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Who's afraid of Luxembourg?
2008-08-13 12:40:00
To be taken seriously: The real superpower threatBlogging in Luxembourg . In engrish.
New Renault Mégane
2008-08-03 23:49:00
A journalist named Bruno Thomas was jailed in France for publishing some photos of the future Renault Mégane (Auto Plus magazine). In Beijing and Paris, they have their ways with press and Internet freedom. Anyhow, it's too late, now. The damage is done. Industrial espionage. A big German carmaker is said to have started a new design department called FBG Projekt. The Fat Bottom Girls Project.Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
London's gas guzzlers congestion charge scrapped
2008-07-13 20:38:00
London Mayor Boris Johnson scrapped not only the £25 planned congestion charge for gas guzzlers (see post and comments here), but also the exemption for cleaner cars emitting less than 120g/km of CO2. Which means that everyone is going to pay the same £8. Hybrids and electric vehicles will still be congestion charge-exempt. I don't agree with Johnson's arguments, but I'm happy with the ditching of a predictable small "breath-my-particles-before-they-empoison -the-environment" diesels frenzy.Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Sarkozy's new video: France 3 off-air footage
2008-07-02 22:59:00
This time I'm not posting the video. Off means off.?One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.?(Josh Billings)Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Referendum in Ireland: "NO" to the Treaty of Lisbon
2008-06-13 23:38:00
That's why democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.The Irish voted "No" against the end of restrictions on abortion, and to keep the country?s traditional neutrality and the low tax rates responsible for the rise of the Celtic Tiger. Not against the Treaty. Now what?Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Tramway invading Limpertsberg
2008-06-09 23:00:00
According to L'Essentiel, the "syndicat du Limpertsberg" is protesting against the fact that the tramway is going to corrupt their very nice neighbourhood. They were not consulted, and they call it "an invasion".At the same time, at http://service.vdl.lu/forum/read.php?4,41 02,4103#msg-4103 (the City of Luxembourg online forum) someone is asking for a direct bus line between Limpertsberg and Kirchberg. Others demand for more peripheral direct connections (meaning: if you don't live near Centre Hammilius or the Gare, chances are that you'll have to take two different buses to go anywhere).Me, I've never been to the Limpertsberg village. I'm a city guy and I fell sick in deserted open spaces, full of cows and ticks, but I do believe that if people have chosen to live in the countryside, away from the turbulent city centre, they should be respected.More posts about the tramway here.Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
Globalisation: To kill a Chinese
2008-05-29 23:55:00
Guilt, moral and distance.In The Genius of Christianity, published in France in 1802, Chateaubriand formulated one of the most repeated questions of the XIX century: would you agree to the killing of an old, sick Chinese mandarin in distant China, just by wishing it, to inherit his immense fortune?Today we don't kill the Chinese, nor the Indians, nor the Uzbeks - we eat them. We feed ourselves on human flesh, we dress ourselves on human skin, and our houses are made of human bones."Go, buy yourself another pair of jeans", said the fake priest to the fake blind man. "O conscience ! ne serais-tu qu'un fantôme de l'imagination, ou la peur des châtiments des hommes ? Je m'interroge ; je me fais cette question : « Si tu pouvais par un seul désir tuer un homme à la Chine et hériter de sa fortune en Europe, avec la conviction surnaturelle qu'on n'en saurait jamais rien, consentirais-tu à former ce désir ? » J'ai beau m'exagérer mon indigence ; j'ai beau vouloir atténuer cet homici...
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Tom Waits in Europe (San Sebastian, Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Paris, Edinbu
2008-05-22 15:13:00
Run!"Europe an tour dates are as follows:DATE - CITY - VENUE - ON-SALE INFOJuly 12 - SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN ? Auditorium Kursaal - Ticket Hotline 902 10 12 12. International enquiries +34 933 262 946. Tickets also available online from http://www.telentrada.com/. Tickets on sale Monday 2nd June at 9.00AM.July 14 & 15 - BARCELONA, SPAIN ? Auditorium Forum - Ticket Hotline 902 10 12 12. International enquiries +34 933 262 946. Tickets also available online from http://www.telentrada.com/. Tickets on sale Monday 2nd June at 9.00AM.July 17, 18 & 19 ? MILAN, ITALY ? Teatro Degli Arcimboldi - Ticket Hotline ? valid only in Italy ? 892101. International enquiries +39 0584 46477. Tickets also available online from http://www.ticketone.it/. Tickets on internet presale on Friday 23rd May at 9.00AM and all other outlets from Monday 26th May at 9.00AM.July 21 & 22 ? PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ? KCP - Tickets available on http://www.ticketpro.cz/ with ticket@ticketpro.cz handling enquiries ...
