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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I think you should be able to play the DVD on your computer AND if you hook the computer to your TV .......then voila.

maybe :-)


DRM restrictions are infuriating - a desperate move from media companies to hold on to an antiquated business model. Meanwhile, people want access to content, and they will one way or another, even if their only and last resort is hacking. The notion that access to international content should be restricted is not viable in the long run. And it does a huge disservice to the promotion, dissemination and commercial success of content - and cultural exchanges.

Download Tunnelbear. That works for me!

Tunnelbear is great - and you can try it out for free. Not only will you be able to see the US/UK things you are missing but from the US you can see real news from Europe.

Missing your posts these days. Twitter really isn't a good substitute.

I know, this drives me nuts (French in Chicago!). I'll try this Tunnelbear

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I really miss your posts. Please come back.

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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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