Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II

The first child of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II was born in Mayfair, London in 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25 in 1952. She was educated at home with her younger sister Margaret. When her father succeeded to the throne, she started to study constitutional history and law as preparation for her future role. She is married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and has 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

The Queen is the head of state of the United Kingdom and Queen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Salomon Island, Saint Lucia and many other Commonwealth countries. Elizabeth II is also Leader of the British admiralty, Leader of the Commonwealth of nations, Supreme governor of the church of England and Commander-in-chief of the armies. She is in the effigy of bills, coins, and stamp.

The British are very proud of their Queen and like very much her. She is 88 and still in shape!

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Apple

Apple Logo

Apple is a well known company when it comes to the making of technology that is cutting edges. It first became a company in 1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak released the Apple I in 1976.

As everybody knows, it was built by the young guys in the Jobs' garage. They managed to get their first computers on the market by bringing one to the nearest computer store and tried to sell it. They received an order of 50 machines and got $500 per machine. It became the best personal computer on the market but quickly, they saw a downfall in their sales. They finally restarted to grow when they released the iPod in 2001 which was a real inovation because you could take your music everywhere with it.

The company stayed on top by releasing new products every year like the iPhone, the iMac or the MacBook Pro.

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The Vampire Diaries

Vampire diaries is an American and supernatural drama series, inspired by Vampire books. This series isn’t advisable to the under 12s because it contains some bloody, violent scenes. The lead actors are Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley. The story takes place at Mystic Falls, an imaginary city, in Virginia.

Elena Gilbert, a 17 years old girl orphan, lives with her brother and her aunt. The story begins when she makes Stefan and Damon’s acquaintance. She discovers without delay they are, in reality, vampires over 160 years old, transformed by a certain Katherine in 1864. Elena discovers that she is Katherine’s double because she is a descendant of Katherine.

During all the four season, there are many plots. Actually, the 5th is being broadcast. I watch this series in Englishn with French subtitle, because the actors' voices and acting are really better. The actors sometimes go to conventions and their fans can meet them.

Rachel Paixao

 

Will Smith

Will Smith

Willard Christopher Smith Junior was born in September 1968 in Philadelphia, Massachusetts. He decided to stop his studies to consecrate his time to produce music. But the young singer was threatened by bankruptcy and a producer contacted him for a TV series, “The Prince of Bel-Air”.

His first preoccupation wais to become a great star in the cinema’s world. Thus he played a policeman in Bad Boys (1995), a brave fighter pilot in Independence Day (1996) and a government agent in Men in Black (1997). He performed in Ali and received a nomination for the awards with this movie. Will Smith played his second comedy, Hitch. He married twice and had three Children: Trey, Camille and Jaden who played in Karate Kid and After Earth.

Will Smith is very popular in the USA but also in the world and more particularly in the black community. He won 43 Awards.

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy

John F Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly known as Jack or by his initials JFK, was born in May 1917 in Brooklyn, Massachusetts. In 1960, at the age of 43, he beat Richard Nixon and became the 35th and youngest president of the USA and, even today, the only catholic.

During his mandate, he gave the Black Americans Civil Rights (education, public dignity). In 1962, he fought the USSR during the Cuban Crisis. He was also the man who decided to send a human on the moon.

He died assassinated on November 22nd 1963 in Dallas, Texas. He was 46 and it was only after 3years of his mandate.

Claire Tari

 

The London Eye

The London Eye

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Tames in London, England. It was built from 1998 to 1999, inaugurated on December 31st 1999 and opened to the public on March 9th 2000.

The entire structure is 135 meters tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 meters. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. The construction cost £70 million. Six architects worked on this project. The engineer was Jane M. Wernick.

It is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. Originally, the London Eye was supposed to run for only five years before being dismantled.

The wheel contains 32 nacelles, air conditioned and closed. Every nacelle can embark approximately 25 persons. The complete rotation takes about 30 minutes. Since January 1st 2005, the London Eye has been the focal point of London’s New Year celebrations, with 10 minute displays taking place, involving fireworks fired from the wheel itself.

Remi Lechopier

 

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper 1888

Jack the Ripper was a famous serial killer who probably killed five prostitutes in Whitechapel in London in 1888.

Scotland Yard found five bodies but they thought there were more, the victims were: Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catharine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. All the bodies were mutilated with the throat opened, the breasts cut off and all their organs spread all over the room. Once, Jack took the genitals of a victim.

The police never found who Jack the Ripper was but they thought he might be a butcher or a surgeon because all of his murders were perfectly done and very bloody. Many theories exist about the killer’s identity, some people said he was a freemason or a jew or even a member of the royal family. The fact is that today it will be hard to figure out who he really was and how many he actually killed.

