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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 21 Jan 2024, 19:41

Power to the people!      🤺

Jesus Christ was himself the first socialist revolutionary. He went against the authority of his day by upturning the tables of the money lenders.( Matthew 21 verses 14-17)
He was in fact saying "Down with the Capitalists you who want to rip us all off ! "
Those who want more and more. The greedy! The money grabbers! We have to stand up to them and say no! enough is enough!
They will not get away with it!
Our words must be heard. The people will speak.
Jesus overturned the tables of the money lenders in the temple because Jesus was for the people he loved people and was against those who were exploiting them. He never killed anyone or did violence to anyone but he was willing to sacrifice his own life by taking a great risk.

That is why it was very difficult for the authorities of the day to convict him at first because he hsd hurt no one, he did no wrong, was an innocent man, a good man, and he respected the lives of others. He was a just a peaceful protester but he was not afraid to show his anger against the injustice that he saw being done by the authorities. 

All they could do was to turn the people against him which they cunningly did because they were evil !

The authorities gave back to the people Barabus in exchange for Jesus, he was also a rebel a bit of a robin hood character, a thief, a bit crooked, but less dangerous for the authorities to deal with. but he was not to everyones taste. He could not speak like Jesus and gather the crowds.

Those who followed Jesus including both men and women. Mary, Salome, Mary Magdalen, Veronica, Joanna, Mary Clopas and other women too. He treated as them equals as co-workers to men not as inferiors. Jesus respected women. They were his disciples too. He had many other followers by this time in the country including his twelve closest allies. He was gaining great popularity all the time.
Jesus was for the poor, the dispossessed, the sick, the lonely, the excluded, the down trodden.
Jesus did not like the rich life style of the elites who just take ! the hypocrites, greedy capitalists, hateful cruel people or those who are ruining this earth by their insatiable greed.(Revelation 11.18)

The Lord Says
" I will bring to ruin those who are ruining the earth" (from Revelation 11.18.) They are the ones responsible for global warming !

The polluters who spoil who take everything out yet put nothing back again to replenish the earth.
Those who easily consume everything relentlessly on a whim without a care for others they never hold back, they even rob from the poor!
Remember the seven deadly sins greed is one of them!
Jesus will break the evil doers, Not by physical violence but by the power of his words!
A powerful sword that shall come forth from his mouth. (Revelations 19v15) With this he will kill his enemies. We shall stand behind him on that great day!
Jesus loves the meek, the merciful, the kind and humble. The keepers, the carers, the healers,the sharers, the givers as well as those want peace, who want to do good and make the world a better place. (Sermon on the mount Matthew chapter 5)
Do the evil doers not hear the warning from God!
Plagues (Revelation 16) will come and the earth will wear out like a mouth eaten garment ( Isaiah 51 v 6))
But it doesn't have to be like that not on our watch!
Giving is better than receiving, but giving, the giving of yourself, your resources, gifts and talents. Share what you have with those who have not.
Do not love money more than people. Money is the root of all evil!
Jesus is just, for God is just. Jesus is like God the father because he knows him and he is like him. We can be like him too!
God knows what is in the heart of us his people. He knows we are capable of making a fairer
society with the help of Jesus based on sharing, caring and looking after one another this is a far better society. Let us practise now for that time when one day soon all men will be equal and live in peace together. For in that day surely the wolf will lie down with the lamb. (Isaiah 11v6)


Reference; The Holy Bible

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Lovely weather - will it last I wonder?

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 28 June 2021, 09:07

The weather was beautiful this morning It was just like a warm sunny summers day ! 😎

Studied L222 for about 1 hour and 1/2and answered questions at the end of unitI got some right and some wrong! Will try again later. Looked outside at the garden.

My garden has flowers at last! daffodils, violets, blue flowers that look a bit like grapes (I forget the name of them?) Yellow 🌼🌾 Primroses and pretty little celendines. There are other things coming up but not sure what they are yet! 😏

We went for a nice long walk 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️around the park this morning it was lovely. Surprisingly it was fairly quiet, from there we walked along the little lane that leads out into the countryside. 

