Heavy metal graffiti invades Paris

From most romantic city to Paris bridge is falling down It all started out with good intentions. The “love locks” are padlocks that couples affix to bridges and public fixtures in a declaration of their love. In Paris, the Passerelle des Arts is a hot spot for lovebirds. However, the vast number of padlocks isContinue reading “Heavy metal graffiti invades Paris”

Abelard, the medieval punk monk

12th century France Peter Abelard (1079–1142) You know the story: Teacher and student fall in love, have a baby (a boy, Astrolabe!), then marry secretly. Furious, student’s uncle has teacher castrated. The lovers separate, carry on in various monasteries and abbeys, all the while managing to stay in touch. Classic medieval shenanigans. So why allContinue reading “Abelard, the medieval punk monk”

Ghost riders in Paris

By Michelle Campbell In 1992, I took a walk around Père Lachaise cemetery and Paris with Joe Russo, lead singer of the Doors tribute band, the Soft Parade. We took some shots at, and around Jim Morrison’s grave, and then went on to Saint Michel, an area that Jim liked to wander very much. HereContinue reading “Ghost riders in Paris”

When idol worship leads to desecration

An interesting article, despite several inaccuracies (see footnotes). English translation below. L'HISTOIRE DU JOUR | La délinquance par amour des vedettes ou quand l'adoration mène à la profanation. http://t.co/WzxzoXfQFe — franceinfo (@franceinfo) March 18, 2013 English translation When idol worship leads to desecration Claude François’* family is going to press charges for vandalism. Located atContinue reading “When idol worship leads to desecration”

Meanwhile, in London… Freddie Mercury

Is this Freddie Mercury's final resting place? Mystery of Queen legend's ashes could finally be solved – http://t.co/tMpqzL1dFN — Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) February 25, 2013 http://www.kensalgreencemetery.com/ Update Freddie Mercury mystery: Plaque dedicated to Queen singer at cemetery goes missing http://t.co/u1v4SPhed1 — Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) March 5, 2013