lundi 26 juin 2017

Harry Potter: How the boy wizard enchanted the world

What JK Rowling said about first Harry Potter book in 1997


Can you believe it's 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

Joanne Rowling, as she was known then, dreamed up the story of the bespectacled boy wizard on a train trip between London and Manchester.
She finished the manuscript in 1995, writing much of it in cafes in Edinburgh while her baby from her first marriage slept in a pram.
After many rejections, the manuscript was eventually picked up by Bloomsbury. The first hardback print run, which came out on 26 June 1997, was just 500 copies.
Then something magic happened. That first book - and the six that followed - went on to sell more than 450 million copies around the world.
It got kids (and adults) reading  ...
It also got people writing  ...
It spawned one of the world's biggest film franchises  ...
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint 


Young stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint  (Warner Bros/Getty Images)
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Source: BBCNews 26 June 2017

What you might not know about Harry

It has been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published.
But how much do you know about the books that bought us the boy wizard?
Here are some magic numbers.

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Betty Friedan: one of America's great feminists

Betty Friedan talks about gender roles and gender equality, women's liberation movement ...
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samedi 21 janvier 2017

Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States of America

Trump's inauguration took place on Saturday, January 20, 2017

Inaugural address: Trump's full speech 

Source: CNN

Protesters rally worldwide in solidarity with Washington march

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and around the world are joining marches Saturday to raise awareness of women's rights and other civil rights they fear could be under threat under Donald Trump's presidency.

Source: CNN     January 21, 2017

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 The meeting of the Electoral College after presidential elections has long been little more than a tradition-bound formality, with political insiders gathering to ratify the preferences of their state’s voters and distribute 538 electoral votes. Yet as with so much else in this turbulent election year, even that civic ritual was punctuated by anger and dissent.