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Labor Pains. Making the Most of a French Strike

It was bound to happen. Living in and around France for the past several months yielded plenty of opportunities to have life disrupted by one of the frequent French strikes. The labor unions of France regularly stage work slowdowns or stoppages to protest what they consider to be unfair regulations, mostly those which the government is imparting, or is considering imparting, to cut down the huge social program deficits in the country. National strikes have…

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Wash Day in Italy

We did laundry today. When you are living as nomadically as we are, laundry becomes an issue requiring creative thinking. Creative thinking, we are told is good for the brain. When we were in Nice, for the first five weeks, we enjoyed a quirky French washing machine that averaged about 90 minutes per load. And, the quirky French clothes dryer that sort of “steamed” the clothes dry. After every load, you had to empty a…

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Toughest Ticket in Town This Week?

To those in the know, it’s no mystery what the hardest event to get into may be this week. Thursday, the Tattered Cover Bookstore, 16th and Wynkoop, will host the master of the literary crime novel, Donna Leon, for a talk and book signing at 7:30. Leon, on a rare North American book tour, will be reading from and signing her 20th book in the famous series of Venice-based crime mysteries featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. This latest book is titled…

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