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Photo - Amaury Bargioni

Culture Our Disastrous Sleeping Habits


The Death of the Hipster




Ms Burchill Interview

Food Column

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The Rafiki Club

Book Reviews


Tips Le Bilingue’s suggestions


Advice Column


Le Bilingue Apps

Style How to wear Glasses


Back To School Outfits


Going Green


Contents Back to School

Le Bilingue

M Editorial Back to School Issue 2013

any of us are very speedy, especially

our inexperienced generation. Teenagers are busier with school, extra curriculum activities, hobbies and their social networks. The working generation is constantly on the move too. The younger members of the workforce keep trying to find jobs and internships; older ones have their days booked with meetings and conferences. And when this entire huge world seems to be at rest, people still find a way to be speedy. A new movie is out, the latest gallery of art has opened and cell phones are constantly ringing: new notifications pop up, saying that friends are throwing parties, a new amazing movie came out, or art galleries must be attended just to “check in” in Facebook.cPeople have to check their phones every time they hear "beep"! This might seem bad, but society tends to forget the positive aspects of our speedy habits. People move 24/7 because they need something to do with their lives. Why? The answer is curiosity. Teenagers Are Always eager to experience something “new”

and are willing to do anything to reach their goals. Students from 13 to 18 work harder every year to reach the top and be selected by top universities at the end of their high school career. Family, friends, and teachers put pressure on them: today, school asks for concentration, good work and especially for personal investment. All this keeps teenagers busy, but on top of that are hobbies like sport, music or art. Outside of school, they “socialize”, hang out with their friends, go to parties on the weekends or go shopping… But as days go by, they usually run out of time, and therefore, must do everything faster. People often say “nous sommes un peu speed”, but isn’t that the truth? In our century, there is so much to be done, but unfortunately, time always surprises us when it catches up with our speedy habits. Although we can do more when everything is done fast, as we grow up, it is important to realize that being speedy isn’t the best quality in life. Sometimes, we just need to stop, sit down and enjoy the present; because being speedy doesn’t always let people see the most important things in life.

By Anh-Lise Gilbert



H ealth & Teen ager s Work, Rest, & Procrastination

Our Disastrous Sleeping Habits by Hugo Lieber We teenagers are known for going to bed late and being impossible to wake the next morning. We fall asleep during classes, but spark to life at 10 o’ clock just as our parents are ready to fall asleep. But what if I told you that this was not due to our rebellious and restless nature, but to an actual change in our bodies and sleep cycle? Scientists have recently discovered why our body clocks seem to drastically change once we hit puberty, and the good news is that we are not doomed to 6 hours of sleep every night for the next few years, since our sleeping habits can be modified to bolster our performance. Sleep is regulated by two factors: the circadian clock, and sleep-wake homeostasis. The circadian clock determines the times at which we feel tired or awake during the day, while sleep-wake homeostasis regulates sleep intensity. During adolescence, changes to the circadian clock manifest, and cause our bodies to delay the time at which they believe we should fall asleep. This explains why we still feel alert at 11 o’ clock, and since school starts early the next day, we only sleep 6 or seven hours each night, rather than the 8 or 9 hours recommended at our age. In addition to hormones, technology also worsens our sleeping habits. When the sun sets and night settles in, our bodies react to the lack of light and produce a hormone called melatonin, which signals the body that it is time to sleep. However, artificial light produced by computers, phones, and television is strong enough “to stop the natural production of melatonin”, according to Dr. Paul Gringras, consultant pediatrician and director of the Evelina Pediatric Sleep Disorder Service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Light cues the brain to stay awake, which means that exposure to bright light in the evening fools the body into believing it is still day. Ms Deighton, biology teacher at our school, commented that “the world of technology and its plasma type screens add to fatigue and disruption in sleeping patterns.” However, this can be taken advantage of by exposing ourselves to intense, radiant light in the morning, which stop

