February 23, 2012

Moving on ...

 I was delighted to be well enough to welcome " Crystal tears " on Friday and to welcome old and new faces to the Cellar. The concert was really appreciated : Kate's  crystal clear voice was a pleasure to hear and was beautifully accompanied by Olivier who gave a surprising lute   rendition of " Yesterday" which the audience joined in with. Indeed the Elizabethan belief that one should " sing tolerably" before being considered a gentleman was  fulfilled. ..

 So what  next ? well, I'm more or less back on form , and the holidays are looming.  I'm going to try out my spanish for a few days, then will be "teaching" teenagers back at the cellar from the 5th to 9th march from 1pm to 4pm all week .  The course is called " Hop over the channel " ( see poster) so if you have dynamic, eager teenagers in your midsts please tell them to contact me. I need 2 more people ! For the adults, classes are maintained that week...

  By popular demand there will be another games night on Thursday 15th march at 7.30pm. So sign up now !
 ( 12 euros) Places are limited. to 16 .. and there  are still tea towels and Dvds of scotland to be won !!! :) and other things of course.

 On a more personal note I am still looking for ideas for a place in Rouen to hold my Birthday party, The cellar walls, though crumbling at times, are not expandable.. so please tell me if you have ideas of a hall or bigger cellar in Rouen... The invitations will go out soon. ! So  it will be another opportunity to speak English and meet new people with similar interests .... or just people who would be happy to see me turn 38 again !:).. keep me posted ! and happy holidays for those who have some ...

February 7, 2012

Happy Birthday..(.s)

 to Charles Dickens ;200 years ago today .! if you've never read anything by him  now is the Time. Great Literature  to be read and at the Abc Bookshop some of his novels are at only 3 euros : HARD TIMES , PICKWICK PAPERS , OLIVER TWIST and others ... even google's logo was a hommage to him today !
Extract from “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens

The room in which the boys were fed was a large stone hall, with a copper at one end; out of which the master, dressed in an apron for the purpose, and assisted by one or two women, ladled the gruel at mealtimes. Of this festive composition the boys had one porringer and no more – except on occasions of public rejoicing when he had two ounces and a quarter of bread besides. The bowls never wanted washing. The boys polished them with their spoons again till they shone again; and when they had performed this operation (which never took very long, the spoons being nearly as large as the bowls), they would sit staring at the copper, with such eager eyes, as if they could have devoured the very bricks of which it was composed; employing themselves meanwhile, in sucking their fingers most assiduously, with the view of catching up any stray splashes of gruel that might have been cast thereon. Boys have generally excellent appetites. Oliver Twist and his companions suffered the tortures of slow starvation for three months. At last they got so voracious and wild with hunger, that one boy who was tall for his age, hinted darkly to his companions that unless he had another basin of gruel, he was afraid he might some night happen to eat the boy sleeping next to him, who happened to be a weakly youth of tender age. He had a wild, hungry eye and they implicitly believed him. A council was held; lots were cast for who should walk up to the master after supper that evening and ask for more; and it fell to Oliver Twist.

The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the copper; his pauper assistants ranged themselves beside him; the gruel was served out; and a long grace was said over short commons. The gruel disappeared; the boys whispered to each other and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbours nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said, somewhat alarmed at his own temerity,-
“Please, sir, I want some more.”
The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed with stupified astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds; and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralyzed with wonder, the boys with fear.
“What!” said the master at length, in a faint voice.
“Please, sir,” replied Oliver, “I want some more.”
The master aimed a blow at Oliver’s head with the ladle, pinioned him in his arms, and shrieked aloud for the beadle.

 on another  more pleasant note...

 Congratulations to Marie Christine who won the scottish tea towel she had been longing for !

 .. and just to let you know you there is preview showing of the THATCHER film the Iron lady at the Docks next Tuesday at 8.15pm  In English of course.  ! Join me  there if you haven't been invited to a Valentine's day dinner .. ( I haven't  either ).; so  I will just nourish my mind   and be with friends instead... what better way is there to spend valentine's day !?!
 ...... and to finish

FEBRUARY 7, 2012

Another Birthday... ?

