Et vous, vous avez voté contre qui?

28 de abril de 2017 at 8:50

Manifestation contre la loi Devaquet-Wikimedia Commons

Les Français sont vraiment des malins. Alors que certains pays jouent au poker en misant leur futur sur un scrutin unique, la France fait prudemment ses élections présidentielles en deux tours. Caprice de pays riche? Pour une fois, non. Ce que cette générosité électorale démontre, c’est une connaissance du tempérament français presque… maternelle.

Poisson d’avril!

8 de abril de 2017 at 10:18

image-post-3Sacré Charles IX! Pouvait-il imaginer les conséquences de son acte, ce jour de 1564 où il signa l’Édit du Roussillon et changea la date du premier de l’an en France? Auparavant, 

Have you ever been an April Fool?

3 de abril de 2017 at 10:55

april-fool

On 1 April in the United Kingdom the British celebrate April Fool’s Day. It’s a day when everyone plays practical jokes, rather like the “Day of the Innocents” in Spain on 28 December.  Everyone joins in and tells false stories in the hope that someone will really believe the story and so appear stupid.

 All major newspapers run false stories on this day and large companies even create and publish fake videos.  Here’s an example of a video that Virgin Atlantic made for April Fool’s day 2017. It will give you a clearer idea of what type of jokes I am taking about and how elaborate the stories are.

L’art de la bise

19 de marzo de 2017 at 8:38

image-post-1

©Pimkle (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Vous savez déjà quand utiliser bonjour, bonsoir ou salut pour entamer la conversation avec votre voisin, la boulangère ou avec un de vos amis… Les différences entre bonjour et bonne journée, au revoir et adieu n’ont plus de secret pour vous: c’est  simple comme bonjour, n’est-ce pas?

Mais savez-vous embrasser à la française? Car embrasser, ça n’est pas, comme on pourrait le croire, prendre l’autre dans les bras. Embrasser, c’est 

Celebrating March

9 de marzo de 2017 at 8:24

shamrock-11417971

March is a month that is packed with festivities and celebrations. Women’s Day was on 8 March, Father’s day is celebrated on March 19 in many countries and Mother’s Day falls on 26 March this year in England and spring starts on the 21st of the month.

The biggest and most popular of all the celebrations in March has to be St. Patrick’s Day. This is the day the Irish

Yuletide, Christmas and winter solstices

21 de diciembre de 2016 at 10:30

northern-lights-over-northern-canada-1155202

December 21, the winter Solstice, is a magical date for many people. It is considered to be the shortest day (and the longest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and during this time, before Christianity and Christmas, the pagan and Germanic tribes of northern Europe celebrated their winter festival.  They called the 12-day festival “Yule” and during it they killed animals, finished making their beer and prepared for the long, hard winter months ahead. 

Read all about it. Read all about it.

9 de diciembre de 2016 at 11:18

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The way we read the news has changed a lot over the last 20 years. Although many people still choose to buy a daily newspaper at the newsagent’s every morning on their way to work, many others subscribe to an online version and are constantly updated with fresh news whenever they connect. The sound of “read all about it, read all about it” that newspaper sellers used to chant on the street corners so that people on their way to or from work would buy the newspapers they were selling is, without doubt, a thing of the past.

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

30 de noviembre de 2016 at 9:39

Pawnbroker sign

blog-16

Many people used Black Friday and Cyber Monday in late November to start buying presents. After all, December was only a week away and December means Christmas. Depending on where you live, you will be exchanging gifts, eating too much food and drinking in excess around the 25th of the month, unless of course you are lucky enough to live in the Netherlands where they celebrate Sinterklaas on the 6th of December.

 But, isn’t it a little early to be talking about Christmas?

Reduce, Reuse Recycle, React.  How seriously do you take recycling?

23 de noviembre de 2016 at 17:10

 blog-15-recycling-2blog-15-recycling

The advertising campaign recently launched in the press and TV in Catalonia uses the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, React”. It wants us to make a greater effort to recycle our rubbish. It claims that in this part of Europe people recycle only 40% of the waste they generate and this, it seems, isn’t good enough.

“Fancy a cuppa?”

31 de octubre de 2016 at 9:56

cup-of-coffee-text

That’s a question you’ve probably never been asked and yet it is uttered tens of thousands of times every day in British households. It means “Would you like a cup of tea?”