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The dreamers of the day

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find it was in vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. -T.E. Lawrence.

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Pierre Mauroy, Lille’s “different” stadium

This is a rewrite of a post first published in 2016 just after the Euro 2016 match in Pierre Mauroy stadium between Germany and Ukraine, which Germany won 2-0 with goals scored by Mustafi and Schweinsteiger. The Stade Pierre-Mauroy is a rather new and quite unique stadium located in Villeneuve-d’Ascq (in Lille European Metropolis), France. … Continue Reading

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It’s only on the brink that people find the will to change

When a sphere from space lands in New York’s Central Park, the world is faced with a question. The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 2008 American science fiction drama film and a loose adaptation of the 1951 film of the same name. Let’s watch one of its best scenes together:

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Coronavirus: Is the cure worse than the disease?

In the Reading Club series, we read (mostly) books together, enjoy them, and learn from them. In today’s Reading Club, let’s read an thought-provoking article about a problem we are all facing. You can read the beginning of the article here. There’ll be a link at the end to take you to the source, where … Continue Reading

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How do you deal with an overly friendly neighbor?

The Talking Point series provides an opportunity to discuss things in English, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. Here is a talking point: How do you deal with an overly friendly neighbor who asks too many questions about your life?

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MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS:

Modern parallels to “Liberty Leading the People”

We live at a time when the idea of democracy and people’s liberty is every day destroyed by laws made by the powerfuls who govern us. And I see a very good parallel in this XIXth century painting with our time. This Delacroix master piece is a demonstration of the anger of the people in … Continue Reading

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QUESTION TIME:

Question: What’s “knighthood”?

In the Question Time series, we discuss your language-related questions and problems. Here is a question from Blandine: What is a knighthood? And here is the answer…

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TALKING POINTS:

Opening the door for a lady?

The rules of a Gentleman: No 28: Opening the door for a lady is not optional, and will never go out of style. –Andy Rutledge If you are a man… Do you open the door for a lady? (Be honest!) If you are a woman…

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WRITING WORKSHOP:

Writing Workshop: a housewarming party

In the Writing Workshop series, we work together to improve our writing skills: to learn how to write better and more correctly in English. You see below a poorly written text with quite a few mistakes. Our task for this workshop is to spot the mistakes and write a correct version of the text. My … Continue Reading

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READING CLUB:

Reading Club: The Spy Who Came in From The Cold

In the Reading Club series, we read books together, enjoy them, and learn from them. This is the central page for The Spy Who Came in From The Cold. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold is a 1963 Cold War spy novel by the British author John le Carré. It depicts Alec Leamas, … Continue Reading

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FROM THE ARCHIVES:

One day you will wake up and…

One day you’ll wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. – Paulo Coelho

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CORNERSTONE:

University library or universitarian library?

I recently received an email from a friend, which contained the following sentence: I’m busy with my new job at the Law universitarian Library… Is this correct? The short answer is, “No, it isn’t.” The long answer is, “No, it isn’t, but…”

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