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Marc Cavendish’s 5th and best stage and green jersey win

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He’s not the most complete bike racer but he is now the best Tour de France sprinter with the green jersey. Marc Cavendish fulfilled his dearest Tour de France goal this year and here is what his winning form looked like at the end of the 2011 Tour in Paris:

Here is what he had to say according to The armchair sports fan:

I finally got it, but it didn’t come easy. I really had to fight for it all the way to the last finish line and I’m very tired, but it was worth all that effort.

I had eight fantastic team-mates around me all the way, they kept working with me, I was close to getting it for the last two years and now it’s finally here.

I’m so happy, it’s incredible. It’s a great way to finish the Tour and a super, super emotional day.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/24 at 17:13

It’s July and France puts on two great public events then, Bastille Day parades and the Tour de France

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There is something majestic about the kind of military parades that France puts on every Bastille Day. It seems to me that only the Russians put on similar military events with lots of troops on foot, on horseback, in military vehicles and in planes. Here is a glimpse at the parade this year with a view of the Arche de Triomphe in the background:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/07/17 at 02:26

Another thing I miss in China – PBS TV

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Here from the NY Times article, which thankfully I can view here every day:

And here is the link!

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/12/15 at 13:21

I always like to think that my tastes are eclectic enough to post about KK and Vermeer

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So here is a snipped image from the Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

To be honest I can’t tell which image pleases me more, KK en nudite or this one well clothed and quite demur! Both images are pleasent to me. The Vermeer has a definite cache because it is a recognized classic. But KK on the W cover is a classic in its own right and time!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/08 at 04:49

Big Picture and the Tour de France 2010

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It’s been over for a few weeks now. Big Picture, which is part of Boston.com, has posted Part II images of the Tour 2010 with the finish in Paris.

I love this one:

I captioned it as Tour and Tour, a neat juxtapositioning of the peloton and the Tour Eiffel in the background.

Then there is this image of the Tour and the Champs Elysees:

Now it’s that Parisian symbol, l’Arche de Triomphe in the background. Great image stuff.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/09 at 15:10

There are many complaints about inaccuracies propagated via the Web

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To the members of the resistence, killed by Nazis
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And I may have been an unwitting participant to this kind of questionable information about the past. I posted about a collection of images dating from Nazi oocupation time of Paris.

Most of those images showed almost normal Paris scenes with seemingly unthreatened citizenry going about their business in Nazi occupied Paris. It seems that the images have been hotly contested.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/06 at 05:34

1939 was a “turning point year”

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Writing a review of the latest Hitchens book, Ian Buruma writes that 1939 was a turning point year. Well it is a fact of history that Hitler chose the turn his game of international blackmail in 1936, 1937 and 1938 into all out war in September, 1939.

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What did my father have in mind when he accepted to go to Paris in April 1939 for the Royal Bank of Canada after getting out of Barcelona only months before that in 1938? Did he simply ignore the trend of overt agressiveness being openly shown by Hitler’s Nazi regime? Did he care if that could have any effect on his life and the life of his family?

I’ve read about 1939 in a few history books. All agreed that it was a beautiful spring and summer, especially in Paris. Was that the existential factor that induced him to continue living in Paris even after Hitler’s armies invaded Poland in September 1939?

It’s a fact I remember about my boyhood in Sherbrooke QC during the war years of late 1940 till 1945, that my father rarely missed listening to the BBC news broadcast. Surely he listened to the same news broadcasts in 1939? How could he not feel the menace of attack from the belligerent Nazi armed forces right up to the invasion of Poland and especially as reports from the Eastern Front left little doubt that Hitler’s  intentions couldn’t be peaceful since his takeover and elimination of Polish elites was evident, even at that early stage of WW II?

Or was it that my father subscribed to the ideas of the Canadian Prime Minister of that  time, McKenzie-King, who met with Hitler in 1937 and felt he was a calm and serious political leader, even though Von Neurath, the German Foreign Minister admitted to King that many Jews had been treated “very roughly” in “cleaning things up” in German cities, like Berlin?

In the end me and my family made it out of France at a few minutes after midnight!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/06/28 at 23:32

I have posted a few times about Paris’ famed Boulevard!

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But this is a new kind of scenery for the fabled Champs Elysees snipped from the NY Times pre-paywall.

A bucolic scene in the middle of Paris!

This is the venue for the usual July 14 national military celebration march of military forces and vehicles. Whatta a contrast!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/05/23 at 13:28

What did Paris look like under Nazi occupation between June 1940 and July 1944

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These images come from an exhibit (“Les Parisiens sous l’Occupation”) of Nazi propaganda photos of Paris life.

The first scene is Place de la Concorde. A German soldier is present on the far right of this image.

Then the inevitable parade down the Champs-Élysées:

Quite extraordinary!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/01 at 12:11

June 15, 1940

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I have written elsewhere that my father made his way out of Paris by the 12th of June, 1940. That was one or two days before German troops entered Paris triumphantly after giving the combined forces of England, Holland, Belgium and France a horrible thrashing.

It is very likely that I was with my mother and siblings at that time making our own way to Cognac, probably by train in truly disastrous circumstances. We expected that my father would join us by June 16.

I have been reading about happenings in France during that last week, from June 10 till June 17 when Petain took over the reins of the French government to make peace with Hitler. The book’s title is “The Week France Fell” and it was written by Noel Barber, an Englishman who lived in France before and after WW II.

Barber makes one important historical connection between the US and France. During that week there were several exchanges between the US President, Roosevelt and the French Premier, Reynaud with the latter imploring Roosevelt to declare war on Germany. Given the political situation in the US such a decision was impossible.

But one thing was possible for Roosevelt. On the night of June 15, 1940 he signed the first letter that led to the setting up of the Manhattan Project which led to development and building of the first atomic bombs that were dropped in 1945 on Horishima and Nagasaki.

Fateful times, June 1940. France fell and nuclear development was officially initiated!

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