Publié le 29 Juillet 2014

Audiobooks are becoming more and more popular among certain circles...

Sight impaired and disabled people, frequent travellers and flyers and commuters to start with but also with people -like me and me- who regularly like to be told a good story...

In our days of frenzied activity and extreme portability many people don't find the time to sit down and relax reading a book...

Listening to an audiobook is not solely the mere pleasure of listening to a good story...

Audiobooks offer teaching facility and the option of listening to your favourite book over and over without the effort of turning the pages even...

They are also great with children who don't read... but enjoy listening to a story...

Audiobooks present the opportunity of discovering books to be read again later... or to listen to books read in the past...

Audiobooks come in many formats most of which are easily loaded or downloaded onto most mp3 players or smartphones... or even tablets and phablets !

Remember next time you're going anywhere take an audiobooks along !

Teachers may also benefit from audio books… both out of and in the classroom… offering audio workshops for listening comprehension… story telling and developing… rehearsing roles for role play workshops… practising phonetics… revising lessons or homework… there’s no end to the advantages of audio books !

I have now more than 10 books out as audiobooks… narrated by various voiceover actors of various origins and accents… and the collection is growing…

My audiobooks come in collections

- Tidbits including many titles for short stories... for your pleasure

and

- Stories For English

- More Stories For English including stories arranged in a pedagogical progress with exercises...

and

- Finger Licking Good

- Paris Passion both for English students and teachers

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 17 Juillet 2014

I never saw the point in the stubborn interest my reggae fan friends saw in all those songs, the fight, the cause… for the Rastafari… until one day, I took the time to listen to their songs… little did I know then that my concern for the freedom fighters would not end there…

Let’s just say that we are not talking here of religion… as religions tend to get more and more challenge from records and new archaeological findings… but history… or a legend… time honoured, tried and tested… awesome stories of lost worlds and Ethiopia before it was famed and heralded for his champion Olympic runners… we’re talking of great stories that are history to some… and so many… as neither history nor religions stand up to close scrutiny…

Most of us will have heard of how God led the Jews out of Egypt and gave power and authority in His Name to Moses to lead the his people to the Promised Land, the land of Milk and Homey… and so the story goes… from schools books to synagogues and churches… as far as Hollywood…

The song Rivers Of Babylon covered by Boney M tells us of how the Jews were taken by Nebuchadnezzar, to Babylon, where they served as slaves to the Babylonians… gathering on the banks of the rivers of Babylon they wept and longed to return home… and prayed their god for forgiveness that they had had to sing for the Babylonians… while singing was meant to praise their lord exclusively… just as Verdi’s Nabucco…

The slaves, late at night, gathered by the rivers, after their day’s work, and recalled of long lost home of Jerusalem… to the point that, to date, Babylon has retained, if not for the Jews but for the Rastafari, the brand of a dangerous police… Rivers of Babylon, more than a mere song, is actually culled from the Bible (Psalms 137:1)…

King Pharaoh in Egypt was getting tired of not winning over the Jews, who had already defeated him when leaving Egypt, decided to resort to a ruse…

He called upon the beautiful Queen of Sheba to go and seduce King Solomon in Jerusalem and so, occupied with his new passion, he would easily be caught unawares by the Egyptian army and defeated… or so he thought…

When the Queen of Sheba made it to Jerusalem she took great care of her mission to steal King Solomon away from his fiancée…

But the Queen of Sheba had a heart… and she fell in love with King Solomon… and almost won him over before he return to his promised… while there is no evidence there ever was a connection here with Pharaoh Ramses II winning the battle of Kadesh… over the Hittites, also believed by some to have been some of the original rebellious Jews in Egypt…

Bob MARLEY, in his Exodus, advocates that the Rastafari need a new Moses… to lead them back home where they belong… Black people had to fight for their freedom all along… stolen from Africa to help built the new Promised Land they then had to fight for their rights in that new land to make it home too…

Nobody will remember today where the original Israel was supposed to be but… Israel in the old scriptures was not where it is today… but much further south ! In the land of Edom, which may lend evidence as to why nothing shows that the original Jews ever came from Israel –as we know it today- in the first place… not to mention the fact that there is strong evidence that the first Jews may be found in today’s Iraq… and Iran from where queen Esther came to Israel…

Again the original Jews got the first sprouts of their religion in the Sinai where the Madianites lived… a people who gave the Jews their Yahweh… otherwise known as Jah for Jehovah… sometimes even rumoured to be the creator of Jamaica to give the Rastafari asylum… as Jah Make Ya… still the Rastafari will mourn their homeland, their fatherland, forever… some have even made it back home… and so did some modern Jews otherwise know as the Falashas… although with little success to show yet…