 Mine  soon.. I'm not 200  yet though ! .. I would love to spend my Birthday with members of the Cellar who could come and speak English with  old friends and new people ; my only fear  ( 'it's a real one ) is that the cellar is TOO small  to welcome you all . SO if you have any brilliant  ideas of a place in the centre of Rouen for  47 people, then please let me know.. ( evening of 17th / 18th March.) I will provide all  the drinks and  all you  quiche and cake bakers can bring samples of your cooking skills for us to taste. Frederic will supply  live music from his  piano ( portable) ! ...
to be followed....

January 25, 2012

Another Mystery ?? and more theme evenings..

 Well , the Burns Night was a success , even if we had difficulty understanding the " Ode to a Haggis" .. tasting haggis was a new experience for many  of those present , and it went down well ! Thanks to Caroline from the  Irish Shop  in Rouen who came and invited us to smell ( not drink) different Whiskies. Perhaps later in the year we will organise a Tasting session ....

 As soon as I can I will reveal THE LEGS of the one man who came and wore a " sort of kilt" ...

 To encourage you to read the documents I  Distributed  here are some  questions .. the  first  3 people  to contact me on the blog  comments or by mail will win a Scottish  Tea towel .. or a DVD showing the sights of Scotland .. so get to your brochures....

 1) What is the name of the film on the " correct/ incorrect" exercice ?
 2) How does the journalist's father refer to Aberdeen ? ( last article)
3) What is the expression " amber bead" a reference to in the Ode to a Haggis ?

 So   keep an eye on the blog for the next events ..
 " Crystal tears" .. on Friday 17th Feb ...
 A dinner for 14 at the " petite" bouffe in March ; ONLY ENGLISH SPOKEN !!  ( Order your meal  from an English menu in English !) If there is a huge demand this evening can be done twice .. it is limited to 14 each time including 2/ 3 native speakers .... Alot of people have already shown an interest! 2 hours of English Conversation in a " real life"  situation.
 And we will of course find a  suitable way to Celebrate St Patrick  in March with music and product tasting! without getting totally drunk as seems to be the custom over there !

 In April Guilhen the magician will be  back with his show ... date to be announced and of course there will be another games  Night soon  and perhaps a " Speed  talking / dating in English !!!

 Keep you eyes on the blog please I will also organise half days on Saturdays and Sundays at the cellar for 3/ 4 hours of English with " Tea and  Scones".... and if you know teenagers ( nice ones) who want to do English afternoons ( 14/16 year olds) in  the second week of the hols 5th to 9th march then please tell them to contact me for details..

 Thanks again to those who came and made the evening so enjoyable !

 Tell  your friends about the Cellar ... Hope to see you soon...

January 21, 2012

A little recipe idea .... before" Burns Night"

 .. and we say the Scottish people are " tight" with their money ?? ( Thank You Marie Christine for this idea to feed my teenagers !;)

Toast sandwich is UK's 'cheapest meal'

Britain's 'cheapest' lunchtime meal was unveiled by scientists on Wednesday - the toast sandwich.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is reviving the mid-Victorian dish, which, unsurprisingly, consists of two slices of bread around a slice of toast.

The society is so confident in the repast, it will offer £200 to anyone who can create a cheaper alternative.

The meal, costing 7.5 pence, was first promoted by Victorian food writer Mrs Beeton.

It is taken from Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management which became a best-seller after its appearance 150 years ago next month.

To celebrate that anniversary, the RSC decided to focus on meals that reflected "stern days" to come in Britain, rather than one of the book's many "table-groaning creations".

The meal was recreated by a chef at the RSC on Wednesday and offered to people outside their London offices.

The RSC's Dr John Emsley said: "You simply put a piece of dry toast between two slices of bread and butter, with salt and pepper to taste.
I've tried it and it's surprisingly nice to eat and quite filling.

"I would emphasise that toast sandwiches are also good at saving you calories as well as money, provided you only have one toast sandwich for lunch and nothing else."

The toast sandwich provides about 330 calories, and consumers could opt for the healthier alternative of margarine instead of butter - an ingredient not available to Mrs Beeton because she was writing her book before it was invented.