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Human rights in Burma
2008-05-15 00:39:00
"As hold-ups continue in the supply of foreign aid to Myanmar, Asian leaders have been urged to pressure the country's military rulers into taking swift action to address a growing humanitarian catastrophe. Amnesty International believes that by deliberately blocking life-sustaining aid, the government of Myanmar may be violating the right of the population to life, food and health."(in http://www.amnesty.org/)Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Is it the beginning of the end for the London Congestion Charge ?
2008-05-14 23:35:00
Boris Johnson, London 's new mayor, plans to drop the £25-a-day traffic congestion charge for "urban" SUV (> 225g of CO2 per km), that was due to be introduced in October. Crikey !"Bring the boys back home !" (with choir)Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Labour Day at the "Familistère"
2008-05-04 23:48:00
Thanks to TF1, I've spent the last holiday at the Godin "Familistère" (Guise, near St Quentin, Aisne). The "Familistère" or "Social Palace" project was started in 1859 by Jean-Baptiste André Godin, a disciple of Charles Fourier's utopian socialism. Godin, a wealthy industrialist, founder of the famous stove factory that bears his name, transferred his foundries to Guise in 1846 and decided to follow his heart and his dreams of a better society, offering his workers a decent place to live and to raise a family."work facilities [?] were linked to a communal settlement to form an harmonious society, equipped with all the necessary amenities: residential buildings, a pool, cooperative stores, a garden, a nursery, schools and a theatre (the temple of the Familistère community). This experiment lasted in cooperative form until 1968." (in http://familistere.com/site/english/utopi a/prog_utopia.php) "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)...
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Tempelhof referendum
2008-04-28 23:34:00
After this weekend’s failed referendum, forced by Berliners wishing to keep it open, Tempelhof , the Berlin Airlift airport, used during the Cold War to support the Western part of the City, landlocked by the Soviets, will be closed in October. It’s reasonable: it’s too close to the City centre, surrounded by residential areas, and the runways are too short for modern jets. The terminal, one of the biggest buildings in Europe, built from 1936 to 1941 by Ernst Sagebiel (according to Albert Speer’s plan for rebuilding Berlin, or "Germania", the new world’s capital), should be preserved.Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Full employment in France
2008-04-25 00:17:00
Mr Sarkozy said it loud and clear tonight, on TF1: "Plein emploi". Full employment. Looking for something to illustrate this post, I've found this excellent video, and I've also found out that Mr Fillon had already used those two magic words.Let's recapitulate: we have a president that was elected because of its liberal program. He was going to put France to work. He and his prime minister. Work more to earn more, they say. At the same time, he also tried to convince us that he was the one who could talk Mr Mittal (above all people...) to keep Gandrange open, and this is not very liberal-like, it sounds more like populism. Cheap populism, which is what you get when you try to marry 400 years of Colbertism with freshly found liberalism in a country accused by sacrosanct Liberal England of wasting half of the European budget on its cows. And now they've also discovered Mr. Maynard Keynes. All in one year or, by the Luxembourgish calendar, between 2 Schueberfouers.Blogging in Luxem...
