bronze sculptures from a set of 12 depicting the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The movie obviously refers to the mainland government's attempt to recover sculptures looted by French and British troops from the Summer Palace in Beijing during the second opium war (1856-60)."
David Bellos, Lydia Davis, and Arthur Goldhammer respond to statement made in Times editorial by Lawrence Summers, the former president of Harvard, in which he suggested that the study of foreign languages at the university level was not necessarily crucial going forward, owing to, among other things, the strides being made in machine translation.
Charlie Clapham and Bill Dwyer, the cross-talk double act who were the first of their kind to be broadcast on the BBC, and the first to air this version of the A-Z, called it the ‘Surrealist Alphabet’; more often it is known as the Cockney one.
In 2003, when Coca Cola faced flak from a non-governmental agency for pesticide and insecticide content in their drinks, the company chose Aamir to clarify their stand. The actor certified the safety levels of the product he endorsed on television. The general perception was that the star had to service his client: they paid him money. Aamir says he could have cancelled his advertising contract with Coca Cola and become a national hero overnight, for fighting for public health against a multinational giant. But he didn’t. Without the company’s knowledge, he had all claims of Coca Cola independently verified by his lawyers through a neutral laboratory. Once convinced, he spoke the truth. His argument was simple: pesticides and insecticides were not being added to make Coca Cola, they already existed in the water used to make the soft drink. That was the same water we drank, and the same water we used for agriculture. Since the water goes through five levels of treatment to manufacture Coca Cola, there were considerably fewer pesticides in the cola than in the water we drink and the food we consume.
L'acteur a ensuite arrêté tous contrats de soutien publicitaire (endorsement) et a créé une émission de débat (Satyamev Jayate) sur les questions sociales et les problèmes qui fâchent.
From the lovely Letters of Note website. (Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters ; Image: Fitzgerald with both his daughter, "Scottie," and wife, Zelda, via.)
On August 8th of 1933, author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the following letter of advice to his 11-year-old daughter, "Scottie," who was away at camp.With dearest love,
P.S. My come-back to your calling me Pappy is christening you by the word Egg, which implies that you belong to a very rudimentary state of life and that I could break you up and crack you open at my will and I think it would be a word that would hang on if I ever told it to your contemporaries. "Egg Fitzgerald." How would you like that to go through life with - "Eggie Fitzgerald" or "Bad Egg Fitzgerald" or any form that might occur to fertile minds? Try it once more and I swear to God I will hang it on you and it will be up to you to shake it off. Why borrow trouble?
Pourquoi un tel accueil ? Parce que les Coréens ont encore une image très cliché des Français. « Pour eux », confirme Maud, « la France c’est la baguette, “Les Amants de Saint-Jean” et “Le Pont d’Avignon”. Sans oublier la mode et le luxe. » Les Français sont vus comme des travailleurs créatifs. « Je ne sais pas bien pourquoi, mais il faut que les étudiants aient conscience de ce cliché et en jouent », explique Patrick Maurus.