Archive: May, 2012

Multiple Sclerosis … and the French … High Risk …

Today – Wednesday, May 30 – is Multiple Sclerosis World Day. According to ARSEP (Fondation pour l’Aide à la Recherche sur la Sclérose en Plaques) – the French multiple sclerosis foundation – France is a high risk country for the illness. There are 80,000 known cases here. Of the 80,000 sufferers most live in the […]

Tutankhamen … in Paris …

If you wish to spend a couple of pleasant hours while in Paris visit the Tutankhamen exhibition. Know that whatever you will see will be fakes, but all the same, you will not be disappointed. The exhibition which began on Saturday, May 12 and which runs through to Saturday September 1 inclusive is at Paris’s […]

17th century Flemish School painting found in Tours Cathedral …

On May 6 I wrote about the Jean Malouel painting – Pietà with Saint John and Two Angels – which a priest found in a cellar of the old stone church in Vic-le-Comte and which he sold with other bric-a-brac to a second-hand goods dealer. This was back in 1985 and the Louvre bought the […]

7th Arrondissement of Paris … Charm … Culture … Shopping … Praying for a Miracle …

It has the shape of a butterfly with its wings spread, this 7th arrondissement (district) of Paris. In the south it starts at Sèvres-Lecourbe Métro (underground railway) station and then it spread east to Sèvres-Babylone Métro station and north-west past Ségur Métro station to Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel Métro station. There are another three […]

Paris … Politics … Left or Right … ?

  Tell me who you vote for …. and I will tell you where you live in the Ile-de-France (Paris and its region), or if you are planning to move to Paris, where you should live to be with likeminded people. After the first round of France’s presidential election I wrote about the results here […]

€7.8 million Pietà with Saint John and Two Angels … ‘lost’ for six centuries …now in Louvre …

Jean Malouel is perhaps one of the world’s least known great artists. He was born in the 2000+year-old town of Nijmegen at the start of the14th century. Some biographies record his birth as in 1370 while others claim 1365. There are also differences about his name as some biographies name him as Jan or Johan […]

Virgin on Champs-Élysées … has to go go go …

Do you have €500 million ($657 million / £405 million) burning your pocket? If so, would you like to buy a 27,000 square meters (33,000 sq yards) building right in the middle of Avenue des Champs-Élysées said to be the most beautiful avenue in the world? The building, which dates from the 1930s and which […]

Dear Lucky Agent contest …

I entered my novel Sitting on a Stick in the Dear Lucky Agent contest. You can find the contest here  

Miss Black France … Politically Correct …? Or Racism … ?

For 65 years now France has each year participated in the Miss World and Miss Universe beauty pageants. Never has it been said that Miss France was always a white girl. All a girl needed in order to wear the crown was a pretty face, a flawless physique and no scandals (sexual and otherwise) in […]

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