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POTD: French Foreign Legion at Sea with HK416F and FN Minimi

Soldiers from the French Foreign Legion with a Heckler & Koch HK416F and the FN Minimi (Mini-Mitrailleuse – Mini machine gun), These pictures are from the 2ème Régiment Etranger d’Infanterie and as you can see they’re at sea. Caption (computer translated from French): On land and at sea, the DRAGON Embedded Tactical Group (GTE) does […] Read More … The post POTD: French Foreign Legion at Sea with HK416F and FN Minimi appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, France, Defense, Foreign Legion, Photo of the Day, French Foreign Legion, HK416F, FN Minimi, DRAGON Embedded Tactical Group GTE


The Louvre and its environs

As promised, this is my third (and for the time being, final) post inspired by the questions I have recently received. The answers would have been too long for my traditional “monthly gleanings.”What is the origin of the name Louvre? Dictionaries and websites say unanimously that the sought-for etymology is unknown or uncertain. Perhaps so, but we will see. First, a short note on the famous place may be of some use. Louvre is the name of a royal castle in Paris from, if not even before, the thir...
Tags: Books, England, Milan, France, Paris, Academy, St Petersburg, Louvre, Prado, Luft, Fontainebleau, John Parker, Mayhew, Walter W Skeat, Skeat, Laube


The 120 Days of Sodom: France seeks help to buy 'most impure tale ever written'

Tax breaks announced for companies who pay for manuscript by the Marquis de Sade, valued at €4.5m The French government is appealing for corporate help to acquire the manuscript of the Marquis de Sade’s notorious The 120 Days of Sodom, valued at €4.5m (£3.9m), for the National Library of France. Related: ‘The most impure tale ever written’: how The 120 Days of Sodom became a ‘classic’ Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, World news, Culture, Marquis de Sade, Manuscripts and letters, National Library of France Related


Bayeaux Tapestry Now Online!!!

Think of it as an early graphic novel, replete with action. . .  portents . . . slightly kooky characters. . . a dead (defunctus est) king and the English kingdom in dispute. Duke Harold believes that he is the inheritor of the kingdom...  Meanwhile, across the channel, William, Duke of Normandy, says he is the rightful heir (it's a long, complicated story and, remember, it was the winners who commissioned the tapestry.) William is building a navy . . . Tre...
Tags: Gardening, France, Normandy, William, Vikings, Harold, William Duke, Vicki Lane, Normans, Duke Harold, Seuss William


Unseen work by Proust announced as ‘thunderclap’ by French publisher

The Seventy-Five Pages, out next month, contains germinal versions of episodes developed in In Search of Lost Time and opens ‘the primitive Proustian crypt’For everyone who decided to bite the madeleine and read all 3,000-odd pages of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time during lockdown, what’s one more book? French publisher Gallimard has announced that it will be releasing a never-before-published work by the great French writer: Les Soixante-quinze feuillets, or The Seventy-Five Pages, on 1...
Tags: Europe, Books, Publishing, France, Fiction, Culture, Proust, Marcel Proust, Gallimard, Les Soixante, Bernard de Fallois, De Fallois, Jean Santeuil Proust


Current Obsessions: A Valentine

Happy Lunar New Year to those celebrating, and Valentine’s Day, too. Here are a few books, paintings, prints, and pajamas we’re loving this weekend: Above: We are smitten by the Heart of It All Flag by Maine Flag Company, designed in support of frontline workers. (One hundred percent of profits from sales of the flag go towards feeding medical workers in partnership with Portland restaurants.) Buy it here. Distant yet connected at heart: an apron we love. In praise of The Black Artists Print S...
Tags: Books, New York, France, La, Brooklyn, Mexico City, Portland, New England, Valentine, Marfa, Donald Judd, Julie, Margot, Domi, Frida Kahlo, Leanne Shapton


Getting Domesday done: a new interpretation of William the Conqueror’s survey

A new interpretation of the Domesday survey, the famous survey of England taken on the orders of William the Conqueror in 1086, has emerged from a major study of the survey’s earliest surviving manuscript. It is now clear that the survey was more even more efficient, complex, and sophisticated than previously supposed. The first draft of the survey was made with astonishing speed—in about 100 days—and the information it contained was then checked and reorganised in three further stages, each res...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, Featured, France, History, Journals, Essex, Oxford University, British, William, Brexit, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, King 's College London, Arts & Humanities


