On ScHoOl UnIfOrMs …


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Pour ou contre le port de l’uniforme à l’école ? La question n’est pas simple, et la réponse ne doit donc pas être courte 🙂
Uniforme, qu’entendez-vous par là ? Qu’en pensent les écoles, les parents ou les élèves ? Qu’en est-il d’un pays à l’autre ? La question est-elle totalement ringarde, ou peut-elle apporter une solution à des problèmes de société ? …

Nos “grands” élèves ont débattu du sujet de façon très animée. Aussi, j’ai pensé qu’ils devraient partager avec vous certaines de leurs réflexions (en anglais dans le texte ;))

Voici donc l’avis de Martine 🙂 Oh, et avant de vous laisser, voici quelques pancartes qui ont servi à notre débat :)Oh and please, feel free to comment !

An essay  about what I think of school uniform

In my opinion, it depends on the age of the pupils .Wearing a school uniform under the age of 15 is possible ; I think it is not a problem, it could even be a very positive decision in a primary school and in a high school.

During the last holidays, I told a friend of mine about this essay in English . She said,  in her childhood she was in a Protestant school and she had to wear a uniform . It was not a issuer for her, on the contrary,  she noticed she made a lot of progress in those years . She didn’t know why ; she said some pupils came from the upper class of the society but it didn’t have an influence of their behavior ; they got along together and she has good memories about these classes. In my view, wearing the same clothes reduces the stress of pupils “ Ho ! my clothes are not fashionable ; it’s a shame”  and so it helps pupils to be more focused on their lessons. The less pupils are stressed , but it is the same for adults, the better they can  work and be concentrated.

Another argument is about belonging to the same school . At this time, many parents are divorced or separated ; it could be especially difficult to live with  for many children ;  and the uniform could give children a sense of belonging and so help children to go through this episode in their life.

When I was a very  young child, I remember having to wear  a kind of apron , a smock certainly because we used sticks of chalk to write on a slate  and also we wrote  on a paper with ink  and a quill. I hated this smock ; first of all  it was a black smock with sleeves and  a little spot of  pink just on the collar ; secondly, this smock opened in the back and it wasn’t practical for a little child;  thirdly , the collar was a Mao-collar and it was a bit tight for my neck. Before implementing the idea of a uniform in a school, it’s important to  have the opinion of pupils about the colors , the materials and the convenience of the uniform.

Although I ‘m not opposed  wearing  a school uniform for pupils,  I think for teen agers and young adults it’s not  appropriate. Teen agers want to be noticed by the opposite sex and the clothes are a way to draw people’s  attention. They often don’t know much  about the other sex and they have to learn to live together and to build something together.

Finally, I think it’s  an issue  of society ; a uniform can remind people of bad things in our history ; uniforms are  used in the Army and  by dictatorships ;  they might represent mind control and death;  on the other hand ,  it could be a way to give equal opportunities to each other  in a society .


On CrEaTiNg FaShIoN … (4)


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Last but not least in our series on fashion invention, My-Hoang is going to tell us all about her creation. Enjoy 🙂

Today we’re going to introduce a technological innovation to you : we’ll call it Tomorrow’s Clothes

They look like clothes you wear every day but they’re special, as they can adjust to the environment where you are. Nice !

For example, a suit can change from a light shade to a dark shade while keeping the initial color when the brightness is reduced. So, you’ll walk around with bright clothes in the day and will wear more discreet ones in the evening.

But technology doesn’t stop there, this kind of clothes can also be adapted to fit the temperature changes. For example, you wear a dress in the morning and when evening comes, the temperature decreases, your piece of clothing will keep you warm and keep a reasonable temperature around your body thanks to multiple heat conductors inside the cloth.

Of course, all these are prototypes at the moment but we’re working on them constantly. The first prototypes should be released in 2020.

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Hello again everyone !

Now, if you’ve been following our chronicles, you’ll know we’re talking serious stuff here 🙂

Today, I have the pleasure to introduce Bertrand and his invention to you. We’re not in the humanitarian field anymore, but today’s post will highly interest musicians !

