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Vaising

It was a very grey day today in Lyon and I spent the morning at the museum with Jamie instead of hitting the pavement. However, come the afternoon and with no change in the weather, I left Jamie and a couple of his buddies in front of the game console and headed out...

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Imagine There’s No Lenin…

As we're at the 100 year point since the experiment in human misery most commonly known as the USSR was launched by Lenin with the Russian Revolution, there have been no shortage of pieces reflecting on this event and its impacts. It's hard to deny the significance of...

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Al Gore or Al Bore?

As the Web Summit drew to a close in Lisbon I took a couple of minutes to triage the email that was piling up in my inbox, update a few of the company's social networks, and check in with people back in Lyon. I sat down outside where - thanks to some superb...

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Academia Militar

Another short morning run today before what will be a very long day of work at the Web Summit here in Lisbon for Cosmo Tech. After yesterday morning's shot at getting lost in an unfamiliar city I decided to make things easier for myself today by mounting something...

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Alameda

I flew into Lisbon yesterday with a couple of others on the Cosmo Tech team for the Web Summit. Or, I should say, I flew in eventually as the flight was very delayed leaving Lyon which meant my 3:00am wake up probably could have been 5:00am without too many issues....

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TAP

When I travel I usually fly Air France (for the miles), HOP (Air France in a low cost version), or EasyJet (because sometimes they are just so much cheaper). Yesterday was my first time on a TAP flight and, sadly, the rumours about Portugal's leading airline seemed to...

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Pokemon!

I hit the brocante with Jamie today. Now back in Australia I’d call that a ‘swapmeet’ and, according to my Dad, in the UK it’s called a ‘car boot sale’. Essentially it is a bunch pf people offloading their old stuff to others and generating a little bit of loose...

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Lyon Urban Trail By Night

The Lyon Ultra Run team present a couple of different races in the city each year and they are a great bunch of people. As well as the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra and the Lugdunum runs I did this year, they also present the springtime Lyon Urban Trail and it's autumn...

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Reading Citizen Kane

Cécile's been watching Downtown Abbey and so I've been spending the evenings triaging my inbox and reading some interesting essays that I haven't found time to get to before. I'm also diving a little deeper into some of the things I have read before, and a couple of...

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Ivan Kristev Saw It Coming

Via a column in The American Interest by Damir Marusic I found myself reading a journal article by Bulgarian academic Ivan Kristev first published in the Journal of Democracy. The whole thing is fascinating and it's not a difficult read - if you have 15 minutes, it is...

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Review: Atypical

There's only one season and there are only eight episodes but Atypical is something really special. The Netflix series dropped recently and it has been coming up as something recommended for me for the last couple of weeks but I've not been interested. Finally,...

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Halloween 2017

Halloween was never really a 'thing' in Australia when I was growing up, and it is only a little bit more popular here in France. I don't think that that is because of a cultural difference between the Frogs and the Kangaroos, mind you, but more the creeping influence...

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And The Winner Is…

A new candidate has thrown their hat in the ring for the 2018 Russian presidential election: On Monday, mother-of-two Ekaterina Gordon, 37, who has worked as a TV and radio talk show host, said she was putting herself forward as an independent presidential...

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I Asked a Historian

So I like to think I know a bit about the Cold War but as I re-watched The Third Man (hence the image above...) the other night a question occurred to me. Why did Germany devolve into East and West - and Berlin into East and West Berlin - while the similarly occupied...

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The IT Crowd

One of the great things about Netflix is that you can discover a movie or TV series that you somehow missed out on when it first aired, and then binge the whole thing to catch up with the rest of the world in a weekend or so. The last week or so I have been streaming...

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What I’ve Been Reading

I've managed to get through a couple of new books - well, new to me, anyway, in the majority of cases - in the last month or so and I've been enjoying learning a little bit more about the world doing so. There's definitely a coupe of themes that the books have in...

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Notre Dame and a Niggle

It was a long day of work but not a long run tonight. After a big day that started at 5am and was pretty much non-stop until nearly 6pm, I wanted to get out and de-stress by taking a quick run. Nothing too long but also nothing as adventurous as yesterday's effort...

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