Archive for end blasphemy laws

touche pas à mon prof!

Posted in Kids, pictures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2020 by xi'an

Charlie, the jogger, the killer, and the journalist

Posted in Books, Running with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2020 by xi'an

The trial of the suspects of the Charlie Hebdo killings of 7 January 2015 (and of the subsequent days) has started several weeks ago, involving people accused of helping the main culprits, who died on 9 January. In the long flow of witnesses and victims, a case remains a mystery, the shooting of a random runner in Fontenay-aux-Roses, on the first evening with the same weapon used two days later by the Hyper Casher killer. The runner survived the shooting, despite all odds, but one sees no other motive in the attack than a ghastly real-scale testing of the weapon, as he has no connection with the journal, with the killers or with the accused… The trial also brings a stark reminder that the survivors of Charlie are still living under permanent police protection, having to give up part of their freedom to keep up publishing the journal. As sadly illustrated by the recent exfiltration of Marika Bret from her flat following specific death threats. To quote the late Cabu, dur d’être aimé par des cons

c’est reparti ! [bis]

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Running with tags , , , , , , , on September 25, 2020 by xi'an

Creparti

good omens and bad jokes

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , on July 7, 2019 by xi'an

Following the news that members of a religious sect had petitioned Netflix not to show Good Omens as they deemed the story blasphemous, mistaking Netflix for Amazon Prime!, I could not resist but engage into watching this show. While having skipped reading the original book. as I am fairly tone-deaf when it comes to Terry Pratchett’s novels. And sometimes to Neil Gaiman’s as well. The story itself reminded me very much of the later Tad Williams’ Bobby Dollar series. Which did not impress me either. While I found the concept amusing and the construction of both central characters rather tolerable, the whole story is far from funny as a whole, even though a few lines are hilarious. I find it rather hard to feel any sustained interest in the general story and any worry for the characters. Especially since, to quote the Guardian review, “every character apart from the main two is tissue-paper thin”. And it once again comes to my feeling that satire does not carry that well into fantasy…

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Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2019 by xi'an