After she was rejected and had to return home the Queen of Sheba found herself pregnant with King Solomon’s baby… who was to be born upon her settling back home and named Menelik…

Now Menelik being the son of the King of Israel, himself ordered by God… and worshipped as the son of God, with Menelik being his son he had to be worshipped likewise…

King Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, is claimed to be the direct descendant of Menelik and is worshipped like too… and the worshipped is passed down and on… he became in the birth of the Rastari religion the Ras (Chief / Prince / King) Tafari (his birth name) Makonen… give his name to the religion rising in his worship Ras Tafari… and suddenly I saw the light… and all those stories made perfect sense…

Ethiopians today still claim their Jewish descent in direct line from the Jews… all the way down that linage and still practice the ancient Jewish faith… they also claim to be the holders, and retainers, of the Ark of the Covenant, which they say they must see and cannot show… and accordingly keep draped away from the eyes of onlookers… the Ark of the Covenant disappeared from Jerusalem in ancient times and was never to be found or heard of again… when the Babylonians raided the Holy City they scrupulously and meticulously recorded everything single item they took… but never mentioned the Ark… giving way and vent to all sorts of rumours…

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Publié le 9 Juin 2014

J'aime cette manière... pour ne pas dire manie... que les scandinaves ont de mettre un phrasé jazzé dans leur tip hop... une onde de fraicheur l'été et une vague de fraicheur l'hiver... tout en poésie et relaxation délectation...


Des rythmes tamisés, des voix douces et sensuelles comme sait le faire son compère Mauro Scocco...
Mon premier album de Lisa Nilsson m'avait été offert par une amie suédoise il y a plus de 10 ans... et je n'en ai pas décroché depuis... j'en ai acheté d'autres et les passe en boucle...


Dans le même genre on trouve Marie Fredriksson (de Roxette)... un genre qui est tout un monde qui flotte avec des effluves de romantisme suédois...

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Publié le 28 Mai 2014

Once upon a time, in a far away country called England, lived a little boy named Graham…

Present

This little boy was still very little and so everything around him was present…

His life was all present… permanently present… although sometimes it was only temporary present and so within the limits of limited period… still all his life was present…

Past

Yet, as present as it may be, Graham was growing and was beginning to develop experience and collect memories as his life was extending… he began to be aware of his past… now the past was the past but there was more past than mere past… some past was over and done and some past had gone on for some time… and some past still was before some other past…

Present Perfect

And some past was still present… yes some things in his life were in the past… and yet they were also still in the present… there were not only past and they were not exclusively present… there was no other way he could think or talk about those events… they were both past and present… like in between and yet in both times… they were so many times in his life now…

Future

And then… before he knew it… he realised there was another period of time now stretching long and far ahead of him… the future with all its potential adventures… some predictable future and some intentional future… while some future was decidedly certain and taking shape…

Conditional

That was when he found some things needed to be negotiated… and called for another tense… for other times to come… those things came and went hither and thither… and sometimes just came and… went… he could and would but eventually maybe didn’t…

Imperative

And so he decided that there were times when he had to jump into action and just said Let’s… and so little Graham had grown and was now ready to conquer the world…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 27 Mai 2014

The late great Albert Einstein is reported to have once asked for a telephone number… What ? Asked someone with him at the time, a great mind with a memory such as yours cannot remember a useful telephone number ? To which Albert Einstein retorted Memory and intelligence are two different things… and telephone numbers belong in phone books… why would I want to make an effort to remember them… when they’re there all the time…

This story perfectly illustrates the duel between writing down and memorising… in my workshops I see people writing everything down all the time… I have hardly opened my mouth that they’ve already taken down every single one of my words… I joke that I am not a guru and they do not need to copy everything I say or tell them… but only what they need to write down…

Memorising requires training… and writing things down doesn’t guarantee we will remember them… on the contrary our brain will not memorise those things… as it knows we have written them down somewhere… somewhere we might even forget… if we do not train our brain to memorise chances are it will never do it… as wonderful as our brain may be it only does what it’s told and what it needs…

The primitive man that we were at the dawn of mankind did not know notebooks and tablets… as we simply did not know writing or reading… we had to memorise… as all we had was trial and error… at the same time we had to memorise what foods… what plants… what animals… mankind was a mere few dozens in one place… and they still lived in a land of plenty…

