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Avis à tous mes élèves (surtout les anciens)

Le "provider" de mon site a changé. Je vous épargne les détails. Mais l'interface n'est plus la même et cela complique ma tâche. D'où : mon site reste pour l'instant inchangé, pas mis à jour. Vous pouvez bien sûr utiliser les pages existantes comme moyen de révision, selon votre niveau.

Par ailleurs, il a été décidé que je n'aurai pas cette année de classes de lycée...ce n'est pas ma décision. De sorte que je laisse les pages Grade 10 et Grade 11 telles quelles. Vous pouvez les utiliser comme bon vous semble.

31/08 2021

MrB


BACK TO SCHOOL

 QUOTE:

“You can drag my body to school but my spirit refu​ses to go.” 

– Bill Watterson​

consultez les docs pour votre classe grâce aux onglets ci-dessus

Les 3emes vont sur GRADE 9/3e, les 1eres vont sur Grade 11/1eres, les 2ndes vont sur Grade 10/2nde et les 5e vont sur 5e/Grade 7

des outils de travail dans "homework"

R.B.G.

je télécharge un PDF qui résume les enjeux et la situation suite au décès de Ruth Bader Ginsburg

New Bruce Springsteen Single!

Ceci est le site personnel de Monsieur Baslé (a.k.a."Mr.B."), professeur d'anglais au collège et au lycée Buffon.

R.I.P.

Diana Rigg 1938-2020

Saturday, June 12th

Quote of the Day:


“Everything is going to be fine in the end.

If it's not fine it's not the end.”


― Oscar Wilde

All the Best Songs of your Favorite Musicals in one Show!

Monday, May 17th

Quote of the Day:


One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.

John Steinbeck

MEET THE PRESS May 16th

Saturday, May 15th

Quotes of the Day:

by Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets ever


“We love the things we love for what they are.”


“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”

CATS the musical!

4Oth Anniversary

Sunday, May 9th

Quote of the Day:


“Life is for the living.

Death is for the dead.

Let life be like music.

And death a note unsaid.”


― Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems

Saturday, May 8th

Quote of the Day:


“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.”

― William Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim

Monday, May 3rd

Quote of the Day:


“I had turned away from the picture and was going back to the world where events move, men change, light flickers, life flows in a clear stream, no matter whether over mud or over stones.”

― Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

State of the Union Address

Watch a Show on Multicultural Great Britain

BORDER TALES

Thursday, April 8th

Movie Quote of the Day:


"I learned a long time ago that worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere."

National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002)

— Van Wilder

Monday, April 5th

Quote of the Day:


“There must always be two kinds of art: escape-art, for man needs escape as he needs food and deep sleep, and parable-art, that art which shall teach man to unlearn hatred and learn love.”

― W.H. Auden

The Railway Children

Saturday, April 3rd

Quote of the Day:


“Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself when apparent to the eyes ; and we find the burden of anxiety greater, by much, than the evil which we are anxious about : ...”


― Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

KISS OF DEATH (1947)

a great film noir

Monday, March 29th

Movie Quote of the Day:


"You shut your mouth when you're talking to me!"

– Mrs. Kroeger in WEDDING CRASHERS

Wednesday, March 24th

Quote of the Day:


“In every class of society, gratitude is the rarest of all human virtues.”

― Wilkie Collins

Sunday, March 21st

Quote of the Day:


“If he was a wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would have comprehended that work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”


― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer

(1936 movie)

Saturday, March 20th

Thursday, March 18th

Quote of the Day:


“He Who Marches Out Of Step Hears Another Drum”

― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Wednesday, March 17th

Quote of the Day:


“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”

― Abraham Lincoln

Monday, March 15th

Movie Quote of the Day:


“This is not ‘Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.”

— Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski

You can watch THE BIG LEBOWSKI on Amazon Prime

Sunday, March 14th

Movie Quote of the Day:


“Discourtesy is unspeakably ugly to me.”

― Dr.Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs

Sunday Movie

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1946)

directed by David Lean

Saturday, March 12th

Quote of the Day:


“A multitude of people and yet a solitude.”

