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STUDENTS’ MAGAZINE

ISSUE N°3 N°3

SUMMER, 2000

inside... EDITORIAL Articles Poems Short stories Letters Crossword puzzles Jokes Etc.

IMPORTANT Students must include their full names, level and school name. Otherwise, their contributions will not be considered for publication. Photos are optional.

Dear student, Your magazine has already become wellknown and respected. Your contributions are of high quality thanks to your efforts and your English language teachers’ guidance. This is what made it difficult for the magazine committee to choose the best contributions. How can one choose the best from the best?! You have really encouraged us with your highly appreciated contributions to work harder so as to get this issue published in due time. You will see that there is some improvement and we hope that this improvement grow progressively and steadily from one issue to the other. You will also notice that the content is more varied. It’s our objective to improve Marrakech Express both quantitatively and qualitatively, because it has become our and your long term project. Also within this issue, we have included the names and photos of the last issue winners of best contributions. Try to be among the next winners. There will also be another prize for the crossword puzzle, riddles, word pyramid, etc. We wish everybody good luck and good results in the coming exams. The Local Board of MATE

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The best friend one can ever have A book is the most faithful friend one can ever have. It only gives without taking anything in exchange. It is within anybody's reach. It tells the truth and never lies. It does not flatter you. It tells you merry stories and sad stories. It can make you laugh or cry. It can make you smile or frown. It informs and instructs; it explains and argues and it advises and consoles.

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It makes the life of book-lovers full, great and rich. The life of those who do not like it is limited and superficial. It never gets tired of you until you get tired of it. In praise of the book, Abou Tammam, a once great Arab poet says: Of all places, nothing is better than the saddle of a racing horse! And of all men, no companion is better than a book! Nezha Berhoumma El Iddrissi /1sc

THE KING OF SEASONS I like spring; the king Of the four seasons; When nature is dressed Like a bride. I like spring; When the flowers are Multi-coloured, When the butterflies Are dancing, When the brooks Are flowing. I like spring; When to the countryside I go for a ride; When my joy Is beyond reason; AMAL RIDA / 2L.M

A LETTER TO MY FATHER Dear father, How are you ? How is my mother ? I hope you’re well. Don’t worry about me. I’m living in a new apartment. It’s small but very modern. Rabat is a large city. In fact, all Moroccan cities are large. You know, there are many people here, but I don’t know any of them. I work in a big car factory. It’s a long way from home, about 11kms. I always take the bus and I work from eight to twelve and from two to six every day, except Sunday. I take my lunch in a small restaurant, just near the factory. I don’t like kitchen-work. It takes a long time. What about my job? Well, it’s interesting, the pay is quite good, about 3500 Dhs a month. By the way I’m sending you 1500 Dhs. When you get them, please write and give me your news. My good wishes to all the family. Your son Toufiq Toufiq Ait Taleb / 2LM

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Beggary: A black spot in the beauty of Marrakech Marrakech, my home-town, is a beautiful town. I like it and I'm proud of it. Its climate is healthy, it is not polluted. Its people are kind and hospitable. They like life and have a good sense of humour. The standard of living is not expensive; so all people live modestly, but peacefully. But there is a phenomenon which is a black spot concerning the reputation of my town: there are a lot of beggars everywhere and especially in Jamaa Lafna square. You can't enjoy your meal in a restaurant without being disturbed by a beggar who begs for charity. You can't pass without

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being accosted by a poor kid, dressed in torn garments, who stops you asking for a dirham. The pleasure of tourists is spoilt by this phenomenon. There are beggars everywhere; in front of the doors of mosques, in markets, on the pavement, you can see women in shabby djellabas with their underfed children sleeping . in their arms. You can see old forsaken . men who are sick. All this is very . touching. You can give a beggar a dirham, but is . this enough? It isn't by an individual act . of charity that we can solve this . problem. To put an end to this problem, . we must make a collective and permanent effort. If everybody is interested, we can make lighter the pains of others and we can give them a chance for a better life. Fouzia Lakhmour / 2sc

The end of a love story

For so long, I had been Expecting a letter; Of it I was dreaming, Living in hope All summer. The letter arrived at last, Stabbing my heart to death. It was the end of a wonderful dream, I could not believe it. How strange such an end did seem! The end of a love story, Having linked two lovely creatures, So soft and tender by their natures. But now things have changed; Signs of loneliness are showed. Alone, I'll do without a lover, And I'll never live on dreams, never. Fatiha Ait Dif / 2sc