Object of Desire: Whimsical Painted Plates by a French Ceramicist

Spotted on Instagram: fanciful ceramics by Elise Lefebvre, made in her workshop in Limoges, France, and only available sporadically as Elise releases them on her website (follow @eliseceramique for alerts). “Each piece is unique, like a fragment of painting, the memory of a gesture,” she writes on her site; “also you will perceive the nuances and the variations while discovering the piece in your hands.” The earthenware pieces are also microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Here’s a look at the individ...
Tags: Books, Japan, France, French, Handmade, Ceramics, Elise, Ceramic, Plates, Product Discoveries, Limoges France, Elise Lefebvre, Marrakech Vase


Jean-Claude Carrière, screenwriter of Cyrano de Bergerac and Belle de Jour, dies aged 89

Hailed as France’s finest screenwriter, Carrière won many awards in a six-decade movie career – and for the stage penned a memorable Mahabharata for Peter BrookCelebrated French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, who penned some of the most memorable movies of the past half-century, including The Tin Drum and Cyrano de Bergerac, has died at the age of 89. Carrière, best known for his work with Luis Buñuel and Miloš Forman, died in his sleep late Monday at his home in Paris, his daughter, Kiara C...
Tags: Europe, Books, Film, France, World news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Paris, Stage, Film adaptations, Festivals, Oscars, Cannes film festival, Peter Brook, Gerard Depardieu, Afp


A Dozen Books; Or What I Read in Late January

Happy February! As I mentioned on Saturday, I know I've been little seen on social media as of late, but that suits my current needs. Still, I wanted to share what I've read and listened to since my last summary. If you follow me on Goodreads, then you've already seen my thoughts on these books. Thanks to the publishers, audiobook publishers, and/or Libro.fm for the review copies. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T. A. Willberg (Park Lane; Dec. 29): Fun mystery/fantasy set in a secret, u...
Tags: Asia, Books, Florida, England, London, France, US, New Orleans, Archer, Nashville, States, Smith, Long Island, NICK, Midwest, Jamie


Novelist William Boyd says he’s had ‘the usual nightmare experiences’ working in TV and film

Forty years ago this month, William Boyd’s first novel, the satirical “A Good Man in Africa” was published to great acclaim, winning the Somerset Maugham Award and the Whitbread Book Award for a first novel…even though it was technically Boyd’s fourth. “While getting a post-graduate degree and teaching at Oxford University, I wrote three novels, which all ended up in a drawer,” he recalls. “They were like my apprentice work so my first published novel was really my fourth novel, which is why ...
Tags: Books, UK, England, France, Russia, Nigeria, Africa, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, James Bond, William Boyd, Oxford University, Ghana, Southern California


The Black Death: how did the world’s deadliest pandemic change society?

Conspiracy theories abound that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory, although history provides a number of examples of global pandemics caused by a pathogen crossing over from mammals to humans. The best example is the Black Death of 1346-53, which killed around one half of the population of the known world and caused global economic output to fall by perhaps 40%. The sudden change in the behaviour of this disease was linked directly to a sustained period of extreme weather and major climatic ch...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, Featured, France, History, Rome, Britain, Ireland, British, Pandemics, Peasants, Science & Medicine, Schnabel, Subtopics, Black Death


Waltz Me to the End of Time --repost

  That? That piece of sheet music came from Miss Annie's house. After she passed away back in '65, the property went to a nephew who lived in Alabama. He came and  spent a few days going through her things, packing up what he wanted -- there was the prettiest little writing desk -- and then he had some dealer come in and take away the rest of it so they could put the house on the market.   The nephew was named Charles, if I remember right, and he was real nice.  I asked if I cou...
Tags: Gardening, France, Alabama, Annie, Charles, Hogan, Darby, Tommy, Mama, Vicki Lane, Darby C Bell


Word of the week: Fig

This post was going to be a short riff on a line in that Inauguration poem by Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman—the line about the vine and the fig tree, which got me thinking about figs. Mmmm, figs. But one fig led to another, and next thing you know I was way down a figgy rabbit hole from which there was no escape. Go figure. Here’s the line from “The Hill We Climb”: Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afra...
Tags: Toys, UK, Texas, Congress, California, Washington, Mexico, France, Finance, Virginia, Poetry, Religion, Linguistics, Food And Drink, Isaac Newton, Redundancy


