Megamind, Snow, Bank Run & Bad Publicity …

Braved the cold and shot the French premiere of the film “Megamind” along the Champs-Elysees. Will Ferrell, who I really enjoy, was there as well as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Brad Pitt at the French Premiere of "Megamind"

Although we were inside for the shoot, the doors were left open and the -2 C (24 F) temperature left me without feeling in my extremities.

Speaking of which, you probably heard that we got snow here this week. One very white day in particular. It was beautiful as it always is when the white stays on the ground in this city. I didn’t shoot many photos this time; mostly from my apartment window.

View From My Window

I first heard of French soccer-player-turned-actor Eric Cantona in Cannes last year when he was featured in the Ken Loach film “Looking for Eric”. Cantona was in the news this week when he called for people to get revenge on banks by withdrawing all their money, essentially creating a run on the bank. Cantona said that regular means of protest, such as street demonstrations, had become ineffective. Instead, he said, it would be better for a large number of people to withdraw their money from banks at the same time. “The system is built on the banks,” Cantona said, “so if you bring those down, the whole system collapses.” Evidently, the message caught on with a few people. As of earlier this week, more than 30,000 people had pledged to withdraw their money on December 7; we’ll see how many really do.

I really agree with Cantona in the sense that regular forms of protest around the world really don’t do anything anymore. France was one of the last places that I know that when millions of people took to the streets against something, governments actually listened … and some even fell. And now it appears that even in France, that’s not the case anymore. Remember the massive nation-wide protests in the US before the Iraq war? Some of the biggest protests in our country’s history? I think the exact quote from President Bush in reaction to those protests was ”it’s like deciding, well, I’m going to decide policy based upon a focus group.”

If you want to have your mind blown, have a read of THIS NY TIMES ARTICLE about a new way someone is trying to do business on the internet. It makes me sick.

Apologies for the uninspired blog posting … just not in the mood much this week.

Some photos of the week:

Will Ferrell (and friend) at the French premiere of "Megamind"

Special Big Freeze Sign - Ile de la Cite

Woman in the Garden - Tuileries Garden

Metro Sign - Place de la Concorde


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by The Second Baseman on December 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    The weather must be a little depressing but not as depressing as the unbelievable article in the N.Y. Times…I thought the article would never end…Let’s see what next week brings, maybe a little more heat…


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