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 !
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. 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
Today, we are Friday, February 13th 2013. It's winter, cold and rainy. I was leaving to go to work. I saw a blue car which was driving in a puddle, and of course, I was totally wet. Then, I heard a sharp noise and because I was surprised, my mobile phone slipped out of my hands in the sewer. It was time to go to work and obviously, I had to go home to change my clothes. Of course, I was late at work and I got fired by my manager. I walked the streets aimlessly for hours. When I looked at my watch, I saw that it was time to eat. I decided to go to the restaurant. When I asked for the bill, I realized that I had no more money. I looked around me and I ran away to escape the waitress. The police was near the restaurant. They saw that I was escaping, so, they chased me with a gun, they arrested me and took me to the police station. I spent the day there. I was released on bail. To forget that horrible day, I decided to go to a party. I drank too much, then I was kicked out of the nightclub. It was night, the streets were dark. I was forced to return home. The nightclub was on the other side of London. I have just arrived home.
all started on a Thursday night, when I came home from work. My
wife Emma was suspecting me for cheating on her and that’s why she
decided to read all my messages on my mobile phone while I was taking
a shower. Unfortunately for me she saw the conversation with Kate, my
mistress. After that, she decided to act like she didn’t know about
it, and followed me everywhere I went. One night, I told my wife
I had a business dinner, of course that was a lie, I was going to see
Kate at the restaurant. I guess Emma probably saw Kate’s blue car
on the parking spot because after ten minutes she came into the
restaurant and that expression on her face just gave me shivers. I
had never seen her that angry. I saw her pick something out of her
purse and when I realized it was a gun, I just stood there,
paralyzed. Then I heard a sharp noise in front of me, it was Kate who
was shrieking “Careful! She’s got a gun!” and right after that,
a customer jumped on Emma to grab her gun before she could even pull
the trigger. While everybody was trying to search for the gun that
had fallen on the ground, Emma stood up and tried to escape; she ran
out of the restaurant and unfortunately for her the bartender caught
her and brought her back while Kate was calling the police. When Emma
finally calmed down, I went to her to apologize (even though she’s
the one who tried to shoot me) and the only words she said were: “How
could you do this?”. I knew the time had come to tell her
that party in winter? When you decided to stay home because you were
sick? Well I met Kate there. We talked a lot and I didn’t want to
let her walk home alone in those dark streets. When we arrived she
gave me her phone number and we kept talking a lot for weeks and then
we decided to see each other in a bar in London during one of my
business trips. That’s how it all started. I know you might think
she’s just with me for the money but I don’t think so…” And
then the police arrived, a policeman (probably your colleague)
arrested Emma and you came to me to ask me what just happened.
My story begins with a really stange and incredible think . I remeber it was in winter, on 26 th February, it was snowing and the atmosphere was really cold because it was night .
I has just came back in my
flat in Pearl street , my wife was sitting in the living room and she
was waiting for me . She had never been so beautiful and serious
maybe too much and after a few minutes I started to wonder the reason for her behaviour , she hadn't spoken a single word since I was back . So
I decided to discover the truth .
" Darling what's up
, what happened to you ? Did you have a bad day or what ?
Please tell me , I don't
like your silence ."
" You know what happened better than
me ! Ian I'm not a fool , I can't recognize you these days , I know you don't love me anymore so please just spare me ."
want a divorce ! »
She yelled at me and was
almost crying . I felt really bad for her, I still loved her but a few
months ago, during a work party in London I met the most beautiful
woman I' de ever seen . Her name was Kate . I immediately had a
crush for her and we started to have a love affair .
I tried to confort my wife
but she wasn't paying attention to what I was saying .
I knew later , she had
discovered a message on my mobile phone from Kate but I couldn't
imagine what would happend !
A few months later , I was
working at the court and she hurriedly left the restaurant's kitchen ( where she worked)
and entered a child toy shop and got out with a plastic gun .
Unfortunately for me , two
days after , it was Kate Birthday and I invited her for a meal , of
course Emma knew my entire plan so she was there to take her
We were chatting happily
and peacefully , we were eating our delicious meal when ....
Everybody screamed in the
restaurant . The light wents off ; the atmosphere became really dark
and the sharp noise of the alarm rang out .
Someone put the light on
again and I saw Emma's angry face in front of me .
She was pointing a gun to my head .
I also felt fear into her
, I noticed her lips were trembling . And that's why I knew she wouldn't be able to kill me . I just got up and took the gun , I
discovered it was in plastic . Full of anger, she rushed at me and
began to hit my face . Kate who saw the whole scene and came to
defend me was badly injured and in a worse state than me .
