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(French) Science- Remember the Moon landing?

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 3 Apr 2023, 06:04

In 1969 man first set foot upon the moon with the NASA Apollo 11 program. 
I remember it well at the time I was at school and we children had been given a free day off school, in order to watch this remarkable event at home on the television, as it unfolded - live in real time of man landing on the moon.

I remember looking at the moon that same night,  I could barely believe that it was happening. The moon looked exactly the same to me,  yet I now knew that human beings had actually walked on that moon.  That thought was awesome!

However, as I watched the TV pictures I was quite disappointed  to see that the moon looked quite boring, dull, dusty and dark. The moon had been formed when a rock smashed into earth but even so i had half expected it to have contained some form of organic structures mountains or plants on it or something yet it only seemed to be covered in  lots of rocks and dust. 

I have since learned that the Lunar surface contains an array of compounds made of minerals like olivine and pyroxene, which are made up of magnesium, iron, silicon, and oxygen atoms. But it also includes Gold, Silver and mercury ! according to PBS.9( Jul 2019)

The reactions of the astronauts was very interesting, as they interacted with this dusty new environment, it was good to hear their conversations as they spoke their thoughts out aloud. 

I heard that memorable line by Neil Armstrong one of the astronauts.

"One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind"

In the evening as I wrote my essay for school about man's journey to the moon, I felt like it had been all our journeys,  because  mankind had witnessed and experienced it for themselves through the eyes of the astronauts on TV.

Now I believe that they are going to return again to the moon, for another mission. The race is back on again !

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Daffodils in Spring time

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 19 Mar 2023, 19:48

Bright yellow daffodild

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Une longue promenade pendant une belle journée de printemps

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 21 Mar 2023, 03:28

Vendredi, et quand je suis allé me ​​promener dehors, le soleil brille il y a beaucoup de soleil,  j'ai senti la chaleur sur mon visage, pour la première fois cette année ! Je pouvais sentir que le printemps était dans l'air ! Quelque chose se réveillait dans la nature

C'était dans la douce  chaude de l'air, le clapotis ludique de l'eau dans les ruisseaux qui coulent rapidement,  le pépiement joyeux et pressant des oiseaux dans les arbres. Il se passait quelque chose, quelque chose changeait autour de moi.
J'ai marché le long de la route du parc, sur le bord de l'herbe verte, tout à coup j'ai été soumis à une explosion de jonquilles dorées. qui ils m'ont ravies!

Cela m'est immédiatement venu à l'esprit, le poème de Wordswoth, sur les jonquilles. Il a dû rencontrer le printemps aussi et a été inspiré pour prendre la plume sur papier pour exprimer cette scène étonnante, délicieuse et joyeuse qu'il avait rencontrée lors de sa promenade.

C'était comme si chaque fibre de mon être devenait vivante après des mois de mort et d'enterrement à l'intérieur à la maison, à l'abri des froids arctiques de l'hiver. Maintenant, Je me sens libre! 


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Suffering- it is part of being human!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 6 May 2023, 22:42

We all suffer at some point in life. My husband is suffering right now, he has gone and torn a muscle in his side and is in pain. It happened when he bent over in the garden to place a plant the other day. He has a hernia on the other side and must wait in a long queue for his operation. He also has a painful hip (wear and tear)

As for me, I suffer from general anxiety disorder, each time I have to face a crowded place like a supermarket or a crowded bus, I go into a panic mode!
I prefer going into an empty church during the week, rather than on Sunday mornings when there is a full congregation.

I am not anti social or anything like that, because I do have friends, It's just that I like quietness. I am slightly hard of hearing and sometimes people think I am being stupid when I say "sorry can you repeat that please." One of my sons has a heart problem and he has a pain when he walks too much. He suffers pain.

I am so glad that I can study with the OU by distance learning, because this suits my mental health really well, although tutorials still freak me out quite a bit!

So please don't worry dear reader because everyone suffers sometimes suffering is part of the human condition and you are by no means alone!

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Le Téléphone Intelligent!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 18 Mar 2023, 15:30

J'ai lu dans l'unité 5 apropos  la science sur les inventions technologiques du 21e siècle, comme les fonctions étonnantes du téléphone intelligent (lancé en 2007).C'est comme avoir un mini-ordinateur dans votre poche, et il est si polyvalent!