"Of course, when we finally emerge from these dark days we will seek something more celebratory from Mrs Beeton's pantheon of rich recipes to welcome back the good times," Dr Emsley added.
Continue reading the main story
Mrs Beeton's toast sandwich
Toast sandwich being prepared

     * Toast a thin slice of bread
     * Butter two slices of bread and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
     * Place the toast between the two slices of bread-and-butter to form a sandwich

RSC employee Jon Edwards said: "In my student days I thought a meal of '9p noodles' from Tesco was the epitome of thrift - but a toast sandwich is tastier, quicker, has more calories and comes in at just 7.5p."

Mr Edwards added that the 21st Century version of the toast sandwich is healthier than the one from Mrs Beeton's era because of the vitamins and minerals - such as calcium - that are added to bread today.

British Dietetic Association spokeswoman Melissa Little said there were ways to make the toast sandwich much better for not that much more money.

Ms Little said: "You can add an egg for 8p, it's not much and it would give you some protein and keep you fuller for longer - and it would make it taste much better.

"Half a can of sardines for 19p would provide good fats, you would get some fish, and again make you feel fuller for longer.

"Even adding some vegetables, such as cucumbers or carrots - would give you some more nutrients."

She suggested the exercise did highlight that people are struggling to pay for grocery bills and looking for alternatives.

The more people talk about making healthy meals for less money, the better informed people would be, she said.

The first instalment of of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management was published in 1861. It sold over 60,000 copies in its first year of publication and nearly two million by 1868.

As well as recipes the book contained advice on household management, childcare, etiquette, entertaining and the employment of servants.

January 18, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen and Gentlemen

 .. " Il ya Gentlemen et Gentlemen" .. just to remind you to come and hear Patrick gree at Librairie Polis Rue Perciere  Tomorrow 19th talking en francais about the English ? French  ? Sherlock Holmes and Arsene Lupin at 6.15 .. I will be there encouraging you to read the original texts of Course ..
 Look forward to seeing you  over a glass of wine after ....
 " Elementary my dear ....."

January 9, 2012

Games Night This week

  I am happy , or sorry ( ?)  to say that the Games Night on Thursday this week  ( 12th Jan ) is fully booked ... But there will be other dates ....

Here are some of the  types of questions you may be asked , so for those who have booked their places ..
 1)True / False  a preposition is never followed by a noun .

2) Who said  " Beam me up scotty"

 3) How many days does Phileas Fogg have to circumnavigate the globe ?

4) What am I : A welcome place at the end of the day , but not a place for a prolonged stay  .

5) Which Mr. Men character am I ?
 6) Name an animal, an town and a flower beginning with the letter "b" 

 SO ... " get your Thinking caps on " .. and be there for 7.30 pm sharp on Thursday .. for fun and games .. and prizes ! and a chance to play the tombola and buy raffle tickets for the  Scottish Burns Night coming up on the 24th of course....
 Look forward to seeing you soon  at the ABC Cellar...!

January 2, 2012



Here are a few dates  for "theme evenings".. please contact me  ( asap ) as soon as possible at p.abcbooks@gmail.com  if you wish to sign up for any “ theme nights “  or events :
1) Thursday  12TH JANUARY  7.30 pm to 9.30pm another GAMES NIGHT !  2 hours of Fun  English to start the year !.. all levels welcome  invite your friends  and meet new people  (12 euros).

2)Thursday 19th Jan  en fran├žais ?!!.  6.15/30 to 8.30pm «  il ya gentleman et gentleman»Sherlock Holmes vs Arsene Lupin in conjunction with LIBRAIRIE POLIS : LIEU  rue Perciere. Patrick Gree will be talking  en fran├žais and
I will be  reading of extracts of Sherlock Holmes in English  after :   Free entrance  with a glass of wine of course (PLEASE NOTE  No class that evening.)     http://www.librairie-polis.com/
3) Tuesday 24th January Burns Night 8pm  Celebrate Scotland ( very few places left ( 18 euros)

 Is it TRUE that the Scots are  MEAN ?? 
 No of Course not :  and to Prove it : there   TWO  full hampers of Scottish Products to be won with raffle Tickets !. NO MORE EXPENSIVE THAN BEFORE .. so TRY YOUR LUCK !!  3 euros a ticket /  2 for 5 euros or  5 tickets  for 10 EUROS ... A bargain !!