― Charles Dickens , A Tale of Two Cities

FULL AUDIOBOOK : LISTEN TO DICKENS'S A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Wednesday, March 10th

Quote of the Day:


“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

― Oscar Wilde

Sunday Movie:

TREASURE ISLAND

Saturday, March 6th

Quote of the Day:

 

I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become thevictor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing then it is the eternal

dance or creation. The creator and creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing...and dancing...and dancing. Until there is only...the dance.”

― Michael Jackson

Patrick Dupond, much-loved ballet star, dies at 61

Thursday, March 4th

 

Quote of the Day:

 

“I suppose all we can really share with people is a taste for the same kinds of weather.”

― Zelda Fitzgerald, Save Me the Waltz

Wednesday, March 3rd

Quote of the Day:

“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new film, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.”

― Jim Jarmusch

Monday, March 1st

Sunday, February 28th

Quote of the Day:

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”

― Albert Einstein

Friday, February 26th

Movie Quote of the Day:

“We find it's always better to fire people on a Friday. Studies have statistically shown that there's less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week.”

in Office Space (1999)

Thursday, February 25th

Quote of the Day:

“Love is like a faucet: it turns on and off.”

― Billie Holiday

Nouvelle-Orléans (1947)

Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman

Wednesday, February 24th

Movie Quote of the Day:

“Wouldn't it be great if I was crazy? Then the world would be okay.”

- James Cole, in TWELVE MONKEYS

Tuesday, Februrary 23rd

Quote of the Day:

“I must choose between despair and Energy──I choose the latter.”

― John Keats, Letters of John Keats

Monday, February 22nd

Quote of the Day:

“Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.”

― Stephen King, The Green Mile

La Ligne Verte est disponible sur Netflix

regarder le film (avec abonnement)

Saturday, February 20th

Quote of the Day:

“I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all. ”

― Abraham Lincoln

Full Concert: The Music of Miles Davis

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Friday, February 19th

Movie Quote of the Day:

"It's the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. "

LOKI

(in The Avengers, 2012)

Thursday, February 18th

Quote of the Day:

 

The Rock cries out to us today, you may stand upon me,

But do not hide your face.

-Maya Angelou

Read the full poem

Wednesday, February 17th

Quotes of the Day:

“It is not my conscience, Not my mind, that is diseased, but the world I have to live in.”

 

“In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.”

 

― T.S. Eliot, The Family Reunion

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

A brilliant and hilarious version of my favorite Shakespeare comedy

Tuesday, February 16th

Quote of the Day:

“If men only felt about death as they do about sleep, all terrors would cease. . . Men sleep contentedly, assured that they will wake the following morning. They should feel the same about their lives.”

― Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come

Watch the movie SOMEWHERE IN TIME

Somewhere in Time is one of my all-time favorite movies. Not the greatest movie ever made, not the most brilliant directing, no, but never mind. It's one of those movies that "talk" to you (or me, for that matter).

It's based on Richard Matheson' s story, and Matheson is one of the greatest sci-fi writers of the 20th century.

(extra: Christopher Plummer is also in this movie!)

le lien est un lien sur mon drive, vous pouvez télécharger le film

Monday, February 15th

Movie Quote of the Day:

"I don't want to survive, I want to live!"

—Wall-E

Sunday, February 14th

Quote of the Day:

“This cold and solitude are friends of mine.”

― Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, February 13th

Quote of the Day:

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, February 12th

Poem of the Day:

I'M NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU?

by Emily Dickinson.

I'm nobody! Who are you?

Are you nobody, too?

Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!

They'd advertise - you know!

How dreary to be somebody!

How public like a frog

To tell one's name the livelong day

To an admiring bog!

Wednesday, February 10th

Quote of the Day:

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” And when they wake up in the summer, Kitty, they dress themselves all in green, and dance about–whenever the wind blows.

Lewis Carol, “Through the Looking Glass”

Tuesday, February 9th

Quote of the Day:

“You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Superbowl LV - Halftime Show - The Weeknd

Monday, February 8th

Below, some SUPERBOWL funny commercials!

Sunday, February 7th

Quote of the Day:

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

― Robert Frost

Enjoy a Magnificent Film! yes, it's old... yes, it's silent...

Saturday, February 6th

Christopher

Plummer

Dies

at age 91

He was one of the greatest "voices" of cinema

So many wonderful parts...