Now, here comes the artist !

RHYTHM & SHOES (by Bertrand)

When you play the guitar, you have to focus your mind on three essential elements: the melody, the beat and the expression. Besides, sometimes you may contribute to the vocal part of the song as a singer or as a chorister. The mental load is high with a huge concentration level.

Often guitar players tap their foot to the beat and become percussion players. When the song is slow or sad, ie: “The Bluest Blues” Alvin Lee Ten Years After or “Stairways to Heaven” Led Zeppelin, it is unsuitable.

It dawned on me I could create shoes dedicated to guitar players. The outside design of the shoe is unchanged. An electromagnetic beating system is included in the sole of the shoe with a radio device to monitor the rhythm connected to a watch or directly to the pre-amp of the guitar.

It is very comfortable and relieves the mental load of the musician who can concentrate on notes and expression especially when soloing.

I think that the brand of the shoes “Rhythm and Shoes” which sounds like “Rhythm and Blues” should please guitar players. The names of famous guitar players as Samantha Fish, Ana Popovic, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, or legends as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Carlos Santana, could be used to differentiate the various models of “Rhythm and shoes” and sponsored by them.

Of course, the design of the shoes will be patented and the trademark registered.

On CrEaTiNg FaShIoN … (2)


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Now, this is our students’ second attempt at creating fashion, or should I say reinventing fashion 🙂 Now I told them : Your ideas are so good I’d like to share them on our blog, but we’re running the risk of seeing some ill-intentioned designer steal them 😉

Hail, oh you traveller who enjoys to explore far-off lands, yet cannot stand to see a mosquito in your way 🙂 This is for you, from Anne-Marie

Travel safely and fashionable!

Have you ever travelled to sub-tropical subtropical countries? If so you must know that a great number of serious diseases are caused by insect bites, like fleas, ticks, gnats, and mosquitoes. Viruses or parasites can be transmitted to human through insect bites, and cause serious infection as Malaria, Dengue fever, Zika, Yellow fever, Chikungunya…

So it is easy to understand that “avoiding insect bites is key to preventing these nasty infections”!

That’s the reason why our startup has developed an innovative solution through creating a line of clothing against insect bites. Bye bye mosquito nets, sprays and tablets…Welcome to our lightweight overalls hand-dyed in rich hues of blue, gold and red to wear with a veiled hat, velvet gloves and shoes with moisture resistant soles. All these pieces/items/components are embedded at the molecular level with bug spray and perfumed with lemongrass.

The effectiveness is guaranteed to last for 5 years, based on a washing per week. Our insect repellent outfit will be marketed as soon as we find a manufacturer…


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Hello everyone 🙂

Our advanced class is currently working on “fashion”.Last week, we watched a video about a man who came up with the idea to make “shoes that grow”. This was to supply kids from poor countries with lasting shoes.

Then, the students had to coin their own invention in order to meet an existing need. Below is the first attempt by Véronique, in the forme of a letter. I hope you’ll enjoy it !

My dear C.,

Weeks ago, when we met in this wonderful restaurant, you asked me to come up with an idea for your clothing line, to rival your competitors.

You have always trusted me, and today, I think I can present you with a real new concept.

Here is the idea.

I think we could focus on the shirts. The concept is “NO DEADLINE! “

What is the shirt weak point? The collar ! Isn’t it ? Collars are not as affected by washing machine as the rests of the shirt. Well, the expensive price of your brand could justify to provide a longer life to the shirts.

I’s not talking about only one offer … but two. Then, you could sell shirts with a “no deadline” concept. Let me explain …

First, your customers will be able to bring back their shirts when the collar is used, and your sewing service will remove the collar and will sew the other side.

Second, why don’t you offer to change the collar when the two sides are used, in order to keep the shirt for a longer time ?

You can afford this, because you can cut and sew collars in the remnant of the fabric, and you already have a sewer service.