Vivlio Touch HD plus (PB 632) not seen by Calibre

Hello, I have a new Vivlio Touch HD plus (Pocketbook 632 commercialised in France under that name), and I would like to transfer books from Calibre (I am working on Win7) to the device, as I have been using Calibre finely with my old reader Sony PRS-T2 But the device is not recognised by Calibre (but the device is recognised by the computer, and I can transfer manually books from the PC). I have Calibre version 3.48 64 bits (I think the last for Win7?) Looking in the extensions I have not se...
Tags: Books, France, Devices, Sony


Why this successful novelist decided to write her new book in a different language

Ilaria Bernardini has written 8 novels in her native Italian, but she had something different in mind for her first novel written in English. “I wanted it to feel like a thriller, keeping the revelations coming at a certain pace, giving the reader just enough so you’d immediately drawn to the next chapter,” says the author of “The Portrait,” published this month by Pegasus. Bernardini says the novels she’s written in her native tongue “have a dryness,” so it’s ironic that her English language d...
Tags: Books, Milan, London, France, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Shakespeare, Alice Munro, National Portrait Gallery, Southern California, Martin, San Fernando Valley, Isla, Valeria


Kitchen of the Week: An Artful Conversion of a Garage in Bath, England

“The customer is always right—and we like to consider the building our client, too, and respond to its character, mood, and spirit,” says Patrick Williams of Berdoulat. A specialist in lyrical and meticulous period restorations, Patrick, when we first met him in 2015, was living in a mid-19th-century East London apartment that he had entirely freed of its recessed halogen lights, laminate flooring, and other “developer rubbish”: see Reinventing the Past with a Salvage Hunter-Upcycler-Philosopher...
Tags: Books, London, Ebay, France, United Kingdom, Oxford, St James, East London, Kitchens, Patrick, Bonnie, Wren, Bath England, Patrick Williams, Remodel & Renovation, Small-Space Living


Kitchen of the Week: An Artful Renovation of a Mews House in Bath, England

“The customer is always right—and we like to consider the building our client, too, and respond to its character, mood, and spirit,” says Patrick Williams of Berdoulat. A specialist in lyrical and meticulous period restorations, Patrick, when we first met him in 2015, was living in a mid-19th-century East London apartment that he had entirely freed of its recessed halogen lights, laminate flooring, and other “developer rubbish”: see Reinventing the Past with a Salvage Hunter-Upcycler-Philosopher...
Tags: Books, London, Ebay, France, United Kingdom, Oxford, St James, East London, Kitchens, Patrick, Bonnie, Wren, Bath England, Patrick Williams, Remodel & Renovation, Small-Space Living


Closure of an iconic Paris bookshop alarms French bibliophiles

Hit hard by the pandemic, the flagship Gibert Jeune store is closing its doors – one of many booksellers in the city feeling the strain of Covid-19Paris, a great literary city, is losing one of its most celebrated bookshops. Gibert Jeune, a popular chain, has announced it will be closing its flagship shop in the Latin Quarter in March – the latest in a series of closures and appeals for help that threaten the future of the city’s booksellers.Gibert Jeune once attracted long queues of students in...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, World news, Culture, Paris, Booksellers, Seine, Latin Quarter, Boulevard St Michel, Gibert Jeune


Shopper’s Diary: A Poet-Collector Opens Pidgin in Upstate NY

At a time when so many of us are starved for inspirational browsing, news of Kostas Anagnopoulos’s recently-opened upstate New York antiques shop, Pidgin, sent ripples of excitement throughout the design world. Kostas himself could relate: since his purchase of a pelican-shaped Art Deco bottle opener at the age of 14 , he’s been on the hunt. “I think all antique and vintage dealers who go into business do so in part because they’ve been accumulating for so long that it’s just time to practice de...
Tags: Books, New York, Greece, Minneapolis, France, Toronto, Gifts, Chicago, New York State, Upstate Ny, Puglia Italy, West Side, Jesse, Upstate New York, Gonzalez, Transylvania


Tintin cover art sells for record-breaking €3.2m

Hergé’s original artwork for Le Lotus Bleu was rejected as too expensive to reproduce in 1936 and given to editor’s son, who kept it in a drawer for decadesA rejected Tintin cover illustrated by Hergé that was gifted to a child and kept in a drawer for decades has set a new world record as the most expensive comic book artwork, selling at auction for €3.2m (£2.8m) on Thursday.Le Lotus Bleu was created in 1936 by the Belgian artist, born Georges Remi, using Indian ink, gouache and watercolour. It...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, France, China, World news, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Belgium, Comics and graphic novels, Tintin, Hergé, Georges Remi, Le Lotus Bleu, Lotus Bleu


