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Van Gogh spent his early adult life working for a firm of art dealers. After a brief spell as a teacher, he became a missionary worker in a very poor mining region. He did not embark upon a career as an artist until 1880. Initially, Van Gogh worked only with sombre colours, until he encountered Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism in Paris. He incorporated their brighter colours and style of painting into a uniquely recognizable style, which was fully developed during the time he spent at Arles, France. He produced more than 2,000 works, including around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches, during the last ten years of his life. Most of his best-known works were produced in the final two years of his life, during which time he cut off part of his left ear following a breakdown in his friendship with Paul Gauguin. After this he suffered recurrent bouts of mental illness, which led to his suicide. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
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He has had a 48-year career in music and is one of France's biggest stars. He has completed 400 tours, had 18 platinum albums, performed in front of 15 million people, and sold 100 million records. Today Hallyday is still seen as a top stage performer, giving first class shows in crowded stadiums.
Influenced by Elvis Presley and the 1950s rock revolution, Johnny, as he is popularly known, became famous in the 1960s for singing rock and roll in French. His first album, Hello Johnny, was released in 1960. He appeared on the American Ed Sullivan Show on July 1, 1962 with American singing star Connie Francis in a show that was taped at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris. Many consider Hallyday to have developed well and become a greater performer in his later years, one of his best loved concerts being 100% Johnny: Live à La Tour Eiffel in 2000, which attracted an audience of 500,000 and 9.5 million television viewers (the show was broadcasted live on french TV). In December 2005, Hallyday had his third number-one single in France, "Mon Plus Beau Noël", dedicated to his adoptive girl Jade. Hallyday's last album is released on 12 November 2007. 'Le Coeur d'un homme' is a blues album and contains a song written for Hallyday by Bono from the band U2, and a duo with bluesman Taj Mahal. 'Always' is the first track to be released from the new album. He remains quite unknown outside of France and that's why he gained the nickname "The biggest Rockstar you've never heard of" in English-speaking countries.
"Un Jour Viendra" lyrics
un jour viendra tu me dira je t'aime, du bout du coeur mais le dire quand meme, un simple mot et l'aveu d'une larme aux bords tes yeux feront de moi un homme heureux, un jour viendra tu saura toutes ces choses, qui ont fait ma vie bien plus noire que rose tu comprendra mes pudeurs et tous ces mots qui me font peurs, que j'ai caché come un voleur, toi, c'est le ciel qui t'a envoyévers moi pour me réapprendre à aimeret attends, et laisse faire les jours, laisse le temps au temps et a l'amour, un jour viendra tu me dira je t'aime et j'aimerai, un jour viendra tu me dira je t'aime, du bout des yeux mais le dire quand meme, dans le ciel de ton regard lire ton regard est ma victoire, un jour viendra tu m'aimera, toi, c'est la vie qui t'as envoyévers moi qui n'ai jamais fait que passer, a coté des choses essentiels. par defit pour bruler mes ailes, un jour viendra tu me dira je t'aime et j'aimerai, attend, laisse faire les jours, laisse le temps au temps et à l'amour, un jour viendra tu me dira je t'aime et je t'aimerai, je t'aimerai, je t'aimerai
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A new law that would require airbrushed images to contain a disclaimer is gaining popularity in the French
Parliamet, according to the Telegraph.
Politicians who support the law claim digitally enhanced images
portraying unrealistic beauty are to blame for body and self esteem issues in adolescents.
Campaigning MP Valerie Boyer released a statement with the bill saying:
These photos can lead people to believe in a reality that does not actually exist, and have a detrim
ental effect on adolescents. Many young people, particularly girls, do not know the difference between the virtual and reality, and can develop complexes from
a very young age.
Boyer is joined by 50 other French politicians who support the required text, which would read “Photograph re
touched to modify the physical appearance of a person.”
Violations could carry costly penalties. Boyer is asking for a fine of over $50,000
or up to half of the cost of the publicity campaign, whichever is greater, for advertisers that break the law.
The law has only been proposed in France, but magazines around the world are filled with ‘Photoshopped’ images of slim and sexy models.
Ars Technica asks:
Clearly, there’s a line somewhere between reality and fantasy when it comes to images in the me
dia, and the widespread practice of Photoshoppery has only helped to blur that line. Still, do airbrushed images really require an Surgeon-General-like warning?
Would a similar requirement on images in the U.S. help adolescents maintain a realistic body image? Or would the disclaimer serve only to irritate publishers and advertisers?