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Welcome to my page of links



The links immediately below lead to pages which contain my own thoughts and ideas on a variety of subjects. They have been posted on the internet in the hope that they will be of some interest and stimulate discussion. Beyond these links to my own pages, you will find links to associated pages outwith my own site.


I would be happy to discuss these pages and their subjects - I can be contacted at .




Pages associated with "Les Miserables" and Victor Hugo


                                                                            Discussion of "Les Miserables"

Jean ValjeanFilms of Les MiserablesValjean and Javert - a comparison

Reflections on the musicalNotes on Notre Dame de ParisNotre Dame compared to Les Miserables

Les Miserables character studies                                                                           Thoughts on "Miss Saigon"


Philosophy-based pages

Potted PhilosophyExistentialism in the cinemaThe Enlightenment and the Bounty

                                                                            Some personal thoughts on religion and fate


To do with teaching (and learning!)

Notes on essay writingFrench grammar notes and exercisesTales of teaching

Extended reading and viewing linksA Curriculum for Excellence - a personal responseAdvice for student teachers

AifL examplesTaking forward Curriculum for ExcellenceM.E.R.D.E.

Mentoring student teachers and NQTs                                                                           Engagement with pupils



French literature and films

Ideas behind "Les Fleurs du Mal" (Baudelaire)Films of Luc Besson"Cyrano de Bergerac"

"Les Enfants du Paradis""Jean de Florette""Kean" by Jean-Paul Sartre

"Les Choristes"Themes in "Les fleurs du mal""Dracula entre l'amour et la mort"



A friend and I made a DVD "documentary" based on the above mentioned Luc Besson notes, and it has been posted on Youtube. It runs to about 45 minutes and has been posted as five separate videos. You can access them by searching for "luc besson themes" in Youtube, or by clicking below:

Part 1        Part 2        Part 3         Part 4        Part 5


You may also be interested in a page which looks at the potential influence of Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" on Besson's work - you will find it here.


A booklet entitled "Notes to accompany the study of French cinema and literature is also available through These notes focus on Luc Besson films, « Les Choristes »,

« Cyrano de Bergerac », « Dracula entre l’amour et la mort », « Les Enfants du Paradis », « Les fleurs du mal », « Jean de Florette », « Kean », « Molière » (film), "Les Miserables" and

« Notre Dame de Paris ». Please click on the link below for further information.


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Film favourites

"An Inspector Calls""Being There""The Big Red One"

"Blade Runner"Humour in the Bond Films"Casablanca"

"Chinatown""Five Easy Pieces""Gangs of New York"

"High Plains Drifter""Judgment at Nuremberg""Kingdom of Heaven"

"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang""The Last Samurai""The Magnificent Seven"

"The Man Who Would Be King""The Name of the Rose""One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"

"Point Blank""The Professionals""The Sand Pebbles"

"The Searchers""Forrest Gump""Casino Royale"

Films about teaching"Emperor of the North"Reflections on angel films

"Rollerball""Gran Torino""Hell in the Pacific"


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Some thoughts on Television - past and present


En francais:

Les films de Luc Besson

          Les Miserables

On a lighter note, if you are a speaker or teacher of French, you might like to follow this link to a page of amusing mistranslations gathered over the years.

            If you are intrigued by riddles with cryptic clues (to do with films), please follow this link.


 Miscellaneous - some pages outwith my own site


Highly recommended, even if you aren't interested in the upcoming game.



Paralleles et oppositions entre Jean Valjean et Javert dans Les Miserables


An excellent and detailed essay on similarities and differences between Valjean and Javert (in French), written by a Czech student.

A political interpretation of Les Miserables


An excellent essay on similarities between Hugo's work and that of Karl Marx, written by a Scottish student.

Scottish CILT Wiki site


An opportunity to share opinions and materials with other teachers


Victor Hugo Online

An excellent and comprehensive site devoted to Hugo's works


Notre Dame de Paris

A site of notes and information about Hugo�s tale.


Les Miserables Lyrics

A site which includes lyrics to the songs of the show



Invergordon Academy

Home page for the school where I teach.


Northern Sights

An excellent site containing images of the Highlands of Scotland


Internet Movie Database

The best site for information about films


 And finally ...

About me

Some information about me.


Stuart Fernie


I do hope you find these pages of value. I would be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to discuss the subjects or contents of these pages further. I can be contacted at .



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