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Entries from September 2019

‘Glory to Hong Kong’

September 20th, 2019 · No Comments · Beijing Olympics, Hong Kong

In a previous lifetime I spent four months as a temp editor for the Asian edition of the International Herald Tribune. Many of the entries from this blog, commencing in October 2008 and continuing through January 2009 were about our experiences there. First memory: The crowds. Second memory: How different it was from Beijing, where […]

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Learning French: Don’t Try It This Way

September 19th, 2019 · No Comments · France

“Je suis Americain!” That was all the French the Red Buttons character knew, in the sprawling D-Day classic movie “The Longest Day” — and he repeated it to himself like a mantra as he and his fellow paratroopers were flown to Normandy on June 6, 1944. “Je suis Americain.” (I am American.) So the French […]

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France 89, USA 79: Good for World Hoops and USA, Too

September 12th, 2019 · No Comments · Basketball, Olympics

We live in France. We can vouch for this. The 89-79 French victory over the United States in the Fiba World Cup quarterfinals yesterday was such a big deal over here that at least two national news shows — including that of government flagship TF1 — led their prime-time broadcasts with the news from Les […]

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It’s NFL Time: Ready for ‘RedZone’; Not Ready for Fading Rams or Fishy Patriots

September 8th, 2019 · No Comments · NFL, Rams

In a few hours, NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson will begin firing National Football League news at us, with accompanying action clips. To me, that marks the true start of the NFL season. Not some bad Thursday night game that left people wondering about the competence of Mitchell Trubiski. I consider Hanson’s work some of […]

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Note to Self: Dry Southern France Can Burn, Too

September 6th, 2019 · No Comments · France

It was about 1.30 p.m. when the fire equipment began arriving. As I try to reconstruct it, it began with a siren that we attributed to a health emergency in our little town among the hills. But it was not a lone rescue vehicle. Another came behind it, heralded by the sing-song European sirens. Then […]

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For Once, a Proud Arsenal Fan

September 2nd, 2019 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, soccer

Anyone with the patience to follow this blog knows that every now and then … OK, maybe once a month … I go on a rant about how feckless is Arsenal FC, the London club I chose, a decade ago, to offer my support (mostly in the form of psychic energy), in all their competitions. […]

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