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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Who to root for in Rugby World Cup Final b/w All Blacks and France: Unless you're married to Binoche, Doutey, Delpy or Frégé, root for New Zealand

Elodie Frégé -Et maintenant (circa 2004)

Who to root for in Rugby World Cup Final b/w All Blacks and France: Unless you're lucky enough to be married to Juliette Binoche, Mélanie Doutey, Julie Delpy or Elodie Frégé, root for New Zealand
Match starts Sunday at 3:45 a.m. Eastern Time

You can watch LIVE in U.S./U.S. Territories for $29.99 via

Same-day tape-delay on Sunday on NBC-TV from 3-6 p.m,
Repeats Sunday on NBC Universal Sports/DirecTV Channel 625 from 8-11 p.m.;
Monday 12:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.

I watched most of the France-Wales semi-final match, as well as the third-place match between Australia and Wales.

The question of the day at BFM TV's website, http://www.bfmtv.com/
Mondial de rugby : le XV de France a-t-il une chance de battre les All Blacks?

This was BFM TV's last rugby-related video of Saturday, taken at l’Hotel de Ville de Paris.

Oui, since I mentioned her among other Gallic super-talents j'adore, I went 'old school' up at the top of the blog by posting an older clip of Elodie singing "Et maintenant" on Star Academy seven years ago, the year she won by virtue of her deep emotional connection to TV viewers. They love her!

"Et maintenant" was a song I once knew backwards-and-forwards when I was the top French student at NMB Senior High in the late '70's, and we'd often hear that song on certain Fridays as sung by the immortal Gilbert Bécaud.
That happened when my great teacher, Pearl Chiari, decided that we all needed a change of pace, and needed some genuine French culture and musical immersion while we took turns reading Pearl's collection of Paris Match and Le Point instead of simply using our ALM text books.

It was positively shocking to me once I got to Bloomington and came to realize how very little of consequence the other smart students in my French classes at IU -from all over the country- actually knew regarding French life, culture, politics or traditions -good and bad- much less, how little they knew about how and why the French think and act the sometimes peculiar way they seem to -again, good and bad- at least from an American or British p.o.v.
My insight came from the best French teacher there was -Pearl.

If DVD technology and the Internet had existed then, Pearl's easy manner and charm would've helped her make a fortune selling DVDs and teaching people how to speak French.

Gilbert Bécaud - Et maintenant (1962)

France has all this, let New Zealand have something to celebrate!


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