Friday, February 5th

Quote of the Day:

“As I, my real self, grew older, I entered more and more into the substance of my dreams. One may dream, and even in the midst of the dream be aware that he is dreaming, and if the dream be bad, comfort himself with the thought that it is only a dream. This is a common experience with all of us. And so it was that I, the modern, often entered into my dreaming, and in the consequent strange dual personality was both actor and spectator. And right often have I, the modern, been perturbed and vexed by the foolishness, illogic, obtuseness, and general all-round stupendous stupidity of myself, the primitive.”

― Jack London

Thursday, February 4th

Quote of the Day:

 

"My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat - or in film's case 'run on' - manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing."

 

Andy Warhol

Wednesday, February 3rd

Quote of the Day:

 

"Keep your face toward the sunshine--and shadows will fall behind you."

- Walt Whitman

GYM CLASS!

Monday, February 1st

Quote of the Day:

 

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.”

― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Sunday, January 31st

Quote of the Day:

 

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”

― Virginia Woolf

Saturday, January 30th

Quote of the Day:

 

"All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do."

- Leo Tolstoy, The Law of Love and the Law of Violence (1908)

Watch a Classic Western with Gregory Peck

THE BRAVADOS

Friday, January 29th

Poem of the Day:

 

“Dark is a way and light is a place,

Heaven that never was

Nor will be ever is always true

"Poem on His Birthday”

― Dylan Thomas

Thursday, January 28th

Quote of the Day:

 

“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”

 

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

3rd Eye Blind 2011 Concert in San Francisco

Wednesday, January 27th

Movie Quote of the Day:

Alvy Singer: "I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable."

from ANNIE HALL (1977)

Watch a Classic Movie : PARIS BLUES (1961)

Tuesday, January 26th

Quote of the Day:

 

“When majority is insane, sane must go to asylum.”

― Mark Twain

Monday, January 25th

Quote of the Day:

“Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.”

― George Orwell, 1984

Sunday, January 24th

Quote of the Day:

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

— Anaïs Nin

Michael Jackson & Friends

LIVE AT MSG, 2001 - 30th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, January 23rd

Quote of the Day:

"Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education."

- Bertrand Russell

If sometimes, you feel, in your life, you meet bloodsuckers...well, enjoy below a Classic !

Tod Browning's DRACULA (1931)

Sweet End of the Week

Friday, January 22nd

"There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem."

-Gore Vidal

Thursday, January 21st

Quote of the Day:

“Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.”

― Charles Bukowski

Biden Inaugurated as the 46th President

Presidential Inauguration & Poetry

Maya Angelou / Bill Clinton 1993

Wednesday, January 20th

Poem of the Day:

by Langston Hughes

LET AMERICA BE AMERICA AGAIN

Let America be America again.

Let it be the dream it used to be.

Let it be the pioneer on the plain

Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed--

Let it be that great strong land of love

Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme

That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

Read the full poem HERE

Tuesday, January 19th

“Come back!" the Caterpillar called after her. "I've something important to say."

This sounded promising, certainly. Alice turned and came back again.

"Keep your temper," said the Caterpillar.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

Monday, January 18th

Quote of the Day:

“Raindrops blossom brilliantly in the rainbow, and change to flowers in the sod, but snow comes in full flower direct from the dark, frozen sky.”

― John Muir, The Mountains of California

John Muir was perhaps this country's most famous and influential naturalist. If it weren't for John Muir and his writings, we probably would not have Yosemite National Park as we know it today. He was also involved in the creation of the Grand Canyon, Kings Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Mt. Rainier National Parks

Sunday, January 17th

Movie Quote of the Day:

“Every man dies, but not every man really lives.”

–William Wallace

from BRAVEHEART (directed by Mel Gibson)

Saturday, January 16th

Poem of the Day:

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

Robert Frost

David Bowie - 50 Birthday Concert (1997) - Madison Square Garden

Friday, January 15th

Quote of the Day:

"The politician is an acrobat. He keeps his balance by saying the opposite of what he does."

