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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Deep sigh...what a nice beginning for my morning.. If you should ever care to rent out your beautifully lite appartment for a week or so...when you go off somewhere else, please contact me.. Even the mud and puddles sounds good.

thanks for the intro to a new blog! sedulia, i loved getting a peek into your life over at 'eye prefer' as well! i enjoy reading about your observations and experiences , but personal bits are so few and far between and i was curious.

Wow. Bitchiest. Queen. Ever.

You have the opportunity to live (and from the sounds of it, not work) in Paris. Enjoy it.

I love living in paris and in fact when i moved here i fulfilled a life long dream and would not trade it for the world. However, living in any big city, one encounters certain problems and realities. as much as my fantasy moving here has come true, what I wrote in the article is true and I thought it a humorous way to contrast that fantasy with some reality. I do enjoy it here and I work 8- 10 hours a day.
eye prefer paris.

The view from your kitchen table sounds like the perfect place for creativity to thrive. I am enjoying your posts. Merci!

Cant' find another word : this is purely OBSCENE.

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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.

Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

  • Annual Geminids meteor shower (shooting stars!) coming this weekend, if it's not too cloudy out at night.

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