HUMOROUS QUOTATION S * A bore is a person who talks when you wish him to listen * The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second by our children * Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other * The objective of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher * You can lead a boy to college, but you can’t make him think * Distant relatives are the best kind, and the further the better. * The richer a relative, the less he bothers you * When a young man complains that a young lady has no heart, it is pretty certain that she has his * Every thing is funny, as long as it is happening to somebody else * The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them * An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband * Always do right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest. By Rabie Laamiri / 3LM

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Galileo: a man working for the well being of humanity Galileo as student Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa in the north of Italy in the year 1564. He started school at the age of eight. As a student he was certainly the cleverest one in his class. His life was full of questions, so he always wanted to test his own ideas. Nine years later, he was able to go to Pisa university. Soon every teacher in this university knew him, but some of them didn't like him.

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Galileo and gravity Galileo loved Archimedes famous story and began studying ideas about weight. So he noticed that things weigh differently in water. For example, a bar of iron weighs eight pounds in the air, but it weighs only seven pounds in water. Then he deduced that when an object took the place of some water it would lose the weight of that water. "But why do things fall over?" His friends said. "Allow me to explain," said Galileo. "Every object has weight but the centre of its weight is not always in the middle of the object. If the top of an object is heavier than its bottom, it will fall over easily, but if the bottom is heavier, it won't fall easily. Gharb Elil Othman / 3 Sc

GENERATION GAP Teenage views of life and parents opinions are sometimes in conflict. This difference is often called the generation gap: “our parents don’t understand us”, teenagers say.

In Britain, teenagers have a great deal of independence. They may have Saturday jobs and most students over 18 study away from home. They sometimes leave home to share a flat with friends and this is a positive sign of independence. Financial independence is also an important part of growing up, especially after the age of 18. In 1990, there was a famous youth programme called Gross Talk. The presenters, the audience and the viewers were teenagers. The most popular topics for discussion were: part-time jobs, exam stress, parents’ relation to friends, TV programmes and young people, divorce, and leaving home. Both young and old people liked them. British parents would like to be protective towards their children until they are 16, but the children do not agree with them and want to be grown-ups as soon as possible.

JOKES * The teacher asked his students: - Who wants to go on the moon? Yasmine: Not me, madam. The teacher: Why? Yasmine: Because my mother told me ‘as soon as the class finishes, return quickly home’”.

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A woman says to her doctor: “Doctor, how can I stop my husband from talking at night, in his sleep?” Doctor: “let him talk a little bit during the morning”. Debt Fatimazzhra

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Astrology Aries people are idealistic, and they make good leaders. They are energetic, ambitious and enthusiastic. Although they are very generous, they are aggressive and not very tolerant. They think they can do everything better than others. Taurus people, on the other hand, are practical and sensible. They like their home and family, seldom do they worry,and make decisions slowly and carefully. They’re also artistic, and like paintings, books and music. They have one big fault : they’re very obstinate. Gemini people usually have lots of nervous energy. They hate routine, love travelling, and get bored easily. They’re cheerful people who love talking and are good at languages. But they aren’t always honest, and they hate responsibility. Cancer people, like Gemini, are changeable. But they do not have as much confidence as Gemini, and they’re far more sensitive. The Cancer people are proud, and hate telling people about their problems. They are intelligent and imaginative. They like old things and love the sea. Their home is very important to them. Leo people are energetic and ambitious, and like responsibility. They can be vain, and they always think they’re right. But they are warm, generous and friendly, and they usually have plenty of friends. Viergo people are perfectionists. Whatever they do, they are careful and practical. And they expect others to be the same, but they make good friends because they’re loyal and fair. Their planet is Mercury, which means

