comparaison, concession, contraste, opposition, focalisation
The Guardian p. 4 5 May 2007
The results follow a study
by the National Foundation for Educational Research,
which showed that,
whereas comprehensive schools improved their pupils'
expected performance between 14 and 16,
grammar schools "performed slightly worse" than expected.
lag behind in new school tables,
Although the idea that social deprivation might influence health
had been around for more than a century,
publication in 1980 of Inequalities in Health (the « Black Report »)
was a turning point.
Sir Douglas Black: Medical scientist
Although he has received scant news
of the outside world over the last three years,
Anvar knew that Muslims in Britain
were having problems in the aftermath of 11 September.
My brother, the Taliban fighter from Burnley, GE/I, Friday Review pullout, I, p. 7, 22-3-2002.
Although the new money still leaves the US
at the bottom of the league table generosity,
UN officials said it marked a major shift
after decades of declining budgets.
Bush offers aid incentive to the poor,
Appealing to Its Base,
ISIS Tempers Its Violence
in Muslim Countries
JULY 2, 2016
The New York Times
By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
The first to be killed was a jogger, gunned down last September
during his daily run in the leafy diplomatic quarter of Bangladesh’s capital,
Dhaka. He was identified as a 50-year-old Italian aid worker, and the police say
the men who murdered him had been given instructions to kill a white foreigner
Appealing to Its Base, ISIS Tempers Its Violence in Muslim
In the new movie Youth,
an elderly, retired composer-conductor is called upon
to conduct for the first time in years.
He's an Englishman named Fred Ballinger
— and the request is from Queen Elizabeth II.
It seems Ballinger's composition Simple Songs,
written when he was a much younger man,
is the only thing the Queen's husband, Prince Phillip, will listen to.
That premise necessarily makes a few demands of the film.
Someone had to play Ballinger convincingly, which Michael Caine does.
More importantly, though [ = but ],
someone had to compose a piece of music
that could plausibly account for Prince Phillip's fictitious fondness,
and for Ballinger's fictitious fame.
That job was handed to David Lang.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer spoke with NPR's Robert Siegel
about the curious task of writing music fit for royalty,
from the perspective of an artist well past his glory days.
Hear their conversation at the audio link, and read an edited version below.
In the years since I’d done this simple act in church,
I have prayed at home and in hospital waiting rooms.
I have prayed for my daughter to live, for the bad news to not be true,
for strength in the face of adversity.
I have prayed with more desperation than a person should feel.
I have prayed in vain.
This prayer, though [ = but ], was different.
It was a prayer from my girlhood,
a prayer for peace and comfort and guidance. It was a prayer of gratitude.
It was a prayer that needed to be done in church,
in a place where candles flicker and statues of saints look down from on high;
where sometimes, out of nowhere, the spiritually confused can still come inside
and kneel and feel their words might rise up and be heard.
A Prayer at Christmas, NYT, 24.12.2012,
The draughtsman uses an optical device constructed as a frame.
Recent publications by David Hockney have suggested that artists
after and during the Renaissance resorted
to all sorts of optical equipment
in order to improve the artificiality of their medium.
The notion of the frame as a filmic device,
and also as a drawing device,
is related very significantly to the notion of a frame-up.
Though [ = but ] we imagine the draughtsman rules the roost
and governs the action, he's in fact slowly,
scene by scene, being framed.
So the notion of the subject matter of the film
- to frame somebody, that is, to put them up
as a victim of a conspiracy of some description -
is also relative to the way the film itself is very self-consciously framed.
The form and the content should ideally be brought closely together.
Murder he drew:
Though [ = bien que, même si ] Mars has long intrigued humans,
especially those who dream of extraterrestrial life,
it has repeatedly humbled anyone rich and venturesome enough
to send metallic proxies across millions of miles of space
to try to learn its secrets.
The lander, though small [ = quoique ],
(about a yard wide when folded for travel through space),
is loaded with sensors, cameras, test chambers, a microscope, a rock grinder
and a sampling arm that in theory can dig down five feet into the Martian soil.
Three Spaceships Heading on Journeys to Mars, NYT/Le Monde, p. 6, 8/9.6.2003.
Première occurrence : début de l'article.
Mr Arafat warned the Palestinian "forces"
-fighters belonging mainly to his Fatah faction
and to the Islamist Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements-
not to give "pretexts" that would aid Mr Sharon's designs.
They heeded his counsel, partially.
