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|Dear Brilliant customer,|
Here is what has been happening in the office this week.
Did you know today is Eiffel Tower Day?
The Eiffel Tower Day marks its completion in 1889. Apparently, the lifts weren’t yet in operation for the launch, so the government officials and members of the press had to use the stairs. Most members of the party chose to stop at levels 1 and 2, but a few continued to the top. Having attempted the climb myself once, I can understand why most stopped part way up.
The Eiffel Tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the Tower. It took a total of 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to build and was constructed for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (1889 World Fair).
The Eiffel Tower is mentioned in C’est ça, Paris !, one of the readers in our Brilliant French Information series. The grammar focus of the book is c’est + adjective to describe a place. It probably won’t surprise you that « La Tour Eiffel … c’est haut ! » Other places mentioned in the book include the Pompidou Centre, the Palace of Versailles, the Champs-Élysées, the Seine, Montmartre and, a slightly more unusual tourist attraction, the Catacombs.
Why does filing take so long?
I seem to have spent much of this week organising and filing papers. My daughter is a primary school teacher, so I know this is something that teachers spend a lot of time doing too!
One reason that filing takes me so long is that I’m constantly getting reminded of books that we published some years ago.
One of the books that distracted me this week was 100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Languages through Drama and Performance by Janet Lloyd. Like all the books in the 100+ Fun Ideas series, this book is full of clearly laid out ideas that you can use with very little preparation. As well as simple games (e.g. Robots – one partner gives a command. The second child has to carry out the activity in a robotic manner) there are also ideas for making a drama out of story and culture, explorations of art and music and some great ideas for sketches.
Enjoy your break
UK schools are breaking up for the Easter holidays either tomorrow or next week. Whenever your term ends, everyone at Brilliant Publications would like to wish you a relaxing break.
For those of you who are celebrating Easter, I’d like to wish you: Happy Easter!, ¡Felices Pascuas!, Joyeuses Pâques !, Frohe Ostern! For those of you celebrating Ramadan (which starts on 2nd April), Ramadan Mubarak! And for those celebrating Passover (which starts on 15th April), Chag Sameach!
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With best wishes for next week!