Countries that speak the best English

If you travel the world you can realised that in some countries people speak english very well and in other countries very bad. Where is the countries where people speak the best english

You can notice on this map that France has a low rate and belarus does not exist like Moldavia.  North of Europe speaks very well english.

The top of the list looks like this:

  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Singapore
  • Luxembourg
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Belgium
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Switzerland
  • Portugal
  • Czech Republic
  • Serbia
  • Hungary
  • Argentina
  • Romania

For king and country – joy

For King and country – Joy

 

Recently I just discover this group. I must say that I am falling in love with all their production. The fist title I discover was joy. I was sad and just listening to this gave me simply joy.

For King and Country is a Christian pop duo composed of Australian brothers Joel Luke Smallbone. In 2015 they win the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.

They declare :

The power of music can impact our mood, emotions, our day. But when you merge the strength of music with the heart, hope and passion of the Gospel… it has the ultimate power not only to change someone’s day, but to impact them for eternity. This is why we write music and sing songs – we hope that people will be moved, encouraged and stirred to live a life for Someone greater than themselve

 

verse 1: Luke Smallbone]
Lately, I’ve been reading, watching the nightly news
Can’t seem to find the rhythm, just wanna sing the blues
Feels like a song that never… stops
Feels like it’s never gonna

[Pre-Chorus: Joel Smallbone]
Gotta get that fire, fire, back in my bones
Before my heart, heart, turns into stone
So somebody please pass the megaphone
I’ll shout it on the count of three
One, two, three

[Chorus 1: Joel & Luke Smallbone]
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky
Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die
The time has come to make a choice
And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
Yeah, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

[Verse 2: Joel & Luke Smallbone]
Yeah-eh, back when I was young, my eyes were full of life
But now that I am older, I live at the speed of light
Feels like the cycle never… stops
Feels like it’s never gonna

[Pre-Chorus: Joel & Luke Smallbone]
Gotta get that fire, fire, back in my bones
Before my heart, heart, turns into stone
So somebody please pass the megaphone
I’ll shout it on the count of three
One, two, three

[Chorus 2: Joel & Luke Smallbone]
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky
Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die
The time has come to make a choice
And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
Yeah, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of night
Oh, with You by my side, I’m stepping into the light
I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

[Bridge: Luke Smallbone]
I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay
I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay

[Turn]

[Chorus 3: Joel & Luke Smallbone]
And I choose joy
Let it move you, go let it move, go let it move you
Oh, I choose joy
Let it move you, oh let it move, let it move you
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of night
Oh, with You by my side, I’m stepping into the light
I choose joy
Go let it move you, go let it move, go let it move you

[Outro: Joel & Luke Smallbone]
I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay
I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay

 

An other joyfull song : Family Force 5 This is my year

The top 20 attributes of a great radio presenter – John Simons

John Simons talks about the top 20 attributes of a great radio presenter. Next Radio is the radio ideas conference, held every year in London. Visit https://next.radio to join our newsletter, see more videos and discover more.

As I am doing radio again after few years of break I should watch and listen to this video few time and apply it.

 

 

This man is real a great professional.

Why Belarus is a strange country

If you look at a map, you can see that Belarus is like an island. Blue is when Google Street took photos. Belarus is white. You cannot visit Belarus with Google Street View. I like to visit a country walking in a street city clicking on Google Street but in Belarus it is not possible.  You have only few pictures. And I notice that very few cars are on the streets. Where are cars ? You have only your dream and your imagination.

Belarus is an unknown country. Most of people have never heard about just the name or at least they think it is a part of Russia. Belarus is a strange country. It is situated in Europe just near Poland but very few people speak englich.

Belarus has no foreigner. Gomel a city of 500 000 inhabitants has only 12 foreign students only.

There is no unemployment. Wow hard to believe. If you loose your job, you get 12 $ not per hour, not per day but 12 $ per month. You can get a ticket for 1 month of transportation with that price. During that period you have to work 4 days per month with general interest work like cleaning the street. After that period if you have no job, you have to pay tax of 250$. You have to work at least 182 days per year otherwise you pay the taxe.

If you are unemployed you have to pay a tax of 250$.

When you are retired you get … 50$ per month. If you work you get 100$ per month. Even if the prices are not hight, it is hard to live with that amount. Hard to imagine.

If you buy a mobile phone, you get a service with it.

If you want to visit Belarus you don’t need a visa if you go by plane and stay less than 5 days. If you enter with the train or by car you need a visa.

How belarusian see western countries ?

“In my country exist poor working people. In your country are poor people if they take drugs or alcohol”

Here diesel fuel in a cars does not work at the winter. 1 l of petrol cost 0.65 and 1l or diesel 0.75$. They think that Switzerland was in European Union and there is no border. The knowledge is not exact.

In Belarus people speaks russian and Belarusian is less and less used and spoken.

Some people say that Belarus is the last dictatorship in Europe. It is definitively different.