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they will travel a lot. Viergo people like possessions and money. Libra people are usually attractive, pleasant and popular. They often change their minds, and they do not get on well with people whose ideas are fixed. They cannot stand being on their own. Scorpio people have lots of confidence. In fact, they sometimes make others feel rather nervous. They are strong, independent, mysterious people who rarely show their feelings. Although they sometimes seem cold, they are really very emotional and jealous people. Sagittairus people are very different; they are noisy, optimistic, cheerful and generous. They are rather nosy and they love giving advice – they don’t always think before they speak, so they are sometimes rude. They love animals and sport. Capricorn people are far quieter. Extroverts embarrass them. They are practical, careful people who are ready to work hard to get what they want. They do not have much confidence, and get depressed easily. They respect tradition and are usually very conventional. Aquarius people are exactly the opposite. They hate convention and routine. Aquarius people are explorers, who love searching for something new and different. They are imaginative, intelligent and idealistic, and they usually have a marvelous sense of humour. Pisces people are romantic, they are dreamers, and they often try to run away from reality. They can be lazy but they are capable of great things if they try. They are quite conventional, but artistic. A lot of pisces people are in show business.

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Lamia Bennani / 2sc.sco.

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Five students were assigned the task to interview some of their fellowfellow-students about their their conception of the human rights. The question they asked was: “as far as you are concerned, what are the main human rights that a citizen should be aware of?� Having collected the data and analysed it, the five students made a list of what the interviewed students agreed upon. Here it is: 1- All human beings are born free and equal 2- Every individual has the right to live 3- Every individual has the right to be free 4- The dignity of every individual should be preserved and respected. An individual should, by no means be tortured, treated cruelly or insulted 5- All citizens are equal before justice. They should have the same civil rights and the same duties. No citizen should, in any case, be arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned or exiled 6- Every citizen has the right to move freely or to settle down anywhere he or she likes. In case a citizen is persecuted, s/he can seek refuge in any other country 7- Every citizen has the right to marry and have a family 8- Every citizen has the right to property 9- Every citizen has the right to practise his or her religion freely

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10-Every citizen has the right to think and express his or her opinions freely. The right to set up associations, organisations, syndicates or political parties should be guaranteed 11- Every citizen has the right to vote and the right to participate in the political life of his or her country 12- The safety of an individual’s body and property should be guaranteed 13- Every citizen has the right to get a job and to earn his or her living. The opportunities to work should be equal and fair 14- Every citizen has the right to promotion so as to improve his social and economic status. The opportunities to promote should be equal and fair 15- Every citizen has the right to benefit from a standard of living ensuring the state of his or her health, the well-being of his or her family. This also includes good nutrition, clothing, housing, medical services, insurance, retirement pensions and all necessary social services 16- Every citizen has the right to education 17- Every citizen has the right to participate freely in the artistic or intellectual activities of his or her community.

Considering these findings, you will notice that all of them are included in the universal declaration of human rights. Prepared by: Hind Derkaoui, Siham Haim, Latifa Slaihi & Fatima Outougramt (3LM/languges stream)

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THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD It is really very touching to see some parentless and homeless children roaming the streets of some big cities in shabby, dirty clothes hardly covering their frail bodies deadened and weakened by hanger and cold. Such saddening sights make any person with human feeling wonder if there is still any good and if there are still any brave hearts in this world. Of all disheartening sights, there is no sight as sad as the sight of a miserable child.

If a child is an orphan or if his parents are so poor that they are unable to support him, it is then the responsibility of all society to look after him. Not only philanthropists and social associations that should do something to alleviate the miseries of homeless and parentless children, but a greater effort on the part of everybody is needed on a larger scale. From the moment a child is born, he has some rights towards his family in the first place, then towards his society as a whole. Since childhood is a crucial stage in human life, it should be given much importance and concern.

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How the childhood of a generation is spent determines a lot the type of adults making a society. So what are the needs of a child that should be answered and cared for.

The most important need of a child is to have a family. A family is the natural and affectionate environment within which a child may grow up normally. Having a family gives the child a feeling of security and a sense of belonging. Another important need is to be well-fed. A balanced nutrition will make sturdy and healthy child. Moreover, a child should be properly dressed and the state of his health often checked. The freedom to play is also a vital need for a child. A child who plays grows up both physically and psychologically healthier. Playing also develops a child’s intelligence and sharpens his personality.

Besides, having an elementary education is one of the most important rights that a child can ever claim. Every child must have access to school. It is really a crime to deprive the child from this right.

