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« Reply #210 on: March 24, 2019, 10:48 AM »
Today, I’m going to hold an exceptional conference about Saint Etienne.

I needed a café so I went to the center of the town. Practically everything is closed on Sunday, and, to my regret, I had to take a café in a greasy spoon near the place of hotel de ville called Subway.
Other there I recalled that I needed to take photos for the users of the forum. They don’t know Saint Etienne because in the media they always show the same things: the burps of baby Trump, the yellow vests on the champs Elysées, or the bearded lumberjacks of Baghouz. So here are a few unusual photos taken today.


the place of the hotel de ville


rue blanqui


place Dorian


rue Francois Gillet


Avenue de la libération


Rue de la république (you can see my car)


In Saint Etienne, many shops are closed because the town is rather poor.


An antique shop

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« Reply #211 on: March 30, 2019, 07:45 AM »
Today, I've been to the Casino Monthieu, Rue de la Montant in Saint Etienne ( I was at the Casino Grocery Pickup service), and I noticed another jacquerie taking place other there. Undoubtedly, capitalism is on its last legs.




Note that Windows 10 x64 Pro lite 19h1 is being uploaded and will be available tonight.
Besides, a game about the French revolution could be available tomorrow on the forum. It's perfect if you don't know historic figures such as Danton or Robespierre.

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« Reply #212 on: March 31, 2019, 02:53 PM »
Tonight, I'm going to hold a conference to present the long-awaited squid with green beans recipe with shallot and white wine sauce.

here is a picture of the squid.
Look how beautiful they are. I wish aa1234779, Maher, Vasudev and shadow.97 had been there. My father couldn't believe I'm mastering such a difficult dish either, he who died of lung cancer a few months ago.


First and foremost, pull out the tentacles from the main body. Cut just below the eye and discard the innards. Discard the beak and then trim the long tentacles level with the rest.
Pinch the two fins together, thread thumb underneath and pull them away from the body, along with the membrane and discard.
Pull out the shell or 'quill' and then remove the innards using the back of a knife.
Cut the squid open, and scrape any more innards out and discard. Cut into slices, or score the squid and cut into pieces. It’s important to wash them because a kind of ink is oozing.


You can now cook the squid. Frying is a popular method - squid pieces just need to be cooked for 30-40 seconds on a very high heat. Serve immediately.


Now we are going to make the sauce and cook the beans.

Bring the water to a boil. Add the beans and cover the pot. Continue cooking the beans, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes until tender but firm. Drain and rinse under cold water.


At serving time, heat the butter in a pan, add an excellent white wine and the shallots for about 1 minute, until the shallots start to brown.
Reduce until only 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of liquid remain. Whisk in the butter and simmer until emulsified.


For the wine, I chose some sauternes. This wine is a bit expensive, but no other wine is subtler than Sauternes… Recognizable among all with its golden look, it is unique thanks to many characteristics. Sauternes is different through its localization, quite far from most of the Bordeaux appellations. Located on the South of Graves region, its area is bound by Garonne valley on East and Landes forest on West).
Then add the beans, salt and pepper, and saute briefly.


Sprinkle with lemon juice and serve with the squid.

« Last Edit: March 31, 2019, 02:57 PM by scarface »

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« Reply #213 on: March 31, 2019, 03:27 PM »
In this topic, some photos of the Louvre are available. And if you have been to the Louvre this week end, you probably noticed the courtyard collage celebrating the pyramid’s 30th anniversary that created an optical illusion.

The French artist JR and 400 volunteers had put the final touches to the huge collage on Friday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Louvre’s glass pyramid.
But the whimsical collage in the courtyard of France’s Louvre art gallery had a short shelf life after a swarm of tourists and art lovers left it in shreds.
On Saturday he tweeted a photo of the 17,000 sq metre (183,000 sq ft) work which, from a certain angle, made the pyramid appear to extend deep into a quarry of white rock, and invited the public to come take a look.


Come they did, and by Sunday the fragile 2,000-odd sheets of paper were torn to pieces, returning the site to its natural state in what could almost be called a work of public performance art. However, some art lovers were not amused, with comments on Twitter such as “really disappointing bad experience today for the Louvre pyramid’s 30th anniversary” and “JR’s art piece was more fleeting than foreseen”.
The artist was more philosophical. “The images, like life, are ephemeral,” he tweeted. “Once pasted, the art piece lives on its own. The sun dries the light glue and with every step, people tear pieces of the fragile paper. The process is all about participation of volunteers, visitors, and souvenir hunters.”

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« Reply #214 on: April 25, 2019, 12:12 PM »
Here are a few photos taken today in St Etienne.


The planetarium. It was open but as you can see the visitors are not numerous.



A view of St Etienne.



In the park of Europe, under the rain. It was pleasant to be alone in the park to go jogging. Unlike the park of Vincennes or the Boulogne woods, you won't see prostitutes in here.