I was tempted to go even further and take the track that leads through the fields to the next village, 🌲🏡this would have taken half an hour there and half an hour back so 1 hour altogether. 

Unfortunately I couldn't go there today because I had to study 👩‍💻  L222 this afternoon so that was far too important. Never mind there will be other days. For the meal later we are having vegetarian wellington with salad and even ice cream! 🥗🥮

BW  Gill

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Spiritual Reflections

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 3 Apr 2022, 16:57

God Heavenly Father, Help us to keep our eyes on you and not on the troubles and trials of this life. Amen

Jesus is the son of God, the sacrificial lamb who takes away our sins and the sins of the world. He took our sins upon himself, an act of great faith and love for all mankind.

'Happy are those called to his supper.'

For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him shall be saved.

On the night Dr Martin Luther King gave his final speech;

" I have been to the mountaintop I have looked over, and I have seen the promised land. I might not get there with you.... but I'm happy tonight, I am not worried about anything. I am not fearing any man. For Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. "

Martin Luther King, our Lord Jesus and saint paul knew what lay beyond death.  St Paul said
"I am already been poured out like a drink offering"

And yet "We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal"
(2 Corrinthians 4 v18)

Then as written in 2 Timothy4v8
"There is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord will award to me on that day."
So like St Paul and Martin Luther King Let us continue to run in the great race of faith towards the goal and let us keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

 Remember death is not the end! 

References...The Bible

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French A.L.E

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 09:30

The ale experience. This replaces the residential school which is usually held in Vernon in France but because of covid 19 restrictions cannot take place. Instead the town of Aix-en -Provence will be the focus of the alternative learning experience study.

This year there was a series of tutorials and a study theme upon the town of  " Aix-en- Provence "   in the south of France. I found this part of the course to be interesting and challenging.

Before the start of each tutorial we had to do a preparation study which was inportant to be able to be ready to give answers to the questions about the subject to be discussed in french. These were as follows;

1) Welcome and introduction to the a.l.e and what will be expected. What you have  to write on the forums. How to understand a given text. Answer the given questions. About the team project.  Working and studying n Aix.
2) The Geography of Aix-en- Provence understanding the given text and understanding history of Aix. Some of the other regions nearby. Then answer questions.
3) The environment and politics of the town, the mayor and the town council. President Macron's speech. Politics in France and questions.
4) Powerpoint presentation of Aix-en-Provence to the whole class by groups.
In prepartion time you may have to look up something on the internet or follow a line of study in the student guide book.

Each of the subjects has to have been studied to a certain extent before in the french modules but other new information may also be covered. 

Then in break out rooms you have to pool your knowledge together with other team members about the particular topic of discussion about French life.

Someone from the group in turn is assigned to speak in french once back in the main class and will read out the answers given by the group  in french to the rest of the class.
The tutor confirms what they say and will add further information if necessary.

During the sessions you are expected to study one aspect of the town of Aix-en-Provence and write about it briefly to contribute towards a powerpoint presentation in session 4 using photographs, pictures and texts.

On the final tutorial these will be presented in front of the whole class with each member of the group speaking aloud in french about their own particular chosen aspect, there will also be questions to answer. It feels like we have really got to know well this town of Aix-en -Provence!!!

Unfortunately I experienced some technical problems but tried to follow the best I could.
Then at  the end after a certain time the paticipants will be awarded a certificate for taking part in the a.l.e.