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An illiterate child will inevitably give a handicapped adult in both his social and economic life. In addition to all this, a child is a miniature of an adult person. He has his own feelings and thoughts. So a child should be well listened to when he tries to express himself. His interests and opinions should, by no means, be belittled. On the contrary, a child should be encouraged to speak and to think freely. Finally, a child is also in great need of love and care. Any form of neglect, violence or carelessness on the part of people around him will negatively affect the development of his personality. Delinquents and criminals are only people who were neglected or badly treated in their childhood.

To sum up, a child will be a good citizen only if he is properly taken care of, if all his vital needs are taken into consideration and if he is welleducated. A child is a seed, if it is sown in a fertile soil, if it lives in good weather, the seed will one day grow into a fruitful tree. Prepared by: Hind Derkaoui, Siham Haim, Latifa Slaihi & Fatima Outougramt (3LM/languges stream)

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The environment: some alarming facts DID YOU KNOW ?

* One-third of the world’s people don’t have enough clean water. * Two-thirds of the world’s ocean coastlines are polluted. * Chemicals have destroyed ten percent of the ozone layer over Europe and North America. * Each year, people burn or cut down nearly 14300 km2 (square kilometres) of forest. * Every day, Americans and Canadians create about 1,8 kilograms of garbage per person. DIFFERENT CUSTOMS: Never do these things in these countries! Thailand: never touch anyone except a child on the head. Canada & USA: don’t arrive early if you’re invited to someone’s home. Indonesia: never point to anything with your foot. Korea: don’t pass something to another person or superior with only one hand. Muslim countries: don’t eat with your left hand. Samoa: don’t eat when you’re walking in public. Prepared by Ouissal Kamouni

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Every little helps Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched Like father like son A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush It’s no use crying over spilt milk No news is good news” God helps those who help themselves A friend in need is a friend indeed Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today The darkest hour is just before dawn Eat to live and don’t live to eat Love is blind Attack is the best form of defence A Jack-of-all-trades is master of none As you sow, will you reap Barking dogs seldom bite Birds of feather flock together Dead men tell no tales Do as you would be done by Don’t cross the bridge before you come to eat East or west home is the best He who makes no mistakes makes nothing Let bygones be bygones More haste less speed Too many cooks spoil the broth.

Chosen by: Rokia Moukhtari Amina El Mountassir/1sc & Mounir Sinoune

Moussa Bnu Noussair High school April 22nd ,2000 Dear class-mates, How are ? We’re in the English class-room now , we’re studying « superlatives of short and long adjectives. » we’re friendly and helpful, that’s to say, we help each other. Our teachers are hard-working, understanding and patient. Our high school’s name is Moussa Bnu Noussair. it is composed of more than 30 classes, 6 scientific laboratories, one large library and many administrative offices. In the middle there is a nice spring jet surrounded by four flourishing gardens. What about your high school ? Please, write soon, we’re waiting for your letters Your colleague – students. 1LM5

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MALARIA: THE KILLER Malaria is on of the world’s biggest disease. Every year more than 250 million people are affected. In South Africa, most of the population is frequently affected. Young children, however, suffer enormously. The disease kills a million of African children every year. Global eradication of Malaria has failed because the available measures to eradicate it are expensive. Neither rich countries nor poor ones can afford the constant expense. The problem is compounded by the growing resistance to drug and insecticides. Malaria is caused by single-cell parasites called ‘plasmodium’. Once in a person’s blood stream, these parasites travel to the liver, where they grow and increase. After two or three weeks,

CONGRATULATIONS! These are the winners of last issue’s contributions. Prizes will be delivered on Saturday, June 3rd, 2000 at the Academy of Marrakech. D.Bejjghit

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F.Lakhmour

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fever occurs. These parasites are usually breed in still watery areas. Their young or larvae can be killed by spraying oil on the surface of the pools. Another measure of protection is de spraying of insecticides in houses. Drugs do not prevent infection although they can suppress the development of Malaria parasites in the blood. Anti-Malaria measures must be continuous or they may do more harm than good if the people in a treated area lose their immunity to the disease and then infected when mosquitoes return. Malaria may be fatal instead of producing a simple fever. This is what happened on he central highlands of Madagascar in 1988 when an estimated 100 000 people died. So, Malaria is one of the worst epidemics. Prepared by Nawal Faris / 2sc.

