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In Flanders Fields 1915

World War I  poem








In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.

Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If yOU  break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.





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The torch; be yours to hold it high.


If you break faith with us who die


We shall not sleep, though poppies grow


In Flanders fields.


Dans les champs de Flandre, les coquelicots fleurissent
entre les rangées de croix qui marquent notre place
Et dans le ciel, malgré le rugissement des canons
L’on perçoit encore le chant des courageuses alouettes.


Nous sommes les Morts  et pourtant quelques jours auparavant
Nous regardions l’aurore poindre et le soleil rougir en
Se couchant. Nous avons aimé  et étions aimés et aujourd’hui
Nous gisons dans les champs de Flandre.


Reprenez notre combat contre l’ennemi:
De nos mains qui chancellent, nous vous confions
Le flambeau qui sera vôtre et que vous tiendrez haut.


Si vous ne croyez plus en nous qui mourrons, jamais nous
Ne retrouverons le repos dans les Champs de Flandre
Où  fleurissent les coquelicots


(Traduction adaptée )

Introduce yourself !

I am F____________ .

I am from F________.

We are form ….

Our form likes nature and we enjoy biking cycling, walking.

We are 12 girls and 13 boys .

We are keen on all activities in  the forests and the woods.

We live in the countryside and the mountains far from the seaside near Switzerland.

Every Tuesday afternoon we go mountain-biking.

It is awesome!

In France the flag is blue white and red .

In our region there are lots of cows .

There are also hens in the countryside.

There are lots of mountains because we live close to the Alps in a region called Jura.

There are also lots of trees.

The landscape is beautiful.

The cheese is called Comté and it is delicious!

The cows are called Montbéliardes.

You can see brown and white cows on these  photos. (Thank you Emma)

The school is red and grey with some trees in the courtyard. The school’s name is

                                                          Lucie Aubrac

Lucie Aubrac was a great lady. She was very brave and determined. She is a great figure in the history of the Second World War.

She was a history teacher.

The school is situated in a small town close to Pontarlier.

There are more than 600  pupils in the school.

Pupils come to school by bus or coach.

They also walk to school or cycle. At school we study


 French grammar and literature





PE (physical education)






In summer, we can swim in the river and in the lake.

In winter, we go skiing, cross-country-skiing and skating.

We like snowboarding.

We like playing handball.

We like cycling and riding our bikes.

We enjoy walking a lot.

We are fond of all types of sports!


Je note les 7 expressions parlant du goût, de ce que l’on aime faire et de ce que l’on apprécie, de ce que nous aimons:—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

un/e grand/e personnage:————————————————————-

la forêt et les bois:————————————————————————

l’été et l’hiver:—————————————————————————–

le paysage:——————————————————————————–

la campagne:——————————————————————————

le payage marin:—————————————————————————

beaucoup de vaches:———————————————————————-

la rivière:———————————————————————————-


une grande dame:(sens moral et non physique)—————————————-

la cour de récréation:———————————————————————-



un professeur d’histoire:——————————————————————-

il y a (au singulier):————————————————————————

il y a (au pluriel):————————————————————————–

jouer de la flûte:—————————————————————————

le bus:—————————————————————————————

jouer de la trompette:——————————————————————-


les phasmes:—————————————————————————–

la matière (à l’école):——————————————————————-

apprendre à vivre ensemble:———————————————————–


Parlons de nos goûts!:——————————————————————

Je sais nager:—————————————————————————–

espérer :———————————————————————————-




Quelle formule de politesse a-t-on utiliser pour conclure notre lettre:
















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Koreans, North and South to meet after 50 years

Saturday, 26 September 2009 02:27 UK

Koreans prepare for rare reunion

By John Sudworth
BBC News, Seoul


Kim Yu-jungKim Yu-jung says she has thought of her daughter every day

Sitting on the floor, with her suitcase in front of her, 100-year-old Kim Yu-jung is preparing for a remarkable journey.

Surrounded by four of her children, the youngest of them now in his late 50s, she is packing some winter clothes for the colder weather in the North.

The family is one of a small number given a rare chance to meet their long-lost relatives from the other side of the border that cuts this peninsula, and the lives of its people, in half.

Mrs Kim is going to meet the daughter she last saw more than half a century ago.

Lee Hye-gyong, then just 16 years old, was separated from her family in the chaos of war, and ended up living in the north.

