March 26th, 2016 | Comments Off on The world still turns when you’re not around

One of these days I’ll kick my Idol show habit.
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January 27th, 2015 | Comments Off on For the moment

De Pierre Reverdy
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September 21st, 2014 | Comments Off on Bastard

I kind of like listening to hip-hop sometimes – it’s so percussive, and the wordplay can be really glorious.
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August 11th, 2014 | Comments Off on Tu lu tu lu, tu lu tu lu

So I’ve found out that marking with French TV in the background really works. For whatever reason I’ve cottoned onto the Voice, possibly because Mika as a coach/judge is totally adorable and he always says the right things to the contestants.

A song which I used to know was covered, and I’m procrastinating, so here goes…
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August 1st, 2014 | Comments Off on “Women against feminism” – why this movement irritates me

Translation of the brilliant illustration here: http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/muriel-douru/le-feminisme-mais-pour-quoi-faire_b_5633338.html
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April 10th, 2014 | Comments Off on me voilà – oui je suis là

If I were 12 I’d be singing this song non-stop.

Oh wait.

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December 31st, 2013 | Comments Off on bilan de l’année

10 marks for a perfect report (earned by at least one student!)
9 visits to my old haunt at the university
8 dragonboat competitions
7 capoeira classes
6 countries visited
5 kilometers in my first OC6 race
4 places of employment
3 Couchsurfing experiences
2 paddles purchased
1 gold champion medal

I’ve enjoyed 2013. It wasn’t always an easy year – from troubles with employment to pushing through training with my team – but I find myself in a nice place entering 2014, and I couldn’t ask for more.

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December 23rd, 2013 | Comments Off on Ça fait longtemps

It’s been a really long time since I last wrote here. How much things have changed since then. 2013 has brought me even more upheaval than 2012; but in subtler, gentler ways.

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February 14th, 2013 | Comments Off on Fernweh

Now that I’m back all I can think about is how to leave again.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

— John Masefeld, “Sea Fever”

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January 12th, 2013 | Comments Off on Note to self

Today on the tram someone actually talked to me. Usually these things don’t last long because I don’t give them much in return (it’s quite easy to ignore people when you have no idea what they’re saying to you.)

After some halting small talk in German (did you make that cake? where are you from? why did you come to this city?) we started talking about polylactide, of all things. Anyway, we then started talking about our consumerist society, and he directed me to a German documentary called Kaufen für die Müllhalde.

Ah, but you understand some German, ja?
Uh, a little…

Luckily, since it was originally a Spanish-French production, a French version (Prêt-à-jeter) is also available! I might actually get around to watching this, unlike the pile of movies I have sitting on my bookshelf at home.

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