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Il existe de nombreuses applications que vous pouvez utiliser sur le téléphone intelligent, telles que la musique i-pod, la radio, les médias sociaux, les SMS, les appels vidéo, les jeux, l'appareil photo, le téléphone bien sûr, les cartes, regarder un film, les achats en ligne, les opérations bancaires,  les livres electronique et l'internet. 📱🎧

Les gens utilisent des applications médicales pour les aider à garder un contrôle sur leur santé.
Beaucoup d'amis restent en contact les uns avec les autres sur Facebook, Twitter, Whats App et autres.📱

Je pense qu'un smartphone présente de nombreux avantages pour rester en contact avec la famille et des amies.👨‍👩‍👦

Cependant, vous pouvez devenir trop dépendant et éprouver une anxiété extrême si vous perdez votre téléphone ou si vous ne vous souvenez plus où vous l'avez posé! Vous pouvez également passer beaucoup de temps sur un smartphone !

Un smartphone pour moi, cela a été une bouée de sauvetage, surtout dans une region rurale. Je devrais parcourir 30 miles jusqu'à la ville, donc maintenant je peux appeler chez moi si je manque mon bus pour dire que je serai en retard. 📱

Je peux aussi faire du shopping en ligne, si ce n'est pas disponible dans les magasins. car nous n'avons pas beaucoup de grands magasins par ici donc je n'ai pas toujours envie de me déplacer en ville l'hiver dans le froid!

Non seulement cela, mais je conserve une grande partie de mes devoirs de l'université sur le smartphone, y compris des essais et des documents et notes importants !
Je pense que j'utilise mon Smartphone encore plus souvent que j'utilise l'ordinateur !
Êtes-vous d'accord? ou pensez-vous que c'est une bénédiction ou une nuisance?📱

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Incredible inventions- The Smartphone

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 3 Aug 2023, 18:26

 I have been reading in unit 5 science about the technological inventions of 21st century, like the amazing functions of the smart phone (launched in 2007). It is just like having a mini computer in your pocket it is so versatile.

There are many applications or apps you can use on the smart phone, such as music player, radio, social media, texting, video calls, gaming, camera, phone of course, maps, watch a movie, on line shopping, banking, e-books and the internet. Some people use medical apps to help them to keep a check
on their health.

 A lot of friends keep in touch with each other on face book, Twitter, Whats App and others.
I think there are many benefits of having a smartphone  for keeping in touch with family and friends.

However, you can become too dependant and can experience extreme anxiety if you loose your phone or if you can't remember where you laid it down.

Having a smartphone for me, it has been a life line especially out in a Rural area. I would have to travel 30 miles to the town or city so I can ring home if I miss my bus to say I will be late.

 I can also buy something on line, if it is not available in the shops.because we do not have too many large shops around here so I do not always want to travel to town in the freezing cold winter!

I also keep a lot of my homework from Uni on the smartphone, including essays and important documents and notes!

On the whole I think I use my Smartphone more often than I use the computer!

Do you agree? or do you think it is a mixed blessing or a nuisance?

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Scientific language in french

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 16 Mar 2023, 10:29

Today I managed to photocopy some of the module e- book in french. This is for practising speaking scientific vocabulary, to get used to the sounds and pronunciation of words in french. I also have to look at writing a thesis and anti thesis when speaking about the field of genetics.

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❄Le temps est glacial! ❄

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 15 Mar 2023, 12:41

Je me sens assez mal ces derniers jours. J'ai eu des courbatures et des maux de tête horribles. ⚡😖 je ne sais pas ce que c'est exactement. 😟Je n'ai pas du tout mal à la gorge, mais j'ai mal au cou et à la tête. J'espère que je n'attrape pas un autre virus. Tout a commencé au début du "grand froid"  en ce moment. Je me sens tres froid!😖🌨

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Nobel Prize

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 11 Mar 2023, 14:27

Alfred Nobel filed a patent for the invention of dynamite in 1867. Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928, while the electric light bulb was invented by Thomas Edison in 1880. Nobel had decided before his death to use his fortune to finance a prize to reward people who have rendered great service to humanity.

Source Open university unit 5 The importance of science

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Learning about science

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 16 Mar 2023, 10:31

Studying unit 5 science in french language. Not only do I have to learn french but also science too! I was not very clever in science at school. However, I do like the medical side of this unit, having worked in the medical field myself if only in a minor role. I really enjoy finding out all about DNA and genetic engineering, gene editing eradicating diseases. This is very positive and exciting for the future! There are also ethical questions to take into consideration. I am surprised I am finding this unit so interesting. Well it's never too late to learn!

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The Importance of Science

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 30 Mar 2023, 10:04

A table showing varies countrys who have won the nobel prize in science

Here is a table of nobel prize winners (by country)  in the world, for scientific development and progress.  Categories include chemistry, physics, medicine and physiology, science and economics.It is good to see Uk in second place on this chart!

