Tag Archives: Paris

The Ecstasy of Wifi

If an alien life form were to land unannounced backstage at a concert in 2012, they would make some basic assumptions about human behaviour which I once would have thought unfounded. Now I’m not so sure. One of the many … Continue reading

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Ladies and Gentlemen…please welcome the Chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra

I couldn’t help noticing the sign on our bus as we left Germany for Paris at the weekend. Just in case you are reading this on a smartphone and it is too small, the sign says ‘Comedy Tour’! As I … Continue reading

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Waiting for Christine…

I am at the moment sitting in a café opposite the Gare du Nord in Paris with an obligatory croissant and coffee, for which I am being charged a small fortune. I guess, to channel the ghostly words of Hemingway … Continue reading

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The train rain refrain

As an encore at the recital the other night, we played a little melancholy Welsh folk song. Simple but effective in its main aim of bringing a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. A member of … Continue reading

Posted in Gareth Davies, Luxembourg/Paris November 2010 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mission Aix – a PM’s perspective

Project Manager Craig Thorne gives us a progress update… I certainly can’t take all the credit for Plan C – I must mention everyone in the Discovery team who pulled together to make it happen: Paul, Elie, Becca and Laura … Continue reading

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Cutting the mustard in Dijon

 I don’t know what the French for joie de vivre is, but I left mine somewhere on the Barbican stage on Thursday night after Daphnis and Chloe. Well, really it was after a week which began 2 weeks earlier which … Continue reading

Posted in Dijon/Paris September 2009, Gareth Davies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

And now, the end is near…

So what better way to finish off a world tour than two nights in Paris. The embers of the tour began with a train journey from Cologne which was beautiful – well the bits I saw when I wasn’t asleep … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Europe May 2009, Gareth Davies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments