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Peyragudes

The Tour arrives on the Pyrenees today and one year ago I was there to watch it together with Giallu en route from Marseilles.

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We did not know what to expect there. We found a colourful and enormous circus that cuts across national origin and social class. This was stage 12 of the Tour with the peloton arriving in Peyragudes at 1,590 m (5,217 ft) and below you will find my photos of the day.

I vinti

In vista del primo turno delle elezioni francesi avevo pubblicato un articolo per Unimondo. Chi di voi si diverte a leggere gli articoli ex post per giudicare l’accuratezza dell’analisi di chi scrive può trovarlo qui.

Human beings at their maximum levels

I am flying to Iceland on June 19th to guide a hike there. I will be back in France in September and seriously thinking of staying in France for at least four months, just chilling, taking a small job, to rest. I was in Iceland last summer and in Finland this winter. I have been four months in Finland doing some snow shoe guiding and learning how to guide in sled dog. It was cool but really exhausting… It broke me a little, psychology and physically speaking. It was psychologically breaking because it was tough. It would be hard to explain everything in a short message but to make it short, I didn’t really do what I came to do. The company wasn’t fair with me and my last internship could have been way better.

The other really difficult part that broke me was the loneliness of the place. Even if it was beautiful (wide spaces are magical, can’t deny it), we were in the middle of fuckin’ nowhere. Like the first town was one hour driving and the only persons i saw during four months were my colleagues and the clients. Anyhow, I don’t regret because I experienced great things: sled dogs, extreme temperature, below zero, etc. Again, I believe that if I had found a girl there, my season would have been way better like the ones guys that did so. Unfortunately for me I haven’t been lucky with that. It is really interesting to live in a isolated place. Human relationships are strong, and like it could be really positive, it can be also quickly intense and negative. Human beings at their maximum levels.

Haha but maybe it’s hard for you to understand all of this, and I must explain it to you when I come see you in Florence.

Guillaume

Why does France insist school pupils master philosophy?

I have been staring in admiration over the shoulder of my 17-year-old daughter, as she embarks on a last mental rehearsal before a much-dreaded philosophy exam. My primary thought is: Thank the Lord I was spared the torment.

I mean, can you imagine having to sit down one morning in June and spend four hours developing an exhaustive, coherent argument around the subject: Is truth preferable to peace?

Or: Does power exist without violence?

Or possibly: Can one be right in spite of the facts?

Read the article on BBC News Europe.

Things that usually happen in a banana republic and in Italy

In Italy the issue seems non-existent, but the UMP’s controversial election in France is a big headline here. For the chronicles, amid allegedly falsified results, disappearing ballots, polling stations with higher tallies than registered voters, and both candidates declaring victory, Jean-Francois Copé has been elected UMP leader, winning over former prime minister Francois Fillon.

Fare cose di sinistra

Soffermiamoci su questo apparente mistero. Lo spread tra i titoli di Stato francesi e quelli tedeschi si è ridotto, da quando c’è un socialista all’Eliseo. Il quale fa cose di sinistra: assume insegnanti, alza le tasse sui ricchi (patrimoniale aggiuntiva). Eppure questo non mette in fuga i capitali, anzi a giudicare dallo spread la Francia di Hollande è considerata oggi più solida e solvibile. Dunque: i mercati non impongono per forza il “pensiero unico” dell’austerity anti-sociale. Del resto, più in piccolo, anche il Belgio è tornato nell’alveo dell’Europa “germanica” secondo il giudizio dei mercati, pur avendo un premier socialista (Elio Di Rupo) e malgrado la fragilità della coesione fiamminghi-valloni. La lezione è che i mercati premiano la stabilità delle prospettive politiche a medio-lungo termine (la Francia ha una maggioranza socialista blindata per 5 anni), e i “saldi” della finanza: se il risanamento si fa a spese dei ricchi come a Parigi, va benissimo.

Rampini, Repubblica