Good News Week

photo: la tarte tempion, bd voltaire

Sun and shade in east Paris, as in west.

Amazing, Incredible, Fantastico!

Paris:- Sunday, 13. June 1999:- First off, I want to announce that this is 'Good News' Sunday. There are no strikes on anywhere that I know of. Everything is quietly open and French residents are voting in the European elections today. In the Balkans, NATO troops are now moving into Korsovo, only mildly annoyed that the clever Russians beat them to it by taking a shortcut.

On account of the 'Good News' aspect today, I will not mention the length of the line that formed to get into the Louvre when it opened last Wednesday after the strike.

Amazing Air Show

Again we thank the Russians - this time for putting on two fantastic flights at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. The first flight was for training and TV-news showed two MIG-29 pilots making a big, fast jet-fighter plane do things I thought only cranky WW1 biplanes could do.

TV-news showed an imaginary 'box' of air-space, in whichscan: 50 years human rights stamp maneuvers had to take place. This wasn't a particularly big 'box,' but it was at a fair height.

The second flight came a day later on the air show's opening day, when presumably the same two pilots with the same aircraft, slightly misjudged where terra firma is and clipped it while looping.

A great ball of fire burst from the jet, which the pilots got pointed at Mars, and at about 60 metres of altitude, they both ejected themselves out of the mess - and, 'Good News!' lived to walk away from the wreck. However, they lost points by 'being out of the box.'

The good-looking plane contest was lost by Boeing for its new B-717 which has the misfortune to look like an old BAC-111. Winner by default in this category, was Airbus' new A-318. Both new aircraft take the same amount of passengers the same distance and both companies are expected to make and sell oodles of them.

Code for Rollers?

France's traffic regulations are collectively called the 'Code de la Route' and most drivers have a passing acquaintance with them - at about the time they are trying to pass their drivers' license tests.

For some unknown reason people transporting themselves on the public highways on roller-skates arephoto: euro election 13 jun 99 considered to be pedestrians. As such, France's three to four million roller people can go places where cars, motorcycles and bicyclists can't.

One politician says, "The strict application of the law places pedestrians in danger." Well, yes. If pedestrians follow all laws blindly, they probably will expose themselves to danger. Specifically, if the 'pedestrians' happen to be roller-skating on a road, they are in danger of getting a fine of 75 francs.

A working committee studying the 'rights and duties of citizens on roller-skates' is supposed to issue a 'white paper' on the subject by this summer. It is expected that it will propose that the Code de la Route be amended to include the rollers with the cyclists - restricted to the curbs beside roadways or the bike lanes and only rolling at walking-speed on the sidewalks.

Some roller citizens think doing it on streets is far too dangerous. But if there were enough bike lanes, then they'd be in roller heaven.

Paris Plans 'Incredible' Picnic

The date: Friday, 14. July 2000. The place: along the Paris meridian. In fact, this will only be a small part of a much larger picnic, planned for the entire 1000 kilometre distance of the 'Green Meridian,' running from Dunkirk on the Channel, to Prats-de-Mollo in the eastern Pyrenees.

This idea is being promoted by Gad Weil, who was behind the wheat harvest called the Grand Moisson on the Champs-Elysées some years ago. Many agricultural associations are also for the idea - but picnickers will be responsible for bringing their own food and drink. Besides Paris, 48 other towns and villages in the Ile-de-France are on the Meridian.

Residents: 10; Foreigners: 12

These are numbers of millions of visitors estimated to seekphoto: l'olivier d'or happiness by visiting Paris. Americans and Japanese seek it a bit harder by spending about 2500 francs per day while the relaxed Dutch get by on about 300 francs.

The city does its bit by budgeting 82 million francs to run the Paris Tourist Office, now known as the PTOC. The 'C' stands for conventions and congresses, but the Paris Chamber of Commerce cut its contribution to the budget by a quarter, to 7.5 million francs.

Possibly one of the favorite restaurants of the Dutch on visits to Paris.

In total, it is believed that visitors to the city pump 75 billion francs into the local economy - and cause the direct employment of 123,000 people.

All is not totally rosy however, with several professional groups questioning the use to which tourist taxes are put. One was quoted as saying that Paris spends less than Barcelona on visitor promotion.

Minimal Sports News

The 24-hour endurance race at Le Mans ended today 24 hours after it began. A racing car powered by a BMW motor was the first to cross the line at the end of the time period.

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