Maurice Barrès

Thursday, January 14th

Quote of the Day:

“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such”

― Henry Miller

Wednesday, January 13th

Quote of the Day:

“We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

― Henry James, The Middle Years

If you don't have the patience, if you're too lazy...at least, listen to one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century...

Tuesday, January 12th

Quote of the Day:

“There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.”

William James

A new application for your phone:

Visit the Met (the most wonderful Art Museum in the World!)

Monday, January 11th

Poem of the Day:

by Langston Hughes

“Frosting

Freedom

Is just frosting

On somebody else’s

Cake–

And so must be

Till we

Learn how to

Bake.”

– The Panther & the Lash, 1926

Sunday, January 10th

Not getting any younger....

Guns'n Roses Concert in Paris 1992

Saturday, January 9th

Poem of the Day:

have you ever cut your finger while cooking? read below, for this is what if feels like!

Cut

What a thrill -

My thumb instead of an onion.

The top quite gone

Except for a sort of hinge

Of skin,

A flap like a hat,

Dead white.

Then that red plush.

SYLVIA PLATH

read the full poem

Enjoy Today's Show

Ruthless

Friday, January 8th

Quote of the Day:

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

― Anais Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

Thursday, January 7th

Quotes of the Day:

 

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

― Winston S. Churchill

 

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

― Thomas Jefferson

 

“It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.”

― Tom Stoppard, Jumpers

What a Treat!

thanks to my students!

thanks to :

Hajar, Laurélie, Arame,

Emma, Maël & Marc !

Tuesday, January 5th

Quote of the Day:

“And metaphors like cats behind your smile,

Each one wound up to purr,

each one a pride,

Each one a fine gold beast you've hid inside (...)”

― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

Monday, January 4th

Quote of the Day:

“Nothing burns like the cold. But only for a while. Then it gets inside you and starts to fill you up, and after a while you don't have the strength to fight it.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Sunday, January 3rd

Quote of the Day:

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”

― Jim Morrison

Saturday, January 2nd

Quote of the Day:

“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

(MrB's footnote: FLW was one of the greatest architects of the 20th Century)

Friday, January 1st

Quote of the Day:

“It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

Today's Show

Legally Blonde : the Musical

Thursday, December 31st

Poem of the Day:

Waking In Winter

I can taste the tin of the sky —- the real tin thing.

Winter dawn is the color of metal,

The trees stiffen into place like burnt nerves.

Sylvia Plath

(click here to read the full poem)

New York City Nostalgia

Wednesday, December 30th

Quote of the Day:

“We must leave this terrifying place to-morrow and go searching for sunshine.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald , This Side of Paradise

Tuesday, December 29th

Poem of the Day:

“Faith” is a fine invention

For Gentlemen who see!

But Microscopes are prudent

In an Emergency!

Emily Dickinson

Monday, December 28th

Your Show

Hetty Feather

Sunday, December 27th

Poem of the Day:

If I Could Tell You

by W.H. Auden

Time will say nothing but I told you so,

Time only knows the price we have to pay;

If I could tell you I would let you know.

 

If we should weep when clowns put on their show,

If we should stumble when musicians play,

Time will say nothing but I told you so.

 

There are no fortunes to be told, although,

Because I love you more than I can say,

If I could tell you I would let you know.

 

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,

There must be reasons why the leaves decay;

Time will say nothing but I told you so.

 

Perhaps the roses really want to grow,

The vision seriously intends to stay;

If I could tell you I would let you know.

 

Suppose all the lions get up and go,

And all the brooks and soldiers run away;

Will Time say nothing but I told you so?

If I could tell you I would let you know.

The Show of the Day

Dick Whittington

Saturday, December 26th

Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of 

The War of the Worlds

Friday, December 25th

Wednesday, December 23rd

Poem of the Day

by Paul KANE

THE KOAN

 

I am the mask I wear and know as little

about the wearer as the puppet the puppeteer.

 

The life I live isn’t mine, it lives through me

and I through it dance and strut on my strings

 

in counterfeit. If you told me about myself

I would not believe you, for how can I be other

 

than what I have known? When I die, who I am

will step out into the light to try another life,

 

while I--having passed away--will know all

and nothing. In the dark, I am riddled by doubt.

