Graffiti as Store Facade #3
Friday March 31st 2006, 1:59 pm
Filed under: art/culture/design,daily life,signs

livraison pizza

First an update on the CPE: It’s a go but has been shortened to 1 year instead of 2 years, and companies are required to give reasons for layoffs. A national strike is set for next Tuesday and may be extended, though that (the extension) is unconfirmed.

On a lighter note…

Here’s more fun graffiti art on the front of a pizza delivery place. The bright red place is hard to miss. Isn’t that guy goofy?

mmmmmmmmmm. pizza.

[see more graffit art]

Sidaction – Action Against AIDS in France – Dial 110
Thursday March 30th 2006, 1:50 pm
Filed under: daily life,education,events,health,news,people

SIDA in French means AIDS.

Every year in France (March 31, April 1 & 2), there’s a fund-raising event for AIDS awareness, prevention and assistance called, Sidaction organized by a not-for-profit organization with the same name.

Their mission is to fight against AIDS and to improve the quality of life for the people touched by AIDS. All funds collected are distributed as follows: 50% for research programs and 50% for programs related to prevention and assitance to patients.

Please consider contributing to Sidaction. You can do so by:

1) telephone – dial 110. (France only)
2) donating online by clicking on this link: Donate online
3) purchasing items from their Online Store
4) mailing a check to Sidaction (Download their form, fill it out, then mail it with your check to the address below)

Sidaction (website in French)
228 rue du Faubourg St Martin
75010 Paris FRANCE
Tel: + / Fax: +

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CPE Decision Tomorrow
Thursday March 30th 2006, 12:24 pm
Filed under: daily life,politics

Start the drumroll. Tomorrow Jacques Chirac will announce the final outcome of the CPE and it looks like it is good to go. Though many deputies of the national assembly were against the CPE, it then had to go to the Conseil Constitutionnel before it could proceed. Today the proposal for the CPE passed through the Conseil Constitutionnel like a breeze, completely unobstructed. It is now up to Chirac to give it the go ahead, which it looks like he’ll do. Source: France2

There’s another national strike planned for next Tuesday but I don’t know what will happen when the CPE passes. It could mean more long-term strikes and some unhappy (anti-CPE) campers, including people not striking.

Note: The majority of the demonstrations are peaceful. I saw on the French news yesterday that CNN had compared this event with the violence and demonstrations of Tiananmen Square, showing only the extreme problematic strikers. That is not only incorrect and insane, but that kind of sensationalistic journalism should also be illegal.

French Junkfood: Ketchup Flavored French Fry Chips
Wednesday March 29th 2006, 7:08 am
Filed under: cultural differences,food and drinks

I know junkfood is bad for you but it’s probably the only bad thing I consume, which makes me feel ok about it. I love wandering the junkfood isles of the French supermarkets because I find fun flavored food.

These are called, “Fritelles,” chips in the shape of French fries, and what makes more sense than having French Fry chips flavored with ketchup? Nothing. These are really good.

I thought I’d share that piece of trivia with y’all.

And no, this is not an ad in disguise (though maybe Heinz should pay me for this free publicity.)

[related: french junkfood: smoked ham bugles]

Visit Urville, France
Wednesday March 29th 2006, 6:32 am
Filed under: accessibility and disabilities,people,stories,travel and places

You can’t get to Urville by plane, train, car or boat but you can see it from the comfort of your own chair while you’re sitting at your computer.

Urville, France was previously accessible only if you could reach the deepest crevices of an imagination living inside the mind of a 28-year old autistic French guy named Gilles Tréhin, living in the south of France, in Cagnes-sur-mer, not far from Nice.

Now you can visit Urville if you visit his website. Phew!

At his site, you can see Urville in 200 amazing drawings, and see the detailed descriptions of its population, economy, culture, history and more. This is truly an impressive creation.

Urville: the website. Urville: the book

Also see: Art Savant: The City Inside My Head (short documentary online)