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Who does not love the black and white photos by Robert Doisneau, André Kerctesz and Willy Ronis? Most of us have postcards or posteers with the famous photos, be it the Kiss at the Hôtel de Ville or the little boy running with a breadstick. I have seen...

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In the summer olympics of 1968 France won only one medal in swimming. This poor result caused the French government to launch a project called "1,000 pools" to give young people access to pools and thus to learn to swim. It seems that already back then...

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Since I began visiting French towns on Saturdays I have witnessed I don't know how many wedding parties in front of the local town halls. Some have been more memorable than others, but they all seem to have one thing in common: the wish of the couple...

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On the Rhône Express, the new tramway that runs between Gare Saint Exupéry and Gare Part Dieu in Lyon, he caught my eye - or rather my ear - because of his English with a real English accent. From behind he looked like a teenager with his jeans hanging...

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Lyon between Marseille and Paris. Unavoidable when you head north or south. Its busy car tunnel which requires an hour of your time. It's two rivers Rhône and Saône. Its glorius past and its attempts at getting a fashionable present. For people in Marseille...

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Summertime means outdoor activities, even more than in winter. Thus, whilst I have not been on vacation, I have still been doing lots of day and weekend trips. It is amazing how much you can do without spending a lot of money. With a little planning you...

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My Wiko experience has been short and painful. I ordered a Wiko Cink Slim 2 smartphone just over two weeks ago, picked it up at the drycleaner's on 23 May. It was surprisingly easy to set it up, which I did the following day. I woke up on 29 May to find...

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For four days and nights I have been living in the body of an old man. It is a rather frightening experience, and even when the old man died last night, I was left with the feeling of decay. No, I have not gone mad, but I have been reading Daniel Pennac's...

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On Sunday between a fried seafood lunch with a friend and a new British comedy in the cinema I had a couple of hours to kill so I drove to Estaque to explore the hinterland of this fishing village. Away from the sea front there is nothing fancy about...

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On Thursday morrning, Ascension Day, I had agreed to meet some foreign visitors at Place de la Joliette for a leisurely walk in Marseille. I was early (as always), and my guests were late (no surprise), so I decided to pay a visit to the new shopping...

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