I have been trying to imagine a parallel world where the vote in 2005 went as expected and Paris ended up hosting the 2012 Olympics.
Entries Tagged as 'France'
September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on A cheeky little vintage crime · Life
According to the Guardian, thieves stole a French winegrower’s entire harvest – 30 tonnes of grapes over 2 hectares.Â Â A few thoughts: How do winegrowers survive if their entire harvest, a whole year’s work, is only worth Â£13,000? How much do grape-harvesting machines cost?Â Presumably this bloke has one for his own harvest and it […]
November 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Back through the tunnel · Life
Got back from another quick trip to France tonight.Â There were a couple of meetings today, but the first was at 10:00 so I went out yesterday. Back in the old days I could have done it all in a day – when you could still fly from Gatwick to Orly and could turn up […]
October 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on Run that by me again · Politics
At work we have TV screens in various public areas like in the canteen and the lobby area outside the lifts.Â The screens display a slideshow of company information, but also have a scrolling RSS feed of the latest BBC news headlines.Â On Friday one of the headlines was “French ‘boy sex’ minister issues denial” […]
June 8th, 2009 · Comments Off on Long day · Work
For a change I had a work-related trip abroad that even I couldn’t wring a bit of enjoyment out of.Â I like to arrange schedules so that there is a little scope for sightseeing, photography, shopping or museum-visiting but this time it all went horribly wrong. Started at Crawley station just after 6:00am.Â Met my […]
May 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on In the grippe of swine flu · Life
On the Eurostar on monday I noticed an oriental couple a few rows behind me sitting there with surgical masks covering their faces.Â Arriving at Paris’ Gare du Nord station on Monday I was greeted with large signs – about two metres tall – with headlines about swine flu, or whatever they were calling it; […]
November 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on Tour de France · Life
I’m a little bit knackered right now, having really got out of my normal (lack of) sleep patterns.Â Â Mostly this is the result of popping over to France for the day only a day or so after getting back from there – also from missing out on my now-traditional Friday afternoon snooze.
I’ve just got back from a little trip to Paris.Â I can’t even call it a flying visit because I took the Eurostar again.Â They are up and running after the fire, but not so frequent and the journe takes even longer. It was another visit to our French offices for a union-related meeting where […]
June 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Paris · Jane
This looks like graffiti artists are much more advanced in Paris than they are round here. I love walking around a city, turning a corner and finding something like this. It makes all those times I get lost worth it.
June 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Dank u wel · Life
Many thanks to the Netherlands for providing some top entertainment today. Not only have their games been tremendously watchable, but they have now made sure that next week’s France/Italy game has the potential to be a real battle. The game was not as one-sided as the 4-1 result might imply: France still looked dangerous, especially […]