Town Crier, Fears, hIpad & Bunny Crushing …

There must be other places in the world with a town crier, but Paris is the only place I’ve seen one. In the 20th arrondissement of the city there is a man named Olivier who is, yes, the town crier. He works for a social organization in that district that is trying an old-school method of bringing the community together. For example, he will spend a few hours in the street with a little drum announcing things like there will be a communal breakfast being held the following weekend or Madame Tellier is looking for a walking partner in the neighborhood to take occasional strolls with. It’s really quite charming.

Olivier - Town Crier in Paris

To see Olivier in action, CLICK HERE. Once the introduction ends and a map of the city comes up, click on the brown dot that is furthest east (not the green dot that is even further east, but the one just north of that green dot) and you will see a video (in French only) of Olivier in action.

With the snowfall arriving this week in Paris, I saw an interesting newspaper article about phobias that people have, including Cryophobia (an abnormal and persistent fear of cold, including cold weather and cold objects) and Chionophobia (a weather phobia causing an intense aversion to snow). The article mentioned a few other known phobias that people have; my two favorite are Cucurbitophobia (fear of pumpkins, cucumbers and pickles) and Oenosemiophobia (fear of the label on wine bottles). Please share if you experience anything like these !

Case of cryophobia?

The Eiffel Tower just announced that you can now rent iPads when you’re up on the Tower. The iPads will give you the sensation that you’re up in a tower (just kidding). The iPad will give you a 360 degree view (don’t you already have one up there?) and highlight 80 points of interest that you can see. Why the hell do they need the tower at all? Why not just put a row of iPads on the ground level and see everything that way? 😉

iPads on the Eiffel Tower

I found this Agence France Presse story and I think it’s fair to count it as yet another indicator of a world gone mad:

A group of “crush fetishists” has caused an online storm in China after uploading graphic videos showing attractive young Chinese women crushing small rabbits. In the widely circulated videos, several smiling women are seen in turn cuddling and playing with small bunnies just before crushing them as other giggling girls look on. In one scene, a young woman places a bunny on a table before covering it with a plate of glass and sitting on it for about a minute. She then lifts the glass up to reveal the lifeless bunny, blood oozing from its snout. Another of the girls dispatches one of the rodents by crushing it under her high heels.

Really? Crushing bunnies?

Some photos of the week:

Actress Melanie Laurent and Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe press a button to illuminate Christmas lights along the Champs-Elysees

Seasonal Window Painting - rue Vieille du Temple

Trimming the Wall of the BHV

Odd Pizza Menu


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