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Sèvres porcelain … that which makes the difference on the dinner table …

  Don’t ever think that a museum filled with porcelain items will be a bore. The Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique museum is nothing but boring.  In the town of Sèvres, 10.5 kms (6.5 miles) south-west of Paris, I spent a really pleasurable and interesting two hours in the museum recently. I can actually […]

MOST SECRET PLACE IN FRANCE …

    Is it possible to hide something which is 35,000 sq m (376,737 sq f or 8.65 acres) large? In France, it is being done. This most-secret ‘thing’ is hidden away on a terrain of 11.6 hectares (29 acres). And even if I know where this is in France, I won’t tell you: won’t […]

Brutal Crowbar Murder of French Family …

      Orvault is the kind of town where nothing newsworthy – good or bad –  happens. There is never any rioting of which there are much in France these days; no street marches of which there are also many in France currently; no acts of terrorism with the dead and wounded lying in […]

REMEMBERING FATHER FRANZ STOCK … THE GOOD PRIEST IN HITLER’S ARMY …

The good are few: the baddies are many. Hitler and his Nazis were baddies. Their names are engraved in Mankind’s memory: Goering, Goebbels, Mengele, Stangl, Himmler, Heydrich, Eichmann –  do I need to continue? Then there were the good Germans. Germans, who helped those the Nazis wanted to kill, to escape. One good German was […]

Wine … let the bottles lie down …

I thought that wine bottles were always lying down on the counters and shelves of bars and bistros, and indeed in shops, to be aesthetically pleasing. But no! The reason is that by lying down the wine conserves all its quality because the precious nectar remains in contact with the stopper. And through being in […]

Fraudulent Cure for Cancer …

Two Englishmen aged 42 and 51 are under lock and key in France for having sold a fraudulent cure for  cancer. And not only cancer but also sclerosis, alzheimer’s, parkinson’s and even autism. And they claimed furthermore that their magic medication protected the human body against all infections. They marketed their miracle cure under the […]

Napoleon Bonaparte … a strange fact about him …

  Many facts there are about Napoléon Bonaparte : about his life, his battles, his death. Here though is the strangest of all facts about him. Napoléon was born on 15/08/1769. He died on 5/5/1821. He had lived for 51 years, 8 months and 21 days. Put those together 51821. And what do you get? 51821, […]

How to ripen an avocado …

  Does it also make you so angry that one cannot find in the shops a ripe avocado? In other words, an avocado one can eat on the very day one buys it. Well, I have a trick to ripen a non-ripe (hard) avocado quickly. This is what you do: Wrap it in newsprint and […]

Assistance offered with writing … Look no further …

Hi, You want to write a book but you are uncertain about how to get started. I will advise you, just as I have helped many others. I also offer my services as a Copy Editor and a Proof Reader. All you would have to do would be to email me your document in Word.  […]

RASPUTIN … 100 YEARS DEAD … on 30 DECEMBER 1916 he was assassinated …

Today – December 30 – in the year 1916 in Saint Petersburg, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, known as ‘The Mad Monk’ was assassinated. (It was December 17 in Russia which was still using the Old Style – Julien – calendar, which was two weeks behind the new – Gregorian – calendar used in the West.) The […]

Putin une menace ? … Putin un autre Stalin ? …

Êtes-vous d’accord ou en désaccord avec l’évaluation de certaines personnes (Obama etc) concernant Vladimir Putin : il est un dictateur, une menace pour la paix et rien que un nouveau Stalin ? Oui ou non, lisez ce roman Pour L’Amour d’un Poète. Vous pouvez l’acheter sur le site amazon.fr.   Tweet #MarilynZTomlins

Putin to be feared? Putin the bad man? … What to say about Stalin …?

Do you agree that Vladimir Putin is a very bad man? Do read the novel ‘FOR THE LOVE OF A POET’ set in Stalin’s Russia and which tells of how the Soviet Union’s artists and intellectuals were persecuted under Josef Stalin. The book in Kindle and Paperback is available on all AMAZON sites.   Tweet […]

BARBIZON … ALL ABOUT ART AND OLD WORLD CHARM …

    The village of Barbizon – le village des peintres as it is called in French – is Beautiful: with a capital B. Sixty-one kms (38 miles) north of Paris, artists – Millet, Corot, Rousseau, Decamps, Daubigny and Diaz de la Pena to name only them – came here in the mid to late […]

LEONARDO’s ‘SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST’ RESTORED … BUT MAN OR WOMAN …?

    ‘The painting is brand new’, is how Paris’s Louvre Museum describes the restored Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500+-year-old masterpiece, Saint Jean-Baptiste – Saint John the Baptist. Painted around 1517, the 69 cm x 57 cm (27.16 in x 22.44 in) oil on walnut-wood Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, has been undergoing years of ‘behind the […]

PARIS METRO AND RER… THE BEST AND THE WORST LINES …

  Should you live in Paris or in France, or planning to visit Paris, you will undoubtedly at some time get on to a Metro or RER train. Not so? Now, for the first time Citymapper  has done a survey of the regularity of Paris’s Metro and RER trains.  The RER is the metro trains […]

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