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…

American bridges number 1

There’s one thing that they do particularly well at the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées (School of bridges and roads), and that is teaching how to build bridges and roads….

Film uploaded to my new website

Check out my new website where I have posted a couple of movie clips. The first is a documentary that readers of this blog may remember I made back at…

Blog from beyond the grave

The Institution of Civil Engineers, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birthThomas Telford, has launched a blog in the name of that great Scottish engineer. The blog will…

The end of architecture school

Today I sat the final exam for what has probably been the most enjoyable course that I have studied during the last four years, the ambitiously titled “History of Construction”….

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…

Earthquakes exam leaves students shakey

We have just had the first of two earthquake engineering exams, and this one was hard!  Revision for the exam was doubly frustrating: firstly because the key topics that we had…

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…