Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Modern Myth

Romanian hordes
To look at most newspapers towards the end of 2013, you would have thought that Britain was living out its last days of civilisation. On 1 January, when immigration rules finally allowed Romanians and Bulgarians to live and work in the UK like other EU citizens, we were assured by the Mail and others that a "new wave of migrants" would swamp the country's labour market and public services. Yet the first plane to arrive from Romania on 1 January contained only a handful of people coming to the UK for the first time. One of them, Victor Spirescu, was mobbed at Luton airport by journalists and MPs, who soon discovered that he had a job lined up and had never even heard of the NHS.

In May, it was announced that the number of Bulgarians and Romanians who arrived in the first three months of the year had actually fallen by 4,000 since the last quarter of 2013. No vampire attacks have so far been reported either.

From "Black-eyed ghosts and giant mutant rats: the scare stories that nearly destroyed Britain in 2014" by Leo Benedictus, The Guardian, December 30, 2014 http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/dec/30/black-eyed-ghosts-killer-cats-terrifying-nearly-brought-britain-to-knees

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Viking Gainsborough: Former capital promotes Sweyn Forkbeard links

A town that was briefly capital of England is looking to make more of its links with a Viking king who ruled for just 40 days.
From the BBC

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The British Council is celebrating its 80th anniversary

Originally called the 'British Committee for Relations with Other Countries', the British Council was founded in 1934. Our first overseas offices opened in 1938.

To mark 80 years of cultural relations, we have taken the opportunity to look back and consider significant changes that have taken place during the period of our organisation's existence.

We asked a panel of 25 eminent scientists, technologists, academics, artists, writers, broadcasters and world leaders to choose their most significant moments of the past 80 years. We then asked 10,000 people around the world to vote to rank the final list.

The result? A list of 80 thought-provoking moments that provide a snapshot of trends, people and innovations that have shaped the world we live in today.

Discover the full list and join us in the debate: http://t.co/64GvTGvr0c

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Myths & Heroes: Interesting links

For the terminales, several links to online resources that are worth consulting to gather more ideas on the notion of Myths & Heroes

Arthurian Legend
A PBS TV Documentary series presented here: http://www.pbs.org/mythsandheroes/
Jason & the Golden Fleece
Shangri La
Arthur: the once and future king
The Queen of Sheba

An article from the Washington Post about the same program

History of the Brittons, an audio-book

Thomas Malory "Le Morte Darthur" from the British Library

Geoffrey of Monmouth's Arthurian Passages from The History of the Kings of Britain, University of Rochester, New-York

Marion Zimmer Bradley's obituary in the New York Times, 1999

Real Heroes: New York City 9/11 attacks and its heroes, other real heroes of today

More about Ben Turnbull

The 9/11 Memorial, NYC

Ebola fighters, Time Magazine person of the year 2014 cover & article

An article from the European Commission

The Civil Rights Movement
So many people, dates, organizations, events that it would be impossible to make a pick.

Time Magazine gives a thorough analysis of post-Ferguson killing of Michael Brown.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UNiTE Campaign: 16 Days to Orange Your World 2013

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was yesterday, but it should be everyday that women are given attention.

Forty years after Simone Veil's defense of the legal text to depenalize abortion in front of the French National Assembly, it is another occasion to remember all these women throughout the world, and to support gender equality, and recognize the rights for women to deal with their body as they want.

British actress and UN Ambassadress Emma Watson gave a speech last September in front of the UN assembly in that sense.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

25th Anniversary of the Universal Children's Day

A displaced Syrian child in a makeshift camp for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon -- Getty

A very interesting article from the International Business Time here about facts, history and aims of the United Nations Day.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke
English poet Rupert Chawner Brooke was born on August 3, 1887. The son of the Rugby School’s housemaster, Brooke excelled in both academics and athletics. He entered his father’s school at the age of fourteen. A lover of verse since the age of nine, he won the school poetry prize in 1905.

