The International Tunnel of Tangiers

This afternoon’s lecture on earthquake engineering was a struggle. The mountains of photocopies that we were given didn’t really match up with what the lecturer was saying, which had the…

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…

How to be dam safe

Glen Canyon Dam, as featured in the popular film «Superman» When designing, building and operating a dam, there are a few steps that ought to be followed in order to…

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…

Better than a free lunch

As far as food at institutions go, the grub at ENPC ain’t half bad. For the early morning caffine boost, elevenses and mid-afternoon pick-moi-ups there is the coffee bar situated…

Mister Monsieur

It’s one of those things about growing up. People start calling you Mister. For a long time it was just my bank or anyone asking me for money. It wasn’t…

An unlikely number of people in our living room

So with an oven installed in our ever-better equipped kitchen, I decided to invite a few of my new international chums over for dinner. We discovered that our modest dining…