Tuesday, December 22nd

Quote of the Day:

“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

The Show of the Day

The Railway Children

Thanks to Peter Jackson,

go back in time to The Beatles intimate recording sessions...

Monday, December 21st

Poem of the Day:

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Come, come thou bleak December wind,

And blow the dry leaves from the tree!

Flash, like a Love-thought, thro' me, Death

And take a Life that wearies me.

Saturday, December 19th

Poem of the Day:

“The Day is Done

 

The day is done, and the darkness

Falls from the wings of Night,

As a feather is wafted downward

From an eagle in his flight.

 

I see the lights of the village

Gleam through the rain and the mist,

And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me

That my soul cannot resist:

 

A feeling of sadness and longing,

That is not akin to pain,

And resembles sorrow only

As the mist resembles the rain.

 

Come, read to me some poem,

Some simple and heartfelt lay,

That shall soothe this restless feeling,

And banish the thoughts of day.

 

Not from the grand old masters,

Not from the bards sublime,

Whose distant footsteps echo

Through the corridors of Time.

 

For, like strains of martial music,

Their mighty thoughts suggest

Life's endless toil and endeavor;

And to-night I long for rest.

 

Read from some humbler poet,

Whose songs gushed from his heart,

As showers from the clouds of summer,

Or tears from the eyelids start;

 

Who, through long days of labor,

And nights devoid of ease,

Still heard in his soul the music

Of wonderful melodies.

 

Such songs have power to quiet

The restless pulse of care,

And come like the benediction

That follows after prayer.

 

Then read from the treasured volume

The poem of thy choice,

And lend to the rhyme of the poet

The beauty of thy voice.

 

And the night shall be filled with music,

And the cares, that infest the day,

Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,

And as silently steal away.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems

Thursday, December 17th

Poem of the Day:

“Surgeons must be very careful

When they take the knife!

Underneath their fine incisions

Stirs the Culprit—Life!”

― Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, December 16th

Quote of the Day:

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Tuesday, December 15th

Many Thanks to : Angela, Axel, Jasmine, Safiyatou,

Jean-Guillaume, Charlotte & Sidonie for their

thoughtful presents!

Grazie Mille

Francesca!

Quote of the Day:

“[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”

― Jim Henson

John Le Carre dead: Legendary writer dies aged 89

John Le Carre - most famous for his work “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy” and “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" - has died aged 89

Monday, December 14th

Quote of the Day:

“We lie to one another every day, in the sweetest way, often unconsciously. We dress ourselves and compose ourselves in order to present ourselves to one another.”

― John le Carré 

Sunday, December 13th

Quote of the Day:

“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book."

Letters of Note

― E.B. White

For this Sunday, two shows, two styles,

two moods, two generations?...

Billie Eilish's Concert

Michael Bublé's Christmas Show

Saturday, December 12th

Quote of the Day:

“Must I observe you? Must I stand

& crouch

Under your testy humour?

By the gods,

You shall digest the venom of

your spleen,

Though it do split you, for, from this

day forth, I'll use you for my mirth, yea,

for my laughter, when you are waspish.”

― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Friday, December 11th

Quote of the Day:

“The evolution of sense is, in a sense, the evolution of nonsense.”

-- Vladimir Nabokov

The Falcon &

The Winter Soldier

Loki

Picture Below

Many thanks to Eléonore and Zoé for their masterpiece...

Avis Aux Lycéens:

je sais bien que l'organisation des cours par demi-groupes est très pénible (certains diraient "mortelle" mais l'on crierait au mauvais goût) pour vous, mais il faut absolument venir dans ma salle de classe à jour dans ses connaissances, dans la consultation des divers supports et dans les tâches données, sinon c'est se jeter à l'eau en se disant que l'on apprendra à nager ultérieurement...

Sinon, ici, c'est la page d'accueil...il faut aller sur l'onglet Secondes ou Premières pour accéder auxdits cours

MrB

Thursday, December 10th

Quote of the Day:

“I won't tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world's voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!”

― Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, December 9th

Poem for Tonight:

“there’s nothing to

discuss

there’s nothing to

remember

there’s nothing to

forget

 

it’s sad

and

it’s not

sad

 

seems the

most sensible

thing

a person can

do

is

sit

with drink in

hand

as the walls

wave

their goodbye

smiles

 

one comes through

it

all

with a certain

amount of

efficiency and

bravery

then

leaves

 

some accept

the possibility of

God

to help them

get

through

 

others

take it

staight on

 

and to these

 

I drink

tonight.”

― Charles Bukowski, You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense

Tuesday, December 8th

Quote of the Day:

“It always stimulates me to discover new examples of my own prejudice and stupidity, to realize that I don't know half as much as I think I do.”

― Paul Auster, Oracle Night

Sunday, December 6th

Poem of the Day:

 

“We look before and after,

And pine for what is not;

Our sincerest laughter

With some pain is fraught;

Our sweetest songs are those that tell

Of saddest thought.”

 

― Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Complete Poems

Saturday, December 5th

Quote of the Day:

 

“If we seek solace in the prisons of the distant past

Security in human systems we're told will always always last

Emotions are the sail and blind faith is the mast

Without the breath of real freedom we're getting nowhere fast."

 

(History Will Teach Us Nothing)”

― Sting, Nothing Like the Sun

A Musical for a Rainy Weekend!

42nd Street

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Friday, December 4th

Poem of the Day:

 

“Stephen kissed me in the spring,

Robin in the fall,

But Colin only looked at me

And never kissed at all.

 

Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,

Robin’s lost in play,

But the kiss in Colin’s eyes

Haunts me night and day.”

 

― Sara Teasdale, The Collected Poems

Thursday, December 3rd

Quote of the Day:

 

“One can fight evil but against stupidity one is helpless.”

― Henry Miller, Sextet: Six Essays

Wednesday, December 2nd

 

Movie Quote of the Day:

 

"Just keep swimming."

Finding Nemo

Tuesday, December 1st


Quote of the Day:


“The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.”

– W.H. Auden

Monday, November 30th

Quote of the Day:

 

“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.”

― Akira Kurosawa

Sunday, November 29th

Quote of the Day:

 

“When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.”

 

― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Saturday, November 28th

Quote of the Day:

 

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."

 

John Steinbeck

Thanks, Mr Steinbeck!!! ;-) :-p

Enjoy one of my favorite musicals in the whole world!

An American In Paris

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Friday, November 27th

Thursday, November 26th

Quote of the Day:

 

“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”

― Jon Stewart

Wednesday, November 25th

Quote of the Day:

 

“I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there's somebody nobody knows about.”

― Alfred Hitchcock

Shakespeare

ALL 154 SONNETS BY A STELLAR CAST OF ACTORS

Tuesday, November 24th

Quote of the Day:

 

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”

― Orson Welles

treats for MrB!

many thanks to EMMA!

Monday, November 23rd

Quote of the Day:

 

The most important Manhattan Projects of the future will be vast government-sponsored inquiries into what the politicians and the participating scientist will call 'the problem of happiness' - in other words, the problem of making people love their servitude ... The love of servitude cannot be established except as the result of a deep, personal revolution in human minds and bodies.”

― Aldous Huxley

Sunday, November 22nd

Nursery Rhyme of the Day:

 

A wise old owl lived in an oak

The more he saw the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard.

Why can't we all be like that wise old bird? 

A Neat Story

About

The Cutest Owl

(watch the video below)

Saturday, November 21st

Quote of the Day:

You never too old to be young.

- Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

Below : artwork from Sophie and Marie-Alizée (on the left, the "elf-life" character is me...)

Enjoy Great Songs this Weekend!

WEST END UNPLUGGED Vol.2

Friday, November 20th

Quote of the Day:

 

“At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”

― Toni Morrison

Thursday, November 19th

Quote of the Day:

 

"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different."

–Stephen King

Wednesday, November 18th

Quote of the Day:

 

“Some lose all mind and become soul,insane.

some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual.

some lose both and become accepted”

― Charles Bukowski

Mr B addresses his High School Students

Tuesday, November 17th

Quote of the Day:

 

“The wind I hear it sighing, with autumn's saddest sound; withered leaves all thick are lying, as spring-flowers on the ground. This dark night has won me to wander far away; old feelings gather fast upon me.”

