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France

Thursday, 15 February 2018
Kamel’s halaal butchery

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An interesting piece, in which the graffiti tags seem to be intentionally incorporated into the design of Kamel’s delivery vehicle.

Posted by bigblue on 15/02/2018 at 06:57 AM
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Versailles

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During 2017 I visited Versailles twice. The first time was on my Easter ride from home to Paris and back, and the second was on 1st November when I rode from Nanterre to the Forest of the King Marly. This photo was taken on the second visit.

Posted by bigblue on 10/01/2018 at 09:48 PM
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Monday, 23 October 2017
It’s in the gênes

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How embarrassing, that even Google translate knows what gêne means: inconvenience.

Posted by bigblue on 23/10/2017 at 06:40 AM
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Saturday, 21 October 2017
Farming the wind

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In France recently

Posted by bigblue on 21/10/2017 at 04:41 PM
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Saturday, 07 October 2017
Cat on a hot train

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Often I travel betwwen Nanterre and Gare du Nord in Paris by train. It is the quickest way to get there when the trains are running and taxis can make me feel sick, particularly in Paris as the drivers insist you sit on the rear seat and drive like maniacs. On 26 September I took this route with one suitcase, and a folding Brompton in a shoulder bag. I ended up sitting in the end-of-carriage area with a smelly man and his smelly cat.

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It was difficult to tell which of the two smelled worse. Fortunately he got off with his cat at Place d’√Čtoile, two stops before I changed at Chatelet des Halles for the line to Gare du Nord.

Posted by bigblue on 07/10/2017 at 07:08 PM
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Cancer anyone?

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Cigarettes are sold in France without individual brand packaging and with written and photographic warnings.

Posted by bigblue on 26/09/2017 at 06:16 PM
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Monday, 01 May 2017
Route des Princesses

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Last month I cycled the furthest distance I have ever done in one month - over 1400 kilometres. I enjoyed almost every ride, whether local to the South-East of England, in the North of England, across Northern France to Paris and back, or in Spain. Looking forward, I plan to complete the same distance in under one week in August, but I feel my preparations for this are going well. So far in 2017 I’ve spent over 123 hours on my bicycle and climbed nearly three “Everests”. In the past four weeks I have averaged over 300 km per week (sometimes this has been only one ride a week).  I’ve also “stepped up” the distance I am comfortable cycling in one day.

The photograph above was taken near the Agricultural and Horticultural School (Lyceé Agricole et Horticole) at Saint Germain outside of Paris. It had been raining intermittently during the day, and I had a puncture but, in the afternoon as I passed her on the way back towards Dieppe, the skies had started to clear (as you can see).

Posted by bigblue on 01/05/2017 at 12:04 PM
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Saturday, 24 December 2016
Totem pole

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An example of cultural appropriation? In this instance from the culture of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to the children of Nanterre, West of Paris.

Posted by bigblue on 24/12/2016 at 11:06 AM
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