Archive: November, 2007

Paris is set to become city of skyscrapers

Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, is planning to turn Paris into a city of skyscrapers. Monsieur Delanoë, who is a member of the opposition socialist party, gave 11 architects a free hand to design at least 11 skyscrapers for Paris. These will be placed on the city’s southern and northern peripheries. One skyscraper, which will […]

Mind your French please … (1)

French, it is said, is the most beautiful language in the world. It is also (as is also being said) not the hardest language to learn (go and tell that to the Marines!) Apparently Chinese is, or Russian: if you are an optimist you learn Russian; if you are a pessimist you learn Chinese. I […]

Wake up Engels, wake up Marx, wake up Lenin because the French workers have gone mad. But Stalin please don’t wake up.

The above is a picture of a stranded Paris tram. I took the picture at 11am today, the 6th day of a public transport strike in France. It’s chaos in Paris with millions of commuters trying to reach their offices, shops and factories whichever way they can: by car, bike, motorcycle, on roller-skates or on […]

The Champs-Elysées … the world’s most beautiful avenue …

Apparently it is not, not anymore. The Paris daily ‘Le Parisien’ runs a front-page story today (2007/11/10) with the headline, “This is the hidden face of the Champs-Elysées”. The hidden face, according to the daily is one of violence, rackets, money-laundering, prostitution and insecurity. Therefore, if you’ve been saving like crazy for that dream holiday […]

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