― Emily Brontë

MACBETH

starring Patrick Stewart

Monday, November 16th

Poem of the Day:

Youth’s Agitations

WHEN I shall be divorced, some ten years hence,

From this poor present self which I am now;

When youth has done its tedious vain expense

Of passions that for ever ebb and flow;

Shall I not joy youth’s heats are left behind,

And breathe more happy in an even clime?

Ah no! for then I shall begin to find

A thousand virtues in this hated time.

Then I shall wish its agitations back,

And all its thwarting currents of desire;

Then I shall praise the heat which then I lack,

And call this hurrying fever, generous fire,

And sigh that one thing only has been lent

To youth and age in common—discontent.

 

Matthew Arnold (1852)

Sunday, November 15th

Movie Quotes of the Day:

 

“Every man dies, not every man really lives.”

Braveheart

 

“All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain.”

Blade Runner

 

“Now you’re looking for the secret, but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled.”

The Prestige

Saturday, November 14th

Quotes of the Day:

 

“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. ”

― William S. Burroughs

 

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

― C. S. Lewis

Enjoy a Show this Weekend!

WEST END UNPLUGGED

Friday, November 13th

Quote of the Day:

 

“They're like children, really. Only children are far more logical which makes it difficult sometimes with them. But these people are illogical, they want to be reassured by your telling them what they want to believe. Then they're quite happy again for a bit.”

― Agatha Christie, By the Pricking of My Thumbs

Wednesday, November 11th

Poem of the Day:

Champs d’Honneur

BY ERNEST M. HEMINGWAY

Soldiers never do die well;

          Crosses mark the places—

Wooden crosses where they fell,

          Stuck above their faces.

Soldiers pitch and cough and twitch—

          All the world roars red and black;

Soldiers smother in a ditch,

          Choking through the whole attack

Enjoy A Shakespeare Play

RICHARD II

Deborah Warner’s staging of Richard II with Fiona Shaw as the king stirred up a significant critical controversy when it was presented in 1995 at the National Theatre, and then later in Salzburg and Paris. Among those who recognised its originality and strengths was the critic Paul Taylor who praised the ‘gripping, lucidly felt production’ and Fiona Shaw’s ‘dazzlingly disconcerting… deliberately uncomfortable, compelling performance.’ For the screen version, Deborah Warner and production designer Hildegard Bechtler re-imagined Richard II as an innovative drama that was shot over a fortnight using film techniques. Playing alongside Fiona Shaw is a distinguished cast including Donald Sinden (Duke of York), Richard Bremmer (Henry Bolingbroke), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Duke of Aumerle), Kevin McKidd (Harry Percy) and Paola Dionisotti (Duchess of York).

To All My Students :

I am not on strike!

Tuesday, November 10th

Poem of the Day:

 

The Genius Of The Crowd

 

there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average

human being to supply any given army on any given day

 

and the best at murder are those who preach against it

and the best at hate are those who preach love

and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

 

those who preach god, need god

those who preach peace do not have peace

those who preach peace do not have love

 

beware the preachers

beware the knowers

beware those who are always reading books

beware those who either detest poverty

or are proud of it

beware those quick to praise

for they need praise in return

beware those who are quick to censor

they are afraid of what they do not know

beware those who seek constant crowds for

they are nothing alone

beware the average man the average woman

beware their love, their love is average

seeks average

 

but there is genius in their hatred

there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you

to kill anybody

not wanting solitude

not understanding solitude

they will attempt to destroy anything

that differs from their own

not being able to create art

they will not understand art

they will consider their failure as creators

only as a failure of the world

not being able to love fully

they will believe your love incomplete

and then they will hate you

and their hatred will be perfect

 

like a shining diamond

like a knife

like a mountain

like a tiger

like hemlock

 

their finest art”

― Charles Bukowski

Monday, November 9th

Quote of the Day:

“A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.”

― William James

If you're a fan of David Bowie, watch the trailer below : "Stardust"

Sunday, November 8th

Quotes of the Day:

 

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

― George Washington

 

“In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it.”

― Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

 

“Rumour is a pipe

Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures

And of so easy and so plain a stop

That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,

The still-discordant wavering multitude,

Can play upon it.”

― William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

President Elect Joe Biden Addresses the Nation