Maîtres mots

  • Il y a longtemps que notre pays est beau mais rude.

       --Newspaper editor Olivier Séguret, 25 January 2012

    The USA are entirely the creation of the accursed race, the French.

       --Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), writing to Nancy Mitford, 22 May 1957

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French Freedom of Speech

Today the cheminots are:

  • "À nous de vous faire préférer le train!"
    "Voyager autrement"
    "Avec le SNCF, tout est possible"
      --Former ad slogans of the SNCF (French national trains), each in turn quickly dropped

Fun French words

  • ouistiti

    (literally: marmoset)
    Etymology: onomatopoeia from the sound a marmoset makes. Actual meaning: this is what you say in France when you want people to smile for the camera.

    Selon une étude réalisée par le fabricant d’appareils photo Nikon, le « ouistiti » utilisé en France au moment de se faire prendre en photo est le petit mot le plus efficace pour s’assurer un joli sourire.

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    First strike in 43 years at an aeronautics company in Toulouse, Latécoère

    Public sector

    The SNCF (toujours eux), regional train employees in the Lyons area guaranteeing unpleasant travel from the 17th-21st December
    Also yet another strike by Sud-Rail, a particularly truculent SNCF union in the south of France, this time five days in January: 6,7, 21, 22 and 23. "We have no choice." Right.

    Marseilles trams on strike until February

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Isn't MOMA just the BEST? I went last year shortly after they reopened (post-renovation) because I had to get my fix of Van Gogh's "Starry Night"... my absolute favorite painting of all time. And to think, it's here in New York instead of in Paris with most of the other great Impressionist and post-Impressionist works. Looks like you really enjoyed yourself, too. I'll have to go back to hear that musical piece, I don't recall that being their last year.

Dear,it is Thomas Tallis who deserves the honor for his genius. I am mystified how arranging speakers qualifies someone as an artist. "Spem in Alium" is one of my faves, though my associate, Nanny Tina prefers Old Blue Eyes. As to your artist friend, no,dear, artists here don't make money. It is dealers who make money.

I hope you visited Tribeca and maybe you saw us on the street. We are simply delectable looking and know everything. I just returned from a week in trance, that isn't a typo, not a week in France, but a week in the Out There. Come visit us at NannyWorld. We need readers and we'll visit you when we come to Paris. You'll give us accomodations, yes?

Nanny Molly
Co-CEO NannyWorld Entertprises Internation

I love the MOMA. Thanks for sharing this. I feel like I got to got go with you. The Cardiff exhibit sounded wonderful!

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Today's quotation

  • In Paris, the purest virtue is the object of the filthiest slander.

      –Honoré Balzac (1799-1850), in Scènes de la vie privée

    À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

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