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Learning to use powerpoint

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 28 June 2021, 08:49

Hi fellow students,

I was relaxing this afternoon because it was a hectic week and next week it is going to be hectic too with tutorials, preps, presentations, group practice work, a.l.e.  and T.M.A. to start to prepare.
I am getting to grips with learning all about using the power point. I have never done anything like this before and I am not particularly technical.
I barely know one end of the computer to the other. You may laugh but this is a big deal for me, I am like someone from the last century !
I managed to put a photo on and write a text in the box this week.
Just now I watched football with hubby Leicester versus Man United good match we had some cheese, coleslaw and crisps sandwiches with some beer together and I tried to understand what was going on as he explained things to me and I just  nod in agreement.
This week I have learned a lot - power point, computers and football !
Which goes to prove you are never too old to learn !
Now where's my zimmer frame? Just joking ! lol! 
Happy studying everyone !

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Playing catch up !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 08:54

This weekend I have been studying again as I am writing out TMA 04 which I have left very late because I had to do the A.L.E learning course.

It has been a real struggle juggling both of these two things together at the same time.  For a moment at one point, I felt like I wouldn't make it, as I only have a few days left! 

 Now I am having to play catch up in order to finish this TMA.I think I have struggled a bit towards the end of this module really pushing  my limits now! Starting to feel a bit frazzled !

However this evening I can relax a bit and then start again the next day with the next part.

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Time to study and practise🎹 piano,?

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 21 Jan 2024, 19:47

Hi Bloggers,

I am pleased to have started learning and practising the piano in my spare time again. I already managed to reach grade 6 when I was younger but I had to give up due to circumstances beyond my control.

The main reason I took up playing piano again was boredom really to be locked up at home during the lockdown. I also had a little fall a while back,  in which I hurt my hand so I thought it might be good to exercise my hand a little bit to strengthen the muscles. I will try to play some classical and folk music at first which is gentle, easy and slow.

 I am going to see how it goes and just play for relaxation in between studying,  for short bursts in between activities and family life.

 What hobby or hobbies have you taken up during lockdown?

I Hope you are all keeping well and that your studies are progressing well.

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Music - playing piano

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 16:51

Playing piano and taking a day off!


   ❤        🎹🎼🎵


“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” ― William Shakespeare

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” ― Albert Schweitzer

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 09:46


Je me prépare pour le ALE et J'ai reçus mon guide imprimer pour l' étudiants.
Toute la semaine J'ai pris des notes de la module L222 des chaques parties pour révision. J'ai enregistré ma voix sur mon portable en français. J'ai écouté un audio en Français puis J'ai pris des notes pour le deuxieme fois.

Je suis très nerveux mais heureux pour atteindre ce niveau dans le cours.

Bonne chance à mes camarades de ALE.



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Aujourdhui nous sommes confronté avec le fait prééminent qui est de la civilisation pour survivre, nous devons cultiver la science des relations humaines, la capacité de tous les peuples de toute sorte à vivre ensemble et travaillez ensemble dans la même monde en paix.

Roosevelt 1945

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PEACE in Latin

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 5 June 2021, 18:25

              PAX  VOBISCUM

(Peace be with you)


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Peace to all men and women

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 09:11

Today we are faced with the pre-eminent fact that if civilisation is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships, the ability of all peoples of all kinds to live together and to work together in the same world at peace.


Franklin D Roosevelt. 1945

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Preparing for ALE in French

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 24 Jan 2024, 20:49

Today Preparing for ALE and today I received my printed guide book.

All this week I have been taking notes from module L222 on my carnet writng down the most important points from each of the 4 sections. I Recorded my voice on my recording machine. I Listened to some audio files and took notes as I listened again for the second time.

I am nervous but glad to have reached this important stage in the course.

Good luck to my fellow students in French!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 10 Feb 2021, 00:03

You have to defend your freedom in order to enjoy it.

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La séparation

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 7 Feb 2021, 23:33

Est- ce que les êtres conscients, les humains peuvent-ils supporter la séparation?
Une douleur sourde après l'évènement d'une éclosion silencieuce de la perte.
L'irrascible soulagement des vicissitudes de la vie.
Nous devons questionner
l"existence entre le néant et une théologie positive. Devant nous se pose comme fondamental le problème entre le bien et le mal et la résolution de croire en Dieu et Jésus Christ comme la pierre sur laquelle notre vie a un sens, et la séparation prend fin.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 3 Mar 2021, 23:25

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration (something said in an important way) by the United Nations General Assembly. It talks about basic human rights -- rights that all people have just because they are human. It was adopted (agreed to) by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

1. We Are All Born Free & Equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.

2. Don’t Discriminate. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.

3. The Right to Life. We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.

4. No Slavery. Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.

5. No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.

6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go. I am a person just like you!

7. We’re All Equal Before the Law. The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.

8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law. We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.

9. No Unfair Detainment. Nobody has the right to put us in prison without good reason and keep us there, or to send us away from our country.

10. The Right to Trial. If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do.

11. We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty. Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true.

12. The Right to Privacy. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason.

13. Freedom to Move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish.

14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.

15. Right to a Nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.

16. Marriage and Family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are separated.

17. The Right to Your Own Things.Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our things from us without a good reason.

18. Freedom of Thought. We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want.

19. Freedom of Expression. We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.

20. The Right to Public Assembly. We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don’t want to.

21. The Right to Democracy. We all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every grown-up should be allowed to choose their own leaders.

22. Social Security. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and childcare, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old.

23. Workers’ Rights. Every grown-up has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union.

24. The Right to Play. We all have the right to rest from work and to relax.

25. Food and Shelter for All. We all have the right to a good life. Mothers and children, people who are old, unemployed or disabled, and all people have the right to be cared for.

26. The Right to Education. Education is a right. Our parents can choose what we learn.

27. Copyright. Copyright is a special law that protects one’s own artistic creations and writings; others cannot make copies without permission. We all have the right to our own way of life and to enjoy the good things that art, science and learning bring.

28. A Fair and Free World. There must be proper order so we can all enjoy rights and freedoms in our own country and all over the world.

29. Responsibility. We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.

30. No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights.

This is just a summary.

Full list can be found in wikisource


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Le Week-end

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 4 June 2021, 01:32

Le week-end est là finalement. Je vais me reposer parce que J'ai remis mes devoirs TMA03 juste avant la date limite.

Je vais regarder des films francais sur le lecteur dvd. pour mes loisirs.

Je vais me relaxer, manger du chocolat, et boire quelque chose de pétillant. Puis je vais appeller mes amis. Après, si le temps le permet, je pense que je vais aller me promener. Aujourdhui Je vais surtout me détendre avec ma famille.

Toutefois, Je ne dois pas devenir trop complaisante, parce que la semaine prochaine Je dois étudier encore! 

J' espère que tout va bien pour toi.

Nous pouvons le faire!

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TMA03 ready to go

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 18 Nov 2021, 00:41

I have typed up my assignment for L222. A scenario for a french language film, it is a short story I wrote it a while ago in english🙂 but I had to adapt it to fit the criteria for the present times in we are living.

 Next I had to translate it into French so I did that first in a rough copy then I checked it up with the dictionary for french grammar and the essential french grammar book with the correct tenses, spellings, parts of speech and structure. I also checked it with translation tool when I had finished. 

Now just🤔.have to check it and tidy it up and send it off. Hope it will be ok!🤔 I will just have to see what happens. Anyway I have done my best.


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Staying at Home

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 26 July 2021, 18:50

       🌳🌲 🏡🌲

Wherever I may go and no matter how far I roam,
I always will come back to my little place called home.

My little home stands at the far end of the row,
It has pot plants and flowers there , and roses round the door.🌹                              

At the back there is a sloping lawn and trees grow all around,
There's lots of leafy plants, with a fountain and a pond. ⛲

There is a picnic table on the patio below, 
Where I like to sit, and watch the birds,🕊🦅
In sunshine or in snow.

Gill Burrell

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L' amour

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 26 July 2021, 18:46

L'amour est patient, il est plein de bonté; l'amour n'est point envieux ; l' amour ne se vante point, il ne s'enfle point d'orgueil, il ne fait rien de malhonnête, il ne cherche point son intérêt, il ne s'irrite point, il ne soupçonne point le mal, il ne se réjouit point de l'injustice, mais il se réjouit de la vérité; il excuse tout, il croit tout, il espère tout, il supporte tout.
1 Corrinthians 13v4

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Un rouge-gorge

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 09:56

Ce matin il y a une fine couche de neige. C'etait un paysage éntincellant. Les arbres tremblent dans le froid. La neige c'etais croustillant sous les pied alors que Je decendais le chemin du jardin. J"ai mis la nouriture sur la table des oiseaux. Un oiseau s'est assise sur une branche c' est un rouge -gorge. Il est me regarde avec curiosité et puis Je me suis dépêché à l' intérieur. Je enlève mon manteau et Je fais une bonne tasse de café. Je me suis assise en buvant un café en regardant le jardin par la fenêtre. L' oiseau est parti maintenant. Il commence à neiger lentement et légèrement.

(Please correct me if I am wrong)

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Mes études pour aujourd'hui TMA 03

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 26 July 2021, 19:00


Aujourd'hui J' étudie le cinema francais. Je ne vais pas souvent au cinéma parsceque
J' habite trop loin de la cité. Aussi c'est un confinement dans ces jours. Alors Je préfère regarder un film en français chez moi, sur dvd, sur TV ou sur l'internet.

La tache- Je dois choisir un film en français et écrire un scenario.

Je aussi lire mon livre en français le petit prince par Antoine de Saint-Exuperéy. C'est une bonne petite histoire et pour moi c'est facile à comprendre! 📖

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Hope, Faith and Love

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 9 Nov 2021, 22:24

"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God and believe also in me" Jesus said.


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Old lang syne in french🇨🇵

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 26 July 2021, 19:02

French version

Faut-il nous quitter sans espoir,

Sans espoir de retour,

Faut-il nous quitter sans espoir

De nous revoir un jour.


Do we have to leave without hope,

Without hope of returning,

Do we have to leave without hope

Of seeing each other some day



Ce n’est qu’un au-revoir, mes frères

Ce n’est qu’un au-revoir

Oui, nous nous reverrons, mes frères,

Ce n’est qu’un au-revoir



It’s only a goodbye, my brothers

It’s only a goodbye

Yes, we will see each other again, my brothers

It’s only a goodbye


Formons de nos mains qui s’enlacent

Au déclin de ce jour,

Formons de nos mains qui s’enlacent

Une chaîne d’amour.


Let’s make with our hands held together

At the end of this day,

Let’s make with our hands held together

A chain of love.


Unis par cette douce chaîne

Tous, en ce même lieu,

Unis par cette douce chaîne

Ne faisons point d’adieu.

Connected by this gentle chain

Everyone, in this same place,

Connected by this gentle chain

Do not bid farewell.


Car Dieu qui nous voit tous ensemble

Et qui va nous bénir,

Because God who sees us all together

And who will bless us,

Car Dieu qui nous voit tous ensemble

Saura nous réunir.

Because God who sees us all together

Knows that we will meet again.

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Old Lang Syne- Scottish version🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 26 July 2021, 19:10

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And auld lang syne!


For auld lang syne, my jo, 
For auld lang syne, 
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet 
For auld lang syne.

And surely you'll be your pint stoup, 
And surely I'll be mine, 
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne!


We twa hae ran about the braes, 
And pou'd the gowans fine, 
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit 
Sin' auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl'd in the burn 
Frae morning sun til dine, 
But seas between us braid hae roar'd 
Sin' auld lang syne.


And there's a hand, my trusty fiere, 
And gie's a hand o' thine, 
And we'll tak a right gude willie waught 
For auld lang syne!


Meaning of unusual words: 
Auld lang syne = Former days and friends 
jo = dear 
stoup = tankard 
gowans = daisies 
braid = broad 
Gude willie waught = friendly draught

Happy New Year!

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