The 2008 Olympic Torch in France
Sunday March 30th 2008, 12:20 pm
Filed under: history,news,paris,politics,sports

olympic torch in greece
On the way to the Olympic Ceremony, the torch will makes its way all over the world. For what it’s worth, it’ll be in Paris on April 7. Mark your calendars.

I don’t believe it’s going to be an eventless moment in history because 1) this is France; and 2) the most awesome Reporters sans frontières / Reporters without Borders will surely make an appearance. If you were able to see the initial ceremony in Greece a week or so ago, you’ll remember that some fearless reporters without borders crashed the party to demonstrate against China, which is the largest world prison for freedom of expression and human rights, among other things.
reporters without borders 2008
Stay tuned. And in the meantime, get a T-shirt to show your support of Reporters Without Borders – and please sign the petition.

Links: Torch Cities

Earth Hour Tonight 8pm
Saturday March 29th 2008, 11:20 am
Filed under: daily life,environment,events,nature,news

Though I haven’t heard about any cities in France participating, I think there are people who are making an effort to be part of this dark 60 minutes called Earth Hour…

From earth hour:

On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Earth Hour invites people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in their local time zone. On this day, cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Chicago, Melbourne, Dubai, and Tel Aviv, will hold events to acknowledge their commitment to energy conservation [and thus lower carbon emissions]. Given our company’s commitment to environmental awareness and energy efficiency, we strongly support the Earth Hour campaign, and have darkened our homepage today to help spread awareness of what we hope will be a highly successful global event.”

More about it

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Double Miles on Air France April 1 to June 15
Saturday March 29th 2008, 3:19 am
Filed under: news,travel and places

From Forbes:

“From April 1 to June 15, Air France frequent flier members will receive double miles for flying a new route from Los Angeles’ LAX to Heathrow. Northwest/KLM WorldPerks members can receive up to 15,000 bonus miles for flying any of its three new routes by June 15, 2008. Members must register for the promotion before purchasing a ticket.”

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Oops. No Hat for the Eiffel Tower
Friday March 28th 2008, 8:18 am
Filed under: articles,news,paris,stories,travel and places,weird

eiffel tower redesign NO
Those opposing the new Eiffel Tower “hat” can breathe a sigh of relief. The new hat for the Eiffel Tower is a No-Go. Not only that, it was never a GO, nor part of a design competition; it was never approved for restructuring the famous landmark. WHO invented THAT story??

From nyt:

“David Serero, principal of Serero Architects, said in a telephone interview that his firm’s proposal was merely a spontaneous design it had submitted to the Eiffel Tower management group in view of the tower’s approaching 120th anniversary and, he said, was neither a response to a design competition nor solicited by the tower’s management.

The Guardian’s Web site reported Monday that the Eiffel Tower’s management group, the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, had approved a temporary restructuring of the observation platform, which would alter the tower’s overall shape. After the report was picked up by other news organizations, the management group said that it had never solicited a redesign and that it envisaged no changes to the tower’s appearance.

Mr. Serero said his firm submitted unsolicited designs and put them on the Web, where they were later seen by news organizations.”

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Friday France Photo: Wobbly Looking Bridge in Dordogne
Friday March 28th 2008, 4:54 am
Filed under: daily life,Dordogne,photos,signs

wobbly looking bridge in dordogne
Definitely, don’t take your horse across this bridge.

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