‘Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.’ (Victor Hugo)

‘On the crest of the highest gallery, higher than the central rose window, there was a great flame rising between the two towers with whirlwinds of sparks, a vast, disordered, and furious flame, a tongue of which was borne into the smoke by the wind, from time to time.’ (Victor Hugo) Continue reading ‘Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.’ (Victor Hugo)

For anglophones it’s ‘European renewal’. For germanophones a ‘Fresh start for Europe’. But for the French, Italians and Spanish, nothing less will do than a ‘European Renaissance’!

President Macron, last week, wrote a high-flown (only occasionally hyperbolic) appeal, addressed to ‘Citizens of Europe’ Continue reading For anglophones it’s ‘European renewal’. For germanophones a ‘Fresh start for Europe’. But for the French, Italians and Spanish, nothing less will do than a ‘European Renaissance’!

Six Shades of Yellow (and counting) … with just a hint of Red

Act XII of The Events (2 February) was dedicated to the more than 1,900 demonstrators and bystanders injured since mid-November, with over a hundred seriously injured. Many of those injured participated in a ‘Great March of the Wounded’ Continue reading Six Shades of Yellow (and counting) … with just a hint of Red

‘For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.’ T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding

When he’s the go-getting entrepreneur, he urges his supporters to be disruptifs, speaks of building une ‘start up nation’ while saying that ‘la démocratie est le système le plus bottom up de la terre’. Down with the entrepreneurial kids all right. Continue reading ‘For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.’ T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding

Act VIII: tragical [certainly] – comical [no, not funny] – historical [Mélenchon thinks so] – pastoral [where it started not so long ago]

Musical intro. A jaunty ditty to get this blog’s 2019 up-and-jumpin’. Watching Kopp Johnson’s modern Ode to Joy (aka Macron’s Resignation) will doubtless help you share the Joy felt by over 16 million Continue reading Act VIII: tragical [certainly] – comical [no, not funny] – historical [Mélenchon thinks so] – pastoral [where it started not so long ago]