A Summer of Fish ’n’ Chips on ARTE

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 July 2017 > In the News

Every summer, ARTE announces a new theme for six weeks of special programming. This year, until 20th August, ARTE’s “Summer of Fish ’n’ Chips” is celebrating six decades of British pop culture with plenty of movies, documentaries et concerts. The Summer of Fish ’n’ Chips is full of great concert recordings from PJ Harvey, Blur, … Continue reading “A Summer of Fish ’n’ Chips on ARTE”

Doctor She

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 20 July 2017 > In the News

It was the British equivalent of making an announcement during the halftime break in the U.S. Superbowl game. Immediately after the 2017 Wimbledon men’s final the BBC revealed what the entire U.K. seemed to have been waiting for… that the next actor to portray the lead in sci-fi series Dr Who would be… a woman! … Continue reading “Doctor She”

Around the World in 80 Days

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 04 July 2017 > In the News

As many British cyclists set off on the 2017 Tour de France, Mark Beaumont set off on a much longer cycling challenge. He is trying to cycle around the world in 80 days, in homage to Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel. To qualify for the Guinness World Record for cycling around the world, Beaumont needs … Continue reading “Around the World in 80 Days”

Remembering Jane Austen

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 18 July 2017 > Celebrate

Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen remains one of Britain’s best-loved authors. Yet in her short lifetime, she was unknown. Austen was born in 1775 in Hampshire, the seventh of eight children of a vicar. She had a happy childhood and youth in a family that read books aloud to each other and … Continue reading “Remembering Jane Austen”

Honouring Jane Austen

Posted by Speakeasy News > > Celebrate

On 18 July, the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Bank of England revealed a new £10 bearing the image of one of Britain’s most enduring authors. Austen joins Winston Churchill, who has been honoured on the £5 note since September 2016, and the artist JMW Turner, whose portrait will adorn the £20 note … Continue reading “Honouring Jane Austen”

Big Ben Under Repair

Posted by Speakeasy News > > In the News

Big Ben symbolises London and is an iconic part of the British capital’s skyline. But from 2017 to 2020, Big Ben will look and sound very different, because it needs major repairs. The tower, clock and Big Ben bell have given more than 150 years faithful service, including continuing to ring the quarter hours and … Continue reading “Big Ben Under Repair”

Classes européennes, the Come-back: Tell Us What You Think!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 18 July 2017 > Pedagogy

After a short break, the education ministry has announced that classes européennes can once more be offered in collèges. We’d love to have your input about these classes and the topics that work well in them. Do you have five minutes to spare to fill in our online questionnaire? We’d really appreciate it if you … Continue reading “Classes européennes, the Come-back: Tell Us What You Think!”

Robin Hood Festival

Posted by Speakeasy News > > Celebrate

Since the Middle Ages, Nottingham’s Sherwood Forest has been associated with Robin Hood, the outlaw who stole from the rich to feed the poor. The city celebrates its most famous son with a Robin Hood Festival in August and a Pageant in October. No one knows whether Robin Hood really existed. If he did, who … Continue reading “Robin Hood Festival”

Valerian Strikes Back!

Posted by Speakeasy News > > What's On

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the new film by Luc Besson adapted from the science-fiction comic strip series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that inspired a whole generation of artists, writers and film-makers… including Georges Lucas. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) form a team … Continue reading “Valerian Strikes Back!”