I have never been in Belarus but that would be a nice country to discover. I imagine it should be more than a travel in space but maybe a travel in time and mentality. Forget all you know and learn new things. I can imagine people with less material value but much more time and inside value.

If you even want to explore a new country where no migrant can go and tourists are welcome but hard to attract. Read why do so few tourist visit Belarus ?

Have you ever been in Belarus ? Have you ever talk or been in contact with belarusian ? What is your experience ?

 

New step for this blog

Making a break in the walk

Writing a blog is like writing a journey. It is like a travel. You discover new cities, new regions or new scenaries. You can stop and look where you was, the path you walk and look where you have to go.

When you stop you can be encouraged or discouraged. You can see : wow I was there and I walk this path. You can look where you want to go.

Now let’s look behind. This blog is the second version. It has been started in 2017· Read the first post

Read the goal of this blog in 2017

Changing the host will help me to write more often. Now I can open back office without waiting long seconds and sometimes having error page.  This is a new step.

Now I will write again the goal of this blog in 2018. It is globaly the same with tiny change.

Goals in 2018

  • Write in english. Yes this is still the main target. This has not changed. I know that I write with mistake but I will try to write more and more with less and less mistake.
  • Publish to the world. I think about that goal. Because Is it still the case ? Internet is changing. Today blog is not fashionable anymore. People are behind wall with their applications on their smartphone. The dream to publish something and 1000 people read it will maybe never targeted. I should reconsider this goal. I would say I keep it but its importance is lower.
  • Promoting things that is valuable. Yes !!! that is still ok. I can dream. I will change the world. Maybe not. Probably not. Certainly not. But maybe I could touch someone. I could make someone thinking. What is valuable. Real value is inside and invisible. Joy, peace, harmony. Given something, teaching something, learning something.

Content

  • Photos. I will put more photos. Thank you for your goods words about the photos I publish. All photos are taken by myself or maybe 99%. I just want to share emotions via just a photos. I am just lucky to live in a photogenic part of the world (Switzerland) and it is really easy to take a camera and … clic. Today with smartphone with have always a camera in our pocket.
  • Switzerland I like to share information about Switzerland. Not only positive information but also critical one. It is not objective but subjective. I am not a tourist information, I am not making marketing for Switzerland. And I don’t receive anything for writing nice information for promoting something. I am free to write how I feel. This blog is not popular enough to have paid article. I am writing it for free.
  • Music Yes I will continue to share music I like but maybe a little less I would like. Music is so important in my life. I am still an eternal teenager. Music touch my soul.
  • Thinkings  Hard to create a category thinking. Thinking will be in all categories. This is the goal of this blog. Writing thought. Writing reflexion. I hope that will lead to inspiration. Sometimes, I am missing inspiration to write. I need inspiration to gives you inspiration.
  • Technical things tutorial, technical article, computing will be still here. Why just because I want to share what I found. Because digital life is part of my live and my work. I don’t know if you notice it but the world is changing. Digital is all our life today. I will share you free and open source software and phylosophy. But I am a moderate librist. I will talk about tools I use. I will write about ActivityPub (New social network who is now federated), Zot and Hubzilla with nomadic identity and few other tools and tutorial
  • My life Why not sharing more of my life. You can choose to share personal photos on facebook or instagram.  You think it is private but actually it is not really. Publishing publicly is clear. All the world can read hear and see. Talking about my life helps me to see reality clear. Sometimes things are complicated.

 

Conclusion. Normaly we should have one target and one audience. You have photo blog, political blog or technical blog. This one is a kind of mixture. I know this is not good but I am like this. Maybe in the future I will make one blog for photography, one other for IT and one other for changing the world. But now in 2018 it is like that. I hope that something will be usefull for someome. If I make mistake tell me. Please comment and share.

Misunderstanding

No I was NEVER waiting for your death. I was NEVER wishing bad things to you I am not disappointed your are alive. I am not wishing bad things for you. I was never your enemy. I am not and I will not be.

This is a misunderstanding

Please stop thinking wrong things. That is totaly wrong!!!

I am wishing good things for your life. Sincerely  I hope peace and happiness for you. I really pray for blessing for you in your life. I was never thinking otherwise.  I am happy when you are well. But sad that you was hurt by my fault. This message is very important to say.

I am so sorry that it hurt you. I renew my request : Please forgive me. Peace will come back

If it is my last message. I want to say that I really want the best for you. I NEVER wish bad things for you. I will continue to pray for you.

Now you don’t want to contact me. I will respect that. I will not contact you anymore except if you do it.

 

Когда я говорю: вы все еще живы?

Это значит, как ты? Это всего лишь вариант приветствия. Мне очень жаль, что такое приветствие болит, я сожалею об этом. Я никогда не желаю смерти никого с этим вопросом. Это наоборот. Я хочу, чтобы все было хорошо

 

 

 

 

Nothing to hide

The film tackles the question of mass surveillance and its degree of acceptance by the population summarized by the argument “I have nothing to hide”. The red thread of the documentary is a voluntary spy experiment conducted on Mister X, a young actor living in Berlin. With his agreement, the metadata of his computer and his smartphone are harvested for a month using spyware, then analyzed by researchers. This is to illustrate the fact that it is then possible to extract a lot of personal information from online services, social networks and mobile applications (Google, Facebook, WhatsApp etc.). This experience is interspersed with interventions by whistleblowers, hackers or victims of surveillance.

Barbara Jacques Prévert in english

As you can follow the news, you can hear in the worl war, bombs and you sometimes don’t understand why. It remind me a poem from Jacques Prevert and a famous vers very simple ‘Quelle connerie la guerre’  ( translated by : what a bullshit is the war). Here is the text of this poem translated in english.

Remember Barbara
It was raining ceaselessly on Brest that day
And you were walking smiling
Beaming delighted dripping
Under the rain
Remember Barbara
It was raining ceaselessly on Brest
And I passed you in the rue de Siam
You were smiling
And me I was smiling the same smile
Remember Barbara
You who I didn’t know
You who didn’t know me
Remember
Remember that day anyway
Don’t forget
A man was taking shelter under an overhang
And he yelled your name
Barbara
And you ran to him under the rain
Dripping delighted beaming
And you threw yourself in his arms
Remember that Barbara
And don’t be mad if I speak to you familiarly
I speak familiarly to everyone I love
Even if I’ve only seen them once
I speak familiarly to everyone in love
Even if I don’t know them
Remember Barbara
Don’t forget
This sweet and happy rain
On your happy face
On this happy city
This rain on the sea
On the naval arsenal
On the battleship
Oh Barbara
War is such stupidity
What’s become of you now
Under this rain of iron
Of fire of steel of blood
And the one who took you in his arms
Lovingly
Is he dead disappeared or yet still living
Oh Barbara
It’s raining ceaselessly on Brest
Like it rained before
But it’s no longer the same and everything’s ruined
It’s a rain of mourning terrible and desolate
There is no longer a storm
Of iron of steel of blood
There are only some clouds
Who die like dogs
Dogs who disappear
In the wind over Brest
And go to rot far away
Far away very far from Brest
Of which nothing remains.

Can Social Media Be Saved?

The New York Times write an interesting article about social media. Can Social Media Be Saved?

We all know that social media and particularly big one, GAFAM one was bad but every people use it. If you don’t have a facebook account you cannot be connected with your friends and family. If you don’t have watsapp you are missing something. Watsapp belong to facebook.

First we realised that what we see is choosen from facebook or twitter. We never or very rarely receive news from some people. Facebook choose what is interesting for us and that is REALLY REALLY frustrating.  This the main reason why I rarely go to facebook I have one account and even few. But I can tell you that I don’t use them. I don’t put personnal information.

The primary problem with today’s social networks is that they’re already too big, and are trapped inside a market-based system that forces them to keep growing. Facebook can’t stop monetizing our personal data for the same reason that Starbucks can’t stop selling coffee — it’s the heart of the enterprise.

Kevin Roose want to share us 3 topics

  • Give Power to the People
  • Create a Social Federation

  • Put Expiration Dates on Social Graphs

 

This 3 idias are good. The federation still exists and is coming with few networks that communicated together. You have Mastodon the most famous one but you also have Friendica, Hubzilla and Diaspora. But the best idea is the expiration dates. It is not easy to delete all our content older than one year for example or delete simply all. Who propose that option ?

Personaly I have a gnusocial (twitter like) account and Hubzilla. You can follow me if you wish.

Do you have facebook account ? What do you do with it ? Do you experiment federated social media ? What do you think of this 3 ideas ?

Read more

 

 

Is the cold war back

The cold war was the  nuclear war that never happend between USA and Soviet Union. It ends in 1990 with the end of Soviet Union.  But today it seems to come back.

A friend send me a link and ask for my opinion.

How the US Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia

I started to read that article. It looks like kind of russian propagande. A quick whois at the owner of the domain name strategic-culture.org show me that it belong to someone in Russia.

This article was kind of fearing. For example on the second paragraph we can read “Hillary Clinton clearly hated Russians and wanted to start a war against Russia ”

My first reaction reading this long text is that I should check if it is real or exagerated or not but I am not really journalist. Why sundently we are talking about war. When I was a child the world was divided in 2 zones. West and East (UDRSS) and the enemy was soviet. When I was in army our instructor always explain as example the enemy was soviet. Then few yeat later the wall of Berlin fall down and the world changed. No fear to receive a bomb from the east. (btw I never believe that it could happend) It was possible to go to east Germany, Slovakia etc…
I thought that the cold war was behind and reading your text apparently it is coming back. I think that Russians see americans as a danger but I never see as a real danger. I don’t believe.

It is interesting to see the perspective on the russian media and the western media talk about. On the russian media they fear that NATO attack russia.  On the western media, they fear that Russia attack ex sovietic countries like baltic counties or even Ukraine.

On the russian mediy the news communicate a real fear of war. On the western media that fear is not as height.