Rimbaud's remains will not be moved to Panthéon, rules Macron

President decides against relocating remains of French poet to Parisian memorialThe remains of the famed French poet Arthur Rimbaud will not be moved to the Panthéon mausoleum despite a campaign to honour him as an artist and symbol of gay rights, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has decided.A petition last year backed by a number of celebrities as well as the culture minister, Roselyne Bachelot, called for Rimbaud to be reinterred alongside his lover and fellow poet Paul Verlaine at the m...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, Poetry, World news, Culture, Paris, Pantheon, Emmanuel Macron, Rimbaud, Macron, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Roselyne Bachelot


Buy Looking for any 7.8" or 8" reader (Kobo, Pocketboot/Vivlio or Tolino)

Hello, Just looking for: - Preferably ==> - Kobo Aura One - Pocketbook/Vivlio Inkpad3 - Alternatively ==> - Kobo Forma - Tolino Epos 2 I am living in France, so better from France and/or any low cost tracked shipping country in Europe. Hacked or not, I don't really care, as long as I know what has been done on the device. Physically in good condition. :D Thanks in advance!
Tags: Europe, Books, France, Flea Market, Kobo Pocketboot Vivlio


Remodelista Greatest Hits 2020: A Designer’s Bucolic Cottage in the Welsh Countryside

We recently came across Justine Cook’s lovely, centuries-old cottage in the Welsh countryside. Its snug dimensions, spare interiors, and soothing palette are just what we need right now to calm our pandemic-heightened nerves. Justine, an artist and interior design consultant, and her husband, a landscape and history writer, bought the bucolic property in 2009. “We loved the setting and the fact that we could watch the cloud shadows move across the valley below,” she says. Unlike most home renova...
Tags: Books, Wales, France, Paint, Ikea, Bristol, White, House Tour, Modern House, Justine, Remodel & Renovation, Small-Space Living, Kitchen Design, Gesa Hansen, Farrow Ball, Industrial Lighting


Through gilets jaunes, strikes and Covid, Paris's 400-year-old book stalls fight to survive

With passing trade hit hard by the pandemic, the booksellers on the banks of the Seine are strugglingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUsually, Sundays are good days for the bouquinistes. Legions of strollers – tourists, out-of-towners, Parisians – throng the banks of the Seine, and the open-air booksellers whose green boxes have lined the quays for 400-odd years do good business.One recent Sunday, though, Jérôme Callais made €32. And there was a day that week when he m...
Tags: Europe, Books, France, Culture, Paris, Booksellers, Seine, Coronavirus, Covid Paris, Jérôme Callais, Callais, Quai de Conti


Pietr-le-Letton de Georges SIMENON: €1.99, £1.49, $1.99

Pietr-le-Letton est le premier livre dans la série Maigret de Georges SIMENON. A ce moment, c'est à prix réduit a Kindle France, UK et US. Kindle France: https://www.amazon.fr/Pietr-Letton-G...dp/B0088D3MTM/ Kindle UK: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Pietr-Let...dp/B0088D3MTM/ Kindle US: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0088D3MTM
Tags: Books, UK, France, US, E-books, France UK, Letton de Georges SIMENON, Letton, Maigret de Georges SIMENON


Geometric stringed polyhdron art

France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, News, France, View, Sculpture, Artwork, Ke, String Art, Kevin Hernandez


Geometric stringed polyhedron art

France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, France, View, Sculpture, Artwork, Ke, String Art, Kevin Hernandez


Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

Rosa 'Peace' Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Garden Design Online The Peace Rose was bred in France by Meilland International in 1942, and it has long been associated with the end of World War II. It was named the day that Berlin fell to the Allies, and won... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Gardening, Holidays, France, Berlin, Christmas, Announcements, Roses, Jane Berger, Meilland International, Jackson & Perkins, Peace Rose


Mobilier PLÔ, quand le bois rencontre le plastique

Nous sommes actuellement entre deux mondes, deux principes, deux orientations… Les visions plutôt classiques, traditionnelles et les nouveaux acteurs qui souhaitent, tentent de faire bouger les lignes. L’écologie au coeur de toutes les réflexions des designers (enfin bientôt, espérons), les créations intégrant cette préservation ou limitation de l’impact sont trop souvent anecdotiques, à la limite de l’acte de communication. Sans parler du style (en écho au domaine automobile, même si cela chan...
Tags: Books, Design, France, Furniture, Wood, Table, Concept, Bois, Mobilier, Ecolo, Recyclage, Plastique, Atelier CO, Luka Rennesson, Luka Rennesson Découvrez



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