Though [ = bien que, alors que ] they agreed
to end attacks on civilians in Israel
and firing on Jewish settlements from Palestinian-controlled areas,
they did not agree to end armed actions
in defence of Palestinians towns and villages still under occupation.
The beginning of the end of the Palestinian uprising?, E, p. 49, 29.9.2001.
All we see is the pain Szpilman feels
as he hides in an apartment where he must stay perfectly silent
- even though [ = alors que ] there is a piano in the room.
His desire, his need, to play is etched on Brody's face.
Later, though [ = quoique ] starving and emaciated,
he plays at last.
Visions of Hell, GE2/Review, p. IV, 10.1.2003.
She was a popular actress in both silent films and talkies,
though [ = même si ] she never attained the heights
of such stars as Mary Pickford or Clara Bow.
Unfortunately, though [ = but ],
the aura that draws all eyes to her,
as she clinks her teacup back
on to the saucer in a swanky hotel,
is absent from her music.
‘I worry about how these girls are sexualised at such a young
His own home is guarded by electronic gates.
An old house, it is decorated in a modern style
with wooden laminate floors
and iron-framed glass-topped dining table.
The back garden, though [ = but ], is the real gem.
Plumber gets his fingers burnt, GE, p. 16, 23-3-2002.
Victim of a male-created sex industry though [ = même si ] she was,
Lovelace co-operated in the imposture
of being a sexually liberated woman,
to a public willing, for the time, to be gullible.
Linda Lovelace obituary, T, p. 33, 24-4-2002.
Fine goal though [ = même si ] it was,
Ljunberg’s strike in the Cup final
was not stamped with his traditional hallmark.
Stamp of the Swede, T, Sport pullout, p. 1, 6-5-2002.
Though [ = même si ] her office was yesterday insisting
that Lady Thatcher was « desperate »
to fulfil her public commitments
– including promoting her new book, Statecraft –
and would consider whether she could attend signings
and literary festivals as planned,
aides said she would do « exactly what the doctor orders ».
The lady is not for talking : Ill health forces Thatcher out of
Though [ = alors que, même si ]
workers managed to restore some electricity lines yesterday,
during the half-hour time-out in Mr Arafat’s quarantine,
the lights died down four times.
Hungry, thirsty, but Arafat taunts Israel from remains of his
Both pretenders have claimed
the scalp of Rooster Booster this season,
albeit in muddling events
which did not bring out the best in the champion.
Falcon out to rule the roost in Kingwell, G, p. 22, 17.2.2004.
He lost by 314 to 33 votes – albeit with a telling 27 further abstentions.
Rebel MPs plot Blair challenge, GE, p. 1, 23-3-2002.
SNCF confirmed unequivocally to me as well
that this train did run, albeit slightly late.
On the trail of a French ghost train, O, Cash pullout, p. 9, 28-4-2002.
"I think he's [Blair] got to consider his position.
If I was in his position, I would certainly do it.
"Whilst I cannot turn back the clock,
I think there would have been a very different debate at that time
if we had known about the state of the intelligence.
I would not have voted for war
if I was confident that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.
"I don't think the prime minister's integrity should be called into question,
but Tony Blair has made mistakes and it is a serious matter
because it undermined the credibility of the government."
loyal, the let-down, the critical and the regretful:
At least 10 people in Viet Nam have been arrested
and some sentenced to long prison terms for using the Internet
whilst criticising the government or sharing information
with overseas Vietnamese groups.
Help free Le Chi Quang, imprisoned for internet use,
The stock market. Whilst it has tended to offer better returns
over the long term than traditional savings acccounts,
we all know markets can fall as well as rise.
Play FTSE and keep your socks on, NS&I ad, TI, p. 7, 7-3-2002.
As a member of the Territorial Army Medical Services
you’ll get the opportunity to learn new skills
at the Centre For Defence Medicine
whilst enjoying some high-energy activities.
While not exactly one-hit wonders,
Cutting Crew never recaptured
the heights of this first success
and split up after three studio albums.
Guitarist with Cutting Crew,
Lauching our celebration of 40 years of Bond,
Shawn Levy reveals 007’s slickest trick of all :
changing with the times
while [ tout en ] remaining exactly the same.
the number of vehicles on our roads has grown by 15 per cent
while the population has risen by just three per cent.
rules the day,
While there has been a significant increase
in the casting of black actors,
backstage and office areas of theatres
remain almost wholly white.
drama racist ?,
Last night, the Home Office said that
while some powers introduced
under anti-terror and other laws infringed privacy,
safeguards were in place to ensure
the correct balance between civil liberties and security.
out for criticism over protection of privacy,