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Biofuel: filling your tank with hunger
2008-04-23 23:59:00
The UN is calling for action to avoid the "silent tsunami of rising food prices which threatens to push more than 100 million people worldwide into hunger" (http://www.un.org/). Protests against rising costs of basic foods already started in Haiti, Mexico, the Philippines, Bangladesh, South Africa.... Sub-Saharan Africans continue their decades-old silent protest, dying slowly, quietly, dryly.I recall now the bad feeling I had last year when I read about Bush's visit to ethanol-driven Brazil. Biofuel production is said to be responsible for at least one third of the recent increase in food prices. It was already being called ?deforestation fuel?. Now it?s also ?hunger fuel?.But it?s bio. «Quand je dors chez mon copain, on mange tout le temps bio» (Sanseverino, «Cette conne m'ennuie»). Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Berlusconi and Mara Carfagna
2008-04-18 13:12:00
It looks like the media can now give Mr. Sarkozy a rest. The new Italian prime-minister will surely keep them busy for some time. First move: Mara Carfagna (on the photo), a former model, television presenter and Miss Italy contestant, is thought to be in line to become Minister for the Family.We already knew that pre-andropausic men tend to burn their last shoots with younger women , but be ware of post-andropausic men that already learned how to get their kicks out of the exercise of personal power. Especially when they can convince people to vote for them.Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Big political issue
2008-04-16 21:26:00
The Vel'ohs are becoming the biggest political issue in Luxembourg City, which demonstrates vehemently the opposition's improficiency. First, someone asked a professional biker to test the bikes and to let us know that they're too heavy and that the brakes are not very good (who cares? they're built to be ridden at a relaxed pace, to cruise along bike paths and enjoy the ride). Now the CSV in questioning the security of payments made with credit cards at the Vel'oh stations.Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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OLEFA: The next generation school portal: Made in Luxembourg
2008-04-15 23:39:00
"OLEFA is a collaborative web platform for schools offering a suite of cool web applications: school website management, library management & online books , collaborative writing tools (wiki), online comics & storytelling and much more... The school-communities of 27 townships and over 50 schools in Luxembourg currently use OLEFA, 8.948 students and teachers are using the system by now. There are 25.209 collaborative wiki pages. 116.104 books are registered in 81 libraries."From olefaschool.org. More details also at kirps.com.Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Clearflow: Microsoft and traffic jams
2008-04-14 23:40:00
Microsoft is launching a new web-based software tool to help drivers avoid traffic jams in 72 cities in the United States. It will be freely available at Live.com.I wonder if it will also show people how to drive back from Vista to XP.Sorry guys, I'm not going in that direction.Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Peeping Tom in Luxembourg
2008-04-14 01:00:00
A man has been arrested this weekend, for using a mini camera hidden in his shoe to look up skirts, at Auchan. WTF?!Blogging in Luxembourg . In engrish.
Flemish Apartheid
2008-04-11 13:35:00
If the recurrent language restrictions in Flanders were being imposed in a non-european country, protesters would already be camping in front of that country's embassies. Where is Europe going? (again?)(see also easyexpat.blogexpat.com)Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
Where I Lay My Head (and my bones...) Is Home: Some statistical facts about
2008-04-07 21:37:00
(see the original charts in http://www.statistiques.public.lu/)The red line at the bottom of the chart represents the number of foreigners that actually died in Luxembourg from 2001 to 2006 (arithmetic mean: 613 per year). Compare it with the blue line at the the top(arithmetic mean: 3133). Luxembourgers/foreigners death percentages: 83,6 / 16,4 %. Luxembourgers/foreigners total population percentages: 61,2 / 38,8 % (arithmetic means per year, again). Now think that some (most? half?) of this foreigners didn't choose to die in Luxembourg (road or work accident, sudden death, whatever...).Surprised? I'm not.And I'm also not too keen on the traditional idea of patriotism. In fact, I think most of it is a bunch of nonsense, and "national" traditions just a model for those who are too lazy or too stupid to think for themselves. But I do believe in citizenship, in responsibility, in rights and duties. The kind of citizenship built in Europe after the French Revolution (but not in Fran...
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Vel'oh! hoax
2008-04-05 12:02:00
Someone at RTL Radio Luxembourg thougth that the Vel'ohs were just asking for an April Fools' Day hoax ... and shot himself in the foot!The hoax was about swapping an old bicycle for a Vel-oh!'s annual subscription. The City decided to fight back, and play the game:"La Ville de Luxembourg s'était inspirée de l'action «poisson d'avril» organisée par RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg le 1er avril pour proposer aux intéressés de déposer leurs vieux vélos le 2 avril entre 15h et 16h devant l'Hôtel de Ville, place Guillaume II. En contrepartie la ville a pu offrir 35 abonnements d'un an à vel'oh!La ville projette d'utiliser tous ou une partie des vieux vélos dans le cadre de l'action «Mei oder manner», ayant pour but d'engager les enfants des écoles primaires à prendre leurs responsabilités et de susciter leur compréhension envers la nature et l'environnement.Merci à tous ceux qui ont joué le jeu !" (in vdl.lu)
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The old "Veräinshaus" in Differdange
2008-04-03 19:04:00
I don't understand this country. Is it so difficult to see some cultural and patrimonial value in this XIX century (the entrance gate is older) building in Differdange? The fabrique d'Église(laymen association in catholic parishes) wants to sell it (one million euros). The Secretary of State for Culture wants to preserve it. According to L'Essentiel, this is another political dispute between central and local governments over the possession of land.Either way, couldn't they preserve the old building and use it for community purposes? Just the idea of preserving it would serve per se a very strong community purpose - it would help keeping the city's collective memory and it would strengthen the sense of identity of its habitants.I'm sure they could find another place to build this ... thing:Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
Tim Buckley / Song To The Siren
2008-04-02 00:25:00
YouTube rules..."Long afloat on shipless oceansI did all my best to smile'til your singing eyes and fingersDrew me loving to your isleAnd you sangSail to meSail to meLet me enfold youHere I amHere I amWaiting to hold youDid I dream you dreamed about me?Were you hare when I was fox?Now my foolish boat is leaningBroken lovelorn on your rocks,For you sing, touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow:O my heart, o my heart shies from the sorrowI am puzzled as the oysterI am troubled as the tide:Should I stand amid your breakers?Should I lie with death my bride?Hear me sing, swim to me, swim to me, let me enfold you:Here I am, here I am, waiting to hold you"Herbert James Draper - Ulysses and the Siren s (1909)'Come here,' they sang, 'renowned Ulysses, honour to the Achaean name, and listen to our two voices. No one ever sailed past us without staying to hear the enchanting sweetness of our song- and he who listens will go on his way not only charmed, but wiser, for we know all t...
