Alan Parsons Project
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon University of Cambridge Girton College Discussion
Engineer and producer Alan Parsons and his colleague, songwriter and lyricist Eric Woolfson, formed the Alan Parsons Project in 19
  75. Throughout their career, the Alan Parsons Project recorded concept albums, with a revolving cast of session musicians. Nineteen eighty-two’s Eye in the Sky was their greatest success; the title track charted in the Top Ten on the pop charts and the album went platinum. Although they weren’t able to repeat that success, the group maintained a devoted cult audience.
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon University of Cambridge Girton College Discussion
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon University of Cambridge Girton College Discussion
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon University of Cambridge Girton College Discussion
Listen to the Song
Script
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon University of Cambridge Girton College Discussion
Old and Wise ? Alan Parsons Project As far as my eyes can see There are shadows approaching me And to those I left behind I wanted you to know You’ve always shared my deepest thoughts You follow where I go And oh, when I’m old and wise Bitter words mean little to me Autumn winds will blow right through me And someday in the mist of time When they asked me if I knew you I’d smile and say you were a friend of mine And the sadness would be lifted from my eyes Oh when I’m old and wise
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon University of Cambridge Girton College Discussion
As far as my eyes can see There are shadows surrounding me And to those I leave behind I want you all to know You’ve always shared my darkest hours I’ll miss you when I go And oh, when I’m old and wise Heavy words that tossed and blew me Like autumn winds that will blow right through me And someday in the mist of time When they ask you if you knew me Remember that you were a friend of mine As the final curtain falls before my eyes Oh when I’m old and wise As far as my eyes can see
Questions about the Song
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon University of Cambridge Girton College Discussion

  1. As an “old and wise” man, how does one face his relatives or friends pass away? Keep them in mind but never live in sadness.
  2. To an “old and wise” man, what is the right attitude towards death? Dying is as natural as living. As an “old and wise” man, one should not suffer from the fear of death because he has known human joys and sorrows, and has made all the achievements he is able to make.
  3. Have you ever thought someday you will be an old person? How will you arrange your life then?
  4. How to be an “old and wise” person?
Brief Introduction to Bertrand Russell
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon University of Cambridge Girton College Discussion
Born: 18 May 1872 ● Birthplace: Wales ● Died: 2 February 1970 ● Best Known As: Mathematician and philosopher

Famous Quotes from Bertrand Russell
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon University of Cambridge Girton College Discussion

