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This evening Nelson Mandela is between life and death, but quite independently of that France is this year celebrating South Africa. At the Hôtel de Ville there is currently an exhibition honouring the life of Nelson Mandela, also affectionately called...

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Ex-boyfriends actually serve a purpose, though you might not want to admit it right after the break-up. Years later you won't remember why you broke up, but you will remember what you learnt from the guy. I remember the one who introduced me to The Queens...

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A friend and I have the habit of meeting once a month to catch up over a meal. There are usually two factors determining our choice of restaurant: it has to be from a different country each time, and the restaurant has to be in my part of town. Since...

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On Friday evening it was La Fête de la Musique, the annual celebration of music in France. I had chosen a choir concert in my local church Notre Dame du Travail where nearly a year earlier to the day I had attended another choir concert. First a female...

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A friend had recommended me an exhibition at the Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits, so on this sunny Sunday afternoon I headed to Boulevard Saint Germain to a small museum undoubtedly unknown to many.   Did you ever wonder what the handwriting of Einstein...

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When I turned forty, my gynaecologist prescribed me a mammography. However, I threw away the prescription straightaway. It is hard enough to have to come to terms with being forty, single and childless, and I just could not face a breast scan which for...

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Last weekend I was torn between the Archelogical Days and the National Week of Social Housing but ended up attending two walks around the subject of social housing. It was more a choice between exploring the past and the present, - and the present won!...

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It was an item on the televised national news about the exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo which made me cycle across the Seine last weekend to learn about Chanel N° 5. For some reason the Palais de Tokyo is not on my check list for cultural events, but...

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Hand on your heart and tell me where Azerbaijan is and the name of its capital. If you are not quite sure, then I let me immediately admit that I wasn't sure either until I received an invitation to an evening at the Embassy of Azerbaijan. For your information...

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It was a small insert on the last page of one of the maritime newspapers I read at work which caught my attention: an exhibition about fish at risk of extinction. Normally I would not have paid much attention to such a subject, I mean, we get bombarded...

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