Cast ne’er a clout ‘til the pandemic be out

Clothing life after Covid by Daniel I’m sitting here, thinking about which clothes I’m looking forward to wearing again after the pandemic finishes. What clothes could they be? ‘Fancy’ clothes for nights on the town? A suit for the théâtre? A tuxedo as I hang around in high class bars and pretend to be James […]

ELC meets TED

As our avid readers will surely know, ELC has a particular passion for TED. For those of you who do not yet know the TED conferences, they bring together people with fascinating stories, innovative ideas, and positive messages for the world. Their motto is “Ideas Worth Spreading…” and their initials stand for Technology Entertainment and […]

Beware the Ides of March – Upper-inters

2020-21 The Journal of a Pandemic year I have just had an incredible thought. It may have been intentional. It may have been a co-incidence, but when I think back to my A-levels studies in German, French and English literature, no less than five of my compulsory novels were about people living in lockdown. And […]

Beware the Ides of March – Advanced learners

‘Beware the Ides of March,’ the soothsayer warns Julius Caesar. Perhaps we should too. One year ago, the Ides of March, the ancient Roman name for 15th March, marked the beginning of lockdown in France. With a grimdetermination, we locked ourselves down, put on our masks, sanitised our hands and stopped seeing friends and all […]

Beware the Ides of March – Intermediates

Beware the Ides Flies of March! While I really like the month of March, it has given us many memorable experiences and expressions over history, and not all are good. For example, the Ides of March was an important Roman religious date, famous for being the day when Julius Caesar found out that knives are […]

Beware the Ides of March – Beginners

A Year in the M***e I love an excuse to celebrate : Birthdays, anniversaries, festivals, the list goes on, but this month we’re “celebrating” a year of living with Covid. When I look at the photos on my phone or my Facebook feed at the beginning of last year, I see images of my family and […]

ELC gains a member

It is with great pleasure that I say hello to you, and I do hope you have been staying safe and out of the wind as winter wraps itself around this beautiful city. Though having spent the previous six years living in Milan, I do prefer the winter here than further north! I’ve been in […]

ELC goes green

Amy barks up the wrong tree I have always loved plants. When I was an infant child, my mother used to stimulate me by asking me to point to the different species growing around the house whilst I sat in my pushchair. “Where’s the begonia?” she would say, and I would smile sweetly, while thinking […]

ELC reads some books

Summer is a time I always put aside to catch up on the numerous books that I have wanted to read during the year. I put my subscriptions to newspapers on standby and instead turn to the joys of “real reading”. On a trip to Book-In-Bar in Aix in July, I was drawn to the […]