However, your brand image will be increased, especially in the ecologic 21th century. With the help of a wonderful advertisement campaign, I’m sure you’ll stay the leader on the market. You will increase your customer’s loyalty, and make them think that this represents a saving which could help them to buy other piece of clothes !

As you can see, I haven’t forgetten that you’re a business woman, leader of a great company !

I look forward to hearing from you,


MoThEr’S dAy (5)


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This might be my last post about Mother’s Day, but not the least, as Evelyne is a good writer. I hope these stories will help you reminisce some good old time with your own mom 🙂

In May or in June, Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world. I was 5 years-old when France officially formalized it. I have few memories of those events, except once when my mother sat down to hear my “compliment” and I slipped a cushion under her feet to make her feel more at ease.

Every year we celebrated “mothers”, as my grandmother was living with us ; so we gave them a bunch of flowers from the garden as a gift, it was not in our habit to offer anything else. We ’d rather have a good meal.

I remember a special day I had with my mother. As usual, my father had gone to get some grain for his poultry. The store where he bought his grain also sold household items.

I can still see him coming back on his bike, carrying his grain and squeezing a little box under his arm. He put away his grain and brought this box into the kitchen. He handed it to my mother, telling her he had bought something that would please her.

My mother  usually handled all money matters and my father would never buy anything she had not formally requested.

A little coldly she says to him: What is it? With shiny eyes, my father replied : Please open it, you will see !

We, the three children, were waiting nearby for the little box to be opened and especially watching for my mother’s reaction. She then opened the box and took out a device to cut the potatoes into French fries. My father had seen this article in the store and thought that this little tool would simplify her work. We used to eat a lot of fries with our steaks. It was small, but she could not have been more pleased with a gift (bought because it was mother’s day.)

My mother was smiling, with tears in her eyes. My father was moved and discreetly laughed. They were happy.

It was years ago, but this memory is still present in my mind and in my heart.

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Today’s story takes place some decades ago, when life was definitively harder but also more simple for many families. I present Mireille and her mom 🙂

Something about my mother

When I was a young girl, my mother was a very busy woman. She had to manage a family of 6 people. She grew almost all the vegetables we ate in our garden and she made food preserves, she had a henhouse and she had to take care of it. She had to cook, to do the dishes and to wash the laundry and to clean the house, everything a woman used to do at that time and she didn’t have all the household appliances we can enjoy now.  Moreover, when she had some spare time, she sewed and knitted to dress all of us.

So I can’t remember any time she had the opportunity to rest and only chat with me, except on the rare occurrence I was ill .

  When I  was  ill , I  could  stay  in my  bedroom , and my mother brought me some herb tea , my pills , she worried if I had a high temperature . But the  most important  reason I have to remember this  quiet time of illness , is that she  came near my bed with a  Charles  Perrault book and , even if she had a  lot  of  work to do , she  read me one  of the fairy tale which delighted my childhood .

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In our series about Mother’s Day, here is one more post with a cute story. Let me introduce Véro and her special Mother’s Day 🙂

About 12 years ago, my daughters were 4 and 6, I had a wonderful surprise on a Sunday morning.

My girls came into my bedroom, to wake me up, they wouldn’t to wait for a long time, as they were so proud of themselves …

Mommy, come with us, to have breakfast …. Hurry up !

Then, in the kitchen, I saw that they had fixed breakfast, to be kind to me. As they were young, it was a great proof of love.

Then, I toast down at the table, where a bowl of cereals was waiting for me, and I only had to add some milk or yogurt.

I added milk, and began to eat, in front of my girls, so happy, enjoying their gift ..

Suddenly, I saw something very strange among my cereals and the milk … not piece of fruit, not piece of cereals but .. something like dust .. it was surprising.

So, I stared at my bowl, and I saw little things … extremely unpleasant that I was about to eat …..

What had happened ?

My girls told me the whole story : the cereals had fallen on the ground, but “no problem mommy, because we took the duspan and the brush, and put all the cereals in your bowl !”