Hugo Grall

 


The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows planes

The Red Arrows are famous throughout the world, acting as ambassadors of Great Britain and the Royal Air Force. In the 60s, most of the pilotage schools and some squadrons had their own patrol. Finally, some pilots decided to create one professional patrol. The Red Arrows' team, composed of 7 pilots, was created in March 1965. In 1968, due to the 9 pilots, the leader Ray Hanna created most of the formations, in particular the 'Diamond 9.

From April to October, the Red Arrows go all over the world to show their winter training. During the rest of the year, they compose a new presentation, which lasts about 22 minutes, and they train.

The team is composed of 10 pilots. During the meetings, 9 pilots fly and one stays on the ground with the logistic team for the coordination. Their planes are built by British Aerospace. In 2011, 2 mortal accidents happened. I am fond of aviation and I really advise you to see a meeting.

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Golf

Golf course

Golf is a precision club and ball sport in which competing players use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course using the fewest number of strokes. In a golf series you have from ten to fourteen clubs: a putter, a sand wedge, a pitch, 5 irons, Wood 3 and a driver. Of course you have to have balls, a special glove and special shoes.

Golf was born in Scotland in the fifteenth century by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in Saint Andrews. It is a very old course because it was founded in 1754. Saint Andrews has 5 courses, the most popular is the old course. The British open is organized here every year with many players like Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Ernie Els.

In the world, there are 2 big championships: the PGA tour (USA) which stars Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Lee Westwood, and the European Tour (Europe) which stars Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Ernie Els.

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Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Studios logo

The Pixar Animation Studios is an American company founded in 1979 as The Graphic Group and in 1986 as Pixar Animation Studio, by Ed Catmull, Alvy Ray Smith and Steve Jobs. The studios are based in Emeryville, California. The Pixar logos are a lamp and a ball.

Pixar made fourteen features films. The first was Toy Story in 1996. The last one was Monsters Academy in 2013. They won twenty-two awards for their films but Finding Nemo is the one that had the most entries in theatre.

All their films are connected together with characters or objects. We find them in the film when it comes out in theatres because we can't guess before what is the link. Jon Negroni discovered that and he called that “The Pixar theory”.

To conclude, Pixar is an important company that makes animation movies. They received some awards for their movies and now they make films with the Walt Disney Company since 2006.

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Tim Burton

Tim Burton photo

Tim Burton is an American film director and a movie scriptwriter. He was born in 1958, he is 55 years old, he has got 2 children. His films are original, dark or fantasy. His recurrent actors are Johnny Depp and his wife Helena Bohnam Carter. Danny Elfman is the composer of all the soundtracks for the Tim Burton’s films. Tim Burton first worked with Disney but his universe was to dark, then Paul Reubens asked him to make Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in 1985 which was a sucess. After that he could make many movies. His famous films are Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorshands, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, Charlie and the chocolate factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadow. He is currently making the film Big Eyes which is the painter Walter Kean’s biographical movie. In conclusion, Tim Burton is a film director who isn’t stoping to suprise us.

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Hamlet

Hamlet original front cover

I'm going to present you Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare. He wrote two versions of this drama: the first in 1584 and the second (the final one) near 1600. It was played for the first time between 1598 and 1601. It's the longest and one of the most famous theatre plays that Shakespeare has ever written.

Now I will recount the story. Hamlet is the King of Denmark's son (called Hamlet too). When his father dies, his uncle Claudius become the King and marries his mother. Then the dead King appears to his son and tells him the real story about his death. He was murdered by Claudius. After that Hamlet will try to take his revenge on his uncle. Later, Laertes (the King's advisor's son) will challenge Hamlet to kill him for Claudius. Finally they will all die. That's why Hamlet is a drama.

I think it is a beautiful story and the summaries I read gave me the desire to read it entirely.

Margaux Durand De La Villegegu

 

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden band


Iron Maiden is a British heavy metal band created in 1975 in London by Steve Harris, the bass player, and Dave Murray, one of the guitar players.

Iron Maiden is one of the most popular heavy metal bands: they have sold about 100,000,000 albums around the world. They have made 30 live and studio CDs. Their first one was in 1980. They have also shot 18 live movies and 3 books talk about them.

The band still exists, but now they are six: the singer is Bruce Dickinson, the bass player is Steve Harris, the drummer is Nicko McBrain, and the three guitar players are Janick Gers, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. Their songs are popular: Run To The Hills and Two Minutes To Midnight are even played in video games. There are rumors about a CD which is maybe coming soon.

Maxime Cherrier

 


 

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Captain America

Captain America

Captain America is a comic book. The main character is the captain and he is a super hero! The authors are Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. The first book was edited in March 1941.

Captain America, his real name is Steve Rogers, is a young man who dreams of glory and victorious battle! He wanted to join the US army, but he was too small and not strong enough so he was refused! He tried again many times but was refused every time! One day he met the professor Erksine who proposed to give him a serum so he would become stronger, taller...

After his transformation he began to do some shows and became a propaganda object! But one day Nazis captured his best friend Bucky and, of course, he wanted to rescue him! This was the beginning of Captain America! He wears a costume inspired by the American flag and he has a round shield for his weapon!

