Archive for France

Horizon Maths 2015: Santé & Données

Posted in pictures, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2015 by xi'an

New York solidaire [guest picture]

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , on November 15, 2015 by xi'an



Posted in Kids with tags , on November 15, 2015 by xi'an

“Ami, entends-tu le vol noir des corbeaux sur la plaine?
Ami, entends-tu le bruit sourd du pays qu’on enchaîne?
Ohé partisans, ouvriers et paysans, c’est l’alarme!”

sydaris“Til shade is gone,
til water is gone
Into the shadow with teeth bared
Screaming defiance with the last breath
To spit in Death’s eye on the Last Day.”

an afternoon at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , on November 15, 2015 by xi'an

A sunny Sunday afternoon last week at the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, with a special exhibit on great apes. We had not been back there for ages, since the kids were kids enough!, and it was a most pleasant afternoon, as was strolling in the vicinity afterwards. Made all the more pleasant in retrospect after the bloodbath last night in the streets of Paris. May we endure against barbarity.

fog lifting by mid-afternoon

Posted in pictures, University life with tags , , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by xi'an


battle of Agincourt, 600th commemoration [in miniature]

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2015 by xi'an

For the 600th commemoration of the battle of Agincourt, the National Museum of Arms and Armours [within the Tower of London] has commissioned a diorama of the battle that saw the French nobility decimated by English longbows, muddy fields, their heavy armours, and lust for glory…

The Royal Armouries have a blog describing the construction of this impressive diorama, which measures 4m x 2m and involves 4,400 figurines. And over 1,000 arrows stuck into the ground. Never forget the arrows!

At a personal level, besides a fascination for diorama [that started when I saw a D-Day diorama in one Norman museum as a kid] I had been told after The Accident that cutting some fingers was customary for captured bowmen, but this entry in Wikipedia writes it off as a myth.

Argentan, 30th and 17th and 7th edition(s)

Posted in Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , on October 2, 2015 by xi'an

When I started the ‘Og, in 2008, I was about to run the 23rd edition of the Argentan half-marathon… Seven years later, I am once again getting ready for the race, after a rather good training season, between the mountains of the North Cascade and the track of Malakoff. with the last week in England, Holland, and Canada having seen close to two trainings a day. (Borderline stress injury, maybe!) Weather does not look too bad this year, so we’ll see tomorrow how I fare against myself (and the other V2 runners, incidentally!).


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