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The Hard Rock Café is 40 years old. The first restaurant in the chain opened in London in 1971. Now there are more than 140 Hard Rocks in the world. Many people try to visit them all, and they buy a T-shirt as a souvenir.

Good American food, loud rock music, famous objects on the walls, and famous customers at the tables. You often have to queue to get in, but rock fans are happy to wait two hours or more to eat next to Mickeal Jackson’s jacket!

The Hard Rock Café in Orlando, Florida is the most successful restaurant in the world ; it serves more than 5,000 customers a day !

All the Hard Rocks are very busy, so the waitresses and waiters work very hard.

For Americans, it is a great place to eat and perhaps see a star or two. For other people, it is like visiting America for the price of a meal.

The owners of the Hard Rock Café want to do more than just feed the planet, they want to protect it. They write the menus on recycled paper, and they help campaigns for the protection of the environment. For example, they took tuna fish off the menu when environmentalists called for the tuna boycott.

Adapted from    October 2010

  1. Qu’avez-vous compris du texte ?
  2. Quelles sont les origines du restaurant?
  3. Que trouve-t-on à l’intérieur et que peut-on y faire?
  4. Quelles sont les mesures écologiques prises par la chaîne de restaurants?




Vocabulary: discarded: abandonnées / bound together with mud: lié avec de la boue / suited to: adapté à / bullet-proof: pare-balles

 Nigeria’s first house built from discarded plastic bottles is proving a tourist attraction in the village of Yelwa.

The bottles, packed with sand, are placed on their side, one on top of the other and bound together with mud.Twenty-five houses, which will be available to rent, are being built on this estate on land donated by a Greek businessman and environmentalist. Each house – with one bedroom, living room, bathroom, toilet and kitchen – uses an estimated 7,800 plastic bottles.This “bottle brick” technology started nine years ago in India, South and Central America.

Yahaya Ahmed of Nigeria’s Development Association for Renewable Energies, estimates that a bottle house will cost one third of what a similar house made of concrete and bricks would cost.”Compacted sand inside a bottle is nearly 20 times stronger than bricks,” he says. The bottle houses are also ideally suited to the hot Nigerian climate because the sand insulates them from the sun’s heat, helping to keep room temperatures low. And because of the compact sand, they are bullet-proof.The project is also hoping to help to remove children who do not go to school from their life on the streets.

  1. Quel est le thème de ce document?
  2. Comment sont faites ces maisons?
  3. Quels sont les avantages de ces maisons par rapport à une maison traditionnelle en briques?
  4. Expliquez les 2 derniers arguments en gras.




BERLIN — Better check your Facebook settings before posting a party invitation online.

A teenage girl in Germany who forgot to mark her birthday invitation as private on Facebook fled her own party when more than 1,500 guests showed up and around 100 police officers, some on horses, were needed to keep the crowd under control. Thessa had initially only wanted to ask some friends over to her home in Hamburg-Bramfeld when she posted her invitation on Facebook, but mistakenly she published it so that everyone on Facebook could see it. The invitation quickly went viral, and some 15,000 people confirmed online they would come to the party — without even knowing the girl, weekly paper Bild am Sonntag reported.

When Thessa’s parents found out, they made their daughter cancel the party, informed police and hired a private security service to protect their home on Friday night. Despite public announcements in Hamburg that the party had been cancelled, some 1,500 teenagers and young adults showed up on the street in front of Thessa’s home, police spokesman Mirko Streiber said.

“We had cordoned off the house, some 100 police were on the ground, four of them on horses — but that did not keep the kids from celebrating,” Streiber said. As for Thessa — she was nowhere to be seen. Police confirmed she “was not at home that night” and Bild reported that she celebrated quietly with her grandparents at an undisclosed location.


Published On Sun Jun 05 2011 KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press

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Flee/fled/fled : fuir     Keep from : empêcher     Undisclosed : non dévoilé


  1. Quel est le thème de ce document?

      2. Comment ont réagi les parents?

      3. La fête a –t-elle eu lieu?

      4. Qu’a indiqué la police à propos de Thessa?