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  Travailler

Today it was difficult to get into the mood for efficient work. Lots of things happening, 1+ year of Covid, and a bright warm sunny day in Stockholm.

My mood took me into listening to some “summer tunes”, which for me are ska/reggae/punk songs. I particularly listened to these two gems about working (travailler in French) less.

The French “travail” (“work”) is commonly thought to come for the Latin Tripalium, a torture instrument, Motivational ;-)

work music

  Bookmark clean-up II

I have recently gone through my bookmarks and cleaned them up. In the process I found some hidden gems, here is a second short collection of links, with a music theme (and even some Eurovision).

links music

  A year of records

Some good records.

Around a year ago, I defended my PhD thesis 🥳! To celebrate, my kind colleagues offered me a record player. Since then, I bought quite some records, second-hand when possible, discogs has been a great source in these pandemics time.

When I was younger, I had cassettes, then CDs. When I got access to internet, I started using P2P, torrents, and streaming services such as Grooveshark, Spotify, or Deezer. Having now this record player is a welcomed return to playing music on a physical medium.

Sure you can’t listen to your favourite playlist, but I always liked to listen to entire records, and it is just great to have a small device that only plays the music. Listening to music is now a nice ritual, not just a click.

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  A voté

Yesterday I biked to the French embassy in Stockholm to vote for conseillers consulaires, consular advisers. Their mandate is to vote in the elections for the French senate, advise French policy-makers on matters affecting French citizens abroad, and provide help to the French citizens abroad.

These elections are rather low-key, but I realized that it is one of the election where my vote has the largest influence: probably around 2000 people voted in total.

Also, I totally love the all the symbols and the solemnity in French elections, particularly when comparing with Swedish elections, which feel so casual. Everything in the voting booth is ordered in a precise way, wheter you vote in the embassy in Stockholm or back in my village. And the devil in the details:

But the very best, is the lound and solemn “A voté !” (“has voted”), that the voting station officer says as soon as the ballot is in the box. Goosebumps every time.

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  Catalan humour - Manuel Valls

Manuel Valls, a man you cannot trust, is coming back to France after a short stint in Barcelona politics, eyeing the next French presidential elections. Catalans seem happy to get rid of him. The video is a cover of this infamous song.

funny video politics catalunya

  Forest flowers

Freshly picked forest flowers.

Spring is now definitely here 🥳!

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