Don’t miss today’s special one-day shopping event, Friday, November 30th.* Go to the Apple Online Store for a special one-day-only holiday shopping event. You’ll find lots of iPod, iPhone, and Mac gift ideas.
*Shopping event is available only at the Apple Online Store on Friday, November 30, 2007, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. GMT and at Apple Retail Stores. Check your local Apple Retail Store for special hours. Sale prices are available while supplies last.
This year’s Christmas stamps and cards are not as cute as last year’s (here too) but there are some other fun items just released from the post office in France. Adorable holiday-themed stationery, playing cards, snow globes, stickers and figurines are being sold online at La Poste, as well as some cartoon-network-esque T-shirts. For every order at La Poste, one euro will be donated to UNICEF.
Lastly, a reminder that French Santa writes back to kids and adults (how nice of him) who send him a letter or email by December 18. Email him from here and check out the other goodies for kids there too.
“The French government is selling a 13th-century prison in Avignon to be turned into a luxury hotel as part of an effort to bring fresh cash into state coffers.
The 7,000-sq-metre (75,350-sq-ft) prison in the southern French city is advertised for sale on the condition that all or part of it be turned into a four-star hotel.
Bidders have until January 23 to make an offer for the stone building, which served as a prison until 2003, Le Figaro newspaper said.
The daily said that in the next two years, nine other prisons could be sold, generating millions of euros for the Justice Ministry’s budget.
The government hopes property sales will add 800 million euros (576.8 million pounds) to the budget this year.
“We will raise nearly 800 million euros this year, whereas our original aim was 500 million euros,” said Public Accounts Minister Eric Woerth in Thursday’s La Tribune newspaper.
The government has already raised 142 million euros by selling the building that used to house the Ministry of Cooperation, Woerth said.
It has also sold a conference centre which used to house Nazi headquarters in occupied Paris during World War Two.
France has faced criticism from its European Union partners for slipping in its commitment to balance its budget.
Question have been raised over whether President Nicolas Sarkozy will be able to push through reforms without extra money to help smooth the way.”
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Sometimes it’s just cool to be different. In this case, French sculptor Etienne Meneau has designed a wine decanter that eerily mimicks blood-filled veins (or stick figures!) when filled with a fruity Merlot or cranberry juice, for that matter. Both Decanter N°2 and N°4 (with more veins) are made of borosilicate glass, which is better known as Pyrex.
They’re limited editions, priced at €2000 each.
[via apartment therapy]