Category Archives: London and Paris

Le vide grenier de l’onzième

We were recently asked in one of our French classes to write an article about a business in the style of short piece for a newspaper. The brief included nine…

Too hot in Paris

Austrian windfarm Originally uploaded by eiffelover. It has been a gloriously warm day today in Paris. Too warm in fact. I wish more countries would follow Austria’s example and plant…

Meet Mr Alphand

When Haussmann was busy tearing down and rebuilding large swathes of Paris, he wasn’t doing it all by  himself.  His chief engineer was this fellow, M Alphand.  In this portrait…

Making New Contacts

Today I developped the film that I shot while in the south of France over Christmas. It is magical watching the images appear out of nothing in the developping fluid….

Happy New Year

hello readers I would like to apologise for the lack of posts of late. This blog was meant to be about engineering and my life in Paris. Well, it seems…

Photography Course

dsc02040b.jpg Last week I got wind of a course at ENPC in photography. After a little research I found out that it is actually an advanced course for people learning…

Déja vu?

Although I have now been living in Paris for five or so weeks, I only had my first full week of lectures last week. We had to give some indication…

Unconventional non-sanctioned corrugated football

Tuesday lunchtime saw the end of the SPEIF (semaine préparatoire pour étudiants ingénieurs en Français – a stunning acronym). With our free afternoon a group of us students had hatched…

Freedom of speech for the mute – Cookie Doog – First movie in the can

Freedom of speech for the mute Today I taught for the first time my other English conversation class. This class is larger than the first; twenty to the previous lot’s…

Manifestation

This post refers to an event I took part in a couple of weeks ago and I have been meaning to write about it for some time. One afternoon Mary…