Wednesday, April 30, 2014

BBC News - The return of the dimpled pint glass

BBC News - The return of the dimpled pint glass

L'utilisation de la voix dans la musique populaire il y a un siècle: Avez-vous cinq minutes pour aider?

j'étudie l'utilisation de la voix dans la musique populaire britannique d'il y a un siècle. Si vous avez cinq minutes pour aider, suivez le lien ci-dessus, écoutez les courts extraits de chanson, et donnez en français ou en anglais votre impression sur la voix utilisée par le chanteur. C'est l'impression d'un public ordinaire qui m'intéresse: pas besoin de formation musicale ou technique quelconque.

Merci beaucoup :

Le lien est ici


Monday, April 28, 2014

The first world war pop song as an object of cultural history | John Mullen - Academia.edu

You can find here the talk I gave at the University of Stockholm about my research in cultural history:

The first world war pop song as an object of cultural history | John Mullen - Academia.edu

L1 Panorama

Il reste trois cours dans le cycle "Britain since the Romans" de panorama L1 de la civilisation britannique.
Deux cour sont lieu cet après midi de 15h à 17h.
Le dernier cours a lieu le jeudi 15 mai à l'horaire habituel.

l'examen aura lieu la semaine suivante.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Art of Henry Moore - YouTube

Next week I will be speaking about the history of British Art. Here is a documentary on one of the most famous of 20th century British Artists, Henry Moore

The Art of Henry Moore - YouTube

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

L3 Britain since 1945; podcast lecture on Tony Blair and Blairism

Here you can find, in MP3 format, my lecture of a few weeks' back on Tony Blair and New Labour.
It is quite a big file.

Click here and choose "save target as".

Keywords: British history, civilisation britannique, Tony Blair, blairisme, podcast, university lecture, Labour party, parti travailliste

Service commun de documentation - La bibliothèque de l’Institut des mondes anglophone, germanique et roman (IMAGER)

Service commun de documentation - La bibliothèque de l’Institut des mondes anglophone, germanique et roman (IMAGER)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

L3 Britain since 1945: Cameron and the coalition

This lecture, in the series "Britain since 1945" deals with British politics and society under David Cameron.

It is an Mp3 file. Click here, with a right click, and choose "save link target as".

Keywords: lecture, Britsh civilization, British history, British politics, civilisation britannique

Friday, April 18, 2014

Date de l'examen L1 Panorama

L'examen L1 panorama n'aura pas lieu le 15 mai (sauf pour les Hypokhâgnes), mais la semaine suivante.

Video: David Cameron and the Big Society


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

L2 thème

Jeudi 17 nous continuerons le texte "chroniques martiennes" à partir du quatrième paragraphe. Préparez!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

L2 thème: changement!

15 avril : cours normal
17 avril: cours normal

15 mai : final test.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

DST L3 British Civilization

I am working through your commentaries: here are some favourite mistakes:

1) In this document, Labour suggests several specific policies

- renationalization
- reversing Thatcher's laws about trade unions
- building social housing
- reforming the House of Lords
- moves towards nuclear disarmament

(To name only five of them)

Almost no student has said anything about *the future* of these policies. Certainly it is true that these suggestions were not able to persuade the electorate to vote in a Labour government in 1983. But which of these policies were instituted by Tony Blair in 1997?

2) The danger of partisan language
The aim is to explain the objective, the methods and the effect of the document. It is not to denounce Margaret Thatcher, or to denounce the Labour party ( you may denounce anyone you wish in your leisure time!)

So you must not write "in this document, the Labour party points out the failures of Margaret Thatcher's government" (denouncing Thatcher).
Similarly, you must not write "the document is Utopian and could not be put into practice" ( denouncing Labour).

More comments tomorrow.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Thème L2

Before the test revise your grammar! Dozens of students didńt manage to form a correct question beginning "why". Many did not know if "enough" should be before or after an adjective. First re read you manual from the lycée, and then read your Grammaire Explicative!

Suggested translation

Why aren't electric vehicles catching on?

Diesel fuel gives off much of the fine particle pollution. So why is it still massively dominant when we move around? What is happening with electric alternatives?

The statistics are stark: diesel is still massively dominant in our transport of people. According to one study, carried out in July 2012 by Airparif, the organization which monitors air quality in the Paris region, it is responsible for 89% of the fine particle pollution measured on the Boulevard Haussmann, in the heart of Paris.
Why, then, has the electric revolution not happened in the transporting of people? The Nouvel Observateur looks at the present situation.

Electric buses: just two minibuses

The Paris region's fleet of buses currently counts 9 000 vehicles. Among them, one can find two electric minibuses, called "traverses". A tiny number. Why is this?

The main hurdle is the battery. We don't yet know how to run a twelve ton vehicle using electricity. The only option would be to recharge it at every bus stop, which is completely impracticable.

Green taxis: hybrids are the best we can manage.

If batteries remain a problem for designers of electric buses, this difficulty has been solved
for electric cars. So what are the taxis waiting for? Of the three thousand vehicles in the Taxis bleus fleet, only 500 are green. Electric cars are not felt to be powerful enough.

Electric scooters: so near and yet so far

The Paris town council's offer to refund a third of the purchase price of a new electric scooter, up to a limit of 400 euros for each buyer, seems to have been in vain: sales of such scooters have not taken off. There are two reasons for this: prices remain high, and the scooters are not well known and don't seem attractive. The Paris mayor's Head of Transport and Public Spaces is nevertheless hoping that prejudices will fade when the new scoot'lib scheme of take-and-replace self-service scooter hire comes into operation. The scheme is already in place in San Francisco and in Barcelona, and could come to Paris as early as 2015

Le Nouvel Observateur

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

L2 Thème


Nouvelle information le 10 avril!

Note that there are only three classes left (see below).

On Tuesday the 15th, an ordinary class.

On Thursday 17th April an ordinary class

On 15th May the final test.

 This test will be similar in form to the one you did the other week. 

Please pass this information round to your classmates


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Scotland to switch to driving on the right if independence given green light | Politics | The Guardian

Scotland to switch to driving on the right if independence given green light | Politics | The Guardian

Aspects du XIXe siècle « CRECIB

Un numéro d'archive de notre Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique  a été mise en ligne pour consultation gratuite ici:


Aspects du XIXe siècle « CRECIB


Le numéro était dirigé par Jean-Claude Sergent, qui est décédé récemment, et peut donc aussi servir à nous rappeler sa contribution fort utile.