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Thursday, 31 January 2008
Bicycle hire in Paris

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This is a newish facility in Paris: free bicycle hire for 30 minutes, then apparently 2 Euros per 30 minutes thereafter. 

These racks outside my hotel are empty, but I saw plenty of available bikes while walking through La Marais earlier in the evening.

Reading over someone’s shoulder on the way back on the Metro (as one is want to do when there is nothing else to challenge for one’s attention) I saw that a certain English guide for French speakers advises that adding the suffix -ish to an adjective gives the word a negative connotation. I beg to disagree. Newish, greenish, yellowish: none of these has to be a negative description unless the context indicates this.

Posted by bigblue on 31/01/2008 at 08:04 AM
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Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Not so great this week

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The view from my hotel window in Paris is a bit boring this week, but it means it’s quieter and I’m in spitting distance of where I stayed last week.

Posted by bigblue on 30/01/2008 at 07:59 AM
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Monday, 28 January 2008
Waterloo sunset

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For 13 years this was Eurostar’s London terminus, until the new international station opened at St Pancreas last year. I’m off to Paris again this week, but I leave this morning from Ebbsfleet, near Bluewater.

Posted by bigblue on 28/01/2008 at 07:28 AM
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Sunday, 27 January 2008
Mandela: the struggle is my life

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Outside the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London.

A large head and shoulders bust of Nelson Mandela (by Ian Walters, 1985) stands on the walkway between the hall and Hungerford Bridge approach viaduct. Originally made in glass-fibre it was repeatedly vandalised until re-cast in bronze.

From the Wikipedia entry.

Posted by bigblue on 27/01/2008 at 04:20 PM
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Saturday, 26 January 2008
Just asking

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I was feeling a bit tired and asked about this but apparently I’m too heavy or something.

Posted by bigblue on 26/01/2008 at 01:41 PM
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Thursday, 24 January 2008
The less romantic view

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This is the view I saw most of on my first day in Paris as it’s the view from the meeting room.

It’s a less interesting view of a motorway on the outskirts of Paris punctuated by the occasional distraction of a mother pushing a pram, or an elderly Parisian wandering, along the verge of the motorway.

Posted by bigblue on 24/01/2008 at 11:59 AM
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Eiffel Tower

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And this is the view of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero. When the sparkly lights come on (which they do on the hour every hour) the gathered throngs breath “aaah!” in unison.

After experiencing this we caught the metro to a fancy restaurant on Boulevard Hausseman, where the wine was good but the food was disappointing (at the price offered).

Posted by bigblue on 24/01/2008 at 12:43 AM
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Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Arc de Triomphe

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The evening view from my hotel window up Ave Mac-Mahon towards the Arc de Triomphe.

The best thing the hotel has going for it is the location. Actually the only thing going for it is the location.

Posted by bigblue on 23/01/2008 at 07:22 PM
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