Welcome to our blog !

We are seven students and our teacher from Lycée Adrien Zeller in Bouxwiller. We are seniors (last year in high school) in literary section, specialised in literature and languages and we chose LVA (Langue Vivante Approfondie), an advanced English course, in order to perfect/improve our speaking skills in English.

On this blog, we’re going to share with you our passions, talk about what makes us vibrate, and also what we do at school in that class so come and visit us as often as you can !

Hope you’ll like it, enjoy !

What's news ?

Hello guys ! This message shows you what's new on the blog, for example what we shared, wrote, new videos, presentations...
So what's up this week ?
. The 50 years of the series Dr. Who by Murielle and Thibault
. A video about : Tips about how save yourself from the worst roommates. ( Murielle, Kevin and me, Thibault )
. A presentation of the TV series : The Twilight Zone

mardi 4 décembre 2012

Doctor Who - 50 years of time and space

 "He's like fire and ice and rage. He's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And... he's wonderful."

The very first episode of Doctor Who aired on the BBC on November 23rd, 1963, and it is still broadcasted nowadays.
In a few words, the storyline is about a man who calls himself the Doctor, and travels in time and space with his spaceship, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) which on the outside, looks like a police box, but it's bigger on the inside. 
At the beginning of every episode, the Doctor, often accompanied by a companion, lands where there's a problem. 
But actually, the Doctor is an alien, he's a Time Lord from a planet called Gallifrey, and he has the power to regenerate whenever he's wounded, and his body then entirely changes. As a result from that, during the 49 years of the show there have been 11 different actors who played the Doctor. 
The TV show stopped in 1989 because the audience ratings were bad, and later the BBC made a movie out of it, in 1996, but in 2005, the Doctor comes back. A new director, Russel T. Davies, brings back the show and uses stuff from the old seasons, like some recurrent enemies.

The Daleks are the nemesis of the Doctor. The Doctor met them during the first season of the show in 1963 on their planet « Skaro ». The Dalek is a strange IA who's only aim is to exterminate all the species who aren't Dalek. But under the armor, a Dalek is an akward creature with tentacles who manages the robotic body ; the creature doesn't have any feelings like fear, mercy or love. They are born to kill, they are the most tremendous species of the univers, they are invincible and they can fly. 
A Dalek has two weapons on his body, a suction cup and a whisk ( I know this is ridiculous but they are very powerful trust me ) ; with their whisk Daleks can fire a laser which can destroy everything. And with their suction cup they can suck up your brain and take all your mental capacity. The creator of this horrible machine is Davros, a half-man and half-machine creature but we don't know more about him...
When the Doctor first meets the Daleks in 1963 they have this appearance:
10 years later in 1973 the look of the Daleks changed for this:
In 2005 when the Doctor meets the Daleks again and after the Time War they appear with this form:
The turret of the Dalek change a little bit and the color.
Nowadays, Daleks are like this:
The aspect of the Daleks changes, the eye on his turret is different and they are bigger than the previous version of the Daleks, but this is the come back of the multicolor Daleks !

All the evolution

They always want the TARDIS and to catch the Doctor....

The many faces of the Doctor:

 This is the very first Doctor, played by William Hartnell from 1963 to 1966. He is the older embodiment of the Doctor; he's a grumpy, irritable old man and he's very leery. William Hartnell used to say about him that he was "a wizard, and a cross between the Wizard of Oz and Father Christmas".

This is the second form of the Doctor ( the actor is Patrick Troughton ). This Doctor introduces humour in the show with a lot of funny situations. This Doctor is more friendly than his predecessor with his companion Jamie. Patrick Troughton play the role of the Doctor from 1966 to 1969. When he regenerated, Time Lords gave him the choice of his new appearance but he couldn't make the choice because he was undecided so Time Lords chose for him.

The third Doctor is played by Jon Pertwee, from 1970 to 1974. He's more authoritarian and more sober, temperate, because he was exiled on Earth and stuck there as a punishment from the Time Lords, and his TARDIS is useless, but later he happens to save Gallifrey from an uncertain future and he’s allowed to travel again.