Francis Mommeja

 

Central Park

Central Park photo

Central Park is situated in Manhattan in New York. It was created in 1857. Its area is 843 acres today and the park is open all the year. The park every year hosts about 37.5 million visitors. It is the most visited park of the USA. It is famous especially for its appearances in many movies and TV series like the Devil wears Prada, Remember Me, Home Alone 2, and Gossip Girl.

You can also do a lot of different activities, because the park is full of many structures. Central Park has a zoo, a botanical garden, 37 playgrounds for the children, a theater, a carrousel and 2 ice rinks, one becoming in summer a swimming pool and the other one an amusement park.

To conclude, Central Park is a very beautiful and pleasant place, ideal to spend a nice day in family or with friends.

Alexandra Spohr

 

Times Square

Times Square photo

Times Square is the most bustling square in New York, known for its electronic billboards, its shops, and the Broadway theatre. Located in the borough of Manhattan, at the junction of Broadway and the 7th Anvenue, Times Square was called Longacre Avenue before being renamed Times Square in 1904, in honour of the New York Times that built the Times Tower near Broadway.

At the end of World War I, Times Square was the centre of theatre and attracted a lot of visitors: this made the Square an ideal place for billboards. In 1917, the first billboard was installed. They have become such a tourist attraction that now, all the buildings must be covered with them.

Today, many people visit Times Square to do some shopping, to go to the restaurants but also the Broadway Theatre, the most famous theatre. Furthermore, many people go to Times Square for New Year’s Eve where a big luminous ball goes down and touches the floor at midnight.

Lucas Hallier

 

Sophie Kinsella

Shopaholic book cover

Sophie Kinsella, whose real name is Madeleine Wickham, is an English author. Born in 1969 in London, she started writing at the age of 24 while she was working as a financial journalist. She studied music, Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She is best known for her “Shopaholic” series of novels.

The “Shopaholic” series tell the story of Rebecca Bloomwood, a financial journalist. Becky lives in London with her best friend. She is fond of shopping but she is riddled with debt. Ironic when you consider that she gives advices to people in the way they manage their budget! “Shopaholic” is also a love story between Luke and Becky.

Becky’s adventures extend over 6 volumes. They even end up on the big screen! The first Shopaholic film, based on the first two volumes, was released on February 13, 2009. To conclude, “Shopaholic” was a real success for Sophie Kinsella. We always find the same situation which could be tedious but the solving is original at each time!

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The Beatles

Beatles group members

The Beatles is the most famous rock band from the sixties, composed of 4 members in 1962: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They wrote more than 200 songs and composed 12 albums. In 1957, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison founded a group. The band became “Johnny And The Moondogs” with the arrival of Ringo Starr, then in 1960 they became “The Beatles”.

The popularity of The Beatles extended throughout the UK. In 1964, a movie about them was released. In 1967, John Lennon composed “All You Need Is Love”, and the song became one of the most popular.

The tensions between each member gradually increased. In 1969 they did a last album, “Let It Be”, and they stopped there. Lennon died in 1980 and George Harrison died in 2001. Nevertheless, the Beatles will stay the most listened music group for about forty years, until nowadays.

Victor Genot

 

2012 London Olympic Games

London 2012 Olympics

The 2012 Olympic Games is also known as Games of the XXX Olympiad or London 2012. The Olympic Torch Relay ran from May 19th to July 27th, before the Games. Some eight thousand people carried the Torch in about 12875 km.

It started on Friday, July 27th at midnight, after the opening ceremony. The Games were officially open by Queen Elizabeth II. Daniel Craig did a little movie with Queen Elizabeth II for the opening ceremony. More than ten thousand athletes from 204 countries participated.

About 4,700 Olympic and Paralympic medals were produced. Each medal weighs 400 grammes and has a diameter of 85 mm. The Olympic Park was 200 acres large and its funding cost 11.5 billion pounds. More than seven million tickets were sold. There were also ten thousand officers, and 13,500 members of the armed forces.

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Harry Potter

Harry Potter poster

Harry Potter is a fantastic novel written by Joanne Rowling. She wrote and published the first part in 1997, the other books between 1998 and 2007.

Harry Potter is the story of a boy who lives with his uncle because his parents are dead. At the age of 11, he received an inscription letter from Hogwarts, the school of wizards. Here, he discovers his real nature, and the reason for his parents' death (they were assassinated by Voldemort) and he survived the death spell, and that's why he is famous.

At school Harry Potter learns spells, plays quidditch and discovers magic creatures. But he must be careful because the danger is everywhere and Voldemort wants only one thing: to kill him. In the movies, Harry Potter is played by Daniel Radcliff, and his to best friends Hermione Granger by Emma Watson and Ron Weasley by Rupert Grint.

To conclude, I love Harry Potter and its universe because it is fantastic and interesting. The books are better than the movies but the characters are attractive.

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