Happily , the police was warned
of the circumstances and they put an end to the fight .
Emma ran to escape and
came out in the street but it was cold and in the grip of anger and
sadness , she fainted .
Policemen lifted her and
installed her on the blue car . From my side I followed the scene
from the restaurant windows and it was enough for the evening . I
gave money for the dinner and with Kate we decided to continue the
evening at her place.
Since this day I have never
seen Emma again I understand I have nothing more to do with her
because she was crazy and obsessive with jalousy and it could bring her up to a dangerous point !
Two months later I read in the newspapers that she had been judged , jailed for a few
weeks and released . But she to put up with the fact she was
responsible for brought my lost allone . It brings her in a deep despair and she became
crazy . Therefore she was brought to a mental hospital were she
killed herself .
In December 1938, Glenn, the owner of the United States Line, a ship company, comes back to New York City with his daughter Mary, aboard the SS Washington, after a trip to London. Mary is a nincompoop. She just wants to have fun, she loves boys but she's got a husband. She's also pretty and she likes partying. Every Saturday she goes to night clubs!
One night, in winter, they decided to listen to Benny Goodman and his band at the Carnegie Hall. It was fabulous, everybody was dancing and singing in the hall. It was Swing time.
Then, Mary and her father decided to go to the Cotton Club, to eat and dance the night away. After a while, she decided to go out and get some fresh air.
It was dark and cold outside. She heard a sharp noise... She turned round and saw a blue car at the end of the back street. The car lit its headlights up and laid into Mary. Then, a man in the car pulled out his gun and opened fire on her. The killer got out of his car and stole her money. A passerby heard that noise and ran into the restaurant to phone to the police.
But it was too late, Mary was dead and the killer disappeared in the darkness.
Murielle and I went to the cinema to see 2001: A Space Odyssey, a
1968 movie by Stanley Kubrick. We had both already seen it, but since
there was a Kubrick retrospective, we might as well see it on the big
First of all,
writing a review about this movie is tough, and it cannot be written
without being a personal opinion. 2001: A Space Odyssey is timeless
and it is more a cinematic experience than an actual movie.
The movie starts
with the dawn of man. A group of Australopithecus discovers a black
monolith, and afterwards they find out how to use a bone as a weapon:
the monolith gave them a hint of knowledge. Then there is a huge
ellipse of four million years, and we are in two thousand and one, in
space. On the moon, scientists found the monolith, which was buried
there on purpose for four million years: it means that it was here
since its disappearance from Earth. After that, another ellipse
happens: eighteen months later, we are on board of the Discovery One,
which destination is Jupiter, because another monolith was found
there. David Bowman and Franck Poole are the only humans in charge of
the spacecraft during the journey, the third member of the crew being
HAL 9000, an artificial intelligence that controls the systems of the
ship and interacts with the astronauts as a real human being.
learn that HAL is suspicious about the mission because they don’t
quite know what the aim is, and he makes a (deliberate or not?)
mistake, which induce Dave and Franck into thinking HAL may need to
be disconnected, to avoid that he makes other mistakes willingly. But
HAL learn their scheme and when Franck is out in space, he kills him
by throwing him away in space. Dave tries to rescue him, but when he
comes back to the spacecraft, HAL refuses to open the main door, so
he enters the ship by the emergency door, and ends up disconnecting
HAL. He then learns the aim of the mission: to get closer to the
monolith and find out more about its nature. But Dave gets sucked
into the monolith and discovers an unthinkable alternative reality,
that can’t be described: it is an experience which is beyond words
and can only be lived and not told.
This movie is very
impressive for its special effects, considering it was made in the
late sixties: for example, the lunar landing scene is very realistic.
Stanley Kubrick is faithful to the storyline of the book by Arthur C.
Clarke, and at the same time, 2001 gets to reveal how Kubrick was
visionary. On a science-fiction backdrop, he offers a reflection
about progress, about life, about death, about everything that is
beyond us and our understanding. He questions our ability to control
what we create: in the movie, the artificial intelligence overtakes
humans, and Kubrick lets us wonder if HAL has feelings, if he’s a
psycho, if he’s just fallible like human beings, if he’s sincere
when he says he’s scared… The end of the movie is open to every
interpretation, because there is no right explanation: Kubrick only
gives us hints, so we need to make our own opinion.
that dark and cold night, in the middle of winter, I accomplished my destiny.
