Concerts, May Day, iPhone, Paper and gym update

This week brought two old-school performers to Paris. The first concert I shot this week was 70-year-old Tina Turner. And she was pretty much what you’d expect from her – full of energy, engaging the audience and still able to shake it on stage.

Tina Turner Performing in Paris

Tina Turner Performing in Paris


A couple of things I learned about Turner: she has sold more concert tickets than any other solo music performer in history (isn’t this shocking?) and she primarily lives in France.

The second concert was 60-year-old Lionel Richie.

Lionel Richie Performing in Paris

Lionel Richie Performing in Paris

Not much to say about him except he’s a born performer and loves the stage.

This week also brought the big (and I mean big) May Day demonstration to the streets of Paris. I don’t know what the final number of people was but it was the largest demonstration I’ve seen here.

May Day Demonstrators Marching Towards Place de la Bastille

May Day Demonstrators Marching Towards Place de la Bastille

May Day is the traditional workers’ holiday all over Europe but from what I saw amongst the crowd, people were protesting just about everything, from a lack of support for Peruvian farmer to the Swine Flu (who’s actually for the Swine Flu?). French demonstrations are always colorful and although this one lacked some of the intensity of past protests, it wasn’t short on characters. To see more images from the May Day demonstration, CLICK HERE.

Gym update: Two more odd occurrences at my new gym this week. First one occurred as I was preparing for some stomach crunches and all of a sudden the music that’s piped throughout the gym switched to jazz. And I’m not talking bebop upbeat jazz, I’m talking smokey room, you’re bringing me down bluesy jazz. The juxtaposition of people running on treadmills to that music was quite strange. Second, there are a few people at the gym who, I kid you not, go outside and puff on a cigarette in between sets.

This week I fell in love. After a long period of internal debating, I finally got an iPhone. I won’t say much about my first week with it but suffice it to say I’m in love.

For a reason I can’t explain, I found myself wondering why A4 paper (the standard size sheet of paper here) is the size that it is. I stumbled across an explanation. The largest standard size, A0, has an area of 1 m². The length of the long side of the sheet in meters is the 4th root of 2—approximately 1.189 meters. The short side is the reciprocal of this number, approximately 0.841 meters. A1 is formed by cutting a piece of A0 into two equal area rectangles. Because of the choice of lengths, the aspect ratio is the same for A1 as for A0 (as it is for A2, A3, etc). This particular measurement system was chosen to allow folding of one standard size into another, which cannot be accomplished with traditional paper sizes. Brochures are made by using material at the next size up i.e. material at A3 is folded to make A4 brochures. Similarly, material at A4 is folded to make A5 brochures. Every country in world uses this system, except the U.S. and Canada. And just FYI, the American paper size of 8.5 x 11 inches is based on the size of the average paper mill worker’s arms in the late 1600’s (44 inches) divided by 4. I wish I was kidding. If I haven’t put you to sleep yet, you can read more HERE.

In French news this week:

French woman, thinnest in Europe, think they’re fat

France has the highest rate of clinically underweight women in Europe but only half think they are underweight.

PARIS – France has by far the highest proportion of clinically underweight women in Europe, but only half of them think they are too thin, according to a new study. 

In other European countries the opposite is true: the number of women in Britain, Spain and Portugal, for example, who see themselves as seriously skinny easily outstrips the number who actually are.

 “This shows that what people consider an ideal weight in France is lower than in other countries,” said the study’s author Thibaut de Saint Pol, a researcher at France’s National Institute of Demographic studies, which published the study Wednesday. 

”If a French person who feels fat were to go to the United States,” — which has much higher rate of obesity — “he probably wouldn’t feel fat anymore,” he told AFP in an interview. To read the rest of the article, CLICK HERE.

Some photos of the week …

Tina Turner Performing in Paris

Tina Turner Performing in Paris

Working on the Metro Sign at Place de la Bastille

Working on the Metro Sign at Place de la Bastille

Buying Meat at the African Market at Chateau Rouge

Buying Meat at the African Market at Chateau Rouge

Pig Feet For Sale at the African Market at Chateau Rouge

Pig Feet For Sale at the African Market at Chateau Rouge

Veiled Woman in Luxembourg Gardens

Veiled Woman in Luxembourg Gardens

Painting Notre Dame

Painting Notre Dame

Concert Kissing

Concert Kissing

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Second Baseman on May 3, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    The picture of Lionel Richie is one of the best I have seen….I bet he would love to have it…..Colorful blog this week, much enjoyed….

    Reply

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