Posted on 16/12/2010
My name is Pierre and I live in Cantenay, which is a town next to Angers. I like action movies, but I can’t bear horror films. My favourite sports are windsurfing, surfing and fishing. I love video games, art and animals. I want to be in the marines when I leave school. I lived on Reunion Island for 4 years. That’ all I can say about me. Looking forward to hearing from you. Kindest regards, Pierre
Posted on 06/01/2011
Hello! I don’t speak English very well, so my blog will be fairly short. Cantenay is my village. It is north of Angers and next to the Mayenne (a river where I fish). There's not much to do and I admit there is only a river. However, it suits me because my passion is fishing. If you prefer sports though, you can go to the gym. A lot of old people go to the gym on Tuesdays, and it's not always nice to see. Well, I'll let you go. Happy New Year! Pierre
Posted on 10/02/2011
Hello Tyler! Last Tuesday, Antoine and I played video games all afternoon as our physics teacher was off sick. I'm sorry but basketball is not my thing and for the sports news I just know that France won their football match against Brazil I'm looking forward to my holidays. Have to run. Bye! Pierre
Posted on 31/03/2011
Last week we saw a film called ‘Bowling for Columbine’
Here are my views on the movie:
Michael Moore, the producer and director of the movie, talks about carrying guns and violence involving guns in the USA . He implies that violence has increased because people are allowed to possess guns. 11,000 deaths are caused by gunshots every year. For example, in a school in Columbine two adolescents shot 12 students and killed one teacher.
Well that's what I call a well-filled weekend:
Saturday: At 9am I got up and went jogging for 1 hour. Between 1pm and 4pm, I went windsurfing. It was difficult after the drive to the location where I went windsurfing.
Sunday: I got up at 7am and left for Nantes at 8am for a regatta board. After 5 hours of hard work at the regatta I was placed 25th out of 42 windsurfers. Not bad for my first regatta!
The holidays ended last night, and from now until the end of the trimester, we have school!
o Customs and traditions in France:
- The custom and tradition are many and varied France.
I'm not going to go through all the points listed above, but I will give some examples:
National Day (Bastille Day) commemorates 14 July 1789, the symbolic day of the French Revolution. That summer, there was a lot of agitation in Paris. Faced with popular discontent, the King convened the Estates-General, a meeting of representatives of the nobility, the clergy and the third estate. This resulted in a reform of institutions and, on 9 July, the National Constituent Assembly was created. On the wake of 11 July, the king brought in secret Swiss and German regiments near Versailles to enter Paris. The rumour soon spread that royal troops were preparing to enter Paris to attack the people and their representatives. On the morning of 14 July, angry Parisians searched for weapons at the Invalides, and then they headed to the old royal fortress of Bastille in search of powder. After a day of bloody shootouts, and thanks to the rallying of the National Guard, Parisians seized Bastille and began its demolition. There were only seven prisoners in the prison at the time. However, seeing that this old medieval prison embodied the arbitrariness of the the French absolute monarchy, by demolishing it, the Parisians symbolically opposed and brought down a bulwark of absolutism. And that day, which marks the beginning of the Revolution, is remembered as the day of freedom for the French people.
The National Day also refers to another less known event: the Feast of the Federation of 14 July 1790.
Another holiday that is celebrated by the French is Candlemas. Candlemas is a Christian holiday officially called the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. It was also once called Hypapante. It commemorates the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem and the purification (or the churching) of his mother, the Blessed Virgin (Luke 2, 22). Candlemas is currently celebrated on 2 February.