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More final countdowns

I think this is the second “final countdown” I’ve had in a year. Oh my ever-changing days. My job in France is officially over, and now I have about a month of Paris time left to take tourist pictures, and explore about a million places. A google search on “free things to do in Paris” brings up an awful lot. Mostly they involve being in parks. Or museums. That’s a hot weather plan and a rainy day plan all in one. Hooray.

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This is just a flipping excellent view

A long time ago (maybe a month?) I bought last-minute evening tickets to Roland Garros, went on a Saturday, queued for a very long time, and ended up on court Phillippe Chatrier just in time to watch Roger Federer play some pretty good tennis against French boy Gilles Simon. Obviously the local crowd were fairly Simon-supporting, but I have a soft spot a mile wide for Federer. He plays tennis like it was invented just for him. Incroyable. The game was quite the tense one, going all the way to five sets – definitely giving us our money’s worth. I am now devastated Federer is out of Wimbledon.  Especially since I have a whole free week to watch it now! I will enjoy the sunshine (please come back, sunshine) in one of the many recommended parks instead.

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Federer, doing his thing

Last weekend was Fete de la Musique in France, so I went adventuring with some girls across the capital. There were performers everywhere, all night long. We ended up at the Grand Palais, for a Wanderlust club night. That building is such a beauty. The metro was running all night to take me home, and great fun was had by all. Highlights included the gay club that spilled out into the streets, with bubbles being blown up into the sky, and a Brazilian drumming group that were playing for hours and hours near Hotel de Ville. They were excellent.

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I’m in the mood…

For dancing!

I have the best part time job any student could ever wish for. Last night, I was working closing night of an event called the Shoogle project. Plan B, a Scottish dance company have been working with Shooglenifty, my absolute favourite folk band in the whole world. They created an experience that is a gig, and a ceilidh, and a dance show all in one. Shooglenifty played beautifully, and the contemporary dancers were stunning. Frank McConnell is the mastermind behind plan b, and there’s a brilliant wee interview with him here.

The highlights of the evening were the sections with members of the audience joining the dancers in a dance party. Almost everyone got up at the end to join in, and the number of professional dancers in the audience meant that it was also beautiful.]

I took some very very blurry pictures, so apologies for the poor quality, but I’d like to share them anyway.

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