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New in Marseille

  • New face on ‘le mur de Zidane’ on the Corniche!
  • Japanese Event
  • New Tram-line plus…..
  • Improvements for June’s Formula One GP.

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Organised by the Tourist Office of Gardanne, this programme of visits to local enterprises is in its 4th year.  Now it has expanded to cover the wider Metropole area and has 70 activities on offer. The theme is industrial and scientific tourism. (more…)

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Earlier in the week, I watched as a large platane was taken down near Michel’s and the café Roi Rene at the top of the cours Mirabeau.   Difficult to get close because of the safety barriers, but it did look like there were significant holes in the trunk.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, trees have been attacked by chancre coloré which means that they, and others in a 30m radius, have to be removed.

Out for a walk this morning, now the rain has stopped, I counted the number of original trees left in the cours Mirabeau, with startling results. (more…)

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It’s  most unusual for one person to  have 5 exhibitions in 5 different Marseille museums simultaneously, but then Sophie Calle is an unusual person.  She’s a French writer, film-maker and photographer, who has exhibited world-wide and has represented France at the Venice Biennale. (more…)

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Aix on TV

 

A documentary about Aix, ‘La Florence Provencale’, will be shown on France 3, Sunday 3rd Feb, 12:55.  Looks interesting:

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/emissions/chroniques-mediterraneennes/voir-aix-provence-florence-provencale-1615511.html

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Book-in-Bar is starting the year with two events designed to intrigue and entertain local book-lovers:

17:30 January 31st: D.H. Lawrence versus Thomas Hardy… special edition!

‘In the boxing ring, two of the most famous and controversial authors fight it out (with words) over several rounds to determine who is the people’s champion. So get a ringside seat and come and see us showcasing, over 60 minutes or so, the works and lives of these two literary giants. We have a referee to keep order and our three judges whose decision if final!’

17:30 February 28th: The Extaordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in a Ikea Wardrobe, Romain Puertolas.

Just finished this  novel which is fast-moving, funny and perceptive.  ‘Armed only with a fake 100-éuro note, Ajatashatru, the fakir arrives in Paris.  His mission? to acquire a new bed of nails. His destination? IKEA.  Once there, he finds an obliging wardrobe in which to lay his head, only to discover on waking that he is locked in, covered in bubble-wrap and headed for England in the back of a truck’.

I was fascinated to read that the young author, from Montpellier, was a police inspector with the French border services and wrote his draft on his mobile phone, while working……… in a month.

Book in Bar is in rue Joseph Cabassol, Aix, just off the cours Mirabeau and opposite the Hotel Caumont Centre d’Art.  Works by these authors are on sale here – support your local bookstore!

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