Claude Lévi-Strauss – Father Christmas Burned as a Heretic

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Reading Time: 7 minutes On December 24th 1951, a group of Catholic clergymen hanged and set on fire a Father Christmas effigy in front of at least 250 children in Dijon, France. Following the incident, the late French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss wrote an article entitled “Le Père Noël supplicié” (“The tortured Father Christmas”) in the literary journal “Les Temps […]

Sexism And Wine – When Colombelle Meets Adam

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Reading Time: 3 minutes It could have been much worse for Colombelle, our sweet little white wine tasting of exotic fruit and wild flowers. Instead of meeting up with Adam, a respectable red, she could have suffered the displeasure of having to pass the best part of the evening with an Arrogant Frog.    Discrimination starts in the vineyards, […]

Why Can’t I Be A Famous Moronic YouTuber?

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Reading Time: 8 minutes I used not to mind YouTubers. Now I do. I suppose that I’m just jealous of a YouTuber who has 6 times more followers than inhabitants in the Netherlands.   The bottom line is that I’m probably jealous of every single YouTuber. How I would love to have 98,457,085 subscribers to my blog. I’ve given up […]

Notre-Dame De Paris – This Old Lady Is Not For Burning

Reading Time: 4 minutes On the night of the fire, the emotion shown by president Macron during his short television statement in front of Notre-Dame spoke louder than the cathedral’s bells, as his tears were not so far away. A part of Paris was burning, and it’s a blaze that should affect us all. It underscores the fragility of history, […]