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Fortunately, Unfortunately 2013

Yes, it's time for the collège (3ème) group to write a "Fortunately, Unfortunately" story.
Here are this year's efforts:

They could all have the same title: A Really Bad Day, although this was not intentional.

I was going on my holidays to Guadeloupe.
Unfortunately, the plane was cancelled, there were some terrorists.
Fortunately, everyone was safe and sound.
Unfortunately, the terrorists hijacked the plane.
Fortunately, the passengers could take another plane.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a pilot.
Fortunately, a man on the plane was a pilot.
Unfortunately, there was some turbulence.
Fortunately, they had almost arrived at the destination.
Unfortunately, the plane couldn’t land because the runway was flooded.

By Maureen & Eva

I was going to school.
Unfortunately, I missed my bus.
Fotunately, my dad took me by car.
Unfortunately, his car broke down.
Fortunately, he repaired the car.
Unfortunately, I forgot my book.
Fortunately, the teacher was absent.
Unfortunately, she was replaced.
Fortunately, my friend lent me a book.
Unfortunately, it was the wrong one.
Fortunately, there was a fire drill, so I didn't need the book.

By Yann & Valentin

I went to eat at a restaurant.
Unfortunately, my car didn’t have any petrol.
Fortunately, I had a bike.
Unfortunately, I didn’t find the restaurant.
Fortunately, I had a sandwich in my bag.
Unfortunately, my sandwich fell into a puddle.
Fortunately, I found a baker’s.
Unfortunately, they didn’t have a sandwich.
Fortunately, I was on a diet.
Unfortunately, I stopped last week.
Fortnately, I bought a tart and a croissant.

by Blandine & Inès

Hello from the Ukraine!

A few days ago I received an e-mail from a student called Sabina in the Ukraine.

This is what she wrote:

Hello, Bronwen.

My name is Sabina. I'm from Eastern part of Ukraine. Today I've been surfing the Internet in search some more information about FCE testing (which I am going to pass this June). And I reached your article "How to write a story". I found your material really useful and incredibly interesting either for my preparation or to my hobby in creating stories.

As for me, I want to pass FCE test because I'd like to have some reward in such field of study as language. Also it means for me a symbolic point in English which gives me a start, an opportunity to pass DELF/DALF exams in near future.

Thank you for sharing an experience in this exam.

Yours faithfully,

Thank you for such a lovely e-mail, Sabina, and good luck with your exams!

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So, what did you do at the weekend? 2

Rennes Air Show 2010

Rennes airshow 2010

BC: What did you do at the weekend Romain?

Romain:I went to Rennes airport to see an air show which commemorated The Battle of Britain from World War 2.

BC:Did you have a good time?

Romain:Oh, yes, it was great! It was really beautiful watching the planes moving in the sky, in 3D, in freedom.

 Red Arrows at Rennes

BC:What sort of planes did they have there?

Romain:There were old war planes, such as the Spitfire, the Zero and the Messerschmitt. There were also acrobatic demonstrations by the Rennes aero club instructor and the French Air Force acrobatics team. They had old planes such as the DC-3, and Air Force planes such as the TBM 200 and the Rafale.

BC:As the air show was to commemorate The Battle of Britain, were there any other British planes there, apart from the Spitfire?

Romain: Yes, the famous Red Arrows were there! They are considered to be the best aeronautical acrobatic team in the world so it was an honour to see them. During the demonstration one of the pilots stayed down to explain the different acrobatic figures, and as the Red Arrows came in front of us he said through the microphone: “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are proud to present THE ENGLISH RED ARROWS!”

Red Arrows Rennes air show

BC: You took some very good pictures too, I see.

Romain: Yes, I took a lot of photos. It was a wonderful day out which I’ll never forget and I’d like to thank all the demonstrators who took part. One day, I hope that I’ll be on the other side of the barrier – because I really love flying too and my aim is to become a professional pilot.

BC: Thanks for telling us about your weekend, Romain - and I hope your dream of becoming a pilot comes true!

To have a little taste of the Rennes Air Show which took place on 25th & 26th September 2010, click on the link below. The Red Arrows performance comes at the end of the clip. It's certainly worth watching.

Historical note: The Battle of Britain was the name given to the air campaign (Luftwaffe against the Royal Air Force) which took place over the English Channel and the Home Counties (Surrey, Sussex, Kent) between 10th July & 31st October 1940. For more information about this decisive battle, click on the link below: