Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Did you know that 182 French pilotes were called "un As" in the first world war?

A pilot had to have 5 victories over the enemy to be called " Un As". Of course we also use the word "as " in card games, if you are keen on playing " la belote" or " le bridge" you'll know that you have:
L' as de pique, l'as de cœur, l'as de carreau et l'as de trèfle.
If you missed the talk on Les aviateurs et les aviatrices, why not go to the website of : Le musée de l'air et de l'espace, you'll see wonderful photos or to the Bristol museum where there is an exhibition on the history of aviation until the end of January 2011.
If you want to share your interest either on card games or planes, why not write a comment?
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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Did you know that the French engineer Clément Ader invented the word avion?

Did you know that the first flight in France was made in 1890 by the engineer Clément ADER who also invented the word  "avion" and influenced the Wright brothers in America ? French aviation history offers a lot of very famous names like Saint -Exupery, Closterman, Nungesser . But names like Mermoz or Hélène Boucher , the French Amy Johnson , are not so well known and a lot of people think that Roland Garros was a " joueur de tennis" rather than a pilot.
Elisabeth who is a French tutor with Alliance Française will give a talk  which will present pilots male and female, the "as des as" of the First World War as well as French pilots who joined the RAF during the Second World War, and many, many others as dedicated and enthusiastic,"  héros et pionniers des temps modernes". The whole presentation is done with the aid of Powerpoint  and has attracted a huge range of interest parties.
This talk is for students taking French tuition with Alliance Française de Bristol but is also open to anyone interested and is suitable for people with a GCSE level in French.
The talk  will take place on Friday, 19th November at 7.30pm;  For more info: