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The Juppé cushion

I often feel like we’ve slipped into an alternative reality and another more legitimate version of myself is somewhere having a great time, and everything is inconspicuously normal. There are plenty of other hypotheses that attempt to explain the surreality … Continue reading

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The transition to perdition

As Harry Kane splayed balls into the Nice night sky on Monday evening, I couldn’t help feeling it was a performance by the English football team that felt appropriate to its country’s existential crisis. In the same way that idiots … Continue reading

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Long shadows and high hopes

It’s December and I feel a blog coming on what with Advent commencing, and the advent of war just around the corner (for the UK, who look all set to pile in like Scrappy Doo). From France the bombing is … Continue reading

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Soyez calme…

I had no plans to write a blog here having written about our experiences at the Stade de France on Friday here and a piece about Le Bataclan here, so I’ll attempt to keep it brief. I certainly don’t want … Continue reading

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Charles in charge

This was a week so dark it put the cul into crepuscular (cul is French for ass in case you were wondering), but today was a celebration of freedom, one of my favourite things. I’d perhaps forgotten how much I … Continue reading

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Clocks & clochards

I’m not sure whether it was the fact I nearly missed my flight from Helsinki that made me so glad to see Paris on Saturday afternoon, but it looked especially beautiful as I descended into Charles de Gaulle. I could … Continue reading

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Daft Punk are not playing at your award show

As a direct competitor to Paris Match and destination for the one in a million butterfingers who type the URL they’re actually looking for into their browser incorrectly – and because there are so few music outlets that will pay … Continue reading

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