Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Political crisis

The Prime Minister’s chief adviser, Mr Cummings, was caught breaking lockdown rules. Johnson is defending him, but all the newspapers appear to be angry, and half a million people have signed a petition to have him sacked.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

In the UK newspapers today

One of Boris Johnson's key advisors has been caught  breaking the lockdown rules. People are wondering whether summer holidays will be possible. Workers unable to work durign the crisis are worried, and the question of who should pay for the crisis is present.

Friday, May 22, 2020


Les nouvelles dates du Capes d'anglais sont les suivantes :


    - Composition : mercredi 1er juillet 2020 de 9 heures à 14 heures.
    - Traduction (traduction en français d’un texte en anglais et/ou traduction en anglais d’un texte en français, au choix du jury) : jeudi 2 juillet 2020 de 9 heures à 14 heures.

Thursday, May 21, 2020


M2 seminar, the 1970s

I assume I have now received all the assignments I am going to receive.
If your work should fail to pass, either you will be lucky enough to balance that out with a high mark in another subject, or you will be asked, for the retake session, to rework your assignment based on my comments. If you are in this case, please contact me quickly after the first session jury is over and the marks are announced.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Agrégation anglais 2020 Captain James Cook, option civilisation post 58 The mystery of Cook's lost journal

The last pages of Cook's journal, covering the days before he died, went missing. We are not sure why but this very good article from the BBC history magazine explains the circumstances surrounding this mystery.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Captain Cook, agrégation 2020 option civilisation post 56: fish traps

When on his third voyage, Cook is in what is today Tasmania, he expressesin his journals surprise that the locals "do not know the use of fishhooks". This article show some of what we now know (but Cook did not) of Aboriginal fishing technology [I do not have any specific knowledge about the situation in Tasmania at Cook's time].


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Captain James Cook agrégation anglais 2020 option civilisation post 54: Georg Forster and his book

The question of the money that could be made by writing and publishing an account of Cook's expeditions, and the image of Cook that might be put forward in such publications has been the subject of considerable scholarly work. This brief account of Georg Forster's book, published when he arrived back from accompanying Cook on the second expedition is very useful 


Saturday, May 02, 2020