A year later, he attended King’s College, Cambridge, where he was known for his striking good looks, charm, and intellect. While at Cambridge, he developed an interest in acting and was president of the University Fabian Society. Brooke published his first poems in 1909; his first book, Poems, appeared in 1911. While working on his dissertation on John Webster and Elizabethan dramatists, he lived in the house that he made famous by his poem “The Old Vicarage, Grantchester.”

Popular in both literary and political circles, he befriended Winston Churchill, Henry James, and members of the Bloomsbury Group, including Virginia Woolf. Although he was popular, Brooke had a troubled love life. Between 1908 and 1912 he fell in love with three women: Noel Olivier, youngest daughter of the governor of Jamaica; Ka Cox, who preceded him as president of the Fabian Society; and Cathleen Nesbitt, a British actress. None of the relationships were long lasting. In 1912, after his third romance failed, Brooke left England to travel in France and Germany for several months.

Upon his return to England, Brooke received a fellowship at King’s College and spent time in both Cambridge and London. In 1912 he compiled an anthology entitled Georgian Poetry, 1911-12, with Edward Marsh. The Georgian poets wrote in an anti-Victorian style, using rustic themes and subjects such as friendship and love. While critics viewed Brooke’s poetry as too sentimental and lacking depth, they also considered his work a reflection of the mood in England during the years leading up to World War I.

After experiencing a mental breakdown in 1913, Brooke traveled again, spending several months in America, Canada, and the South Seas. During his trip, he wrote essays about his impressions for the Westminster Gazette, which were collected in Letters From America (1916). While in the South Seas, he wrote some of his best poems, including “Tiare Tahiti” and “The Great Lover.”

He returned to England at the outbreak of World War I and enlisted in the Royal Naval Division. His most famous work, the sonnet sequence 1914 and Other Poems, appeared in 1915. On April 23, 1915, after taking part in the Antwerp Expedition, he died of blood poisoning from a mosquito bite while en route to Gallipoli with the Navy. He was buried on the island of Skyros in the Aegean Sea.

Following his death, Brooke, who was already famous, became a symbol in England of the tragic loss of talented youth during the war.

Selected Bibliography


Poems (1911)
Georgian Poetry, 1911-1912 (1912)
1914, and Other Poems (1915)
The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke (1915)
The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke (1918)
The Poetical Works of Rupert Brooke (1946)


Lithuania: A Drama in One Act (1915)
John Webster and the Elizabethan Drama (1916)
Letters From America (1916)
Democracy and the Arts (1946)
The Prose of Rupert Brooke (1956)
The Letters of Rupert Brooke (1968)
Rupert Brooke: A Reappraisal and Selection From His Writings, Some Hitherto Unpublished (1971)
Letters From Rupert Brooke to His Publisher, 1911-1914 (1975)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Autum Equinox

From Iamanowl's website
This date on the calendar is probably one of the most important in the western traditions. The Greek celebrated the descent of Persephone to the underworld, of which she was the goddess and the queen, as the wife of Hades.

In the pagan world, mostly the Celtic world, Mabon is the time of the second harvest which is celebrated at the turn of the end of the summer beginning of autumn. Mabon is usually known as the son, or the great son, a Welsh deity who was saved by King Arthur -- according to some legends -- after he was abducted by Modron (the great mother) a reminiscence of Demeter (Persephone's mother) only a few days (or nights) old. That's why he is said to be a masculine counterpart of Persephone.

The first harvest being Lammas (wheat harvest) and the third Samhain better known as Hallowe'en

Later, the Christian tradition set Michaelmas on September 29, Saint Michael being the archangel who defeated Satan and continues to fight against evil. This celebration is now gone but still coincides with the Autumn term of prestigious universities in the United Kingdom.

In the USA, it is on October 1 that the US Supreme Court convene of their new term too. In Wales and England, it is one of the four legal terms too.

To go further with the National Geographic

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A new school year has just started....

... and this is going to rock, I'm sure of that.