The favourite appearance of the Doctor in the classic series ! The 4th embodiment of the Doctor.The actor is Tom Baker, he plays the Doctor for the longest time in the history of the show ( 8 years since 1974 to 1981 ). This Doctor is more eccentric and crazy than the previous, very funny, and he never strips off his scarf ! He influences the next actors who plays the Doctor, and he had to regenerate because he fell from a radio telescope during a fight against his worst enemy: the Master. 

This is the next appearance ( the 5th ) of the Doctor, the actor is Peter Davison and he is the youngest actor who played the role of the Doctor ( 29 years ). This Doctor is more diplomatic and he prefers to resolve problems with speech, he was very peaceful. One of his companion died during a trip and he was deeply touched. He regenerated because he was poisoned on another planet. 

 The 6th Doctor was played by Colin Baker from 1984 to 1986. He was egocentric, self-centered, unlike the usual character of the Doctor, and very self-confident. His colourful outfit is in contrast with this side of him.

The 7th form of the Doctor. The actor is Sylvester McCoy. This Doctor is more mysterious and smarter, he looks like a detective. And this is the first time in the show where the bad sides of the life of the Doctor is mentioned. He never strips off his precious umbrella. McCoy plays the role from 1987 to 1989. 

 Paul McGann plays the 8th Doctor in the 1996 movie, after the show stopped, and it's the only appearance of this Doctor. He's quite of a combination of all the previous Doctors, often enthusiastic but sometimes darker.

The Doctor comes back 9 years later, and his ninth embodiment is Christopher Eccleston, who played the part in 2005. He's more dynamic, modern and less eccentric: he wears a leather coat and his hair are short. He helped kick-start the show into the 21st century.

Our favourite Doctor, the 10th, David Tennant ! This Doctor remind us of the 4th Doctor because he's very funny and cheerful and expressive. But he keeps a part of bad sides in his life like the 7th Doctor. He is very eccentric and his catchphrase is "Allons y!". It's funny to see a french expression in a british show. He wants to find a man whose name is Allonso in order to say "Allons-y Allonso !". David Tennant plays the Doctor during five years, from 2005 to 2010. 

 And currently, the Doctor is played by Matt Smith. The 11th Doctor is often eccentric and childish, but in fact he's older than ever and because of all the adventures he had in the past, all the enemies he fought and, often but not always, defeated, he has became the most feared creature in all the cosmos. He also has an obsession with hats and bowties, just like the 2nd Doctor.

As far as I'm concerned, Doctor Who is the best TV show that ever existed. It changed the way I see the world and the whole wide universe, and the Doctor taught me so many lessons about life and death, but there is one I will always remember : we may be infinitely tiny to the universe, but it doesn't prevent us from being great at our own scale. -Murielle

I think Dr.Who is my favourite TV show, I've never been so passionate about any TV show before. I like the universe and the style of the Doctor, the enemies ( especially the Daleks ), his spaceship ( just wonderful ). The show as Murielle said made me think differently about life and universe, and I have learned that we can make everything but we never know how the future will be but the future is always the result of what we do now. -Thibault

Murielle & Thibault, space travellers

lundi 3 décembre 2012

Finding the perfect roommate - tips

In class we worked on the topic of roommates, more particularly on how to find the perfect one so that your home sweet home doesn't turn into hell!
Then I asked you to create your own video giving tips on how to find the perfect flatmate - or rather cross out the crazy ones!
Thibault, Murielle and Kevin, you did a really good job on that one!!

mardi 27 novembre 2012

The Twilight Zone

 You're traveling through another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead... Your next stop :

Hello everybody today I'm going to present one of my favourites TV series ! The Twilight Zone is a very old broadcast, it began in 1959 in the USA on CBS. The show was created by Rod Serling, during an interview Serling said to the journalist "I want to impress the audience". The show tells different stories about supernatural phenomenons or fantastic events ( ex : space invaders, another world, a watch which can stop time...).
Here is Rod Serling  

