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Live Commentary for Wednesday 22 March 2017

This is the Live Commentary for Wednesday March the 22nd, 2017. Today is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 284 days left till the end of the year. Today in history… On this day… Continue reading →

Live Commentary for Friday 17 March 2017

This is the Live Commentary for Friday March the 17th, 2017. Today is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days left till the end of the year. On this day in 1677, the… Continue reading →

French football and English puns

I recently read an article on the Guardian with the following title: “Monaco out to restore French football’s pride against Manchester City” The article argues that because in recent weeks French football has suffered heavy defeats, it is now up… Continue reading →

Live Commentary for Thursday 9 March 2017

This is the Live Commentary for Thursday March the 9th, 2017. Today is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 297 days left till the end of the year. On this day in 1831, the… Continue reading →

IKB International (Yves Klein Blue)

There is a poster in front of me, just above my computer. It reminds me the blue of a beautiful summer sky, obviously not in the North of France. It reminds me also this strange and beautiful sensation when I… Continue reading →

Live Commentary for Thursday 23 February 2017

This is the Live Commentary for Thursday February the 23rd, 2017. Today is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days left till the end of the year. On this day in 1898 a… Continue reading →

If you don’t understand…..

A post by Blandine, in which she talks about politics and politicians…

“If you don’t understand politics, it is like religion, it’s better to believe in it.”

This was a quote that I read on a poster last summer in Avignon.

As everyone knows, it is the 341th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, and there are 25 days left until the end of the year, I think that it’s overall the day to point out politicians’ foolishness…

Live Commentary for Friday 2 December 2016

This is the Live Commentary for Friday December the 2nd, 2016. Today is the 337th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 29 days left until the end of the year…

On this day in 1804, at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French.

Also on this day in 1930, at the time of the Great Depression, US President Herbert Hoover proposed a $150 million (equivalent to over 2 billion dollars in 2015) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.

And finally on this day in 1988, Benazir Bhutto became the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.

And what’s in the news today? Quite a lot if you ask me… Important news affecting France, Iran and the USA… I’ll add more about it in the comments…

Live Commentary for Thursday November 17th, 2016

Today is 321st day of the year (322nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 44 days remaining until the end of the year…

Today is the Beaujolais Day. This day, which is observed on the third Thursday in November, is accompanied by heavy advertising in France and internationally. (Beaujolais nouveau /[bo.ʒɔ.lɛ nu.vo/ is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France.)

Today is also the International Students’ Day. (Do you know the origins of this day?)

And…

Tired of the fog? Try the frogs!

Unhappy with Brexit? Afraid of losing your “passporting rights”? Then why not try France…

“Tired of the fog? Try the frogs! Choose Paris La Defense”.

The jungle and the teeth

As you may know, today is the second day of the operation to clear Calais Jungle, the Calais refugee camp. Thousands of refugees are leaving Calais on buses for centres elsewhere in France. This Guardian article discusses what could happen… Continue reading →

“Ey Irân” in Lille

Ey Iran, ey marze porgohar (O Iran, o bejeweled land) is an Iranian patriotic song. Many consider it to be the de facto national anthem of Iran. Wikipedia has this to tell us about Ey Irân: “Ey Irân” anthem was… Continue reading →

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