Archive: April, 2012

Picasso’s curtain for 1917 ‘Parade’ ballet … exhibited in Pompidou Center in Metz …

For years now Picasso’s largest work of art – a curtain – has been in storage in Paris’s Pompidou Center for lack of a space large enough to hang it, but it is now to be displayed in the center’s sister museum – the Pompidou Center in Metz. The Spanish-born but French-at-heart Picasso – Pablo […]

Baclofen … miracle treatment against alcoholism …

Last year I wrote about the drug Baclofen and its successes against alcoholism. You can read what I wrote here AFFSAPS – Agence Francaise de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé – the body that authorizes drugs in France, has now announced that physicians can now prescribe Baclofen to patients with a drinking problem. The […]

Max the Robot … wine expert … but always sober …doesn’t touch the stuff himself …

He looks rather like a girl wearing a pink apron. However, as his name – Max – tells us, he is a boy. And what is more there is nothing he doesn’t know about wine. Max is an interactive wine terminal – a virtual sommelier – and he can be found in some supermarkets in […]

French Ministry of Interior to wipe out records of the fingerprints of 6 million French nationals. …

Liberté, égalité, fraternité – liberty, equality, brotherhood – France’s national motto which dates from the French Revolution (1789-1799) but which was institutionalized only in the Third Republic towards the end of the 19th Century (we are currently in the 5th Republic) – is according to five French nationals being abused. They have taken the State […]

Paris & Politics … Are Parisians right wing … or left wing … ?

Parisians are right wingers. Here is a breakdown of how each arrondissement (district) usually votes: 1 – right 2- left 3 – left 4 – right 5 – right (Latin ‘intellectual’ Quarter) 6 – right (these days the district with the most expensive properties) 7 – right (wealthy inhabitants) 8 – right (ditto) 9 – […]

Eiffel Tower … awful tower … lifts not working …

I have this idea in my head: I want to go and drink Champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower… Something however is preventing me from doing so. What? Seven hundred and four narrow, spiral, steel stairs. Right now – and for some weeks to come still – of the tower’s three lifts (elevators) […]

Cluny … Paris … Museum of the Middle Ages …

In the heart of Paris’s Latin Quarter – only a stone’s throw from Place Saint-Michel – is the Musée (Museum) de Cluny. If you are a history buff or like to transported back to the Middle Ages – 5th-10th century – or the Romanesque Era – 11th and 12th century – or the Gothic Era […]

Leonardo da Vinci’s Saint Anne … at the Louvre … in Paris …

I’ve always wanted to fly. No, I do not mean flying in a plane, but to have wings of my own and to fly and to touch the sky. And what do you know? I had wings a couple of days ago and I flew and I touched the sky, and closing my eyes now, […]


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