I HAVE HAD ENOUGH Is it enough for a man to be himself To be believed ? Is it enough for a bird to have wings To go past the sky ? Is it enough for a sea to be waterlogged To have waves ? And is it enough for me to scream To hear me speaking ? I have had enough, I want to change the world, I want to run away through the sky, I want to leave my whole life behind And wait for another sun to shine. Is it enough for man to dream to be ? Is it enough for a man to have an eye to see ? Is it enough for a white pigeon to fly to be free and make peace ? And is it enough for a ship to touch the sand to be saved and stay ? I have had enough, I want to change the world, I want to run away through the sky, I want to leave my whole life behind, And wait for another sun to shine.

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A CONTINUOUS MISERY

Zahra was sitting on the floor, playing with an old and dirty doll that her mother had made for her when she was younger. She was still young, may be ten or eleven years old, according to what her oldest sister told her, and yet she remarked the gloomy face of her father, Miloud. He was speaking with her uncle about something called “city”. Zahra had never been there, and she didn’t know what it was like. Her small world had limits in her countryside. Besides all the people called her and started advising her. However, Zahra didn’t pay attention to anything, she went on playing with the old and dirty doll. The next day, her father bought her a new dress and pair of plastic shoes. Zahra felt very glad, now that it was a long time she hadn’t had new clothes. She had always been satisfied with her sister’s clothes. The surprise was that he became a such nice and tender father that he bought a lovely doll for her too. The next day he took her to the “bus-station”. She was proud because she was walking just beside her father; the man she always described as great. Yet, she didn’t know that it was her last day between the arms of calm, purity and nature.

Zahra and her father arrived at last at the big city. During their journey “Miloud” didn’t speak, he was thinking deeply. On the other hand, his daughter was surprisingly looking at the tall and great buildings, at people with their strange but beautiful clothes, to the huge number of cars and so on.

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Zahra was taken by her father to one of those buildings, and they went at one of the many apartments there. An elegant woman opened the door for them when they knocked at it. Zahra found her very nice since she invited them to come in the clean flat in spite of their dirty shoes. Miloud was speaking with the woman who was looking at Zahra and smiling to her from time to time. Before Miloud left the woman’s house, he spent about five minutes with his daughter. He told her that he was looking for her best; and the best was to live with that woman and to consider herself as if she had been in her own house. So, she should do the housework without complaining. Then he left the flat promising to visit her once a month. Meriem, this was the woman’s name, was really kind woman. She bought new clothes for Zahra which were much more beautiful than the ones her father had bought her. Mr Abd Errahim, Meriem’s husband, was a serious and good-natured man. They had never hurt her neither by hitting her nor saying bad words regardless of what she said or did; which made Zahra work harder and harder. Concerning her father, he visited her every month as he promised. But one day, she knew that he didn’t always come because he loved her or anything else, but because he was interested in the money Meriem gave him for her job once a month. Zahra spent seven years with that family, and she had never been back to her place of birth; the lovely calm countryside. She missed the pure air, the smell of the hot bread, the radiant colours of nature, and of course her family which was getting bigger day in, day out. Therefore, she asked Meriem for a short holiday to spend there. The latter accepted quickly and gave her some money to buy gifts for all members of her family.

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Miloud was there to help his daughter when buying; so they bought just simple and cheap things. In seven years, many things had changed already, even in the countryside. However, she had a strong desire to see her new sister and the twin little boys. Nevertheless, she was shocked when she arrived home: the same small house, almost the same animals, the same clothes she had one time seen her mother wearing, and the same old dirty doll in the corner. The warm hospitality wasn’t an answer to all the questions in her mind: Where did go all the money her father had been taking during these seven years? What did he do with it?…?…? There was nothing changed nothing at all. Miloud took a colourful dress from Zahra’s bag and a new doll too, and gave them

PESSIMISM When by our fellow-men we're wronged, Life becomes a suffocating box In which we're deceived by many a fox.

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to his daughter Fatna who was nine years old. He told her that he would take her to a nice place in the city where she would live, and would become clean, beautiful and have money as Zahra. Just then, Zahra knew that her father was a greedy man and no one can stop what he was doing to his daughters. When she looked at a little room, she found her small sister sitting on the floor. Zahra knew that one day, that small girl would have the same fate as “Zahra” and “Fatna”. She couldn’t help crying because she doubted if her sisters would work for nice families or bad ones who would hurt them. At that time, the little girl was still sitting on the floor, playing with an old dirty doll that her mother had made for Zahra when she was younger. Loubna Ouaouzar / 3LM

Africa is singing

When by misfortune we' re dogged, Life is no longer a sweet dream; It non longer tastes as good as an ice-cream.