Her photo, taken just a year before the outbreak of the Korean War, shows a young schoolgirl unaware of the unimaginable tragedy shortly to befall her country and her family.

Selected at random

“I have thought about her for more than half a century,” Mrs Kim tells me.

Lee Hye-gyongLee Hye-gyong was just 16 when was separated from her family

“There wasn’t a day when I didn’t.”

For six days, from 26 September, 200 families, half from the North and half from the South, will travel to a mountain resort in North Korea for their reunions.

Their names have been selected at random from the tens of thousands on the waiting list.

In the early part of this decade the meetings were held regularly and, caught on television cameras, they are a powerful reminder of the continuing humanitarian cost of Korea’s division.

Fathers and mothers cling to lost sons and daughters, husbands to wives, and sob uncontrollably, grieving for the more than five decades of lost time.

Building bridges?

The programme is not without its critics, who say it allows North Korea to play politics with people’s lives by deciding when they will, or will not, take place.

Professor Chung Min Lee, a foreign policy adviser to the current South Korean president, says political problems may have curtailed the programme’s scope.

Two Korean sisters are reunited for the first time in 2000 after being split during the 1950-53 war - 15 August 2000 file photo Past family reunions produced emotional scenes

“In the past North Korea has agreed that it would institutionalise these reunions, but whenever an obstacle arises – for example the UN imposes sanctions because they have tested a nuclear weapon – then the whole issue gets sidelined,” he tells me.

The last reunion took place back in 2007 as tensions between North and South began to rise.

The fact that this latest round is being allowed to take place is being seen by some as a sign that North Korea is ready again to build bridges with the South.

But no date has yet been set for the next one and many humanitarian issues remain unresolved.

‘Memories faded’

The South wants to know the status of 500 of its citizens, mostly fishermen, who it believes were seized by the North in the decades following the war, and never returned.

The South also believes that hundreds of its prisoners of war still remain alive in the North.

A man checks a list at the Korea Red Cross in Seoul, South Korea, 21 September 2009The Red Cross maintains the list of those seeking reunion

But Pyongyang refuses to discuss the issue, claiming that they have all voluntarily defected from the South.

The list of those seeking a reunion is maintained by Red Cross officials on either side of the border.

In a downstairs room in the organisation’s Seoul office a team of volunteers waits to register new applicants.

Yeo Kwan-soo last saw his pregnant wife and seven-year-old son in 1951. At the age of 85 he is only now putting his name on the database.

“After our wartime separation I thought about my family back in the North all the time,” he tells me.

“But as the years rolled by the memories began to fade and I began to lose hope.”

Although 100-year-old Mrs Kim is one of the lucky ones, the reunions themselves are far from easy.

The families are allowed to spend time together and share meals, but once the visit is over they return home, knowing it is highly unlikely they will see each other again.

I ask her family if they think it will be hard for her to leave her daughter in North Korea for a second time.

“Her life has been like a time capsule of modern Korean history,” one of them tells me.

“She’s been through many things, she’s not like other women.”


Senator Ted Kennedy to the President


Office of the Press Secretary



September 9, 2009

Below is the text of the letter from Senator Edward M. Kennedy referenced by the President in tonight’s address to a Joint Session of Congress.

May 12, 2009

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me – and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth.

On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life.

You also made it a time of hope for me and for our country.

When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the President who at long last signs into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society. For me, this cause stretched across decades; it has been disappointed, but never finally defeated. It was the cause of my life. And in the past year, the prospect of victory sustained me-and the work of achieving it summoned my energy and determination.

There will be struggles – there always have been – and they are already underway again. But as we moved forward in these months, I learned that you will not yield to calls to retreat – that you will stay with the cause until it is won. I saw your conviction that the time is now and witnessed your unwavering commitment and understanding that health care is a decisive issue for our future prosperity. But you have also reminded all of us that it concerns more than material things; that what we face is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.

And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege.

In closing, let me say again how proud I was to be part of your campaign- and proud as well to play a part in the early months of a new era of high purpose and achievement. I entered public life with a young President who inspired a generation and the world. It gives me great hope that as I leave, another young President inspires another generation and once more on America’s behalf inspires the entire world.

So, I wrote this to thank you one last time as a friend- and to stand with you one last time for change and the America we can become.

At the Denver Convention where you were nominated, I said the dream lives on.

And I finished this letter with unshakable faith that the dream will be fulfilled for this generation, and preserved and enlarged for generations to come.

With deep respect and abiding affection,



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