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Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française – a magnificent read

If you haven’t heard of Irène Némirovsky, then I strongly recommend her writing. Suite Française is definitely a masterpiece. For once, the journalists’ praise added to the front and back cover is so apt. I have not read such a … Continue reading

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Le Club des Poètes – invitation to you, the voyager

Perceptions are what hews the memory. Reality is what you perceive, or rather what you select and construct from your perceptions. Your mental image of Le Club des Poètes in Paris is constructed from what you remember from your last … Continue reading

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Le train bleu – a Parisian marvel

I had never heard of Le Train Bleu, a station buffet at the Gare de Lyon in Paris. And I had lived several years in Paris. How easy it is to miss a spectacular treasure of that city of so … Continue reading

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Firestorm of blood

This is an account of my experience of a peaceful demonstration in Paris in February 1968. ***** A few weeks later there was a spontaneous demonstration at the junction of the Boulevard St.-Michel and the Boulevard St.-Germain. Again an anti-Vietnam … Continue reading

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Le Transsibérien: fire in every face

I was fascinated by Blaise Cendrars and his long prose poem “La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France” when I first heard it ‘performed’ in the Club des Poètes in Paris in 1967. The poem was … Continue reading

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Death of a cyclist

I was profoundly shocked when I read the news. With utter disbelief I read that a man so fit and so healthy should die suddenly, unexpectedly, on his bike. The shock was compounded when on the same day I heard … Continue reading

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Kettling: a 1968 experience

The UK High Court has decided that kettling the G20 protesters in 2009 was ‘not justified’ (see news story). The technique seems to be a relatively new police tactic with the earliest example cited by Wikipedia in Germany in 1986. … Continue reading

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