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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.

Oldest oragutan in the world dies at 62 years of age.

L’orang-outang le plus âgé du monde est mort dans un zoo australien La guenon de 62 ans vivait au zoo de Perth, depuis un don de la Malaisie en 1968. Guenon at 62 years lived in Perth zoo, since given … Continue reading

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French ATC: on strike five times more than other EU ATC: Exagerated report?

Cinq fois plus de grèves des contrôleurs aériens en France que dans le reste de l’Europe : un rapport “exagéré” selon les syndicats Norbert Bolis, secrétaire général CGT de l’Union syndicale de l’aviation civile, a expliqué, lundi soir sur franceinfo, que … Continue reading

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Joan Baez refused entry to Paris night-club.

Joan Baez refusée à l’entrée d’une boîte parisienne : “On ne pratique aucune discrimination”, assure le directeur adjoint. “There was no discrimination” said the manager. La chanteuse américaine a été refoulée à l’entrée du Pachamama, une discothèque du quartier de Bastille, … Continue reading

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French 80 kms/hr speed limit signed into law.

Edouard Philippe a signé le décret officialisant la limitation à 80 km/h Le Premier ministre a signé vendredi le décret officialisant la réduction de la vitesse maximale autorisée sur certaines routes. La mesure entre en vigueur le 1er juillet. The prime minister … Continue reading

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Never abandon an animal.

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Floods in Paris and traffic jams due heavy down-pours.

Inondations en Ile-de-France : plusieurs grands axes coupés, déjà 250 km de bouchons. Suivez notre direct En région parisienne, la circulation est interrompue sur l’autoroute A13 et sur les nationales N6 et N4. Des voies sont complètement inondées. Une route inondée … Continue reading

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Mediterranean: Plastic found in abundance.

“Un piège de plastique” : la mer Méditerranée compte plus d’un million de fragments de plastique au km². “A plastic trap”: the Mediterranean sea accounts for more than 1 Million plastic pieces per km2. La pollution atteint des niveaux record … Continue reading

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Is there life on Mars? Organic molecules found.

Espace : la Nasa annonce avoir découvert des molécules organiques sur la planète Mars. Organic molecules discovered on planet Mars. “Bien qu’elles soient communément associées à la vie, les molécules organiques peuvent également être créées par des processus non biologiques”, … Continue reading

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Kevin’s murder: a miner and his girl-friend arrested.

Meurtre de Kévin à Mourmelon : un mineur et la petite amie de la victime mis en examen pour assassinat Kévin a été tué samedi 2 juin dans un parc de Mourmelon-le-Grand et son autopsie a permis de retrouver “de nombreuses … Continue reading

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Cannes festival: Model accuses prince of rape.

Cannes : un “prince” accusé de viol par une jeune mannequin pendant le festival Une mannequin italienne explique avoir été violée par un homme qu’elle décrit être un “prince”, le 9 mai, pendant le festival. La Croisette, à Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes), le … Continue reading

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