melatonin production and can jumpstart our ability to study. Of course, other factors responsible for short nights are schoolwork, school schedules, extracurricular activities, and social attitudes. When asked when they started their homework each evening, many students in 1ere IB at EABJM seemed to only sit down and work two to three hours after arriving home, regardless of when their school day ended. Dania Kawar, a student in Terminale IB, realizes the impact of her sleeping habits on her work. “The recommended amount of sleep per night for teens is 9 to 10 hours, but the later students start their work, the longer they will be up, the less sleep they will get, and the worse their assignment will turn out to be. On more than one occasion have I procrastinated when I should have been doing my work, and I always end up disappointed with myself when I get the assignment back. It’s a vicious circle.” Luckily, EABJM does not impose on its students very early start times. While we must only be at school in general at 8:30 am, some students, in the United States for example, start their classes at 7:30 am. But whatever time teens must arrive at school, all seem to be exhausted, zombie-like creatures, aimlessly wandering from classroom to classroom, dozing off in every lesson. By only sleeping 5 to 7 hours every night, students destroy their work habits and their daily schedules. Sports, music, and other extracurricular activities are necessary parts of a healthy young adult’s life, but when added to work and a demanding social life, the consequences can be disastrous. So how can we reset our body clocks? How can we completely modify our disastrous, destructive, doomed sleeping habits? Ms Deighton expressed her view that “the simple fact that teenagers go through a rapid growth phase interrupts biological sleeping patterns and rhythm,” but agreed that there are certain changes that we can implement in our lives to get better sleep.


First of all, set yourself a work schedule to be followed when you arrive home from school. List everything you have to do on paper, homework and anything else you have to complete, and start with the hardest task. Do not begin long essays the night before they are due. Brainstorming and planning your work a few days preceding the final deadline saves huge amounts of time, and has been proven to result in better grades. Try to find the necessary self-control to counter procrastination, but don’t ask yourself to remove any technology from your room. I’ve found that it cannot be done, since our assignments now revolve around Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Vie Scolaire. But keep and Facebook for other times, when you do not have any work (if ever?). Also, kids, listen to your parents! According to Dr Carskadon, a leading researcher in the science of sleep and a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, “letting teens set their own schedule can lead to a downward spiral.” We must learn to listen to our parents’ advice. They’ve been through high school, have experienced their fair share of excessive work, and do want what is best for their children. I’ve had many conflicts with my parents about my bedtime, and am trying to make an effort and get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Try to maintain a similar sleeping schedule on weekends, too. Believe it or not, sleeping in on a Saturday morning does more harm than good. It only


further muddles with your sleeping schedule. Be reasonable! Adjust lighting as bedtime approaches. It will encourage your body to produce melatonin, and will speed up the process of falling asleep. Do not text or watch brainless television shows till 1 am, as light from a computer or a phone cues your body to stay awake. However, exposing yourself to bright light in the morning will have this very effect, and will result in improved attentiveness and awareness in class. A few situps and push-ups every morning don’t hurt either, as they pump blood to your muscles and brain and jumpstart your ability to be physically active. I’ve found that sticking to a strict work schedule has resulted in better nights of sleep, and far more productive days at school. Sleep deprivation has been linked to decreases in memory and attention, has been found to cause irrational behavior and depression, and contribute to obesity and acne. On the other hand, a proper amount of sleep results in a more efficient workday, a happier personality, and ultimately turns us into outgoing, lively, energetic and dynamic young adults. Which one you would rather be a part of ? Try to get around 8 hours of sleep every night. If you get home at 17:00, work, eat, and relax till 23:00, and wake up at 7:00. You will be in a better mood, feel more productive in class, and will be more likely to succeed in your most daring endeavors.

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An Interview With IB Headmistress

We wait for Ms. Burchill outside her office, holding an open computer in our arms. Another girl is with her, standing up, her voice drowned out by our pricipal's own distinct tone.   "Yes, come in," she says, in a tone that is neither friendly nor cold, but brisk and - dare I say - with an almost secretive undertone of mirth.  We finally go inside. Her eyes are locked on her computer screen, but she's fully aware we're in the room. Years of experience must have sharpened her peripheral vision. It doesn't take long for us to delve into the interview: never any beating around the bush with Ms. Burchill. Every smile you'll get will be one you've earned.  She speaks to us with a decisive voice, the voice of a woman who knows who she is and where she stands and cares for no illusion, a voice where humor and almost wistful thoughtfulness alternate. Never any spare words, and never any gushing emotion, only keen wit.  Why did we choose to interview Ms. Burchill, allegedly terrifying (and British!) headmistress of the IB, famous (or infamous?) member of iSounds and brilliant biochemist? Because of just that: we wanted to know what was behind the trademark statement outfit and honed reputation. And we figured you might, too. 

