At one point in Marcel Carné’s 1939 realist drama (and Mussolini Cup nominee), Le jour se lève, François, the factory sand-blaster (Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. no. 379, 1925: “probably the most dangerous of all the mineral-dust hazards”), enters a variety hall where Françoise, his beloved, is preparing to make eyes at the devilishly handsome and comparatively wealthy dog-artiste, Valentin. The chanteuse is singing something about the republic, struggle, and … burning sand.
- New administrative framework for Spain/Europe
Eurotopia–a Europe consisting of a host of regional statelets–is actually 15 years old, and was produced by historian Henk Wesseling on
- French and Russian cavalry rode backwards in retreat?!
This claim helped defeat Valentine Shortis’ insanity plea at his murder trial in 1895-6, but was it true?
Pere at Saragatona has photographed a building with two texts carved on its front, the first of which reads, CHARITY ENNOBLES LABOUR DIGNIFIES Graffiti
- Denis MacShane piece on France
I’ve got a soft spot for Denis MacShane, who never really fitted the New Labour mould. Here‘s a piece by him
- Of faggots and Fords
Unlike motorcars, bicycles take you through village centres and allow you to park outside at any interesting-looking drinking hole you encounter.