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Tom Waits - European Tour Petition
2008-04-02 00:02:00
"To: ANTI Records I have been a Tom Waits fan for many years now, yet have never been lucky enough to see him in a live setting; I wasnt born at the time he performed in Scotland and couldnt get tickets to see him at his last appearance in the UK in London in 2003. It is with this petition that I hope to appeal for a European tour - however small - to iron-out the inequities wrought by Time and to see one of the most original and electrifying musicians of our era.C. MacIntyre Sincerely, The Tom Waits - European Tour Petition to ANTI Records was created by and written by Chris MacIntyre (chris_mac159@hotmail.com). This petition is hosted here at www.PetitionOnline.com as a public service."Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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"Nicolas Sarkozy arrives in the UK but we all love Carla Bruni" (The Telegr
2008-03-27 23:38:00
"Miss Bruni looked as demure as a convent girl, and as ready to be naughty if the spirit, or the Prince of Wales, moved her.She wore a long grey coat and a slim grey beret, and managed to make almost everyone else appear overdressed." (The Telegraph) "it's all about Carla - and that funny little husband of hers" (The Telegraph).Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Tata buys Jaguar and Land Rover
2008-03-27 12:59:00
Is it the colored man's burden to save the ruined English auto industry (see bellow)?('Swami Vivekananda (Sanskrit: स्वामी विवेकानन्द, Svāmi Vivekānanda) (January 12, 1863 – July 4, 1902), whose pre-monastic name was Narendranath Dutta (Narendranath Dut-tta), was one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of the philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga. He was the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and the founder of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. He is a major figure in the history of the Hindu reform movements.'- in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Viveka nanda.'Vivekananda's main agenda was Hinduization or Vedantization of the Christian West, a sort of muted counter conversion of the people whose missionaries had been evangelizing and Christianizing the Hindu Orient. "India must conquer the world," the "cyclonic Hindu" announced in the West. (...) "I was born for this, and it was left for me to do!" This indeed was...
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Vel'oh: Vade retro, satana!
2008-03-26 12:55:00
The Wort has just discovered that Luxembourg and the Vel'oh bicycle system will become a lucrative business for JCDecaux, as confirmed by Jean-Sebastien Decaux, the executive director of the company.I'm outraged. I feel betrayed. We all thought that JC Decaux was a non-profit organization, but no, it's a market economy firm.I want to scream: "____________" (here you can choose: "¡No Pasarán!" or "Vade retro, satana!") Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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Bigfoot in Luxembourg
2008-03-25 21:13:00
Nice buzz for the movie (check the director's name). But who needed the video confession, at least this side of the Atlantic?Blogging in Luxembourg . In engrish.
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Luxembourg drivers: are they truly polite?
2008-03-21 20:57:00
From the Wort: "Luxemburger sind höfliche Autofahrer". I agree that it's not easy to find an agressive driver in Luxembourg . But "polite", "courteous"? "Höflich" can also be translated has "unrude", which is more appropriate in this case. A tree is unrude. A stone wall is unrude. Luxembourgish drivers (or Luxembourg drivers) are not rude, they drive peacefully and respect traffic rules (when they're aware of them...). But this is not being polite: being polite is to adequate your speed near a junction to let someone turn left in front of you, even if you have the right of way. Being polite is to aknowledge the existence of other drivers and don't wait half a minute before moving so that you don't limit the number of cars that make it through before the light turns red again.Robert A. Heinlein once said that politeness is a sine qua non of civilization. I totally agree with him.Blogging in Luxembourg. In engrish.
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