MS Burchill Most students know you're a fan of rock. Could you tell us how and when you got into it? Well I would imagine for everybody that it all depends on the music that is out on his or her formative years. For me it was somewhere near 1960 – 1961, all that area of the sixties when I was between eleven and then going off to university. So if you have somebody in the family who is really keen, for example, on opera displays and plays opera to you all the time you’ll get into that - but I was left on my own, there was no influence of such, it just, it just got into my soul, that’s the way it works no? I cannot listen to other types of music I’m not into. I certainly was never into rap! I’m not really into the kind of hip hop type music but I can see that every body else is and I can understand that they are, I think that’s fine. What kind of a teenager were you? I like to think that I was absolutely perfect, I’m sure that is not true though. You have to ask the people that were with me. I think it's funny that you spend a lot of time in life

If you could invite three people, either people that were influential to you in your life, historical figures or people that you did not know to dinner, who would they be?

“the three people that I would invite [...] are Mr Spock, Sheldon Cooper and Fox Moulder,” looking back and thinking that you were fine, and then eventually you slowly start to realize that you weren’t at all. But after that I sort of got out of the "early adolescent phase" and I was really quite into working by the time I got to be around to the A levels. Not totally, not 100% but it was important to me, I had a route and I knew what I wanted to do. When you were a teenager, did you know that you were going to work in education? [Immediately.] No. No I didn’t. I didn’t even think about it, in my day, not many people went to university, it was only about 3% of the population; you were almost guaranteed a job when you left -although you had to apply for it, it was not a given. We didn’t have to worry about what we were specifically going to do. I did biochemistry at university with no idea what I wanted to do. When I graduated, 3 years later I hadn’t decided what I wanted to do, I didn’t want to go to work yet. Taking a teaching qualification PGCE, seemed to me to be a good bet, but at that point it was another way of prolonging education for another year. It wasn’t until I started doing the PGCE and teaching practice that I realized that I quite liked it, and still do… I enjoy the administration I do, but I also enjoy working with you, the general contact with students. What I really, really always enjoyed doing though was teaching biology and chemistry. I just love teaching science to young kids. [Fondly] It's always so exciting. To answer your question in a few words I did not know, it was complete and total accident of me just being lazy and not wanting to go out to work at the age.

Ahh, I thought about this one. Note that we're talking about two dinners. Before I can answer this you have got to know that I do not cook. I don’t even have a cooker or a table in my place. To me… [very carefully, pensively] preparing something that takes longer to prepare than it does to eat is a total waste of time. So I decided that the three people that I would invite around to my place and give them a really, really terrible meal and tell them what I thought about them would be, in no particular order Yoko Ono, Colonel Tom Parker and Sir Walter Raleigh. That’s one dinner. The one that I would really quite enjoy and that would obviously be at a restaurant, because… [Amused] I would not be able to cook for them - the three people I would really like to get together are Mr Spock, Sheldon Cooper and Fox Moulder, I would think that would be a really interesting conversion… of which I would probably not join in, but would love to hear. You are amongst students quite a frightening person – You changed the word "terrifying" to "frightening", I noticed. [We laugh.] – are you aware of this and if so, why do you try and keep this reputation? I don’t try and keep any reputation the trouble with a reputation is that’s just what it is. It wouldn’t matter, to a certain extent, what I did tomorrow or the day after, go around patting everybody on the head, the reputation stays with you for whatever reason. I don’t… try to maintain any kind of reputation but I do try to maintain within the student body that I look after certain standards, if I am viewed as being frightening, then I would hope that it’s the people that deserve to be frightened by me that feel that way. Anybody who doesn’t deserve to be frightened by me shouldn’t be. I can be intimidating, that I admit but most people after a while get past that, they realize it just depends how busy I am.

Q. What would you change, with unlimited funds? A. I'd change the French school day. Once you get to know me I think you give yourself just a “calm down, we are going to talk about this and it’ll be all right". So the answer is no, I don’t try and maintain anything. Maybe when I was a lot younger as a teacher, not necessarily in this school. You think about it then because you’re insecure but it is not something that I think about now. What do you like the most about EABJM and what would you change if you could? The thing I like the most about EABJM are the students. I'm not just saying this for the sake of the paper, but I think that you can tell, it's the students and the team that I work with in the IB, my job as a member of the direction of the school - it's all great to me. There aren't many things that I don't like. There are things that annoy me, like having to go through the absence list at the end of the day I consider is a total waste of time. If everyone did their job I wouldn't be having to worry about it. But for what I like, most of the time, I think it's got to be the students. When you're not here, in the summer, I think it's great for two weeks. I can get on with something, but then I think, well, what's this about? It's a bit lonely here! What was the other part of the question? What would you change, with unlimited funds. I'd change the French school day. In the secondary grade. It’sThe way that France has a situation whereby the teachers are only remunerated for the time that they're in school compared to the US and the UK where they're remunerated for their day at school. It doesn't really matter, and I guess they have about the same number of periods in their timetable. But that's what I would change, because it's stopping schools in France from really doing a lot of things. The fact that teachers aren't here and aren't paid to be here, for the whole day, stops them from get involved in extracurricular activities.

