Monthly Archives: March 2004


Situation is really starting to suck here. An important annoncement (none other than social criteria for future lay offs) is to be made this coming Friday and  people are anticipating tough (re)actions. We've been advised chairs will fly. Kodak moments?

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Posted by on March 31, 2004 in Uncategorized



I'm just back from T's where I slept (not really, I spent some time reading friends' entries, enjoying in particular articulating about his squirrel syndrom). Had to get back home on the bike, early to get new, clean and freshly ironed, clothes. I had never seen this city this early. I guess I had a moment.

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Posted by on March 31, 2004 in Uncategorized



Laconic e-mail from Saint Marcel: request for your 2 weeks accepted.
California, here I come!

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Posted by on March 30, 2004 in Uncategorized



Oscar Winner Sir Peter Ustinov Dies at 82
Peter Ustinov, 82, the jolly and jowly Academy Award-winning actor once described as a Jack-of-all arts for his work as a performer, author and witty raconteur, died of a heart ailment March 28 at his home overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland. He had diabetes.

A burly man who had been a professional actor since his teens, Mr. Ustinov seemed totally uncategorizable in his abilities. He won two Oscars for best supporting actor, playing Batiatus, owner of the gladiator school, in “Spartacus” (1960) and the loveable chump Arthur Simpson in Jules Dassin's jewel heist caper “Topkapi” (1964).

His range also included the cruel emperor Nero in “Quo Vadis?” (1951); a comic convict in “We're No Angels” (1955); the ship captain in Herman Melville's sea adventure “Billy Budd” (1962), which he also directed; and Agatha Christie's Belgian gastronome detective Hercule Poirot in “Death on the Nile” (1978), “Evil Under the Sun” (1982), “Appointment With Death” (1988) and several television films.

Mr. Ustinov, born in London to parents of Russian heritage, was known for limberness in mimicry. He was fluent in French, German, English, Italian, Russian and Spanish and passable in several other tongues. To generations of young listeners, he might be best remembered for his narration of “Peter and the Wolf.” With Herbert von Karajan conducting Tchaikovsky's music, Mr. Ustinov won the 1959 Grammy Award for best recording for children.

He was a children's advocate as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF for more than three decades.

As he was feted as an international movie star and humanitarian, he liked observing the foibles of formal etiquette.

Before his knighthood ceremony in 1990, he received an invitation from Buckingham Palace. “The invitation said, 'Delete whichever is inapplicable: I can kneel — I cannot kneel.' But there was nothing for those who can kneel but not get up,” Mr. Ustinov said.

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Posted by on March 29, 2004 in Uncategorized



Gauche = Left – Droite = Right, typically we don't know about Corsica yet, leave it to those extra-terrestrians.

Major smack in this goverment's face.

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Posted by on March 29, 2004 in Uncategorized



Can't sleep. It's 4:41 AM as I'm typing this in which means 03:41 AM for my biological clock. GREAT!!

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Posted by on March 29, 2004 in Uncategorized



I haven't seen a soul this whole day. This is what happens when I drink too much the evening before in addition to going to bed at 4 AM or so. Now I'm listening to my Winamped selection of Thomas Newman, which one may interpret as leave-Pascal-alone… To be honest I'm preparing for a refusal of my 2 weeks off next June and I just don't know how I'm going to react. Won't be pretty. I'd better not count on them otherwise I will be even more disappointed.
Yesterday's conference with Daniel Mermet was interesting though the theme was déjà vu: manipulation of medias. He's a journalist at Radio France, France Inter. One of their slogans used to be for those with something between the ears. This should tell what they think of themselves and about their contempt of commercial competitors. I only know about DM's show from coincidently listening to it every Tuesday at T's while studying for my italian class. The man is manipulive because he obviously knows how to talk, move, smile, compose in public. I wasn't cleary looking for anything new. Indeed we didn't hear anything we hadn't already, T or I, or any other friends that attended. I was waiting for the debriefing debate (as well as the Mont D'Or) that was to follow, during dinner, with the rest of the group, most of them being active members of Attac. I thought V, whom I hadn't seen before, was particularly bright in that she remained open all through the discussion. She's obviously strongly opinionated but respects other's people opinions (or absence of). I like that, which made me like her. Too bad I'm leaving so soon. I can see from here who will attend next meetings at T's… If he ever has the courage to organise some in the future.

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Posted by on March 28, 2004 in Uncategorized