There's always time to vote.

What are you doing on June 7th? Whatever you have planned, there's always time to vote - at least according to these (the last one is my favourite).

There's always time to vote - Tour de France

There's always time to vote - The bank robbers

There's always time to vote - The slasher film

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    System of a Down - B.Y.O.B.

Qui a dit que les élections européennes c'était chiant ?

Avec ce clip fort sympathique, la liste Europe-Ecologie aère un peu ce à quoi vous vous attendiez en période de campagne électorale. Un lip-dub avec Daniel Cohn-Bendit et Alain Lipietz, elle est pas belle l'écologie ?

Et si vous êtes un geek et que vous avez prévu de rester chez vous le 7 juin, n'oubliez pas que c'est aux Verts Européens que vous devez l'amendement 138 au paquet télécom qui a torpillé la loi HADOPI.

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    optimistic optimistic

Happy veggie day!

In an unexpected environmental effort, the city of Ghent (Gand) is now having a weekly veggiedag,  where civil servants and councillors will opt for vegetarian meals every Thursdays. Schoolchildren should follow in September. All militancy aside, this move aims at reducing the city's carbon footprint - cattle is responsible for 25% of the world's greenhouse gases emissions.

I can only approve. You too can help, by making the same at home with just a smaaaall aubergine.

  • Current Music
    Murray Gold - Doctor Who soundtrack (series 4)


Reading the agenda of the European Parliament sessions, I can't help but notice that among the miscellaneous topics at the end, there's often something about repelling parliamentary immunities, and the names always sound Italian. Clichés, clichés...
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    amused amused

Echec critique

Today, I tried to bake brownies, using a recipe I've tried dozens of times before.

For no apparent reason, the cake wouldn't bake, so I left it in the over a bit longer. It burned, and it's still not baked.

Right now I hate cooking, I hate food, I hate kitchens and the whole universe in general.
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    pissed off pissed off

Unexpected encounter

Today, I was trapped inside the building of the European Commission's Directorate-General of Enterprise and Industry by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Fortunately, we found an exit around the back. 

My job is getting more and more interesting.
  • Current Music
    Murray Gold - The Face of Boe (Doctor Who Series 2)

Baptism of fire

Today, I took the floor at a "high-level stakeholders' conference" at the European Commission, speaking to a former Commissioner and the head of cabinet of the Vice-President of the Commission, in front of more than 400 lobbyists, researchers and representatives of the member states.

It went well, but I hope next time it doesn't take that long for my hands to stop shaking.
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    Guns'n'Roses - Welcome to the jungle

Geographical evolution

Flat-hunting mission in Brussels successful. A suitable target has been identified, engaged and negociated within the allowed time frame. A deal has been struck for a two-room apartment in the area of Schaerbeek after minimal but successful bargaining. Moving in at the beginning of January. Pictures available eventually.

I'm coming back to Paris on Sunday, and now I feel like I'm on vacation at last.

  • Current Music
    Men at Work - Land Down Under