Note that I stumbled upon a video of a little-known town. It's not St Etienne, you would see potholes on the roads otherwise. Over there, poverty is virtually non existent.
Humbert will probably recognize Sunset Boulevard, but it's not Los Angeles either. Actually, the real estate is generally quite affordable in this town (10 times cheaper than Los Angeles). What's more beggars are very numerous in LA.
I've probably aroused the curiosity of Vasudev and shadow.97. Is it Paris? No, you would see hordes of migrants and tents on the road sides otherwise.
Note that there are very few tourists in this town and in the country in which it's located. They are so rare that the authorities take them for spies sometimes, but I'm not talking about North Korea.
Here is the video about this town.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ja8syV4iL8
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« Reply #215 on: April 25, 2019, 06:45 PM »
to beef up the previous message, I’m going to hold a conference in French about the odds of survival in towns like St Etienne or Islamabad.


Après la fin du pétrole, qui devrait intervenir largement avant la fin de ce siècle, vous êtes sûrement curieux de savoir où il vaut mieux habiter. Avant de faire une analyse de quelques villes, il faut aussi distinguer les notions de stock et de flux. Quand des champs pétroliers s’épuisent, leurs productions baissent, même si elle peut durer plusieurs années pour les plus importants. C’est ce qu’il se passe en Norvège, qui a déjà passé son pic de pétrole il y a quelques années: https://jancovici.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/pic_graph11.jpg
Dès lors même si les Saoudiens disent qu’ils peuvent produire du pétrole pendant encore 50 ans (avant qu’il n’y ait plus rien ?), la production de pétrole mondiale baissera probablement bien avant. Et la production de pétrole conventionnelle baisse en fait depuis 2006: http://www.iceberg911.net/campbell-104-prevision-production-petrole-aie.jpg
Maher and humbert doivent se demander pourquoi je parle du pétrole. C’est parce qu’il est à la base des économies aujourd’hui. Sans pétrole, il n’y aurait rien dans votre frigo, et vous n’auriez pas d’ordinateurs pour aller sur le forum, des ordinateurs fabriqués et transportés grâce au pétrole. Dans les villes il n’y a aujourd’hui quasiment plus que des emplois appartent au secteur tertiaire, c’est à dire des services, puisque toutes les marchandises (nourriture, vêtements) , ou la quasi totalité, sont fabriquées dans des pays ou des régions lointaines, et sont transportées grâce au pétrole. Dans une ville comme St Etienne, il y a quelques jardins potagers, mais ce ne serait pas suffisant pour nourrir la population. Une ville comme La Havane à Cuba a pu faire face à l’embargo américain en développant massivement ce concept de potager urbain, qui existe toujours, et qui a pu permettre aux habitants de se nourrir sans trop de problème. Malheureusement La Havane est une exception et on voit que dans beaucoup de pays il n’y a plus de production agricole dans les villes. Islamabad n’échappe pas à cette règle, il y a beaucoup de parcs bien entretenus, mais on ne voit pas de chèvres, de poules, ou de petits potagers dans les rues comme on peut en voir en Inde ou dans des pays sous embargo, et je pense à la Palestine. Pour conclure je pense qu’il faut éviter les villes très modernes, bétonnées, et qui se sont développées de manière anarchique grâce à l'évènement de l'utilisation du pétrole, telles que les aires urbaines de  New York, Paris, ou Tokyo, et privilégier une installation dans des villes de taille moyenne qui pourront faire face à des changements soudains.

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« Reply #216 on: April 28, 2019, 08:49 AM »
Today, a new documentary titled Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland is available on the forum.

In English (with Arabic subtitles)
Link: https://ok.ru/video/340903004717

Searching for Neverland will reveal firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.


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« Reply #217 on: May 05, 2019, 11:51 AM »
This morning I went to a bar, called Le Lutetia, rue des docteurs Charcot. The last time I've been to a bar with my father it was here, in August 2018. He died of lung cancer a few months ago. At first I really tought it was a rough pub. And yet I come back for a cup of coffee sometimes. Vasudev might be thinking that it's a bar for the "untouchables". But unlike Paris the people in St Etienne are nice and less individualistic. This one is over crowded on Sundays, because there are not many bars in here. In Paris there are many (too many?) bars, and I guess some might be struggling to earn a living.

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« Reply #218 on: May 07, 2019, 12:30 PM »
Today, I was in Lyon.

I took a photo in the Radisson blu hotel. Located within the top section of the Part-Dieu Tower, the Radisson Blu hotel in Lyon boasts breathtaking views of the city center and the Alps. On the right, it's not the Eiffel tower and the sacré coeur that you can see. If aa1234779 is wondering what it is, it is the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Fourvière is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, to whom is attributed the salvation of the city of Lyon from the bubonic plague that swept Europe in 1643.



Note that I'm planning to leave the forum. There are unique users here, like Vasudev, the Indian scientist, aa1234779, the good Jihadist, brave shadow.97, little usmangujjar, humbert, the american playboy...
But I don't fell like deleting tons of spams everyday if there is no more administrator. I'm not sure I'll find such users on the forum notebookreview or somewhere else though.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2019, 04:21 PM by scarface »

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« Reply #219 on: May 07, 2019, 04:02 PM »
It's sad that russian bots have invaded all of cyberspace, not only US elections.
@scarface I ask you not to leave. Your posts & everyone else's are something I enjoy everyday.

This Ramadan might be tough.
At least if you stay you can have your say about it & we enjoy reading that.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “Surah (chapter of) Hud and its sisters turned my hair gray"

Hud (11)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiqxo4UDVfU