I am singing a sad song, Misery, poverty so long. There is no ability, Everyone feels he is strong, But who is wrong? Everyone is mute, And who is going to listen To this sad song.

OPTIMISM Let your problems behind; Think well of the future. Life is good Of it draw a nice picture. To achieve happiness; Just make up your mind Though it’s difficult to find Life is not a narrow range, Provided you look further Provided that you change Till your good self larger

People suffer, From one place to another During winter and summer, Gloomy in the day and at night, Just gloomy even in the light. There is no conscience, no sight, No resistance, no fight, There no problem shared, And no one cared. There is no peace, no security, Just destruction and poverty; And who is going to listen To this sad song?

Hanane kanar / 3LM

Karima Abbada / 3LM

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MORJANA Morjana was a very beautiful rich girl. She was intelligent, friendly, helpful and hard working. She lived with her grand-parents in a small village. Morjana was very happy and always smiling until one darkest night when some thieves attacked her house and stole all the riches of the village. Besides, they took Morjana with them. They wanted to sell her to some wealthy people because they were bad and really interested in money. Morjana felt deeply hurt while she was on the way with the gang. She had some honey in her bag and decided to mix it with some sleeping herbs. Where the gang stopped for a rest, Morjana prepared her recipe and went to the chief; “Look,” she said, “taste this delicious honey. My grand father bought it from Mecca. It’s really good for your health”.

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The chief answered proudly;“Oh ! my dear, you’re really kind, but let’s invite the other members.” Morjana replied, “the pleasure is for me. Have every body taste it.” After a while, all the thieves slept deeply and Morjana rode back to the village. She told them what had happened. A few minutes later, all the villagers followed Morjana, taking knives and ropes. Once they got to the place, they tied all the thieves and put them in prison. The following day, Morjana celebrated her wedding with the richest man in the village because she was the most beautiful girl and the bravest, of course. Samira Basaid / 2LM

STUDYING ABROAD: A PERSONAL OPINION

Even though studying abroad may present many challenges, it can be a very positive experience. Your experience abroad can affect your entire life in many ways; such as developing a sense of independence, learning about a new culture (customs, beliefs, etc.), making new friends, learning to be tolerant of differences, and so on and so forth.

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Concerning disadvantages, I think we can include things like missing friends and family, especially if it’s the first time we leave them. Besides, we can have some problems in getting around, especially during the first days. Even so, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

For example, whenever you miss your friends and family, you can phone or visit them on holidays. All in all, studying abroad is an experience you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life. Yasine Zedgui / 3lM

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LIVING IN BIG CITIES Big cities are the center of everything. We can find great variety of jobs, all sorts of amusement, different types of housing and different means of transport and communication. Like anything else, big cities have good and bad sides. Big cities have certainly their good points. First of all, in big cities the majority of people are literate, because they cannot find problems to join schools. Secondly, in big cities, not only can people get promotion easily, but they can also encounter everything new. Besides, every thing is related to the rules and laws.

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Yet, big cities have some distinct bad points, and the main one is that in big cities there is too little space for gardens and parks which prevent people from breathing pure air. Moreover, people can become thieves or criminals because of unemployment. There are more thefts and crimes every day. In addition, big cities are noisy, polluted and crowded. To sum up, all these factors can hinder us from living in big cities. In other words, I propose that we should live in the countryside where there is not much traffic that can pollute the atmosphere. Moreover, people are generous, sociable and friendly. Abdelaziz Belkharchouf / 3LM

The song of spring Spring has at last come with its nice song. Wherever you look there is perfect beauty, The hearts of the young are light and strong; Playing all the time, unburdened of duty, Flowers are pretty spreading their perfume, Inviting everybody:

“Out of your house! Out of your room! Forget the coldness once chilly and bitter, Enjoy the sunshine and breathe deeper, Open you eyes! Open your heart and look, You’ll see there is no black cloud, Joyfulness and serenity Are easy to be found. Spring is short, so live it fully; To miss it would be mere folly”

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MOTHER You’re the air that I breath. Mother you’re all that I need And I want to thank you. You’re the words that I read, You’re the light that I see, And your love is all that I need.