Many new projects: starting again the etwinning partnership with the 2ndes, carrying the work started last year with the STS CIM2 and discovering the new STS CIM1, there again, a follow up with my workmate Mr. Sacquet and the T STI2D2-SIN, and new classes TL1-2 and the group of students preparing for the entrance exam at Science Po Lyon.

Plus, the art and society magazine we will produce with other colleagues, Mrs Pascoli, Mr Delorme, Mr Papet, Mrs Arnoult and of course our students from TL1-2.

A lot of energy will be needed, but that's worth it. So...

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Projet de partenariat stratégique Erasmus + au lycée Charles Poncet :

Projet de partenariat stratégique Erasmus + au lycée Charles Poncet :

Au cours de l'année scolaire 2013-2014, les élèves de la classe de seconde 11 du lycée Charles Poncet travaillent conjointement avec des élèves de Finlande, Slovaquie, Allemagne, Grèce, Turquie et Italie dans le cadre d'un partenariat etwinning (le jumelage électronique) au cours duquel ils ont présenté les différents pays européens, leur rapport à la montagne et à la forêt.

Le thème commun de ce projet est la forêt, l'industrie forestière et l'habitat écologique.

Ce partenariat a pour objectif de sensibiliser les jeunes au travail en équipe, à l'écocitoyenneté, à l'importance du développement durable, de la solidarité entre les différents pays européens et à leur euro-citoyenneté.

Tout au long de cette année scolaire, les élèves ont effectué différentes activités, entre autres :
Présenter en deux langues au moins un pays de l'Union européenne.
Présenter le rapport de ce pays à son environnement, notamment la montagne et la forêt.
Réfléchir à l'impact d'un tel environnement dans la vie de tous les jours.
Ecrire sur l'importance de la forêt dans la culture et l'histoire européennes.
Découvrir les différents secteurs d'activités professionnelles liés au bois, à la forêt et à l'habitat écologique.

L'idée est maintenant de proposer aux élèves de poursuivre ce travail l'année prochaine, non plus dans le cadre d’échanges virtuels uniquement mais avec des rencontres physiques entre les différents partenaires.

Erasmus + (dispositif qui regroupe maintenant tout ce qui était connu sous les noms de Comenius, Grundtvig, Leonardo et Erasmus) offre une subvention aux établissements qui souhaitent s'investir dans un partenariat stratégique permettant un travail et des échanges entre les acteurs de différents établissements européens.

Nous sommes en mesure de monter une équipe de quatre ou cinq personnes au lycée Charles Poncet, tous services confondus (pédagogique, éducatif, administratif, technique) ainsi que de faire appel aux compétences et aux connaissances des parents d'élèves et de trouver également des partenaires locaux potentiellement intéressés par ce projet de partenariat.

Un partenariat comme celui-ci permettrait à nos élèves de bénéficier d'une formation pratique incluant plusieurs langues vivantes (y compris le français), différentes disciplines et  leur assurant le développement de compétences transversales et civiques.

Ce projet s'inscrit dans le contrat d'objectif du lycée qui vise l'ouverture à l'international et culturelle. Il est important que ce partenariat implique un nombre suffisant de personnels du lycée pour que sa pérennité ne soit pas remis en cause et que son poids au sein de l'établissement soit suffisamment important pour en faire un atout dans la formation de nos jeunes et pour l'image de l'établissement.

Ce qu'il reste à faire : mettre en place un espace et un temps de travail dès la rentrée prochaine selon les possibilités horaires des classes concernées – à savoir les futures classes de secondes et de premières. Laisser  la priorité aux élèves de la classe de seconde 11 qui se sont en grande partie investis dans le partenariat etwinning cette année. Terminer la rédaction du dossier qui est entamée. Des chargées de mission de la DAREIC se proposent même de passer au lycée pour un temps d'information et de formation. Nous n'attendons plus que des personnes volontaires et disponibles pour mener à bien ce projet.

Friday, January 24, 2014


More posts soon, but January has always been difficult. First I need to catch on the lessons that have not been updated for a while now, then I can publish more general posts. Thanks for bearing with me.