If you were to summarize your life in five bullet points, what would they be? [Long while of hesitation.] Chronologically: Confusion... silence. Gaining knowledge, [pause] certainty... wisdom and confusion. That's my chronological five bullet points. I don't think in my old age that I'll be adding to those. How do you think you have become the person you are today? [Mirthfully.] I woke up this morning. I don't know. I really don't… Sometimes you just look back and wonder where the days have gone. I have enjoyed all of my years here... this is now my thirty-first year in this school and it doesn't even seem like it has been that long, it seems like only yesterday. I don't know how I got here. You sort of look through day-to-day and your life just develops. You have personal crises at some points, you get over them, you learn and then gain from them... I really can't answer this question. If I could, I wouldn't be sitting here in this room, would I? Amusedly. I'd probably be earning a lot of money somewhere else! Sobers up. You're asking me a very difficult question. A motto for life? Some advice for young people? [Laughs.] I don't know if I can give advice to young people. Young people always do like my niece and nephew, they're always going to have to experience things for themselves, all you can do is hope you've given them enough wisdom before they go out there to do that, you hope that they're not going to get themselves into any sort of trouble. [Quietly.] I don't know... motto for life? [More confidently.] I mean, I guess go back to the X-files. I just love that one that they had on a poster... is it still there...?

[Searches for poster.] That's it. [Unrolls the poster.]

I want to believe. It's my X-files poster. Which one day will go up, but it's never gotten any further than being rolled up here. It needs to be placed into a frame at some point. I want to believe. [Pauses.] But as a scientist, I'll never be able to do that. Is that it? Yes, that's it. Thank you very much for your time. My pleasure. Anne-Sophie Bine & Daniel Leach

What We Have Learned

EABJM 101 Section S - Ne pas avoir peur du niveau mais ne jamais se relâcher non plus. Il faut garder un rythme de travail régulier. - Se concentrer sur les matières scientifiques parce que les notes obtenues en SVT, Physique Chimie et Math détermineront le passage en 1ere S. - Il faut quand même se concentrer sur les matières scientifiques qu’il faut oublier les autres matières. Ne pas se relâcher en Français, Anglais, Histoire etc... - Etre sur de tout comprendre en math parce que les notions qui manquent s’accumulent vite et ça devient de plus en plus difficile de rattraper. - Faire attention en EPS parce que il faut choisir son module pour le bac l’année suivante.

Section ES/L - Bien organiser son temps. Il faut se consacrer a toutes les matières. - Gardez vos notes d'économie organisées et completes tout au long de l'année, car elles seront indispensable en 1ère. - Prenez le cours de Maths Eco au sérieux, et apprenez bien vos formules car vous les utiliserez

constamment en maths et en économie, en 1ère et en terminale. - Revoyez vos explications de textes de français régulièrement afin d'éviter des heures de travail et de panique juste avant l'oral blanc. - L’IGCSE est un diplôme très important, surtout pour les universités anglaises. Passez du temps à travailler dessus.

International Section - Get organized. Keep your folders well organized for this year as you will be needing them for the next years. Make sure to follow everything in class. - Aim for a 5/7 or higher. This year your grades are going to be out of 7, instead of out of 20. A 5/7 is from a 12-14/20, and that is pretty good. Although in the IB, 4/7 is a passing grade, a 5 means that you’re doing well and you can advance towards the 6s and 7s. - In 2nde INT, you’ll start getting long pieces of work, like big projects and essays. Unlike 3ème, you will a lesser amount of individual pieces of homework to do each assignment will be longer and harder to do. Remember that you always have work to do, which leads to the next point.

What We Have Learned - Do your work in advance. You will be asked to hand in big pieces of work but will of course have enough time to do them: don’t leave them to the last minute. Don’t get into the habit of procrastinating just because you have large deadlines. Make sure you start projects, essays and exercises as soon as you can! You will avoid stress and sleepless nights. - Don’t forget university preparation. As you are entering the IB soon, you probably already know that you’ll be applying to colleges in the U.S. or universities in the UK. Therefore, it would be a great idea to start the process as soon as possible. For example, if you’re applying to the US, start SAT prep and attend some, if not all, university meetings. Get as much of a head start as possible! 1ère and Terminale IB are very busy years.

