Dwarf-Tossing Nixed by UN

photo: cafe porte d'orleans, sunday

Practically out of town on Sunday at the café
Porte d'Orléans.

Plus 'Nuit Blanche'

Paris:- Monday, 30. September 2002:- Manuel Wackenheim is a short, 114 cm-tall man, who is angry. A UN human rights body has decided that Manuel cannot be employed as the subject of 'dwarf-throwing,' upholding a 1995 French law banning the practice.

The UN said the need to protect human dignity was more important than Manuel's job despite his argument that the ban invoked by a French administrative court was discriminatory and deprived him of a job of being tossed around discothèques by fun-loving customers, some of whom are large ladies.

The UN Human Rights Committee, in its official opinion, decided that the ban on 'dwarf-throwing'photo: peugeot h2o was "necessary in order to protect public order, including considerations of human dignity." The ruling did not amount to 'prohibited discrimination' the committee decided.

Yes, Peugeot has humor - in the form of their H2O special with a ladder on the roof.

For his work Manuel wore a crash helmet and padded clothing which had handles on the back as an aid for throwing. The professional human projectile filed his case in 1999 with the UN committee, made up of 18 independent experts, none of whom are known to be dwarfs.

After the committee's decision was made known, Manuel was not available for comments that could be repeated here.

'Nuit Blanche' - Sleepless In Paris

In case there are people who think everybody in Paris should spend their Saturday nights watching TV, the city has printed an excellent 60 page guide to next Saturday night's 'Nuit Blanche' for the devotedly sleepless.

This is a good idea because there has never been one before, and if it is to be a success, everybodyphoto: munster bio cheese should know what to do - just like they know what there is to see on TV by consulting TV-guides.

You know Munster, and you know 'Bio.' What do they make together?

And, apropos of TV, next Saturday's program does not seem to include anything about the 'Nuit Blanche.' Thierry Ardisson, who used to run an insane non-stop interview from the Palace when it was Paris' equivalent of Studio 54, will be on TV like he is every Saturday night, with his 'Tout le Monde En Parle.'

The number one private channel will be running an episode of 'New York Section Criminelle' while France-3 will have the météo, pay-TV's Canal+ will have 'Jour de Foot' and Arte will show a movie named 'Le P'tit Bleu.' The M6 station will broadcast two segments of 'Buffy Contre les Vampires.'

The only cable channel that seems to care is Paris Première, which intends to broadcast 'Nuit Blanche' coverage from 00:30 to 06:00.

The 'Nuit Blanche' is supposed to be an artistic trip through Paris by night, beginning about 19:30 on Saturday and continuing until 8:00 Sunday morning.

Everything that is open is supposed to be free and this includes 'Lounge Music' in the Hôtel de Ville, the Pontoise piscine, the Natural History museum, some Czech food with Raoul Marek at the Musée Zadkine, and the Tour Eiffel - which will be open to the top until 02:00. Level four will be open all night too.

The Galeries Lafayette will have two different shows, there will be dancing on the Quai de Valmy, the Communist Party will open up its premises at 120 Rue La Fayette and the Rue Oberkampf will have several attractions in addition to its normal ones.

In the 13th, the compressed air factory at 3. Rue Jean-Antoine, built in 1891, will be pumping out perfume while the nearby Batofar will be pumping up the volume.

Hamburg's famous Chaos Computer Club will be projecting on the four towers of the Mitterrand branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale.

Listen, the list just goes on and on. Lights will be lit on 216 monuments in the city, the mayor Bertrand Delanoë says you better be prepared to walk a bit even though there will be free shuttle buses, plus the regular Noctambuses that run all night all the time.

Another Web site with information is the city's Nuit Blanche. Warnings include being aware that for many sites the high traffic time will be from 20:00 to 01:00, and certain sites just cannot hold many night people.

For anybody who misses some or all of it, a 'Journal De Nuit' will be produced during the Nuit Blanche. And for the duration of the whole night, everybody in Paris is supposed to say, 'Bonne Nuit!' Bonne nuit, Paris!

Internet Life

This 'life' isn't what it used to be, but I can't leave a blank space here when I do have URLs that might be interesting or useful.

Le VIeux Couvent

This is a 'B & B' run by old friends of mine, Corinne and Bill, out in the country down near Cahors. When I stayedphoto: space liner, mitsubishi there quite a number of years ago it wasn't entirely fixed up so the 16th century part didn't quite match the 18th century part, and the 19th century was another part altogether.

This 'Space Liner' gets the 'Hudson of the Year' award for 2002.

Besides the 20th century 'B & B' aspect, there are also a fair variety of creative possibilities, with a combination of professional art tuition, guided excursions, and country-style gourmet fare. The couple from Canada are now in their 6th season and I expect that the 'parts' mesh now, even if I can't remember to look at the detailed .PDF files.

Try looking instead at the Le VIeux Couvent online because it might be better. When Bill and I weren't doing nightshifts in bakeries, we used to do photos in his mom's basement washroom.

Anyone for Pétanque?

I'm not sure if Marco Foyot is in my neighborhood somewhere because I never remember to note the pétanque-match dates that are regularly posted at the café La Comédia, but he has informed me that his next pétanque training course is planned to take place from Monday, 7. October until Thursday, 10. October.

If this isn't somewhere around here, drop into the café La Comédia in the Rue Boulard for the music and the tapas. Or maybe it's where the pétanque 'afters' happen.

The Wedding Band

René Miller and his crew stillphoto: baby caprice des dieux, cheese shop play jazz on autumn-like Sunday mornings in the Rue Daguerre and some Sunday afternoons on the Pont Saint-Louis, between Notre-Dame and the Oasis.

A second cousin of Jonathan-the-drummer's sister-in-law was looking for a flat for me, so I feel it is my duty to inform you that the Wedding Band will be on stage at the Sentier des Halles at 20:00 on Friday, 4. October.

At the '1000 Fromages' cheese shop - miniature 'Caprices.'

This is located at 60. Rue d'Aboukir, Paris 2. Métro: Sentier. If you want to sit to listen, maybe you should call 01 42 61 89 96 first.

Online Weather Warnings

Now that we have had a bit of winter and slipped into an indefinite period of fall, winter snows are not far off and could happen at any time. France-Météo's online alert service is very short-term, and its warnings should be taken seriously - even though Paris itself is seldom a thrilling weather area.

If you are curious or need to know more about France's early fall weather, give the Météo-France Web site a hit, for its short-range forecasts. Check out the warning-prone 'Vigilance-Météo' area on the opening page.

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