July 30, 2012

Summer News .. Relax and enjoy it !!

 Enjoy both the lazy summer and the less lazy OLYMPICS 2012  !

        YES I WAS in England and NO I wasn't participating .. but I watched it all in real Time  Live ( on screen) and realised how British  I must be ...

 If you didn't see it  TAKE TIME to watch and read the links below  and GET READY to join the
ABC Cellar in September....

 OPEN HOUSE 8th / 9th September .. tell and Bring Your Friends , Chat over a cup of tea and cake with other members or newcomers.; and make a good " Back to School" resolution to learn English in a relaxing friendly way with people of all ages and backgrounds !

 Ready ... Steady ....



 Look Forward to seeing you in September .. be amongst  the first to sign up !! Or others will get there first !       Places are limited to 6 per group  !

 ( for more info and tariffs contact me at p.abcbooks@gmail.com )

 Very kind regards to all  wherever you are ! ;)

July 22, 2012

Happy Holidays !

 Have a great, restful , peaceful, sunny holiday  all of you .. I  have met some intersting and motivated people at "open house" this weekend .. aged  12 to  81 and very motivated to join ! .. Am  looking forward to seeing you again in september with the new recruits ! .. send me a mail as soon as you've made the good resolution to sign up for  Conversation classes and Theme Nights at the ABC Cellar... Classes start the 10th of September ! ..
 Very kind regards to all ... however you spend your summer ! .. The cellar and I will be ready and waiting !

July 11, 2012


 There are some places left !!! Next Thursday 19th July from 8- pm to 10pm 5  (12 euros )
 Come and Join us for fun and  games , test your English , your numbers , your general knowledge  meet new people, feel the  AbcCellar atmosphere, drink a glass of wine , hear and speak non -stop English  and win prizes... !

 What  MORE could you want ???  Register at p.abcbooks@gmail.com

May 30, 2012

sketches in English ...THIS WEEK !

 Tomorrow and Friday at the Maison de l'université  Mt st aignan 8.30pm ! Should be very good ! Join me and others there !
 Titles above in French ... bring your friends !


Silly Tchaïkovsky

May 17, 2012

Dinner at la Petite Bouffe Rouen.. Only English spoken !

Come and Order your meal in English from the English Menu! and speak only English between mouthfuls...

 A small selection :
                                      Small white-sausage and Fresh scallop salad
                                      Lobster and prawn "Verrine"
                                      "Parfait" of Goat cheese and smoked salmon
                                                              Main Dishes
                                      Thai Beef
                                      Pork in Caramel with figs or apricots
                                      Lasagna with eggplant, thyme and tomato
                                                       Choice of Cheese


                                       Cheesecake with redberries
                                       Profiterolles with hot chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
                                       Rhubarb crumble


                                    Wine and soft drinks included !

These are just some of the delicious dishes... but because " La petite Bouffe" use mainly fresh ingredients, dishes may vary on the night.

 2 Possible Nights Monday 11th June and Tuesday 19th June 8pm (1 table of 14 per evening)

Price  only  25  euros for a whole evening of Good food, a chance to speak English in a " real life situation" and to  make new anglophile friends  .... and  of course  with some Native English Humour  thrown in !

Reservations  to p.abcbooks@gmail.com by 4th June at the latest.

May 4, 2012

A little bit of culture .... This week in Rouen

 .....I  think  it's in French  ( ?)
 but if you have never seen any Shakespeare , now is the time :

In parallel  to the Olympics , The Globe theatre London  is staging Shakespeare in 38 languages and  ..
In Rouen THIS Sunday , at the place st Marc you can see an extract of Henry  V1 played by the piccola familia .. click on the link for more info ! I cannot join you, sadly  but next week there is also a  VERY English   Film  which I will and you should see . Its a comedy with brilliant English actors  called   Indian Palace .

The avant premiere is on Tuesday 8th at 8pm

 There is also a VERY American film by Madonna  ( ?!) coming out called W/E  But the critics are not good. It's about  Wallace Simpson  and  (King) Edward  who abdicated for her. You may have already seen the KINGS SPEECH  in a very different style. If not You  MUST  first .. It was  So British and Brilliant !..

 .. and don't forget next weekend 12th / 13Th  Sign up for two English afternoons of Tea / cake and  Conversation .. see the  previous blog below.

April 19, 2012

philoso...tea !

                        The next " Theme night" is a "theme" afternoon ! 2 afternoons  in fact.
 Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May from 3.30pm to 5.30 pm  at the Cellar
Tea and Cake included...

 Come and discuss or listen to :

" There are neither bad books  nor ugly women !"

on Saturday...

and /or

on Sunday :

   "Who says the English can't cook "

 Invited Guest : English speaking Cook from " La Petite Bouffe" Rouen,

                                                            Julien leger   

Two fun subjects to discuss  and learn about  amongst fellow anglophiles !

ps both Men  AND women  are welcome on BOTH DAYS !
All ages and levels welcome to register.. but it helps if you enjoy talking  and sharing your ideas!

 Both of these will be starting points to meet new people and to talk about "What we read and why " .."and What the English eat  and how."..

 Come and share your thoughts and experiences and share English  recipes for food and  for life !

 15 euros  per 2 hour session or 25 euros for the 2 sessions :  English tea and cakes included of course...

 Regular Abc  Cellar students can  replace  or catch up their class sessions by subscribing to a weekend session or consider it as their " free theme night" offered with 10 sessions booked.

 ( Minimum of 5 participants . Theme afternoon limited to 10 participants . So  Sign up quick at p.abcbooks@gmail.com First Come First Served !

March 17, 2012

Happy St patrick's day !!

 Things have been quiet here; the quizz nite was cancelled due to health reasons .. but don't worry there will be another  soon... contact me at P.abcbooks if you are interested.
 So .. today is ST Patrick's day ...the place to be is Dublin and  Temple bar . but I'm sure the Irish bars in Rouen will be full tonight. Here is a st patricks quizz for you :http://www.beliefnet.com/section/quiz/index.asp?sectionID=10000&surveyID=67

 enjoy the " craic" ..!https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSk4eWnf_nMwJq-qjailC9s3kycBxWMgzXCLl_vx3ZY3w0hndXYfw ... and if you've never tried it .. try the guinness ! Cheers !

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....