French Londoners: Picasso

Hi everyone ! 😀


I am back with a quick post today just to present you the exhibition on Picasso at the Somerset House in London.

From February 14th until Mai 27th 2013 ! 

Only two rooms of Picasso exhibition BUT my favourite painting is here and is not to be missed 🙂


HURRY UP because it is quite busy 🙂

Free for students and 3£ for everyone on Monday only (more prices on the website)


 Somerset House Trust
South Building
Somerset House

Tube: Temple



A dissertation to negotiate your future?

For my last post on Conflict and Negotiation, I would like to target students in order to talk about the importance of the Dissertation to negotiate your future.

After all, this 10,000 piece of work represents 70% of our third year final grade and it takes A LOT of our time researching, interviewing and writing.


Student falls asleep in library

As a matter of fact, it should help us to negotiate our future, give us a bit of help regarding our future job, don’t you think?

Negotiation has a lot of definitions, but some of them are:

  • To sell our abilities.
  • To succeed in going over.
  • To succeed in accomplishing or managing.


Depending on the topic chosen, it might be related to your dream job for some of you.

It is for me.

And in my opinion it can reveal promising talent and convince a future employer to hire YOU and not someone else. It is important to write on a specific topic for one year, to think about it every single day and to analyse it in-depth. It demonstrates your skills to identity a research question adapted to a precise topic with a testable hypothesis and a valid conclusion.

For those of you who choose randomly a topic that doesn’t passionate you, what are your motivations?

You can also discover throughout your research that this area is not for you, and therefore negotiate a smart decision with yourself regarding your future career. You see, dissertation is all about  making choice, either for yourself or for your future. As a matter of fact, it is a really important step in our student’s life, don’t you think?

What about you? What does the dissertation mean to you?

Do you think it helps you to negotiate your professional life? 

Some people are becoming a bit crazy during this hard period of writing the dissertation: 

I didn’t even know it exists but here is what I found to help us to keep concentration (haha):

Frogs vs Rosbeefs when dealing with conflict

French people have a direct way of dealing with conflicts compared to English people. Reality or stereotypes?



As you know, I am French. Different culture, different beliefs, different way of thinking. I have noticed this since I have been in the UK (more than a year and a half now already…) especially when working in groups and when dealing with conflict.

Conflict yes, this is the key word of my post today.

Why: as a PR student and as part of one of my assignments I need to blog about conflict, so I have decided to use my lovely Frenchy diary to link the topic with my current UK experience, so it is not out of context and it is also interesting.

When talking about conflict I mean dealing with disagreements when you are from a different culture. Obviously, when you are raised in another country and you grown up there, you have been taught how to deal with a difficult situation, but not everyone has been taught the same way. Here in Southampton, I have learned a lot about dealing with English people and about the English culture.

I have always got the impression that French people have a straightforward and direct approach when something goes wrong. From what I have experienced here I believe English people are the opposite and that people would hide more the problem rather than deal with it. I am actually wondering why… ? In my point of view, it is so much easier to talk and face it in order to fix it rather than acting like nothing happened and avoiding the confrontation.

Is it the fear of confronting the problem or the person? Is it simply the easiest way of dealing with the problem?

The British culture is known for its politeness and maybe silence is perceived as a correct way to act. Unfortunately for me, when a conflict comes up, I understand this behaviour in the other way and as a rude attitude.

So what’s wrong with the cultural aspect when dealing with conflict?

I read that the English culture used to be known for its good manners, reserved personality and their polite, correct way of doing things. But also to drink tea all day (and beers) and to eat a big breakfast in the morning with eggs, bacon and beans. And I also found out that French people are perceived by English people as arrogant and rude. But they are also known as cheese, frogs and snail eaters, wearing a beret and holding a baguette under the arm. So this might be why we do not really understand each other when dealing with conflicts.



Hopefully I have been here now long enough to understand that the British culture is different and that if I adapt myself, I won’t have any problem with English conflicts.

So, stereotypes or reality? What are your thoughts?

Ps: This post doesn’t mean I don’t like English people, no worries. 🙂 It is just my personal opinion according to both cultures.