Advice for Première Classes Section S - Ne pas avoir peur du niveau, ne pas appréhender. Si on suit bien et que l'on travaille régulièrement il n'y a souvent pas de problèmes. - Ne pas décrocher. Dans les matières scientifiques encore plus que les autres il ne faut pas accumuler de retard. Plus on a de retard plus il est difficile de rattraper car toutes les notions sont liées les unes aux autres (surtout en math) : on a besoin des notions précédentes pour comprendre les suivantes. - Ne pas négliger les autres matières, surtout le français (les épreuves anticipées sont très importantes pour les universités)

- Ne pas oublier d'être attentifs pendant les TP (SVT et Physique chimie). On a souvent tendance a ne pas se concentrer, et a ne pas considérer cela comme des vrais cours. Mais il y a une épreuve au bac qui consiste en un TP évalué, il est donc important de s'entraîner des la 1ère. - Il y a rarement de travail a faire a la maison en SVT, mais il est important de le travailler soi même, régulièrement, (faire des fiches par exemple) car il y a, par chapitre, de nombreuses notions a apprendre.

Section L - Il est essentiel de lire énormément. Ne jamais négliger les œuvres données en cours. - Aller voir des pièces de théâtre, des expositions, des musées, et des films pour élargir votre culture générale. - Connaître toutes les figures de styles et les autres outils littéraires. - Etre capable de régulariser son travail personnel. Savoir s’organiser pour rendre les devoirs a temps ainsi que réviser ses cours seuls. - Consacrer énormément de temps aux LV2 (Espagnol, Italien, Chinois etc.) parce que ces matières sont très importantes en filières littéraires.

Section ES - Commencer à prendre des notes sur l’ordinateur dés le début de l’année. Ça aide pour l’organisation. - Faire des fiches pour le bac de Français au fur et à mesure des cours.

What We Have Learned - Revoir ses cours de sciences économiques et sociales dés la rentrée. Le professeur va faire ses cours de 1ère en s’attendant à ce que vous vous souveniez de tout. - Bien lire les libres pour le OI car vous les retrouverez en Terminale et par conséquent au Bac. - Ne pas s’attarder sur le TPE. Il faut le finir le plus vite possible pour pouvoir se concentrer sur d’autres travaux plus tard dans l’année.

International Section - Be organized. As an IB student, you will have a lot of work that teachers will simply expect you to do. You need to be able to manage work given to you by your teachers as well as additional work you should do on your own initiative. If you are coming from 2nde Int, take advantage of all of the work you did the previous year. - Even though you will normally have more work in your HL subjects, don’t neglect your SL subjects. All subjects count equally in your term total and are therefore equally important.

- Your schedule might seem free, with lots of open time slots, late starts and early ends. However, be sure to spend that available time doing productive things, not slacking off! It is amazing how much one can achieve in 45 minutes while concentrating. - Work regularly on your extended essay and IAs. Follow the schedule you are given and frequently do research. As they will tell you, you should, at least one hour a week, solely work on your extended essay per week. - Try to develop a close relationship with your teachers, as you will have the same ones for Premiere and Terminale. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions, share your thoughts etc. - Don’t upset Ms. Burchill. Be polite, send her an e-mail if you miss or are late for a class, and don’t dress inappropriately. She will treat each one you as an adult if you act like one.

Lara Gruering would like to thank Emilie Maret, Yasmin Akhavan, Alicia Foucault, and Alice Cassoulat for their help in making this article.

Do your work in advance !

commencing, does not mean it is the time to put down your pleasure books for them to not be seen until next summer. In fact this is the perfect time to get lost in book. Unlike TV and other forms of entertainment reading is a healthy break and great transition from summer to school with the perfect combination of both pleasure and knowledge. It is proved that reading helps lengthen attention spans, Neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield says. Reading also helps reduce stress, improve memory, vocabulary, and writing skills. Which all help with the start of the new school year when we are all a tad rusty in these areas. by Noa Halff


Just because summer is out and the immense work load is

Here are some recommendations of leisure reads and most of these novels can be find in the American Library in Paris.

