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Re: New topic Photos
« Reply #220 on: June 08, 2019, 01:57 PM »
Here are some photos, taken in Saint Etienne, for the users of the forum.

The square jovin bouchard in Saint Etienne

Rue Emile Littré. you can see some Egyptian relics.

Rue Gambetta

Still in the Rue Gambetta. And it's exceptional because you can see the king Saint Louis. I'm sure that some users recognized him immediately.

Rue du General Leclerc

Place Jules Ferry

The Commercial centre Center Deux, a regional shopping center located in the district of Bellevue-Bizillon, in Saint-Étienne.

On The Boulevard Daguerre.
Here you can see  one of the building wihout stairs. Their architecture is unique in France.The buildings without stairs are two identical housing buildings, built by the architect Auguste Bossu at numbers 54 and 56 of Boulevard Daguerre, in Saint-Etienne, one in 1933 and the other in 1939.

On the place du peuple. It's very crowded because the photo was taken on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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« Reply #221 on: June 30, 2019, 05:02 PM »
Tonight, I'm holding another conference to share a few photos. I'm pretty sure that Vasudev, usmangujjar and the users of the forum will appreciate these photos.

These ones were taken yesterday near place Bellevue. On Sunday, there is a famous market here.
This photo is pretty exceptional, since you can see the slopes of the "Mont Pilat". aa1234779 and Maher probably know that the "col de la république" crosses Mount Pilat and links Saint Etienne to the Rhone valley.

Here you can see the best dairy of Saint Etienne.

This is the main artery of Saint Etienne. This long, straight avenue is named rue des Docteurs Charcot, then rue du 11 Novembre, rue Gambetta and finally rue du General Foy. It crosses the place Anatole France, the place du peuple and the place of Hotel de ville.

Place Saint Roch, a popular area. On the right you can see my car (the grey sedan). Actually, I wish I could live without a car, that makes me a polluter. if I was rich and if I didn't need to work I would get rid of it.

In a butchery of Saint Etienne, I found a fine tart of Burgundy snails (Maison Rafaa, 45 r Gambetta). The storefront doesn't say that it is a Halal Butchery but it doesn't sell pork. So I presume that snails are halal.

« Last Edit: June 30, 2019, 05:04 PM by scarface »

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« Reply #222 on: July 01, 2019, 04:46 PM »
Maybe some of you remember that I talked about snails in the previous message.
I'm going to hold a conference tonight to tell you if religion allows it or not. I was pretty sure that snails were not allowed for all Muslims and what I found confirms it.

For a Catholic, there is nothing wrong eating insects or snails. but for a Muslim, it seems it is haram except for the Maliki school. This is what I found :
With regard to the ruling on eating snails or grasshoppers:  Land snails come under the ruling on eating “insects”. The majority of scholars are of the view that it is haraam. Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Majmoo’ (9/16): The view of the scholars concerning land insects … our view is that it is haraam. This was the view of Abu Haneefah, Ahmad and Dawood. Maalik said: it is halaal.

But in a near future, no matter if it is allowed or not, because there won't be enough meat, and eating insects may become a necessity to survive.
While science continues to be unclear about the health impacts of meat consumption, it is clear that there’s a move towards eating less meat. The new, not-yet-finalized Canada Food Guide recommends moving to a more plant-based diet. But if people reduce their intake of meat, they will need to find protein elsewhere.

A common critique of meat is that livestock production is environmentally unsustainable. In addition to the resources required to produce meat, there is also concern about the emissions from farm animals, particularly cows.

While the absolute impact depends on the livestock type — beef is considered more problematic than chicken due to both emissions and the amount of grain required per kilogram of meat produced — and the specific production system, concern over environmental impact will continue to motivate some to cut back on meat consumption.

Furthermore, some consumers think that raising animals for human consumption is unethical, and are choosing to stop eating meat altogether.
Insect protein is an area with the potential for dramatic growth.
Insects have appeal because they grow quickly and efficiently. Also, food that would otherwise be wasted can be used to raise insects.

Eating insects is not easy, and even if you are practicing, chances are you won't be as efficient as the giant bullfrog

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« Reply #223 on: July 16, 2019, 02:56 PM »
Tonight, I’m going to hold an exceptional conference about the museum of Modern art of Saint Etienne.

Some of you are probably art lovers. No doubt you will appreciate this conference.
First and foremost, here is a litte video with an interview of a well-known painter:

Here are a few photos of the museum.

3 exhibitions were available: Pierre Buraglio, coup de pub and 24h dans la vie d’une femme.

The exhibition Bas Voltage / 1960-2019, the first retrospective devoted to Pierre Buraglio, brings together roughly two hundred works of art. It reveals the artistic and social context on which the artist based his work, while returning to sixty years of career.
This selection of paintings, collages, reliefs and drawings dating from 1965 to 2019 provided an excellent overview of the work of the 80-year-old French artist Pierre Buraglio. Buraglio has shown with Daniel Buren and Olivier Mosset as well as the Supports/Surfaces group. But as this exhibition made clear, Buraglio’s individualistic approach to abstraction and his restless material exploration resist to art historical categorization.

Agrafages - 1966.

Buraglio seems to relish quickly executed juxtapositions of jagged colorful shapes and varied textures. Some works from the ’60s have an off-the-cuff charm and simple beauty, though they are no more than simple arrangements of broad strokes in bright-hued gouache on paper and cardboard. In his collages, the artist sets up compositional rules yet achieves happenstance effects.

