Tag Archives: Paris


By 1815, memories of the 1790s were fragmented and confused, varying greatly according to the divergent memories of individuals, families and regions. Some of the most famous mythical symbols of the Revolution had yet to be propagated. Building barricades – … Continue reading

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There had been almost no French military defence of Paris, so there had been no excuse for the Wehrmacht to hesitate in driving right into the prize. But an awkward lull had briefly prevailed. Waiting outside the city on June … Continue reading

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Musée d’Orsay

A Sunday morning visit, June 2015.

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The National Theatre lit up in memory of the victims of the attacks in Paris.

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Lenny Kravitz outside Serge Gainsbourg’s home, rue de Verneuil, Paris.

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Frank Sinatra at his best … & worst

  “Sinatra gets harder to appreciate the more you know about him,” says Philip Collins in today’s Times [£]. He tells an old Vegas story about the comedian Jackie Mason, who, back in the 1960s, was reckless enough to treat his … Continue reading

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On not being Charlie

A dissent by  Jeremy Warner in the LRB: A lot of things the magazine has run are very funny but not much of it is harmless fun. French culture understands the power of the sign. Paris built much of its … Continue reading

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The perfect placard

At yesterday’s march in memory of the staff of Charlie Hebdo and the other victims of the Paris terror attacks. [Via Arthur Goldhammer]

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Soft power, 1945

Coke means “We’re your allies.” Magazine ad from the end of world War Two. HT: @oldschoolads  & @AMaddy2

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Into the Pantheon

New faces on a Paris landmark: the latest project by the street artist known simply as JR.

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