Source Ou L332 Unit 5 section1 The importance of science

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Ma merveilleuse balade à vélo! 🚵‍♂️🚵‍♀️

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 14 Aug 2023, 19:31

J'adore faire du vélo sur les routes de campagne près de chez nous. Je pédale avec mon amie le long de l'aiguillage du retour, en passant les champs, les cheveux au vent! À un moment, nous devons rouler sur le bord de l'herbe au lieu de la route, car la piste est trop caillouteuse ! c'est un peu précaire pendant un moment mais tres amusant !

Bientôt, nous sommes de retour sur la route droite et lisse, qui mène au prochain village, nous passons sur un pont où en-dessous coule un ruisseau bouillonnant, puis nous suivre un champ de moutons et passons devant l'ancienne gare qui a été transformée en maison. Nous pouvons voir le banc devant nous au sommet avec une vue incroyable au coucher du soleil.

En descendant de nos vélos, nous marchons le reste du chemin jusqu'au banc, pour nous asseoir un moment et regarder le soleil commencer à se coucher.  Nous regardons des volées d'oiseaux et voyons, et passer un lapin ou deux. Certains oiseaux de nuit chantent doucement dans les arbres.

Il y a des campions rouges sauvages, des soucis jaunes des marais et des fleurs de lys sauvages blanches qui poussent à côté des haies. Après un bref repos, nous remontons nos vélos prêts à repartir vers le prochain village.

Au coin de la rue, nous voyons un petit pub de village illuminé d'un panneau "The Bell" à l'extérieur, il y a quelques tables, nous tournons à droite ici et nous nous arrêtons pour nous reposer. À l'intérieur, un feu de bois brûle vivement, dans une grande cheminée. Seuls quelques clients à l'intérieur car il est encore en début de soirée. Le pub a l'air vraiment vieux, un bâtiment de type cottage, avec tous les vieux boiseries et poutres en chêne d'origine. 

L'ambiance est chaleureuse au pub, un couple de vieux mecs vient s'asseoir et échange une conversation animée en rigolant un peu ensemble. Quand nous avons fini de manger nos sandwichs et de boire, nous payons et disons bonne nuit au propriétaire et retrouvons nos vélos à l'extérieur

Nous devons maintenant allumer nos feux de vélo, car il commence à faire plus sombre. De là, nous roulons à gauche jusqu'au carrefour et tout droit sur la route principale qui ramène à notre village. Alors que nous rentrons le village, il n'y a pratiquement pas de circulation sur la route et nous ressentons le besoin d'aller plus vite pour rentrer avant la nuit. 

À ce stade, nous volons très vite en descente, c'est assez exaltant! dans la brise fraîche du soir, qui sent le mouton et l'herbe des prés. Ça sent bon et doux!

 Devant nous, les lumières de notre village scintillent pour leur souhaiter la bienvenue alors que nous nous rapprochons de chez nous.

Maintenant, nous attendons avec impatience une bonne tasse de thé!

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The Inter- languages forum

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 4 Mar 2023, 01:41

I have really enjoyed taking part in the inter - languages forum as part of L332 tma oral practise.  I have learned a great deal from spanish, german and french students, it has given me an insight into the cultures of those countries. The subjects were interesting and varied. It has been an informative experience!

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My wonderful weekend bike ride 🚵‍♂️🚴‍♂️🌳

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 14 Aug 2023, 19:28

I love riding my bike down the country lanes near where we live. I ride with my friend along the switch back, passing the fields, hair flying in the wind. At one part we  have to ride on the grass verge instead of the road, as track is too stony!   it is a bit precarious for a while but fun! 

At last we are back on the straight smooth road that leads to the next village here we pass over a bridge where runs a bubbling brook, then riding on past a field of sheep and past the old railway station that has been converted in to a house. We can see the bench up ahead at the top of the hill. 

There is an amazing vista from there at sunset, so we dismount and walk the rest of the way to the bench, to sit for a while and watch the sun starting to set, usually it is still light, we watch flocks of birds and see a rabbit or two scampering past. Some night birds sing sweetly from the trees. There are wild red campions, yellow marsh marigolds and white wild lily flowers growing beside the hedgerows. After a brief rest we mount our bikes again ready to ride off towards the next village. 

At the corner we see a little village pub lit up a sign "The Bell" outside, there are a few tables, we turn right here and stop for a rest. Inside a log fire is brightly burning,  in a large fireplace. Only a  few customers inside as it is still early evening. The pub looks really old , a cottage type building, with all the original old oak panelling and beams. 

The atmosphere is warm in the pub a couple of old chaps come in seat themselves and exchange lively conversation, having a little chuckle together. When we had finished eating our sandwiches and drink, we pay and say goodnight to landlord and find our bicycles outside again. 

We have to switch on our bike lights now as it is starting to be darker. From here we ride left to the junction again and straight onto the main road leading back in to our village. 

