March 12th, 2005


One of the very best, has died..

"We spend our lives on the run: we get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, get up again, go to work - and then we retire. And what do they give us? A fucking clock." - Dave Allen

Satirical sit-down comedian Dave Allen has died. Now, it was some time since he was in the spotlight, but as an "Irish Woody Allen", he was sort of groundbreaking for British Comedy, the way he mixed sex and religion into his humor.

"I'm an atheist...

thank God."
- Dave Allen

I guess what really made him stand out, was that he really was a storytelling stand-up comedian, even if he sat down with a glass of whiskey and a fag, and simply delivered most of the jokes in a very dry way, trusting the material rather than the performance, a sort of total opposite of the British Vaudeville (Benny Hill etc), and the University Revues (Monty Python etc). He showed that, with good jokes and timing, it was possible to be fun in an intelligent and, often, not that obvious way ("If it's sent by ship then it's a cargo, but if it's sent by road, then it's a shipment."). Being very outspoken and direct, he also got in a lot of hot water, such as being banned by Australian TV for a year (after having told his producer to go and jerk off, or being debated in the House of Commons for ending a joke with the word "Fuck")

Even if I don't miss him as such, I do miss the kind of observational humor, seeing the funny side of things, the way he did. You have various stand up comedians doing the same (Seinfeld, Billy Connolly etc), but none really does it the way he did it.

"Don't mourn for me now, don't mourn for me never - I'm going to do nothing for ever and ever"
- Dave Allen (on what he wanted to be inscribed on his tombstone.)</i>

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Certificate in Advanced English

I did the test in English one more time, with my mind more into it, and later checked the page with answers, which led me to various other sites, with various tests..

The Cambridge University International Test (UCLES)

Which led to the British Council and the IELTS test.

Did a test I found, to see which level I am..

There's 6 levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2), and doing a preliminary test, I was suggested to do the C level test..

I had 29 correct of 40, and according to the UCLES/IELTS a Level 4/C1 - or would give me a CAE - Certificate in Advanced English, BEC higher or CELS higher

CAE is an advanced exam. CAE tests the ability to communicate with confidence in English for work or study purposes. This exam is at Council of Europe Level C1.

Not that I have the slightest idea of what that stands for, and for that matter, what use I would have for it.


CAE is the second highest level Cambridge ESOL exam, at level C1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Choose CAE if you are reaching a standard of English that is adequate for most purposes, including social and professional situations, and in higher education.

Although the level of language skills required is not as high as for CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), CAE recognises the ability to communicate with confidence in English and deal with most aspects of everyday life.

CAE is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or to develop a career which requires language skills (e.g. business, medicine, engineering). It is also useful preparation if you are working towards CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).

Just checking what CPE stands for..

CPE is the highest level Cambridge ESOL exam, at level C2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you are able to function effectively in almost any English-speaking context and are approaching a standard of English similar to that of an educated native speaker, then this is the exam for you.


"Educated native speaker"?

Now, what does that mean? What level of education? First grade, High School, University or what?
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