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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.

Caffeine origins: Scientist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge

8 February 2019 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge, the godfather of caffeine Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge’s contributions to chemistry are often overlooked By Sam Wong Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge, who is celebrated in today’s Google doodle, was the discoverer of caffeine and the first … Continue reading

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Newly discovered Tounah El-Gebel mummies unveiled in Minya.

EN IMAGES. Une quarantaine de momies de plus de 2 000 ans dévoilées en Egypte. More than 2,000 years old, 40 mummies unveiled in Egypt. Ces momies découvertes dans des catacombes du centre du pays ont été dévoilées, samedi, par le … Continue reading

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WWII 1940 Armistice tapes.

VIDEO. Après 70 ans de silence, des enregistrements secrets font revivre la signature de l’armistice de 1940 Dans le documentaire “1940, les secrets de l’armistice”, des enregistrements sonores inédits des négociations entre la France et l’Allemagne témoignent de l’inflexibilité des … Continue reading

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Snow and Ice hits France

Neige : sept départements du Sud-Est placés en vigilance orange jusqu’à dimanche. Seven departments in the South East placed on orange alert for snow. Il s’agit du Cantal, de l’Isère, de la Loire, de la Haute-Loire, de la Lozère, de … Continue reading

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Paris: Free public transport for children up to 11 years old.

Paris : les transports seront gratuits pour les enfants à partir du 1er septembre. Starting from 01/09/18 Le Pass Navigo des collégiens et lycéens parisiens sera par ailleurs remboursé à 50%. Un métro à quai à la station de métro Jaurès, … Continue reading

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Fahrelnissa Zeid: The queen of artistic kaleidoscope

Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid Fahrelnissa Zeid Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid Born Fahrünissa Şakir 7 January 1901 Büyükada island, İstanbul, Ottoman Empire Died 5 September 1991 (aged 90) Amman, Jordan Known for Painting, collage, sculpture Spouse(s) Izzet Melih Devrim Prince Zeid bin Hussein Fahrelnissa Zeid … Continue reading

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Chinese Moon landing success.

VIDEO. Ce que cherche la Chine en posant une sonde sur la face cachée de la Lune L’astrophysicien François Forget analyse pour franceinfo les enjeux de cet alunissage inédit. Benoît ZagdounFrance Télévisions Mis à jour le 03/01/2019 | 18:56 publié … Continue reading

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Rugby: Young player dies in France.

Rugby : Nicolas Chauvin, joueur du Stade français, est mort à 18 ans après son arrêt cardiaque lors d’un match dimanche. The 18 year old Stade Francais player died of a cardiac arrest during a match on Sunday. Le troisième … Continue reading

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Whale hunting: Japan to resume.

Le Japon va reprendre la pêche commerciale à la baleine En réalité, l’archipel n’a jamais complètement cessé cette pratique, au nom d’une chasse à but scientifique. Une baleine est transportée depuis un bateau en mai 2011 sur le port de … Continue reading

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Mars photographs

EN IMAGES. Cratère et spirales de glace, canyon long de 4 000 km… Sept photos à couper le souffle de la planète rouge capturées par la sonde Mars Express. Craters and glacial spirals, a 4,000 km canyon…Seven breath-taking photos of … Continue reading

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