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December 27, 2010

When the Seine River Overflows...

According to the government agency Vigicrues, the Seine River overflows since the
2nd week of December
and exceeds of 3.78 m today, flooding the banks of the capital.

[Slideshow on Libération]

Once again, happily, we are far from the great flood of 1910, when
Zouave du Pont de l'Alma was submerged up to its shoulders.

One hundred years have passed since then and the chances for a
similar flood happening again are taken very seriously

The virtual exhibition "1910-Paris flooded"
brings together exceptional documents
photos, postcards, posters, newspapers,
etc.] from the History Library
of the City of Paris as well as from the agency
[clich on images to see all docs].

At the origin of
the flooding, heavy rainfalls since summer 1909 and later snow, triggering
the floods of the Seine and its tributaries. These floods affected the Paris region, then the
from 21 to 28 January 1910.
The Seine River finally reached 8.50 m above the level 0 of La Tournelle Bridge.


December 23, 2010

It's the fault of Meteo-France !

So said the French PM on December 8th,
panic gripped motorists after a 15 cm

Today is the yellow G@tto who complains about not seeing any snow storm in Paris,
announced by last week's weather forecasts !

Now, seriously, is this what you call "snow"?

Is it serious a snowfall that lasts only 2 hours, with 2° or 3°C ?


December 18, 2010

Tanc, well bonded on Le Mur until 2011.

Le M.U.R. - # 86 TANC - December 18/2010
After a one-day passage last May, Tanc is back on the Oberkampf wall and there
he will remain until next year...

... while Teurk goes with panache !


December 17, 2010

Holy Xmas and the epitome of feline sensibility

Any cat lover knows how much his creature, as Simon's cat, is sensitive to human


Simon's C@t official site.

December 14, 2010

Berlusconi, a Sunset with no End?

This wax statue with reptilian eyes - one might think
ready for Madame Tussaud - yet resisted once more
in a country where many have sold their soul to the
Today was the 'voto di fiducia' day and, yes, the fools
and the Faust-like gave it to him.

Italian menu of December 14, 2010, in Rome :
- morning, peaceful protest of university students
- afternoon, Black blocs attack the police
and it is the
guerrilla in central Rome.

... ma il Berlusco ottiene la fiducia, per 3 voti in più !

Through the looking glass of today's international Press...


December 09, 2010

Fantastic snowfall over Paris on December 8/2010

From late morning until late afternoon, the snow covered Paris...
causing of course many problems to motor traffic but...
... turning some of the city's parks and streets in fabulous s
kiable slopes

- Above, G@tto's Griset spot,
- Below,
Benji's iPhone photos
taken along the Vincennes racecourse fields.

But if it didn't last long, alas, in my fief...

... things were very different on some Paris heights !
Have a look at this freeride happening on the Buttes Chaumont gardens, tonight..

[Enjoy the article[fr] and the slideshow on SkipassMagazine]

And the Butte Montmartre, then ?
... transformed by snow in a fairy alpine village !

Waiting now for the next episode, winter is still young !
. . .

December 03, 2010

Teurk pasted himself on le M.U.R. Ober...

Le M.U.R. # 85 - Teurk - December 2/2010

. . .

November 20, 2010

It is D-5 ! Send Chef Wobles an SOS

5 more days only, but to prepare a Thanksgiving's eve in the middle of the week...
will you have enough time?
will you succeed?
There is always a solution...

Chef Wobles is now in Paris and at your disposal, with its wealth
of years of experience,
you only have to call... quickly.
This traditional American style menu is recommended, taking into
account that you can always discuss, isn't it?

[click on image to enlarge]

Wesley Wobles Food [website]
Red Velvet BakeShop... [yum yum !]

Who's Wesley Wobles ?
check out LinkedIn and Viadeo
Wes' virtual shop is on Twitter.

November 15, 2010

The Great Journey of Ramesses II... is finished

I mean the movie, of course.
A 24 month-production is nothing compared to Ramesses'
waiting for 3200 years to accomplish his trip on the screen.

You can see the trailer, in ENGLISH and FRENCH versions and even download
the 2 parts of the film.

by Valérie Girié, director and scriptwriter
and Guillaume Hecht, architect, producer
and director.

Production : Les Films du Scribe, Egyptian
Media Production City, Koloss, CNRS Images.

Contributors : Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing,
Zahi Hawass, Christian Leblanc, Salima Ikram, Abd el-Rassoul family,
André Macke,Kevin Caine, Christian de Tassigny, Philippe Martinez.


November 14, 2010

A Santoleri's Wall Tattoo on Le Mur

Le M.U.R. # 84 - Paul Santoleri - November 14/2010

"The work is a way to keep time, to maintain
an awareness of my own relationship
to my inner and outer world."


November 10, 2010

Accountant Patò vanishes in 1890...

But now, in 2010, 120 years later, he is back
'na stampa e 'na figura !

LA SCOMPARSA DI PATÒ [The Vanishing of Patò]
Challenging the allegations of L'Araldo di
Montelusa, edition of Monday 28 April 1890
- one of the precious documents 'unearthed'
by Andrea Camilleri and that constitute the
basis on which the Sicilian writer has been
able to build the imaginary and strange
adventure as well as the possible death of

Mr Pato - a recent survey, carried out in close collaboration between MM Camilleri, Mortelliti
and Nichetti,
gives us back the same man, priciso 'ntifico, in good shape and ready for a new
the same adventure, in fact, brought by a movie.

Director of the Trinacria bank of Vigàta and notable of the town, Mr. Antonio Pato usually plays the role of Judas
in the 'Passion of Christ' for the traditional Venerdì Santo performance and each year,
as he commits suicide,
Judas disappears from the scene through a trapdoor disguised under his feet.

But in the year 1890, the accountant disappears once and for all
Is Patò dead or is he hiding ?

Murì Patò o s’ammucciò ?
The investigation is set in motion in Vigàta, revealing the usual rivalry between the Reali Carabinieri and the
Pubblica Sicurezza, punctuated by the provincial and local newspaper articles and some anonymous and spicy
commentaries that bloom on the walls of the city.
Rumors and gossip explode, heralds of a scandal that the authorities will suffocate... at the expense of truth.

[Trailer found on iVid.it]

This is the first film adaptation of a historical novel by Camilleri, partly because his detective
series, animated by his Inspector Montalbano is far more popular, at least in Italy, and has
already inspired a television series, rather poor in my opinion and I'm afraid it would require
a bigger talent to bring to the screen a historical novel by Camilleri, without betraying the
essence of his creation.
We can always wait until the movie comes out, no hurry.
Director: Rocco Mortelliti
Screenplay: Andrea Camilleri, Rocco Mortelliti, Maurizio Nichetti

Cast: Nino Frassica, Maurizio Casagrande, Neri Marcorè [Patò], Alessandra Mortelliti

Production: 13 Dicembre S.r.l.


Andrea Camilleri [wiki]
- Best of Sicily [a previous PPG post]
- From Montelusa to Vigàta [Sicily tour]
The Sage of Sicily,

In a recent interview, the writer points out, with his usual irony, the similarities between
the pressures exerted on the police in his novel, with those we still can find today in the late
Berlusconi's 'affairs'.

Citing Tomasi di Lampedusa in Il Gattopardo, Camilleri notes that even today, in Italy,
everything changes in such a way that nothing changes.


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