The opening of the show is very strange, the music is scary and a narrator say you're going to enter another dimension. 
This is the opening of the show in 1962:
After the opening the narrator introduces the setting of the scene and the main character ( the narrator is Rod Serling the creator of the show, during the 1st season he just comments as a voice-over but after for the 2nd season he decided to appear on screen) and gives a lot of information : age, name, job... and says he's going to enter the Twilight Zone very soon.
An episode lasts about 20 or 25 min and in the end there's always a punch line to justify the impossible events and why you entered in the Twilight Zone. The show aired between 1959 and 1964 with 5 seasons and 156 episodes. The "special effects" of the show are not perfect ( of course at the time they couldn't do better ) and sometimes I see a lot of very funny scenes which make me laugh because the special effects were ridiculous but it's funny. You can see a lot of stereotypes about aliens or flying saucer for example: the alien with 3 hands, the flying saucer which makes a "bip bip bip boop boop" sound when it flies etc...
In 1964, CBS decided to stop the show because the audience ratings were bad and Rod Serling had a lot of financial problems so he decided to stop the show.

21 years later in 1985, the Twilight Zone came back on TV screens, now in colors and it took the bases of the 60s version. The show aired between 1985 and 1989, still called the "Twilight Zone" or sometimes "The New Twilight Zone". The broadcast made a last come-back on TV in 2002 with just one season and finally stopped in 2003. The versions of the 80s and 2000s are not very interesting first because unfortunately Rod Serling died in 1975 so it is another director and the storyline of the episodes are boring and repetitives.

The Twilight Zone was a pioneer of Sci Fi TV series, the broadcast leaved its mark on minds and a lot of nowadays shows make references to the Twilight Zone like in "The Simpson" when Bart buy a stopwatch which can stop time or in Doctor Who when the Doctor goes in New York in the 1930s when people with a pig face attack. Altogether the Twilight Zone counts 256 episodes between 1964 and 2003.

I hope you enjoyed my presentation and now I'm going to introduce delightful people you can meet in the Twilight Zone...

this guy makes me laugh
piggy face so cute !
what are you
hum.. hello ? 

inside a spaceship. "bip bip boop boop" 
oh my God ! Two giant plates on my roof ! 


lundi 19 novembre 2012

Class project: the world in the next 18 years

In class, we studied the video "18 years in rap 1994-2012" from the website http://flocabulary.com/

 First, I asked you to choose a hero from the past and you had to create a slideshow to present him/her to the class.

Then, in groups, you had to make a video with the following instructions:

It's 2030, what happened in the word in the last 18 years?
You'll be around 36. Pretend that you are writing "The Last 18 years" in 2030. 

Think about it: which events might have happened? Did humans walk on Mars? Did we find peace in the world? Who is the American president? The French president? Some inventions?...

...and is here your work, good job!!! 

vendredi 16 novembre 2012

Skyfall Report

Hello everybody , today a special article about the new  James Bond !

Bond's loyalty to M ( his owner ) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 ( the place where James receive his assigment orders) comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost . It the begin of a great adventure through the world in places like London , Istabul, Shangai,  Glen Coe in Scotland , Macao and Gunkanjima in Japan .  

Fichier:Skyfall's cast and crew arrive on location in Istanbul (1).jpg
The Skyfall' s cast in Istambul

 From left to right: Sam Mendes the moovie director, Naomie Harris an actriss, Daniel Craig , the James Bond, Berenice Marlohe a french actriss, Ola Rapace a swedish actor , Barbara Brocoli and Michael G Wilson, productors. 
 Skyfall : photo Daniel Craig, Naomie HarrisSkyfall : photo Bérénice Marlohe
   There is also two women in the story otherwise it couldn't be James Bond :)

If you don't watched the film yet , please go fast it will be pleasant for both young and old, women and men. 
You will be surprise with the expolsions and the new story with unexpected developments and will keep you on the edge of your seat !

 Skyfall : photo Daniel Craig

Article by Anna Girard


jeudi 8 novembre 2012

The song of the week

Today I want to share this song with you. Damien Saez is a french singer but he also sings english songs. I love this song because of the lyrics, and the meaning of the song is in the title. Enjoy :)