1) The Perks of Being a Walflower by Stephen Chbosky Although this might be recognized due to the film that came out recently, the novel allows for a deeper understanding, as it struck me on an emotional level. The novel attracts a high school student as being relatable through the protagonist, Charlie’s, journey through high school.

The story is narrated through

chronological letters, starting with the tragic death of Charlie friend. Then Charlie proceeds to experience a mixture of both fortunate and unfortunate events. It is a story of self-recognition, transformation, and love.

3) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling If J.K Rowling caught your eye because you enjoy the magic and fantasy of Harry potter, you are not in such luck, nonetheless it is as exciting in a rather different way. It takes place in a small town in England and narrates the store of the political upheaval after the death of a member of the towns council. It is not for you if you enjoy only happy stories, as it includes many hardships including death, rape, and abuse. While reading this novel you do not develop of sort of attachment or relationship with the characters but this makes it interesting to analyze the complex

who suffered through the


Holocaust, but did not come out alive. All from various destinations,

4) The Dinner by Herman Koch

Yitzhak Rudashevski in Lithuania, This is a translated novel (from Dutch)

David Rubinowicz in Poland all

cleverly divided by courses of a meal

struggling to survive through the

between two families eating dinner in a

fear, terror, and oppression, in

high end restaurant. This novel is based

search of one common thing, hope,

upon the secret, the awful crime that

until the day there was no more hope

their teenage sons committed.

for any..

As each

course is served, the tension increases regardless of pretentiousness and civility of the parents. In addition there

6) Complete Stories & Poems by Edgar Allen Poe

is also a series of flashbacks that test

This is a good idea if you do not have

the humanity of the “happy� families.

the time to read a whole novel or if

5) We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries Of Teenagers Who Died In The HolocaustJacob Boas

you are just in the mood for a short, sometimes not so sweet, story. As one of Americas greatest poets and writer, Poe has a lot to offer. This is

This is perfect if you are searching for

perfect to have all of his short

a sad but powerful novel from the view

stories in one book which are full of

point of teenagers

mystery, horror, and excitement.



STYLE SECTION Sunglasses For Men What Kind Best Fits You?

Tips On Accessories For Men

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Unless you have a raging passion against anything that could in anyway be linked to s t y l e , s u n g l a s s e s a re a required par t of your wardrobe. Even if we live in Paris and will be stuck with drizzle for at least half of the year, you should never, ever underestimate the

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Accessories give a man the opportunity to make an otherwise plain and generic set of clothing original and fresh. They hint at a selfawareness of style and modernity, but when used in excess insinuate tackiness and ignorance. With that being said, there are certain conventions one must follow. Hats and sunglasses must be removed when entering a building, extremely long scarves are cumbersome and should be avoided, and ties must be well tied!

facial features. Just like wands in Harry Potter, finding the perfect pair (a.k.a. the PP) is an eternal, intense journey. First figure out what type of face you have and then pick sunglasses that properly complement its shape. Check out the pics above to see what glasses would best fit you.



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A touch of leather will make an average baseball cap a bold and edgy fashion statement. Bustin CO.

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Complement the sweatshirt with slick tight black jeans. Ted Baker

Out of the many iPhone cases around, this one is simple and durable, but remains stylish. Dope.

Wear black and white shoes to further emphasize the color contrast. Zara

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It is far better to add a touch of color to your lips rather than through an additional piece of clothing. Red “Indulge” lipstick from MAC.

A perfect notebook for school. Buy many and organize them by subject. Square Deal

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Oxblood is a stylish yet functional bag that can be used for school. Underground Thick Sole

Creepers are a great way to add a touch of rock-n-roll to an outfit.

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If you enjoy all things vegan and veggetarian, we have the place for you to go! Sol Semilla is one if the few 100% vegan, 100% organic restaurant in central Paris.The menu is overwhelming due to all the varieties of food and choices.!


The service is a bit slow but nonetheless extremely good! The place itself is spare but inviting enough. I'd highly recommend this for any vegetarian experience Prices - affordable Type – “eco-friendly” clothing required. Website -

Merci is an eco concept store offering organic café, designer clothes, second-hand goods, perfumes, and even fresh flowers! It has the latest trends in everything concerning the veggie world.

