Category Archives: France

Everything flies at Half-Mast

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, flags fly at half-mast in places as far away as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. But reading the comments and listening to part of the usual post-attack debate, I have the impression that many … Continue reading

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Who invented Parkour?

There are these two Frenchmen, Raymond and his son David Belle, who go around and claim that they invented Parkour running. In reality, the sport had already been invented by Arnim Dahl in Germany in the 1930s. Here is some … Continue reading

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Trailer for my Adventures in Brazil

Ever since I announced that I will move to Brazil in November 2015, speculation about what I will do there has been rampant. Drugs wars? Revolutions? Looking for ancient treasures? Hunting illegal loggers? Bringing the last Nazis still hiding in … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo

“Je suis Charlie” – “I am Charlie” – we could read on many Facebook and Twitter profiles after the attack on the French satirical newspaper. That was cheap and maybe a bit presumptuous, even though it was of course intended as a show of … Continue reading

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Not only in James Bond

Some people still believe that James Bond books and films are fiction. How naive. I have just read Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre, the true story of a British operation during World War II, in which a dead body was … Continue reading

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Commemorating World War I

For the 100th anniversary of World War I in 2014, the participating countries have different plans to commemorate this 4-year long war: The United Kingdom will hold a military parade in London and bask in memories of the Empire that once spun … Continue reading

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Easily Confused (32) Manuel Valls

Whenever I see Manuel Valls, the new French Prime Minister, I am reminded of Jamie McDonald (actor Paul Higgins), the “crossest man in Scotland” from the film In the Loop:

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