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Well, this started out as a way that my wife could follow my lone progress in my little sports car from Birmingham UK to Orkney.

Been there, done that 2 day there, 13hour return trip.

So now follow me: an Englishman representing Americans and based in a French office near Paris. With an appartment in Versailles and trips back to the UK anything can happen and, frankly, I've no idea where this will lead!

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Dancing around the Bonfire

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Fete de la Musique
3rd Jul 2006, 14:19   comments (0)

Dust Devil from bonfire.

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Swirling embers from the Fete de la Musique bonfire.
3rd Jul 2006, 14:15   comments (0)


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In France they do things differently to us Brits. If we have a public
bonfire it is behind barriers, in a field, with firemen... And we check it
for hedgehogs first.

At our Fete de la Musique event the bonfire was in a small square, next to all the buildings, by the sound-desk, and they gathered all of the children up and danced them around the fire in a "Ring-a-ring-a-roses" or "hokey-cokey" kind of Breton tradition.

Everyone survived.

Embers went everywhere though and I ended up looking like a dalmation with all the ash. Cool though.

Fete de la Musique

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Once a year in France they hold a national Fete de la Musique. It's not a public holiday but the intention is that anyone can come out and play whatever they want and irrespective of ability. I really like this idea.

We went to watch Pierre (our next-door neighbour) play the guitar in a band in a village near Paris. It was his first time playing out and he wasn't too happy with the amount of preparation (or the 2 minute sound check) but the results were excellent. Bravo Pierre!

There was an odd mix of bands - as is to be expected at an event like this - with the comedy prize (if there was one) going to the first band of late teens doing death metal with two lead singers screaming in monotone into the mics. The 5 swaying groupies seemed to like it, one toddler seemed to find it quite good to dance to and several Grannies sat wondering when the music would start.
3rd Jul 2006, 13:00   | tags:,,,comments (0)

Big wheel, Little Wheel

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Do bikes get inferiority complexes?

And does this photo make you want to lean to one side?
3rd Jul 2006, 12:43   comments (0)


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We went to see Cars (the movie) on the Champs Elysees in VO (Version
Original (i.e. in English)). Cinema wasn't exactly packed.....

What a great movie though.
3rd Jul 2006, 12:41   comments (1)

Indian Music

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Funny what you see on the Champs Elysees.
3rd Jul 2006, 12:39   comments (0)

Nuits De Feu: Fireworks 3