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About bill

Worked in the technical / engineering area as a Science Laboratory Technician and as an Aeronautics Engineer. The artistic side involves writing under the nom de plume of Billy Olsenn, his recently written play 'A Case of Wine' was staged by the players group Straight Make-Up at the 2012 Birr one act drama festival. It's next staging was in the one act circuit is in Cavan, at Maudebawn on Sat 10 Nov 2012. Then it was performed in the Bray, Co.Wicklow at the very popular one act festival in January 2013. Next play is FEAR. A dark tale about revenge on the cruel death of two pensioners by young thugs. Neighbours hatch a devious and dangerous plan to exact old-style revenge. Bill is a member of the Drama League of Ireland and his plays have been critically vetted and certified as original pieces of work by the DLI. Another literary project is that of commemoration of an aircraft crash on Djouce mountain in Wicklow in 1946. Bill wrote articles for the 50th, 60th and most recently the 70th anniversary, (12 Aug 2016) all were published in the Wicklow Times and ensured the survivors of the crash, all French Girl Guides, were not forgotten. Articles reproduced on this website. But mostly this site gives a more general European and specific French slant on popular and not so popular articles of French news, translated to English by the author. Each article is translated on a paragraph by paragraph basis so easy to read in either language and even possible to improve either language by comparison of the short English and French paragraphs. Amusez vous bien. The author is currently writing an easy to read technical aviation book centered around the Fokker 50. Another interest is that dealt with in another of Bill's websites www.realnamara.net, a Statue of the mother of God, Mary. It was erected in 1972 in Dublin, at the end of the Bull Wall near Clontarf, and my grandfather William Nelson, was the main instigator of that project. I give talks on the history of the statue and my grandfather's adventurous and dangerous life at sea. Technical assistance with each website is by J O'N.

Lourdes: New Miracle confirmed.

De la guérison inexpliquée au “signe de Dieu” : comment les enquêteurs de l’Eglise valident-ils les miracles de Lourdes ? Is the inexplicable healing a “sign from God”: is this how the Church  investigators validate miracles of Lourdes. L’Eglise catholique … Continue reading

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Two Asteroids to pass close to Earth on within three days.

Un astéroïde de 40 mètres de large va passer près de la Terre vendredi soir L’astéroïde nommé “2018 CB” va passer à 64 000 kilomètres de la Terre, annonce la Nasa. Illustration de l’astéroïde 288P, le 22 septembre 2017. (RON … Continue reading

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Snow, ice & flood warnings in France. 25 departments on orange alert.

L’alerte à la neige et au verglas étendue à la Nièvre et la Saône-et-Loire, 25 départements en vigilance orange Quatorze départements sont en vigilance neige-verglas, et onze en vigilance aux inondations. Fourteen departments on snow – ice warning, and eleven on … Continue reading

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The Minerve: 50th anniversary of the disappearance of the submarine.

Jeudi 2 février 1968, à Toulon. Les opérations de sauvetage du sous-marin La Minerve sont suspendues. Cinq jours après la disparition du submersible, l’espoir de retrouver des survivants s’est évanoui. “Dès le début de l’opération de sauvetage, on n’y croyait pas trop … Continue reading

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Sweet drinks: how many sugar lumps?

EN IMAGES. Combien de morceaux de sucre contient votre boisson préférée ? A l’occasion de la sortie du film “Sugar Land”, ce mercredi 24 janvier, franceinfo vous explique pourquoi les boissons sucrées sont, elles aussi, à boire avec modération. With the … Continue reading

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Severe flooding in Paris and elsewhere in France.

Comment suivre les crues près de chez vous ? Un outil est particulièrement utile pour suivre le niveau des cours d’eau dans votre région : le site Vigicrues. Un homme s’approche de la Seine en crue à Paris, le 23 janvier … Continue reading

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Hunter shot by dog in Russia.

Russie : un chasseur abattu avec son propre fusil par son chien En sautant sur son maître, l’animal a accidentellement déclenché le coup mortel. Jumping on his master, the animal accidentally fired the fatal shot.  En Russie, un chasseur a … Continue reading

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Johnny Hallyday’s villa for rent in St Barthélemy

Huit chambres, cinéma, jacuzzi, piscine… La villa de Johnny Hallyday à Saint-Barthélemy est à louer La villa de huit chambres, avec piscine et cinéma, est affichée au prix de 5 000 dollars la nuit. Eight rooms, with swimming pool and cinema, is … Continue reading

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Dubai’s sky-scrapers photographed bathed in a sea of clouds.

EN IMAGES. Les gratte-ciel de Dubaï plongés dans une mer de nuages Depuis plusieurs jours, la mégapole est plongée dans le brouillard.                                     The country’s mega-buildings are plunged in fog. franceinfoFrance Télévisions Mis à jour le 18/01/2018 | 17:08 publié le 17/01/2018 … Continue reading

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Flu: 70 people die in France.

Since the start of the epidemic, 70 people have died. La grippe a désormais gagné toutes les régions françaises. Une particularité cette année : ce sont les jeunes qui sont les plus touchés. The flu has hit all regions in … Continue reading

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