1 1 1 B o u l e v a r d Beaumarchais, Paris

Musée du Quai Branly: In the heart of the 7eme, le musee du quai branly features Patrick Blanc’s “Mur Végétal,” a vertical garden that covers one of the exterior walls. Inside, you find the best of African art and culture

PA R I S I A N GREENERY Musée Quai Branly

With its black mate finish, single sided fork, disc brakes and general look - the Cannondale Bad Boy will be your perfect companion to cruise ar-ound our Parisian streets. It’s rel- iable, smooth and comfy – made for beginners and advanced riders!

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Price – 850e

LEBILINGUE APP CHOICE OF THE MONTH. Frontback – Free Frontback is an amusing and speedy way to show your friends what you’re up to. This app will let you use both your iPhone’s front and back cameras simultaneously, and will then merge both pictures as one. Users share the context behind each picture, something that is not found with applications like Instagram. Want to strike a funny pose while you take a picture of your friends? This app is perfect for that. Runtastic – Free Runtastic helps make your exercise easy and fun, and lets you calculate all the required data to optimize your workout results – and put yourself side by side with past activities, your friends or pros! This app will help you analyze every step you take. PicPlayPost – 1.99 With the rise of Instagram and Vine, a simple montage application is an ideal way to create fun videos. It is made to interact with social media platforms, and its interface is very user friendly. A must-have!

Djay 2 – 4.99 djay 2 is an iPad and iPhone app that transforms your tablet or phone into a full-fledged DJ system. The app gives your the same effects, looping, cue points, and auto-mixing capacities as the pros.

Google Maps – Free Tired of Apple’s native maps application that never seems to take you where you need to go? Use Google Maps. It has a great location search, and even includes public transportation routes. Its interface is very smooth, and re-routing is very easy to do.

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Have Hipsters Disappeared?

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By Daniel LEACH

What is a hipster? Although the term is defined in Hipster Mattic by Matty Granfield as the lovers of “long-forgotten styles of clothing, beer, cigarettes and music”, you’ll find that the more time you spend trying to decipherer what constitutes the modern day hipster, the more you will realize that most of these definitions contradict each other. Some declare they are the kids who boast living in once dismal neighborhoods; others will have them outfitted in American Apparel whilst another might tell you they only have ears for Even though no one has managed to retrace the origins of the word “hipster” or “hip” – the meaning it implies is “remaining unknowingly one step ahead of the game” (Chris Sullivan). It is meant to suggest that one possesses knowledge concerning culture and art that ordinary people just don’t have. Throughout the 60s and till the turn of the century, being “hip” was a hipster’s job. An entire cultural and artistic society revolved around this handful of individuals, revolving around their tastes and their ideas. Not only did they attend cultural events, they were the ones who organized them, creating a cozy niche for the real artists to immerse themselves and come up with revolutionary songs, paintings and literature. What happened in these closed circles - in their clubs, art galleries, or venues – unknowingly confront modern standards, a status quo mindlessly followed throughout generations. Thanks to Internet, the so-called “hipster” way -of-life has spread like wildfire, converting millions of people all over the world. Hipsters used to be able to be that one step ahead of the general public, but Internet and all of the social media has made it possible for everyone to follow the latest trends in fashion and listen to most recent songs. The hipster has suddenly been cut out of the equation and cannot fulfill the important task of keeping the general public updated, and constantly pushing society to evolve. Hugo Lieber

Advances in technology have made sharing content to huge amounts of people an easy game. We have all heard parents using adolescent slang or “trying to be cool.” The content that was once reserved to the younger generations is now being taken in by people of all ages. What differentiated the tastes and views of younger people compared to adults is becoming more and more insignificant, destroying what set young people apart from the more conservative older generations. However, contrary to the subculture that was the “hip” which embraced their culture in order to make it evolve – the modern day hipster is a form of rebellion consisting in neglecting their heritage to set them apart from the ordinary chap. With a global population of over 7 billion; isn’t it just normal we all want to put ourselves forward and just try to differentiate ourselves from one another?

Peculiar Foods by Dori Csontos

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From Michelin star restaurants to street fairs, food seems to be a common indulgence that all nationalities love and share alike. Visitors from all around the world eagerly anticipate the endless possibilities of delicious delicacies, and sometimes left with very unexpected results. Here are some common and rare foods from all around the globe that are sure to make you think twice about ordering them for lunch. Asian cultures have been known to make insects and critters a common component in their dishes for centuries, so it should not be a surprise that deep friend tarantulas make the list of one of the most common and cheap finger-foods on popular Cambodian streets. These eight-legged creatures are usually flavored with garlic and are enjoyed as a popular snack option for locals, costing merely a few cents. For customers looking for a fresh taste on a restaurant menu, Vietnam’s specialty of live cobra hearts will certainly do them justice. This luxury is consumed for its metaphoric power and strength that the consumer receives after eating it, while the heart if still beating and swallowed whole. In China, scorpion soup seems to be the preferred start to a meal, which if not properly prepared, can be dangerous to eat due to its venomous attribute.

If you want to leave dinner on a sweeter note, the durian fruit might seem like a light note to the end your meal. However, this fruit’s odor is so pungent that its yellow flesh has been banned from some Asian airports and hotels likewise. If a great cup of coffee seems to be your daily ritual, Kope Lowak will certainly leave a lasting impression as it not only the world’s most expensive coffee, ranging from $120 to $300 for a pound, but also made differently than any other coffee around. These coffee beans are typically eaten by a civets, a wild animal in Indonesia, and due to their inability to digest the enzymes in the coffee, their excrement of these beans have been made into one of most demanded forms of coffee on the markets today. And if you thought blue cheese was the only type of fermented cheese, Italy’s specialty, the Casu Marzu will certainly exceed your expectations. This treat is produced of sheep’s milk, which is allowed to decompose and become infested with larvae to create the special taste to this expensive treat. Even the strangest foods can sometimes come at a high price. And while fermented cheese and live bugs do not seem to be the most typical dinner option to prepare for your guests, it is sure to leave them with a lasting impression.

Mingling with the Permanent Delegation of Kenya to UNESCO

Ingu Kang, President of the Rafiki Club 2013

Ingu Kang

Group photo of the Rafiki Club members of 2013 in the front yard of UNESCO It was 22 March, 2013, when a bright Friday afternoon became even brighter. Having been excused from school by the administration, 12 Rafiki Club members (both 1°IB and 2°Int), along with Ms. Mathijsen, the organizer and the supervisor of the Rafiki Club, went beyond the thresholds of the UNESCO situated at 1 rue Miollis, 75006. After taking some commemorative groupies and selfies, the club encountered Ms. Diana who came to greet us and lead us to H.E.Ambassador Khimulu, ambassador of the Permanent Delegation of Kenya to UNESCO who greeted us with warmth. we moved on to the interior of the building where we settled down in a comfortable meeting room. We then received an elaborate presentation on the sociopolitical situation in Kenya, its gastronomy, and culture from Mr. Soo and Ms. Kiama. In exchange, we presented our club and introduced

them to our activities and their outcomes and, most importantly, to the Rafiki Club’s aim: to raise funds to give more opportunities to underprivileged children in Kenya. We then had an extremely informative Q&A session, during which we were able to discuss the quality of education in Kenya and the scandals surrounding the recent presidential election, obtaining a domestic perspective on the situation. I must say that listening to Kenyan opinions on the newly elected president being indicted by the Criminal Court of crimes against humanity was surely more than awesome. The meeting was an enlightening experience for each member and also was a great opportunity for the club itself. We showed officials that the Rafiki Club is a very serious club filled with motivated

Members. After the meeting, Anna Robine, member of the club, stated that “it was a fantastic opportunity to meet ambassador Khimulu and her working partners , who not only took time away from their work to meet with us but also discussed different topics and were interested to know what the rafiki club had accomplished.” Personally, the experience was very valuable not only in terms of the club itself but for me as well. The Delegation gave us a lot of information regarding their jobs and their roles in the UNESCO. I gained a thorough insight on the importance of the establishment in our society for further human development.

The Rafiki Club having its long legacies in EABJM, is under the umbrella of an organization known as Rafiki Ya Maisha (meaning “friend’s life” in Swahili), which has been renowned for its humanitarian activities and its endeavors in Kenya, cooperating with the Kenyan government to help create schools in rural areas in order to Quench the thirst for knowledge. Rafiki Ya Maisha is led by Ms. Claire Mathijsen, who also supervises the Rafiki Club at EABJM.

Ingu Kang

After the meeting, Ms. Mathijsen had a present for us. The bracelets were fabricated in Kenya by AIDS patients.

editors-in-chief Hugo Lieber & Daniel Leach Contributors Dania Kawar, Dori Csontos, Daniel Leach, Amaury Bargioni, Hugo Lieber, Anne-Sophie Bine, Lara Gruering, Noa Halff, & Ingu Kang

Le Bilingue September 2013  

A Back To School Issue from editors-in-chief Hugo Lieber and Daniel Leach Canibano.

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