"À nous de vous faire préférer le train!"
"Avec le SNCF, tout est possible"
--Former ad slogans of the SNCF (French national trains), each in turn quickly dropped
Business owners in Rouen
Xerox France technicians, on "unlimited" strike
An incinerator company's employees in Nantes
Employees of construction company Socotec, on strike in Normandy
Employees of Lidl, a supermarket chain
Driver's license inspectors, on "unlimited" strike nationally starting Thursday 28 November
Public school teachers across France, on strike nationally on Thursday 5 December
Court clerks in Orléans
Municipal workers in Dinan
Sanitation workers in Vaucluse
Hospital doctors in Tahiti
CIO/Public education office employees in Lyons
Postal workers in the southwest of France
Employees of the CPAM, the main French public health insurance office, on "unlimited" strike in Paris
Teachers at preparatory schools for the Grandes Écoles, on strike Thursday 5 December
Employees of the SNCF (French national trains, toujours eux) calling for a strike on Thursday 12 December
Life at San Simeon [the California castle of newspaper mogul William Randolph "W.R." Hearst (1863-1951)] was filled with hazards.... The estate was stocked with wild animals, protected by signs that read "Animals have the right of way." At any twist in the path one might be startled by a zebra, okapi, camel, or ostrich. The more dangerous beasts were kept in cages....
There was plenty of room outdoors for those creatures to roam because the Ranch was as big as a village. It had every convenience; a barbershop, a beauty parlor, and even its own post office. I used to go on long horseback rides high up on the cliffs with an Indian retainer. He told he was in his seventies, was born on the Ranch, and had never set foot outside its confines.
On the shore far below the horseback trail, one could see a long complex of warehouses built to contain art objects for which W.R. couldn't find space until he got around to enlarging the castle. But that fact didn't stop him from buying, mostly by mail. I was once in London when W.R.'s English representative, Alice Head, showed me a cable from San Francisco. "Dear Alice. There are some church bells on sale from the Cathedral in Brussels. Purchase same and have them sent at once together with a pair of male giraffes from Hamburg in good condition for breeding."
--Anita Loos (1893-1981) in her memoir Kiss Hollywood Goodbye (1974)
Norway planning "world's largest Viking theme park," to open in 2015.