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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.

Scottish boy writes to his Dad in heaven.

En Ecosse, un enfant envoie une lettre au paradis à son père mort… et reçoit une réponse. And gets an answer. Un postier de la Royal Mail a adressé un courrier à ce garçon de 7 ans qui avait envoyé … Continue reading

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Mars; probe Insight lands safely.

Sonde InSight sur Mars : “C’est très émouvant, on obtient des photos d’un lieu jamais vu par l’homme”. “It’s very emotional, we’ll get photographs of the place never seen by mankind”. “Il va y avoir des vérifications pour savoir si … Continue reading

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Luxor. Egypt unveils recently discovered sarcophagus tomb.

L’Egypte dévoile un tombeau et des sarcophages à Louxor Ces découvertes ont été réalisées par des missions archéologiques égyptienne et française.   Egyptian and French archeologists direct these discoveries. Le ministre des des Antiquités, Khaled al-Anani, examine un sarcophage récemment découvert à Louxor … Continue reading

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Charles de Épée, father of sign language

Abbé Charles-Michel de l’Épée Founder of the first public school for the deaf Born 24 November 1712 Versailles, France Died 23 December 1789 (aged 77) Paris, France Alma mater Collège des Quatre Nations, University of Paris Charles-Michel de l’Épée was born to … Continue reading

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Realt na Mara, Bull Wall, Dublin Bay.

Double Take: The 70ft statue in Dublin Bay that took 22 years to complete The soaring statue is famed in Dollymount. Wed 4:46 PM 1,807 Views Image: Tobias Abel/Flickr IF EVER YOU’VE enjoyed an ice cream on a sunny day … Continue reading

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6 kgs of plastic found in whale’s stomach.

Un cachalot s’échoue après avoir ingurgité 6kg de plastique. A sperm whale was washed up having swallowed 6 kgs of plastic. Des gobelets, des sacs en plastique et même des tongs ont été retrouvés dans le ventre de l’animal qui s’est … Continue reading

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Ravel’s Boléro origin questioned.

Le Boléro de Ravel ou la cacophonie autour de ses droits d’auteur Les ayants-droits du compositeur ont saisi la justice pour demander le retour de l’œuvre dans le domaine privé. À la clef, beaucoup d’argent. Le Bolero de Ravel interprété … Continue reading

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Glycophosphate: The regions at the top of the usage list.

Le palmarès des départements champions de l’achat de glyphosate L’association Générations Futures remet mardi 20 novembre ses “GlyphAwards”, des prix pour les departements qui utilisent le plus ce type de pesticide. Franceinfo vous révèle le palmarès, alors que le glyphosate … Continue reading

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Welcome to my place: Le Freche in the Irish Times.

Welcome to my place . . . Le Frêche, Gascony, France Lunch is a big event five days a week and for €10-€12 everybody gets well fed in any restaurant Sun, Nov 4, 2018, 06:00 Bill Nelson Bill Nelson on … Continue reading

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Foreign students in France: Numbers to increase to 500,000 by 2027.

“Bienvenue en France” : Édouard Philippe veut accueillir plus d’étudiants étrangers en France d’ici 2027. “Welcomer to France”: Édouard Philippe wants to welcome more foreign students to France by 2027. Le Premier ministre veut accueillir en France 500 000 étudiants étrangers par … Continue reading

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