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Today I read on BBC that a French baker has installed an ATM-like machine in Paris, from where you can get freshly baked bread in 15 seconds - and that around the clock. Now is that good news? Do we really need to be able to buy freshly baked bread day...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

The Devine Child is born. One cannot deny that it is that time of year when we think of a baby boy who was born in a stable more than 2,000 years ago. Perhaps you want to listen to some music whilst reading this article? link On Sunday I was invited for...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

This is what a friend said to me last week when I mentioned the social security services in France. I guess that I have lived in a near blissful innocence when it comes to the French social security because everybody seems to have something to say against...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Have you watched the French film Séraphine about the female painter Séraphine Louis, also known as Séraphine de Senlis? Here is an extract: link She lived all her life in the town of Senlis, about 50 kms north of Paris. Yesterday I decided to take the...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

I have been thinking of space. Not outer space or inner space, but physical space. I realise that one does not appreciate the importance of space until one no longer has it. I grew up in a village with open fields never far away. I went to schools surrounded...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

In the early morning it is quiet; just a few dog walkers, the gardener in the park opening the gates, and janitors taking out the bins. You can hear the noise of blinds being rolled up or the metallic sound of traditional shudders being opened. There...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris