#Movies — ” Woody Allen : «Plus on est dépressif, plus on séduit» “

21 Oct

Woody Allen : «Plus on est dépressif, plus on séduit»


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Woody Allen et Joaquin Phoenix sur le tournage de «L'homme irrationnel»

INTERVIEW – À bientôt 80 ans, le réalisateur, dont le dernier film L’Homme irrationnel sort mercredi en salles, n’a rien perdu de son humour caustique.

Même s’il assure n’avoir dormi que trois heures, Woody Allen répond avec pertinence et humour aux questions posées à l’occasion de la présentation au Festival de Cannes de L’Homme irrationnel, avec Joaquin Phoenix et Emma Stone, qui sort mercredi en salles.

LE FIGARO. – Dans vos films, n’est-il pas étrange que vos héros déprimés attirent les plus belles jeunes filles?

Woody ALLEN. – Cela n’a rien d’étrange. C’est vrai. Mais laissez-moi vous dire que je n’ai rien inventé. Depuis Guerre et Paix de Tolstoï jusqu’à Stendhal dans Le Rouge et le Noir, c’est la grande affaire de la littérature. Il n’y a rien à faire, le thème central de toutes ces œuvres, c’est un homme au fond du gouffre qui fascine les femmes qu’il côtoie. C’est la première pierre angulaire que l’on retrouve dans tous les drames et dans toutes les comédies. L’autre pierre angulaire, c’est le complot, le meurtre. Voilà les premiers outils du dramaturge. La relation entre un homme et une femme se trouve naturellement au …

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#WHI –“Living in: The world’s happiest places “….

16 Oct

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  • The Old Town, Aarhus Denmark

    The Old Town, Aarhus

If, as Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina, happy families are all alike, what about happy countries?

The World Happiness Report, released in September 2013 by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, measured the wellbeing of residents in more than 150 countries, based on six key factors: GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity. The report found that happier people earn more in their lifetime, are more productive and are better citizens.

Interested in finding some happiness yourself? The following cities are in the world’s top five happiest countries, all of which are in northern Europe, including three in Scandinavia. Out of a possible high score of 10, the countries below received scores between 7.480 (Sweden) and 7.693 (Denmark). Canada missed the fifth spot by just a few thousandths of a point, coming in at 7.477.

Aarhus, Denmark
Denmark’s second city is on the east coast of Jutland, the country’s mainland area, 150km west of Copenhagen. Blessed with a large natural harbour, Aarhus has the largest container terminal in the country and an industrial waterfront, but also a recreational marina near the city centre where people can water ski and sail. Thousands of students arrive every year to attend a number of universities and colleges, keeping the oldest large city in Scandinavia one of the youngest demographically, while Aarhus’ museums, music festivals and outdoor theatres make the city culturally vibrant. Many of the young and young at heart spend time in the Vadestedet, a pedestrian area in the city centre along the Aarhus River filled with shops, outdoor cafes and restaurants. The Latin Quarter is the city’s oldest district, with narrow streets and medieval houses, while the Isberget (The Iceberg), the city’s newest residential development, was built on the northern end of the harbour and designed so all the apartments have stunning sea views.

Finding an apartment is competitive, especially when students start their terms in August and December, and many landlords ask for a deposit of several months’ rent. Areas around the city centre are perennially popular for their proximity to stores, restaurants and nightlife. North of the centre, trendy Trøjborg attracts artists, students and other creative types. A property in the city centre costs 25,000 Danish krone per square metre, while a three-bedroom flat in the centre rents for between 8,000 and 10,000 DKK per month. Outside the centre, a property costs 22,000 DKK per square metre, and three-bedroom flat starts at around 6,500 DKK.

Oslo, Norway
The quietest of the Scandinavian capitals, Oslo is also arguably the closest to nature, sitting at the northern end of Oslofjord and backed by forests and mountains. But the city is also big on culture, from its numerous music festivals to the refurbished Ekeberg Park, a public sculpture park that opened in September 2013 containing works by Louise Bourgeois as well as Rodin and Renoir. Downtown is buzzing with new restaurants, bars, clubs and shops, while the stunning Oslo Opera House is the type of world-class architecture people travel to see. With the Norwegian economy being pumped along by its oil industry and the strong Norwegian krone, Oslo is consistently ranked among the most expensive cities in the world.

A popular district just west of the city centre is Frogner, which stretches from the harbourfront to the Royal Palace and Frogner Park, home to the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Museum, which attracts more than a million visitors every year to see its more than 200 outdoor sculptures. The housing stock includes small apartment buildings and townhouses, and the area has many restaurants, boutiques, galleries and green spaces. Two locales on Frogner’s seafront are particularly desirable, according to Lief Laugen, president and CEO of Krogsveen real estate. “Aker Brygge is an old wharf completely rebuilt with hundreds of apartments and restaurants, bars, cinemas and office buildings,” Laugen said. And Tjuvholmen is a new high-end development and cultural quarter that is home to number of apartment buildings from top Scandinavian architects, the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art designed by Renzo Piano, a swimming beach, shops and offices.

#Happiness –” Résultat : la Norvège arrive en tête toutes catégories confondues …”

16 Oct

Résultat : la Norvège arrive en tête toutes catégories confondues, suivis de la Suisse, du Danemark, de la Suède et des Pays-Bas.


Jeunes/Etres Humains : le classement des pays où il fait bon vivre

Dans quel pays fait-il bon vivre quand on est un être humain/

jeune ? C’est la question à laquelle le think tank français Youthonomics a voulu répondre en réalisant son propre classement publié aujourd’hui. Et à ce sujet, la France est loin d’être la plus attractive.

Pour réaliser ce classement, Youthonomics a comparé la situation actuelle des jeunes et leurs perspectives dans 64 pays en utilisant 59 critères différents tels que l’éducation, l’emploi ou encore le bien-être.

Les pays nordiques en tête du classement

Résultat : la Norvège arrive en tête toutes catégories confondues, suivis de la Suisse, du Danemark, de la Suède et des Pays-Bas. L’Australie est 6e, et les Etats-Unis 13ème. La France, elle, n’est que 19ème.

Plus spécifiquement,  la Norvège est aussi première concernant le bien-être, tandis que côté emploi, c’est la Suisse qui se hisse en haut du palmarès, devant l’Allemagne. Là encore, la France est loin derrière (42e).

L’Afrique : continent optimiste

Contrairement à ce que l’on pourrait penser, ce n’est pas dans les pays riches que les jeunes sont les plus confiants en l’avenir, mais en Afrique. Les plus optimistes sont les Ougandais, les Ivoiriens  et les Kényans.

A titre de comparaison, la France arrive 51 sur 64 dans ce domaine. Comme le précise Felix Marquardt de Youthonomics, au Figaro : “Les pays d’Afrique comme sont des pays où il y a une croissance importante et où les choses vont dans la bonne direction et parfois, on se rend compte qu’il vaut mieux être dans un pays où les choses sont difficiles mais où on a le sentiment qu’on peut aller dans la bonne direction plutôt que dans des pays où la vie est plus facile mais complètement bloquée

#Thoreau– ” The slave-ship is on her way, crowded with its dying victims …” (Plea for Captain John Brown )

10 Oct

Plea for Captain John Brown [Thoreau]

“The slave-ship is on her way, crowded with its dying victims; new cargoes are being added in mid-ocean; a small crew of slaveholders, countenanced by a large body of passengers, is smothering four millions under the hatches, and yet the politician asserts that the only proper way by which deliverance is to be obtained is by “the quiet diffusion of the sentiments of humanity,” without any “outbreak.” As if the sentiments of humanity were ever found unaccompanied by its deeds, and you could disperse them, all finished to order, the pure article, as easily as water with a watering-pot, and so lay the dust. What is that that I hear cast overboard? The bodies of the dead that have found deliverance. That is the way we are “diffusing” humanity, and its sentiments with it.”

                         A PLEA FOR CAPTAIN JOHN BROWN
                             by Henry David Thoreau

Henry David THOREAU

” Le navire négrier est en route chargé de ses victimes mourantes ; en plein océan on lui ajoute de nouvelles cargaisons ; l’équipage, une poignée de propriétaires d’esclaves, soutenu par les nombreux passagers, asphyxie quatre millions d’êtres enfermés à fond de cale, et pourtant le politicien veut nous faire croire que le seul moyen convenable de délivrer les victimes et de «diffuser peu à peu des sentiments d’humanité». Comme si les sentiments d’humanité se rencontraient jamais séparés des actes d’humanité et que l’on puisse les répandre en quantités convenables (le produit authentique !), aussi facilement que l’on arrose le sol pour abattre la poussière. Qu’est-ce donc que j’entends jeter par-dessus bord ? Ce sont les cadavres de ceux qui ont trouvé la délivrance. C’est ainsi que nous diffusons l’humanité et les sentiments d’humanité avec.”

Traduction de Christine Demorel et Laurence Vernet
Éditions JJ Pauvert
Libertés nouvelles 2,  1977

#Blogs –Some changes in 2015-16 –RVW and our Blogs …– and THE Best Places to Start a Blog (Updated 2015 Edition)

8 Oct

Some changes in 2015-16 –RVW and our Blogs …(suivi sur ces Blogs )

Some changes in 2015 –RVW and our Blogs …(suivi sur ces Blogs cet automne)

Il y a une paire de blogs qui sont actifs dont celui-ci: sur Rimbaud:(my favorite w/ Une Tasse de Café)

Le Cirque Loisset –Rimbaud en Suède ...**


Reminder: All of Our Blogs are compilations, citations; hence, you will find very little I myself write (10% -Not. Not even 1%; we may reproduce some article, in its entirety; but, soon enough, you will find the link only …_______________

(will be updated)
Une Tasse de Café in Paris **


The Language Coop on paper li:


Le Journal du Pauvre


Le Syndrome d’Avatar


4.74 (Job ads, only Jobs –few of them: we are not an agency; this is a pro bono service)


Gerthur Kristny –(Trying to Understand Life, Poetry and Gerthur Kristny)


( certains Blogs ne sont plus trop actifs … /Some of Those Blogs are not too active lately … celui sur la ‘ Guerre en Ukraine ‘ & sur ‘ le Referendum grec ‘–OXI). Les Blogs vont et viennent –c’est la vie: I hope to be able to start a Wbsite , which would be comprehensive.

et al.

and of course go to :

Such a long Trip /” Un si long Voyage “




THE Best Places to Start a Blog (Updated 2015 Edition)


news: ” Ku Klux Klan-clad protester in Lahti anti-asylum seeker demonstration “

2 Oct
News 25.9.2015 10:29 | updated 25.9.2015 15:21

Ku Klux Klan-clad protester in Lahti anti-asylum seeker demonstration

A group of asylum seekers brought to stay at a former barracks in the Hennala district in Lahti Thursday evening were confronted by protesters carrying Finnish flags hurling fireworks and stones. One of them was dressed in the distinctive robes of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan movement. Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Päivi Nerg described the events as an isolated incident.

Noin kymmenen ihmistä osoitti mieltään turvapaikanhakijoiden tuloa vastaan Hennalan ex-varuskunnan portilla Lahdessa.
Police confirmed the presence of 30 – 40 protesters opposing the arrival of asylum seekers in Lahti. One of them wore the robes of the white supremacist movement the Ku Klux Klan. Image: Heikki Ahonen / Yle

Yle reports that a group of asylum seekers who were being transported to hastily-arranged accommodation at a former army barracks in Lahti’s Hennala district were met by a group of 30 – 40 individuals protesting the presence of the new arrivals.

The demonstrators chucked fireworks at the bus in which the asylum seekers were travelling, many of which exploded with a loud bang.

The bus contained some 49 people, the majority of whom were fleeing violence in Iraq. The group also included small children, as well as infants in arms, according to Yle’s reporter on the scene, Kirsti Pohjaväre.

Senior Constable Esa Mäkelä of the Lahti police department confirmed the number of demonstrators and said that two of them were fined for throwing fireworks.

As the bus approached the area where the barracks were located, Finnish Red Cross workers were on hand to guide the refugees to the reception centre.

Stones hurled at Finnish Red Cross workers

Yle reporters say the unrest in Hennala began roughly half an hour before the buses began to arrive, with protesters pelting rocks at the Red Cross workers as they took coffee to guards manning the gates of the complex.

However no one was injured during the stoning incident. On Friday morning three additional buses arrived on the scene. A total of 250 people are expected to arrive at the Hennala centre.

Earlier in the evening another Yle journalist, Heikki Ahonen, reported on the group, whom he said comprised mainly young men. Ahonen noted the presence of the Ku Klux Klan-clad  individual and described the scene at the time as mostly calm. He also noted that officials had not intervened in the situation at that time.

In a separate incident in Kouvola Thursday night, police held a 50-year old man who threw a Molotov cocktail at an emergency shelter. No harm was done, as guards were able to put out the fire.

Interior Ministry PS: Lahti case an “isolated incident”

Meanwhile Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Päivi Nerg said she’s satisfied with police actions in Hennala. She added that security officials had been prepared for the possible consequences of establishing a reception centre in the area.

“The role of the police in such situations is to handle them as quickly and as proactively as possible to ensure that nothing happens to anyone,” Nerg told Yle Friday morning.

Nerg described the events in Lahti as an isolated incident, but admitted that Interior Ministry officials were concerned about resistance to housing asylum seekers.

“All of the reception centres are being placed in communities where there haven’t been many people with foreign backgrounds. These are small-scale incidents but we have prepared well for them to guarantee the safety of asylum seekers as well as other people living in the area,” Nerg commented.

A few weeks ago the Interior Ministry established a crisis management team under Nerg’s leadership. The permanent secretary said that the Ministry has so far remained on top of the refugee situation. But she acknowledged that in retrospect, all of the Ministry’s actions have so far lagged behind current developments.

She pointed out however that the establishment of a central asylum seeker registration hub in Tornio, northern Finland, had helped bring the situation under control.

Edit: This article was updated at 2.16 pm to indicate that two people had been fined for using fireworks, not one as had been previously reported. It was also updated to include information about police detention of a man in Kouvola for lobbing a Molotov cocktail at an emergency shelter for asylum seekers.

#Finland –” Finnish government condemns racist attack on asylum seekers in Lahti “

30 Sep
The City of Lahti Guide for Immigrants provides information that will help you to settle in
your new home town of Lahti. This version of the Guide was updated in October 2010. The
first version of this Guide was created in 2002 in co-operation with the City of Lahti
Immigration Coordinator and the TRACK for Immigrants project. The Guide was then
updated in 2006 with the help of immigration authorities and other relevant parties. The
information in this version was valid on 1 October, 2010.


” This comes after, in Finland, dozens of nationalists, including one man dressed like a member of the Ku Klux Klan, threw fireworks and rocks at a bus filled with Iraqi refugees and Finnish Red Cross volunteers on Thursday. Nationalists also scrawled the words “Go Home” on the pavement outside the refugee reception in Lahti. Meanwhile, a Finnish man has been arrested for throwing a Molotov cocktail at an emergency refugee shelter in another part of Finland.”



Finnish government condemns racist attack on asylum seekers in Lahti

Demonstrators – including one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit – attack bus transporting asylum seekers in Finland


A protester wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit holds a banner reading 'Go Finland' during an anti-migrant demonstration in Lahti

A protester wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit holds a banner reading ‘Go Finland’ during an anti-migrant demonstration in Lahti Photo: Str / Lehtikuva/AFP

Finland’s government condemned a racist protest in which demonstrators – including one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit – attacked a bus transporting asylum seekers in the early hours of Friday.

Public broadcaster Yle showed images of around 40 protesters – some with burning torches – throwing fireworks at a bus transporting asylum seekers, mostly families with children, to a new reception centre in the southern city of Lahti.

Asylum seekers arriving by bus pass attacked by demonstrators in Lahti

One of the protesters could be seen dressed in a white hood, a symbol of the racist American Ku Klux Klan, with a Finnish flag in his hand.

They also threw stones at Red Cross volunteers, although no one was hurt at the incident.


Prime minister Juha Sipila condemned the attack on Twitter, saying “threats and violence against asylum seekers and migrants are absolutely unacceptable.”

“Finland’s government condemns last night’s racist protests against the asylum seekers who have come to the country. Violence and threatening behaviour is always indefensible,” a government statement said.

Refugees arrive at a refugee reception centre in Tornio, FinlandRefugees arrive at a refugee reception centre in Tornio, Finland  Photo: AFP

The police held two protesters after the incident and said they were likely to face fines.

“The protesters were young people from Lahti… At this point we have no indication that they would be somehow organised,” chief inspector Martti Hirvonen told the Finnish news agency STT.

Migrants queue in front of a refugee reception centre in Tornio, FinlandMigrants queue in front of a refugee reception centre in Tornio, Finland  Photo: AFP

A further three buses with asylum seekers are expected to arrive from the northern Finland border town of Tornio on Friday.

Another incident took place late on Thursday in Kouvola, in south-eastern Finland, when a 50-year-old man was arrested after throwing a petrol bomb at an emergency housing facility for asylum seekers. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt.

Mr Sipila this month offered to take in refugees at his home, a move that attracted international attention but also criticism in Finland.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila

“Sipila’s noble-minded gesture was like a Christmas gift for human traffickers and refugees. The news about open doors in Finland have sent many young men on a journey towards the promised land,” Mika Niikko, a deputy from anti-immigrant party The Finns, formerly known as True Finns, said last week in a statement.

Jaana Vuorio, head of Finland’s immigration agency, said that from the beginning of 2015 alone 11,263 people have sought asylum in the country, compared to just 3,600 in the whole of 2014. She added that on Thursday, 521 people – the highest number yet – had entered via Sweden.

On Saturday some 500 people formed a symbolic human wall in Tornio – which shares an open border with its twin city Haparanda in Sweden – to protest against the arrival of migrants from Sweden. No incidents were reported.

The Finnish government has launched random border checks and identity checks around the country amid the influx of refugees.

Finland was the only European Union state to abstain from this week’s vote about relocating asylum seekers across the member countries. It accepted its two percent share of 120,000 asylum seekers in question but said it was opposed to a mandatory quota system.

The government is looking to lower asylum seekers’ cash benefit, now 316 euros (£230) a month for a single adult without meals, and aims to cut social integration benefits.

It is also planning to increase capital gains tax and income tax on high earners to help pay for higher immigration costs.