4) Friday 17th February  “Crystal Tears” Soprano Kate Lepage and lutist  :  Elizabethan English songs
 ( 15 euros)

And soon after .. mid March   I would like to plan an English dinner .. possibly   at  “La Petite Bouffe” restaurant just near ABC . Order your meal in English and speak English while eating .. and drinking  !.. price and date to be confirmed; please tell me if you are interested. I will tell you date and price asap! Probably 20/25 euros

And  I will welcome back… The  One Two Two  barber shop singers and
Magician guilhem Julia  dates to be fixed !

  5 ) A Whole Intensive Sunday    7 Full  HOURS  to learn and speak MORE  English , discover texts , music  and Taste British products .. Marmite ? marmelade ,  Baked beans ? Twiglets ?  crumpets ? scones ? hot cross buns ?  Cheddar ? ale ?  10.30 am to  5.30pm SUNDAY 22nd or (  29 april ) . Brunch included .  8 participants max. ( 60 euros)  ( 45 euros if part of  10 classes booked)

Other dates and theme nights will be announced too.. AND  I MAYBE PLANNING A 2 NIGHT WEEKEND TO CANTERBURY by car  for 15 people  in 3 cars… Drivers needed !

SO .. if you have told me you wish to continue classes or come to theme nights  but have not registered officially .. please do so very soon
 Classes and nights will be organised on a  “first paid  first served”  basis and remember  numbers are limited …
Looking forward to welcoming you back and introducing you to the newcomers …

You  and  your friends can come to theme nights without coming to classes .. !! Please note that for classes and theme nights,  payment needs to be made in advance.  Many thanks !

For  Your  teenage Children and  nephews and nieces  ; there is an English course  “ Hop over the channel “ 15 hours ( 150 euros)  from 9am to 12pm from  5th to 9th March at the  Abc Cellar … please spread the word !

SO ….

HAPPY NEW ENGLISH YEAR !! and see you with great pleasure very soon …

December 20, 2011

still Christmas ...

 Well  the Abc Christmas  evening  came and went all too quickly and was, I feel,  a great success .... so now I am preparing the new year, already:

 We begin with another GAMES NIGHT ! Test your vocab, general knowledge, culture and numbers and lots meet new recruits to the cellar ... Sign up as usual at : p.abcbooks@gmail.com. Please find a moment between now and Thursday 22nd , then from the 28th dec to 4th jan to drop in if possible to register and pay. Knowing numbers in advance is important !
 so it's the  Thursday 12th january 7.30 to 9.30pm . "  Glass of wine and Nibbles" served while playing ... then  why not go and have a meal and continue in English after with new found friends ...

 The next " theme " evening is  FREE  and open to all .. and is in fact in  FRENCH .. so as you can  imagine it will not be held in the walls of Abc ( HEAVEN FORBID) !! .. The title is " Il ya gentleman et gentleman" and is  in fact in conjunction with the  Bookshop  POLIS, rue Perciere ; Patrick Gree a specialist in Crime fiction will be giving a  short conference  on Sherlock Holmes and Arsene Lupin at 6.30pm ...  The famous French and English detectives confronting each other ?
 I,  Pascale Greene (  you don't have to be  adetective to notice the similarity in the names !!) will simply be  giving a reading IN ENGLISH of extracts and Commenting the French translations.. and encouraging you  to read in THE ORIGINAL VERSION, in Bilingual editions, the 56 short stories which are better of course  or  simplified texts. Which are a good way to start.

 The evening will end of course end with  a glass of FRENCH wine .. ok you do SOME things better than us  !..

December 13, 2011

and to finish the song and the year...

 ON THE 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me ..
 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING !! . it  must have been very loud ..

 So come and listen to sweeter music when you sign up for the Christmas evening on Thursday .. very few places left .. !
 and ..
Buy Tickets for the Christmas RAFFLE !! ..
 raffle ? what's that . ?.. " a box of goodies" ..  choose your favourite number (s) between 1 and a 1000 and buy tickets to win the traditional English  "christmas hamper "..
 I ticket 4 euros .. 3  for 10 euros  .. includes a " FREE" Conversation class  for you or a friend ..