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Happy B-day Fulgence Bienvenüe

Happy Birthday Fulgence Bienvenüe!

Without him, most Parisians wouldn’t get anywhere.  He’s the third from the last stop on line 3 of my Chairfather tours.

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I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from his life.  See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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Happy B-day Stéphane Grappelli

Stéphane Grappelli’s plaque

Happy B-day Stéphane Grappelli!!!

I’m so excited to tell you all about one of my favorite dudes ever!  It’s something to be a great musician, but it’s amazing to use your instrument like nobody before you!  Unexpected and delightful.  I was enchanted the first time I heard him, and I still am.  Want some music to cheer you up?  Look no further!

I’ll let you know more about his life in a bit.  Meanwhile, he’d like to share this with you…

Coming soon…

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from his life.  See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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Happy B-day Molière

Happy B-day Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière.  Molière turns 396 this month.

If you don’t know about his life, you gotta go on my tour.  If you don’t know about his death, you gotta read my book.

Here’s a little preview: Molière pulled a Dick Shawn way before Dick Shawn.

Who was Dick Shawn?  Are you kidding me?  Stop what you’re doing immediately and watch this clip from It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Groovy, baby!

Anyway, good ol’ DS put that much energy into everything he did, and had them laughing all the way to the end, and beyond!  During a comical performance at UCSD (that’s right, Trevor!) he had a heart attack on stage and  died.  For several minutes everyone thought it was part of the act.  Dick Shawn was always pulling pranks like that of dubious taste (hey, sounds a lot like me). But not this time, bucko, it was for realsies.

Now, I bet you can’t wait to read about Molière’s final act, can you?

Coming soon…

I’ll guide you to his final resting place on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from his life.  See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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Happy B-day Beaumarchais

Beaumarchais statue near Bastille

Happy B-day Pierre-Augustin Caron, aka de Beaumarchais!  Thanks to this slick gun-runner, the Americans had more weapons to fight the British and win our independence.

He’d be 286 today, which is also the name of my first computer!  (Joke for us oldies).  Although he didn’t have a computer, he still found a way to write stuff, like this:

« Sans la liberté de blâmer, il n’est point d’éloge flatteur. Il n’y a que les petits hommes qui redoutent les petits écrits. » 

Which means, ‘Hey, dude, if I can’t criticize you, my flattering comments are worth diddley.  Only little men worry about little words.’

I’ve been researching de B, along with about 50 other folks as part of four cool projects I’m working on.  Watch this space for more info about the residents of the world’s most visited resting place.

Coming soon…

I’ll guide you to his final demeure on my VoiceMap tours of the Père Lachaise cemetery, and recite stories from his life.  See funny pictures and text from our picnic together in The Chairfather book.

The passed have never been more alive!

Book a lunch date with the fallen famous NOW!

Or later…

Really, it doesn’t matter. Their agendas are quite open.

 

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road rage

Today, the French government is expected to announce yet another measure to generate additional revenues from drivers.  This administration is setting itself up for a violet backlash, as a large majority of the populace opposes, as do many legislators and citizen groups, and they’re organizing.  If The speed limit is dropped from 90 km an hour to 80 km an hour on the départemental (meaning, the greatest network of roads in the country) it will be seen purely as another way to draw more tax money from the populace without doing anything to improve our security.

As exposed in chapter 15 of French License, the revenues from repression have increased exponentially since the introduction of the radar cameras while the mortality on the roads have barely budged and even increased the last four years.

The automobile is already the #1 revenue generator for the French government.  More than income taxes, and way more than corporate taxes, which are even lower following the €10B shortfall in December from the corporate dividend tax fiasco that happened on Macron’s watch as finance minister.

This may be the last straw.  I’ve never heard people so fed up.  If this government persists in its course, this could be the start of the wave of public opinion against Macron’s administration.  He cannot afford to take that chance, with a dozen major reforms scheduled for this year.

Watch this space for developments.



 

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Bleu Year’s Eve

“Just throw your ears in the air, then pin ’em back like you just don’t care”  Bleu sez ‘Joyeuses Fêtes’ to all U party peepul!

 



 

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Chanukah

Happy Chanukah from Bleu!  Yamika, shmamika.  Bleu knows that any old head covering will do.  And that’s the way Bleu likes to roll, any old way that suits him!

Here’s one tune which always gets him rolling, from Klezmer to funK to Kountry and rocK and back again.  You Kan’t sit still!



 

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Saint Lucia day

A couple years ago, I’m in Stockholm for a business meeting.  I think my presentation’s going pretty well when someone opens the door, says something in Swedish, and my audience gets up and leaves.

My befuddled look meets the smile of my colleague Urban, who explains it’s Saint Lucy’s day.  “What’s that?” I ask, and he just says to come and see.  This is what I saw:

Here’s wishing you a serendipitous moment of unexpected pleasure this holiday season!

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now at Foyles

Sure, there are many great places to see in London, but I always return to Charing Cross road.  That area of the city has everything I want.  No matter if I’m in the mood for adventure, fantasy, investigation, a food fetish or planning my next excursion, they have it.  There are at least a dozen specialised book shops.  And then there’s Foyles, the granddaddy of independent bookstores in London.

Friends who live in the big black smoke ask where should we meet, and when I tell them Foyles, they say, “What?  Again?”  Of course.  “Haven’t you already got all the books they sell?”  They keep making more, you see.  And now I’ve contributed to this inexhaustible supply, by writing my own book.  Wouldn’t you know it, Foyles has that, too!

Did that Californian expat ever finally get his French License after 10 years?  Wander down a half-flight of stairs to the travel writing section and find out at the bookstore!

Foyles
113-119​ ​Charing​ ​Cross​ ​Road,​ ​London​ ​WC2H​ ​0EB

Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 9.00pm
Sunday noon – 6.00pm

+44-20-7437​ ​5660
www.foyles.co.uk

Foyles welcomes French License

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