  1. All human activity is prompted by desire.
  2. Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.
  3. To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
  4. In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
  5. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
Chronology of Bertrand Russell
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon Girton College University of Cambridge Discussion
In 1872 In 1910 In 1918 In 1938 In 1945
Born in Wales, UK Wrote major early work Principles of Mathematics Put in prison for his vocal protests against war Took an academic post in America His book named A History of Western Philosophy sold well and removed his financial troubles Won Nobel Prize for literature Died
In 1950 In 1970
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon Girton College University of Cambridge Discussion
The British mathematician, philosopher and social reformer Bertrand Arthur William Russell was born in Wales in 18
  72. In his long and complex life, Russell took many roles. After a distinguished mathematics and philosophy course at Cambridge University, he was elected to a fellowship. His major early work was The Principles of Mathematics, first published in 19
  03. During the First World War Russell’s pacifist activities resulted in the loss of his fellowship and his vocal protests against the War led to a brief jail sentence in 19
  18. In 1938 he took an academic post in America and stayed there for most of the Second World War. His book named A History of Western Philosophy sold well in 1940s and removed his financial troubles. He was given the Nobel Prize for literature in 19
  50. From 1954 onwards he became an outspoken advocate of nuclear disarmament. He died in 19
  70.
Edward Gibbon (1737?17
  94) : British politician and historian
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon Girton College University of Cambridge Discussion
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English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon Girton College University of Cambridge Discussion
Edward Gibbon (1737?17
  94) is a British politician and historian, author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Educated at the University of Oxford and in Switzerland, Gibbon wrote his early works in French. In London he became a member of Samuel Johnson’s brilliant intellectual circle. On a trip to Rome he was inspired to write the history of the city. His Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 6 vol., is a continuous narrative from the 2nd century AD to the fall of Constantinople in 14
  53. Though Gibbon’s conclusions have been modified by later scholars, his historical perspective and superb literary style have given his work its lasting reputation as one of the greatest historical works.
Full name
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon Girton College University of Cambridge Discussion
Girton College, Cambridge
Named after Established
Girton Village In 1869
Previous names The College for Women Co-founders Motto Mixed Famous for Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon Better is wisdom than weapons of war. In 1977
  1. One of the largest colleges in Cambridge
  2. An Egyptian mummy named “Hermione”
  3. An indoor heated swimming pool
Script
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon Girton College University of Cambridge Discussion
University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities. It was established in 1209 and located in Cambridge, England. Cambridge has more than 100 academic departments and several world-class research centers that have produced more than 80 Nobel Prize winners. The university is home to more than 16,000 students enrolled in some 30 colleges, each of which acts as an independent institution. Teaching responsibilities are shared between the colleges and university departments. And degrees are awarded by the university. Cambridge University is well known for its motto, “From this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge.” Its alumni have included such prominent notables as Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Stephen Hawking.
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon Girton College University of Cambridge Discussion
Directions: When you listen to a paragraph about Cambridge University, you are required to catch the key words of this paragraph. And then say something about this world-famous university according to the key words you’ve got.
Script
Establishment Location Students Departments
Colleges Nobel Prize Winners Motto Famous alumni
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon Girton College University of Cambridge Discussion
Girton College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. The College was established in 1869 by Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon, as the first residential college for women in England. It was called the College for Women. The first group of students were known as The Pioneers. In 1872 the present site next to the village of Girton was purchased. The College was then renamed Girton College. The college became mixed in 1977 with the arrival of the first male Fellows; male undergraduates have been admitted since 19
  79. Girtonians are known for their motto, “Better is wisdom than weapons of war.” Numerically and geographically, Girton is now one of the largest colleges in Cambridge. Girton also proudly houses an Egyptian mummy named “Hermione,” and is the only Cambridge college to have its own indoor heated swimming pool.
English Song ? “Old and Wise” Alan Parsons Project Listen to the Song Questions about the Song About the Author ? Bertrand Russell Background Information Edward Gibbon Girton College University of Cambridge Discussion

  1. What do you usually do to keep fit?
  2. What do you think are the criteria of being healthy?
  3. If you had to choose between wealth and health, which would you prefer? Why?
Parts Para.
Part Division of the Text Table Completion Questions and Answers True and False
Main Ideas The hereditary factor: From one’s ancestors one can acquire the right genes as well as guidance on how best to remain young. The health factor: Russell has little to say on this, other than admitting that his lifestyle is mostly wholesome. The psychological factor: We should guard against the danger of undue absorption in the past and that of clinging to youth in the hope of sucking vigour from its vitality. The broader interests factor: Strong impersonal interests may ensure us an easy and successful old age and the best way to overcome the fear of death is to make our interests wider and more impersonal until our life becomes merged in the universal life.
1
1
2
2
3
3~4
4
5~6
Story of Russell’s Maternal Grandmother
Part Division of the Text Table Completion Questions and Answers True and False
Her Experience
Lost one child in infancy, suffered from many miscarriages and finally became a widow.
  1. Devoted herself to women’s higher education;
  2. Co-founder of Girton College;
  3. Worked hard at opening the medical profession to women. Popular science Not to notice that she was growing old.
Her Career
Book (s) She Read Her Recipe for Remaining Young
Part Division of the Text Table Completion Questions and Answers True and False
Summary of Her story
She went through a lot in her lifetime and yet she was optimistic about life, successful in her career and managed to live to the age of ninety-two.
  1. One should have wide and keen interests.
  2. It is not sensible to think about the exact number of years one has already lived.
  3. It is even less sensible to consider how soon one might possibly die.
Conclusions

  1. What advice does the author give in Part 3?
Part Division of the Text Table Completion Questions and Answers True and False
First, don’t live in memories but to look ahead to what you’ll be doing in the days to come. Second, don’t depend emotionally on the you
 

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