As we ride home, there is hardly any traffic on the road and we feel the urge to go faster to get home before dark. At this stage we are flying really  fast downhill, it is quite exhilarating in the fresh evening breeze that smells of sheep and meadow grass. Up ahead the lights of the village twinkle their welcome.As we get nearer to home. we  look forward to a nice cup of tea!


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“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

Dr Martin Luther King Jr (civil rights leader 1955 - 1968)

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Repairs, Appointments and Studying!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 15 Mar 2023, 20:10

It has been a hectic week at home with lots of appointments, phone calls to make and some repairs to be done in the bouse.

 I was not able to attend one tutorial this week which was annoying!   but I just couldn't make it with everything going on at home.

As the 'woman' of the house I am also expected to manage things, like arrange and attend medical appointments with my son , arrange for major repairs to be done in the house, decorating, sorting out bills and paperwork, as well as the usual cleaning, shopping and cooking.

"A womans work is never finished!"

So my studies sometimes have to take second place. Hopefully I can make more time this weekend for some serious reading,  note taking and catching up!

But I am sure I 'm not the only one who has to juggle with all these things while studying at the same time !

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Le sociologue Graham Gibbs (1988) a développé un modèle largement utilisé, composé de six phases, pour faciliter la réflexion.

Quel aspect de ce travail avez-vous le plus aimé ? Lisez les propositions suivantes et votez pour celle qui vous a le plus plu.
Expliquez en quelques phrases les raisons de votre choix.

Quelles conclusions générales pouvez-vous tirer de cette expérience et de l’analyse que vous en avez faite ? Quelles conclusions spécifiques pouvez-vous tirer au niveau individuel sur votre façon de fonctionner ? Avez-vous acquis des connaissances nouvelles sur le thème ? Avez-vous découvert d’autres façons d’apprendre ?

1. Description : Que s’est-il passé ? (Décrire simplement sans évaluer encore.
2. Sentiments : Qu’avez-vous ressenti ? Quelle a été votre réaction ? (Décrire sans analyser encore.)
3. Évaluation : Quels ont été les bons et les mauvais côtés de cette expérience ? (C’est ici que vous devez évaluer sa valeur.)
4. Analyse : Quel sens a eu cette expérience pour vous ? Et pour les autres ? Comment les choses se sont-elles déroulées en réalité par rapport à vos attentes ou aux instructions ? (Relatez cette expérience à celles des autres et à ce qui vous était demandé.)
5. Conclusions : Quelles conclusions générales pouvez-vous tirer de cette tache.
6. Plan d’action : Quel impact a eu cette expérience sur vous ? Que ferez-vous différemment à l’avenir ? Quelles mesures comptez-vous prendre sur la base de ce que vous avez appris ?
(Adapté de Gibbs, 1988)

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Sunflower and chrysanths

Red roses

A yellow sunflower

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A Magnificent Murmuration of Starlings

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 14 Mar 2023, 09:37

Starlings in flight

Earlier this evening while out walking, my friend and I stood and watched this fascinating display of bird flight,  as the birds swooped and swirled above our heads forming wonderful and most unusual patterns in the sky. It was amazing !

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“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Dr Martin Luther King Jr (civil rights leader 1955-1968)

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Quote by Martin Luther King Jr

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"Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”

Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Civil rights leader 1955-1968

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Soyez le meilleur de ce que vous êtes" 

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« Sois un buisson si tu ne pas être un arbre. Si vous ne pouvez pas être une autoroute, soyez simplement un sentier. Si tu ne peux pas être un soleil, sois une star. Car ce n'est pas par la taille que vous gagnez ou échouez. Soyez le meilleur de ce que vous êtes" 

Dr Martin Luther King Jr (civil rights leader 1955-1968

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Cross -Languages Task

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 22 Feb 2023, 16:28

This week I am taking part in the
Cross-Laguages forum and it is proving to be fascinating !
After making my contribution (french secularism) I was able to read contributions by other students  spanish and german. I was impressed by the variety of topics that were being discussed!
I feel that I am learning a lot about other cultures that I never knew before. This activity is a concept developed by  Sociologist Graham Gibbs in 1988 emulates the idea of learning through takng part in activities in collaboration with others.
This activity  uses intercutural skills as well as language skills and developing knowledge in social skills.

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Night Sky

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 8 Mar 2023, 12:14

A red sky at night above the roof tops

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La nuit- A poem

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 20 Feb 2023, 21:13

Le vent fait des bruit dans la nuit
Je me réveille de mes rêves  pour voir qu' est qui passe
dehors dans le jardin.les arbres dancer dans le vent. Les chats courent dans le jardin, puis
ils sautent sur la clôtures s'enfuient dans les bois.Je ferme la porte et retourne dans mon lit. 

Il est cinq heures.

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