Gauloises bleues patchwork - 1978

Socially committed, Buraglio participated in the Red Hall for Vietnam at the Museum of Modern Art, and the popular workshop of Fine Arts in Paris, during the events of May 1968. The following year, he interrupted his activities of painter to turn exclusively towards the political militancy. The visual artist quickly returned to the creation, during the 1970s, with obsolete objects and rubbish, such as window frames or packs of Gauloises.

In/Out - 2006

45 (2011)

From 1986, Pierre Buraglio returns to drawings, faces and landscapes.
With 45, a work dedicated to his father, mobilized during the war, the artist also highlights the absence, the shadow of a man and a fuzzy memory, almost struck out.

Mon bunker II (2008)

The exhibition 24 hours in the life of a woman.
Over 300 works to tell an intimate, yet universal story! Somewhere between poetry and reality fiction, discover the life of a woman with a thousand faces: those of a factory worker, a secretary, a bourgeoise.
A highly original exhibition Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'une femme (Twenty-four hours in a woman's life) tells the story of an imaginary, multi-faceted life. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and design objects illustrate this fictionalised daily life, from awakening to sleeping.
In a deliberately narrative form, the works in the exhibition depict recurrent actions where the unexpected can happen, with moments such as "Bathing", "Work", "Reading" or "The Stroll". Others such as "Rest", "The Encounter", nightlife and "Celebrations" inspire eccentricities, dreams and other strange thoughts.
The works are presented in an original way, close to everyday life in an attempt to reconnect art to the present. The aim is to tell another history of art: a history focused on emotion and real life.

André Fougeron - Woman peeling vegetables. 1948-1949.

More soon...

Note that I'm waiting for the tests of Vasudev or other users concerning the new windows 7 version. Is it still bootable via usb? (it should be).
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« Reply #224 on: July 19, 2019, 11:15 AM »
Here are new photos for the users of the forum...

Place de l'hôtel de ville.

Place Jean Jaurès.

And another good clip of Maika.

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« Reply #225 on: July 19, 2019, 06:27 PM »
Tonight, I have a riddle for the users of the forum.

These hills are located north of a big town.

What are they called? It's probably a difficult question for the users of the forum.
Note that these hills are located within the city limits.

You have the choice between:
- Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
- Margalla Hills, Islamabad
- Oakland Hills, Oakland
- Philopappos Hill, Athens
- Montmartre Hill, Paris
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« Reply #226 on: July 20, 2019, 06:24 AM »
Apparently nobody found the right answer.
Of course, it was not the hill of Montmartre in Paris, this hill is densely populated.
It's not the Philopappos hill in Athens either.  We would have seen a monument called Monument Philopappos, which sits atop the hill.
Well, I guess some of you think it's Beverly hills. Actually, the vegetation would be different. The photo shows that area boasts a mild climate and lush vegetation.
Could it be the Margalla hills in Pakistan? Yes. The Margalla Hills (Urdu: مارگلہ پہاڑیاں‎) is a hill range which is part of the Himalayan foothills located within the Margalla Hills National Park, north of Islamabad, Pakistan. The Margalla range has an area of 12,605 hectares.

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« Reply #227 on: July 26, 2019, 03:26 PM »
Tonight, there is a terrible storm in Saint Etienne.
And tomorrow, it's probably going to hail. I'm wondering if climate change and its dramatic effects are not increasingly visible and increasingly violent.

But if it's hot, I advise you to do like me: drink a good pastis in a bar.
I guess that Pastis has no secret for humbert, aa1234779, Vasudev and Usmangujjar.
Pastis is an anise-flavoured spirit and apéritif from France, typically containing less than 100 g/l sugar and 45% alcohol by volume. Pastis is normally diluted with water before drinking, generally five volumes of water for one volume of pastis, but often neat pastis is served together with a jug of water for the drinker to blend together according to preference.

Here you can see the bar "les artistes", rue Praire, near place Jean Jaurès. And a "pastis tomate", a cocktail using pastis and grenadine syrup.
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« Reply #228 on: August 06, 2019, 03:25 PM »
Tonight, I’m holding a conference on the forum about Saint Etienne.
Here are a few photos for the users of the forum.

These are big buildings. It looks like the skyline of New York.
This street is called Allée du Général Rullière.

A statue, place du bicentenaire.

A few photos taken near  the market of Bellevue.

An Elvis look-alike

Some cheap pictures. The image is varying in accordance with the movement of the observer.

A bird's eye view of Saint Etienne.

In 1970, they were 230 000 in Saint Etienne. They are now 170 000. Saint Etienne is the only "big" town of France that suffered such a population loss. But when you are wandering in the streets, you can still see that there was a glorious past here.

Now millions of people are crammed into a few dynamic cities while most of the country is empty.
In France ,10% of the population are on 50% of the territory, while 40% of the population are concentrated on 1% of the territory. French space is clearly polarized in urban areas.

You must know the best game repacks are already available on the forum.
You want them better and smaller?
I need:
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« Reply #229 on: August 10, 2019, 10:42 AM »
Here are a few more photos taken on place Anatole France in Saint Etienne. This place was presented here:
I know that aa1234779, Vasudev and usmangujjar will be delighted, they like the beautiful photos.

Here you can see the Palais Mimard. It is located at 5 place Anatole France.
This mansion house was built in 1893-1894 by the architect Léon Lamaizière in Neo-Gothic style, for André David, a ribbon manufacturer.
It was bought in 1905 by Étienne Mimard, the founder of Manufrance. he commissioned Léon Lamaizière to do a new interior.