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Publié le 7 Mai 2014

Seven thousand years before Sumer, Göbekli Tepe was thriving… over a mere twelve thousand years and more ago… after the Ice Age when the rest of mankind live in stone age caves ! The wheel wasn’t around and nor had man domesticated animals… yet knew agriculture… Göbekli Tepe (the Navel of the World) could only have been designed by men of a higher culture… and probably more than one too… as it clearly shows different styles in the one construction… the celebrated pillars (each averaging 16 tons in weight !) being much more refined that the brick walls… my mind is people who built the pillar were high skilled ancient architects whereas the people who built the walls later were less skilled builders redefining the using of the building altogether… all of which seems akin to neighbouring (south) Jerf El Ahmar (Syria)… those highly refined pillars show no head feature of any kind… as though to hide the identify of the creatures represented there…

Their religion -whatever it was might have been-has given birth to our modern religions…

Four hundred and fifty kilometres to the west Çatal Höyük (Turkey) clocks up nine thousand years… and is believed to be the first city ever… in Çatal Höyük similar artefacts and works of arts have been found… putting Turkey well on the map of the dawn of a spreading thriving civilisation…

Göbekli Tepe is clearly the sign that there was indeed higher knowledge there… of an undeniably highly advanced science… before man’s –if man’s- skills sunk into oblivion whatever the reason…

There is just no way the man of twelve thousand years ago ever had the skills and knowledge to design and build those structures or anything like them… and if he did how come he left no indication of what and how… there seems to be a conspicuous desire to hide or keep secrets from us there…

Is Göbekli Tepe the work of ancient astronauts ? It could well be as they obviously had information that no one on earth had back then…

from Umma Dawn - The Confidential Files

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 2 Mai 2014

Translating is not merely or solely the act of passing a message from one language into another through an exchange of words...

It is the work of a specialist who can also interpret the cultural... as well as the verbal and technical content in context...

The best translator is the one who not only has studied language but has lived and worked in the various cultures he has to deal with...

That excludes online translation tools... which too often still miss the whole point altogether...

My experience is multilingual as well as multicultural...

I write and translate in those languages and read in many more... I have lived in many countries and dealt with many cultures at home and abroad... and all this has stretched my experience and knowledge well beyond my original offer...

I offer quality translations from and into French, Italian and English... which take all this into account and so much more...

My translations are complete ready-to-print documents... whether in business and technical or general contexts... from manuals and websites, brochures and catalogues, legal, administrative and commercial communication...

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Publié le 30 Avril 2014

In these days when gender equality is claiming and gaining more ground in our society... and women are gnawing a bigger and bigger share into the world’s cake… I cannot fathom why -for the life of me- whenever I order from a catalogue I get regendered as Mrs, Miss or Ms… to think a few decades ago women couldn’t breather -let alone buy- from anywhere without their husband’s or father’s consent…


Further still... they insist on sending me special offers for dresses, lingerie and stiletto hill shoes –nothing I have ever disclosed to have ever worn- nice flowery curtains, jewelry and handbags… repeatedly in specially tailored catalogue at special retuning customer offers…


My advice would be that those catalogues –who employ mostly women- recruit an equal number of men… in the hope they would one day understand we men do not buy such items –even at discount prices…


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Publié le 28 Avril 2014

On the bank of the Ganges a woman is dreaming… she wishes she were the rain so pure washing the world of its ills… and the whole world would shine right down… raining down the hills from the clouds… casting her wealth to the four winds… she would feed and quench the world… she would see the world… she would not be bound to the ground… she would no longer need to bear the weight of the world… tying her down anchoring her while the water runs over her…

She stares at length into the water as though divining… and hoping to understand the lives and the dead the river carried in its hallowed never-ending stream… since it sprung out of the earth… water comes and water goes as water flows… she wishes she could swim… or at least row down her dreams… on the vast expanse of the running shimmering liquid… as her spirit flutters in the glittering lights…

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Publié le 27 Avril 2014

Isabelle Mayereau est trop rare...

Ses histoires ouatées susurrées sur le mode intimes (Chut ! Ne pas divulguer...)
sont toutes des perles de poésie et d'humour...
Des textes ciselées avec le travail d'orfèvre et du temps qui polit les galets sur la plage en diamants...

Je l'ai rencontrée à un concert au Chatelet à la sortie de Flim Noir
et j'ai trouvé la même poésie bluesée que dans les albums.

Des chansons qui nous rappellent des expériences surréalisées...
Une très haute qualité et fidélité dans ce monde qui a perdu le sens du beau...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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