It was the achievement of 35 years of hard work. I had been waiting for this
moment for so long! I took my umbrella, my bowler hat and ran outside my house.
I needed to share my triumph with Charlie, although he was a real moron. But he
was my closest friend, so I didn’t have much choice, because I didn’t want to
go alone. I took the blue Mini Morris and drove as fast as the old car could
go; but it was too fast indeed, because with one broken car light I didn’t see
the street light that was just in front of Charlie’s house. The sharp noise of
the car bumping into it surely woke up the whole neighborhood. At least I
didn’t have to ring the bell. Charlie appeared on the porch in his pajamas.
the hell was that?” He said, only half-awake.
opened the car window and waved at him.
Doctor Ernest, son!”
are you doing here in the middle of night?” He asked.
time for explanations, come with me! Hurry up kid!” I shouted.
god, you’re completely senile. The police shut down my birthday party because
it went a little bit out of control, remember? Anyway, I need a rest.”
had almost shut the door but I used the magic words:
finished the TARDIS.”
slammed the door behind him and ran to the car.
knew he couldn’t say no to such an announcement.
we arrived to my house, Charlie rushed into the basement, the place where I do
all of my secret experiments, which means everything that I’m not allowed to do
at work. It is said that I’m a failed scientist, but my latest achievement,
which we’re about to try, is something that has never been invented before, at
least not outside science-fiction stories. But nevertheless I’m only a physics
teacher in college so the lab we have there is not really sufficient to me. But
anyway, I got to Charlie in the basement. He was looking everywhere and
pointed at a classic red phone booth, hidden in the obscurity at the back of
must be joking” he said, and I could hear a slight disappointment in his voice.
did you expect, bonehead? It must be unnoticed whenever we travel!” I
be noticed if we go before the invention of the telephone, and even more if we
go outside London.”
birdbrain thought about something I didn’t figure out on my own… What an embarrassment.
we’ll park it somewhere hidden” I answered, quite irritated. “Case closed!”
still can’t believe it actually works…” he whispered. “The Time and Relative
Dimension in Space, as known as the TARDIS, the first time machine of History,
is highly functional and I’m looking at it right now.”
the thing. I haven’t tried it yet. I was hoping that if it instantaneously
bursts in flames I wouldn’t die alone”
you’re telling me it can literally explode. How nice of you to warn me before
we turn into ashes” Charlie said.
please stop complaining, you’re only twenty-two, you’re single and unemployed,
you have nothing to lose. Don’t you want to recreate History? All I thought
about while building this implausible time machine was how we could change
humanity by warning people about all the wars and disasters that ever happened.
And we will achieve this mission together”
why me, what have I done?”
need a companion. That’s much cooler” I explained simply.
for me, doc. When are we going?”
to 1900! I shall find my younger self and tell him about the next fifty years
he’s about to live in…”
both stepped in the phone booth, and inside I pointed at a watch and explained
can notice there are three dates and hours on this watch. The first one
indicates when you’re going, the second one, when you are, and the third, when you
nodded in agreement.
I guess we’re ready to go now. 1900, here we come!”
put the date on the monitor, and looked at Charlie who was very pale.
you sure you want to go with me?” I asked him.
didn’t give me much choice, did you?”
shrugged and pushed the big red “launch” button.
landing was pretty violent and when the phone booth hit the ground it caused a
huge shock. Charlie was highly overexcited.
my god we’re still alive! It’s wonderful, for once in your life you achieved
something, your stupid time machine thing works! Unicorns and rainbows
you on drugs? We got lucky, we had a 90% chance to die in the process…”
opened the door. London was covered in snow. Of course, like a dumb child, he
made a snowball and threw it at my face.
really is no hope left for you…” I said as I facepalmed.
hungry, are there any good French restaurant around here?”
haven’t brought enough money. However, I have a gun” I offered.
it Doc, I don’t think it’ll be necessary.”
looked around me and, surprisingly, I recognized the neighbourhood. In fact we
were not far from my old house. So we walked until we arrived in front of the
before you ring, Charlie, I have something to tell you, I said. The real reason
I needed you with me is that the young me cannot see me.”
is a 99% chance that our encounter creates a temporal paradox which may cause
the destruction of the universe, but the phenomenon can be less serious and
only concerns our galaxy.”
I do want to see the world explode!” Charlie said.
then I guess we’ll have to risk the annihilation of the universe.”
I rang the bell. A few seconds later, the door opened and I was face to face