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Updated: 2018-03-05T18:20:07.350+01:00


Magic in the Moonllight


Just a couple of months ago, I went into a theatre where they showed Woody Allen's latest opus which I immensely enjoyed. It was pure pleasure from first to last sequence. Funny of course; witty, intelligent, full of surprises. I didn't know any of the main actors but was heavily relieved when Colin Firth stopped through a tirade that had become so stupid it had turned insufferable to

Mixed Nuts


For the umpteenth time tonight there has been a rerun of the French movie Le Père Noël est une ordure on French TV. The flick is drawn from an extremely successful 1979 play. The movie has attained a cult status in France. It's just silly and totally unpretentious but quite effective. Just, I had no idea an American remake had been directed in 1994 by no less than Nora Ephron with Steve

What Hemingway missed in Paris


Since his ''A moveable feast'' memoirs were published 50 years ago, Ernest Hemingway has epitomized the very symbol of Parisian appeal to educated Americans. Yet, it has been 90 years since he spent the better years of his youth in the French capital and though the Paris he knew hasn't changed much since then, many, many monuments, museums, bridges, parcs and views have been added to the

Freedom of speech (cough... cough...)


 "A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". This line is a perfect summary of the current situation in the middle-east. Now add to this the blurring that is made of words telling the tale and you get the perfect description of

Another American in Paris


This is a painting I've known for decades now since it hangs in the Gare de l'Est in Paris, a railway station close to where I live. This station was the departing point to the front in eastern France for hundreds of thousands young French soldiers from 1914 up to 1918. Just, little did I know that the painter was an American one who had lost one of his sons some months before the

Punishment and rehabilitation


So Ariel Castro has been found dead by hanging in his cell. Ever since I was a young man, I've always opposed the death penalty for many reasons, the least being that at the very moment the so-called penalty applies there's no penalty any longer. But the imbecile crowd is pleased and convinced "justice" has been made. The State, through its officials, knows this isn't a question of "

Déjà vu


Whenever I peruse the cartoons in the international press, it‘s always a sure bet that, when it comes to portray France and the French, I will meet 5 permanent fixtures cartoonists all over the world resort to: 1°) The Eiffel Tower. Well, nothing wrong here, it helps to settle the setting. A bit repetitive but, well, no doubt, we’re in Paris, France. 2°) The béret. Well, why not

Does Goldie know?


I've just discovered this segment of another film by Woody Allen with Goldie Hawn dancing with him on the quais next to the Pont de la Tournelle south of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Some visitors (and most Parisians) may not know that on the bridge stands a statue of Sainte Geneviève (yes, 1500 years ago) that was realised by a French sculptor best known for this other world known

SemperFidelis needed here


At the end of his resignation speech Tricky Dicky famously says "au revoir" and tells there's no correct word in English to convey what he meant. Why weren't "We'll meet again" or "See you someday" for example appropriate to what Nixon wanted to say? "We'll see you again" does he eventually says. And weren't American voters somewhat flummoxed by the use of a foreign word (and a French

Which future for America?