You’re the song that I sing, You’re my everything, And I want to thank you. You’re the reason for which I live, And your love is all that I need

Ibtissam Sergag / 3sc.

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WORKING WOMAN

HERE IS TODAY’S NEWS

Every woman wants to go for work. But this has many advantages and disadvantages. The first advantage is that the woman helps to develop her financial situation. Also she can buy everything she wants without waiting for her husband’s help. Besides, she would not feel bored thanks to her job. However, the working woman and her family suffer from some problems. First perhaps she would not find somebody who will take care of her children. Then they will suffer from lack of affection and love. This woman will be so tired and nervous and she would not find free time to practise her hobbies.

Yesterday, Barcelona’s stadium was crowded because there was a good match between Barcelona and Humburg. It was very exciting since it was the European Cup Final. In the beginning, the players were scared to lose the match and fans got angry. Barcelona scored four goals to two to Humburg. Three of them were scored by the forward centre Alphonse. Finally, Barcelona won the European Football Cup. Lalla Asma Oulmekki

Asmaa El Mahrab / 1LO

THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN There was an old woman, And nothing she had. And so this old woman, Was said to be mad. She had nothing to to eat, She had nothing to wear, She had nothing to lose, She had nothing to fear, She had nothing to ask, She had nothing to give. And when she did die, She had nothing to leave.

Do you know why I run very fast ? Simply because I eat carrots. They are more delicious than other vegetables. They can make you in fine and good health. Besides, they are good for eyes.

Carrots are everything to me!

Rachid Assiraj

Ghizalane Raouni / 2LO

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MARRAKECH EXPRESS

ISSUE 3

SUMMER 2000

If you answer all these, you’ll get a prize ?

1- WORD PYRAMID

Prepared by : Naima L’ahcaine/2LM, Seddik Idrissi/2LM, Yassine Zedgui /3LM & Samira Basaid/2LM

1- the sixth letter of the alphabet 2- the fourth of the musical syllables used in the scale 3- not many 4- you need it to light a cigarette 5- you need it to make bread 6- someone who speaks correctly and without hesitations 7- you practise it at sea or in the river 8- a game 9- a man who catches fish 10- when you have free time at school.

3- RIDDLE 2- CROSSCROSS-WORD PUZZLE:

Across: 1- it is used for different games 2- opposite of unable 3- to get 4- a month 5- inquires about something * The first letters down stand for a well-known Moroccan footballer

4- SILLY QUESTIONS 1- Your aunt has a brother, and this is not your uncle. Who is he? 2- Mr. Smith has five sons; every son has a sister. How many children does Mr. Smith have?

A man went to a restaurant. But after a while; ten minutes or so, he went out and left a piece of paper in which these numbers were written: I004I80 What did he want to say?

3- What is full of holes and holds water? 4- It’s always before you, but you can’t see it. What is it? 5- What is the middle of Paris? 6- What has an eye but can’t see? 7- Where does August come before January?

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MARRAKECH EXPRESS

ISSUE 3

SUMMER 2000

These are the contributors to this issue :

F.Lakhmour

S.Basaid

R.Laamiri

G.Raouni

S.Idrissi

N.L’hcaine

K.Abbada

L.Bennani

A.Elmahrab

A.Oulmekki

A.Belkharchouf

H.Derkaoui

L.Ouaouzar

The Editing Board: H. Lehnoud, A. Elmoatamid, G. Benjradia, K. Amada, M. Ejjakhch, A. Laaqira, S.Elbechra, A. Rasmy, A. Ezzinadi Saad, Saad, M. Hassim

N.Berhoumma, A.Rida, T.Ait Taleb, F.Ait Dif, O.Gherb Elil, A.Derdak, F.Debt, L.Slaihi, S.Haim, F.Outougramt, R.Moukhtari, A.Elmountassir, M.Sinoune, N.Faris, Y.Elkounima, H.Kanar, Y.Zedgui, I.Sergag, B.Elgraoui, R.Assiraj.

Layout & computer work: M. Hassim THE MOROCCAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH (MATE) MARRAKECH LOCAL BRANCH

Depôt Légal : 85/2000 Price : 5Dhs

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