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April 21, 2018

The protests continue

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: , , — Mary @ 16:42

 

The market in Cluny was very busy this morning and the fine weather seems to have brought out the protesters as well as the shoppers.

Our favourite stall in the market for plants

It was quite noisy as La Fanfarrosoir were parading round the market as part of a protest about Centre Parks. Two have been proposed in the forests of Rousset and Pologny, one not too far from Cluny and the other in the Jura. Environmentalists made a big fuss in a big public debate in 2015 and then it all went quiet.

Leaflets and dancing in front of the Hotel de Bougogne

La Fanfarrosoir

And off they go to another venue

At the other end of town we met our friends from Benin who sang for us last weekend. This time they had their instruments with them and made a great deal more noise.

Olaitan from Benin

Rather overlooked in this cacophony were the Silent Protesters who are in Cluny most Saturdays in the summer. I don’t know what they are protesting about as they never say.

The Silent Protest

Of course the protests in France that affect most people are the train strikes. The trains were running today but the strikes are affecting two days in every five and continuing on Monday and Tuesday.  Also various unions are protesting, Air France pilots, rubbish collectors, energy sector workers, students…

Good new though, it’s another big weekend for the Equivallée. It is the 40th anniversary of the Grand National. The best international show jumpers will be in Cluny, the grand final being tomorrow afternoon.

Show jumping this weekend in Cluny

Lovely weather, beautiful horses…nothing to protest about there.

 

April 15, 2018

Music in Blanot

Filed under: Events,People — Tags: , — Mary @ 22:46

We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at a private concert in Blanot. Two old friends from their days at the Conservatoire at Dijon have recently formed a duo, David Aubret on accordion and Bertrand Di Leone on saxophone. Readers of the blog will know that David used to be the choirmaster for Cant’Azé. They call themselves Parole d’anches. David showed us where the anches were on the accordion, and how the sound is produced, and Bertrand explained about the reed on his sax. There was plenty of discussion about the music they played, some from classic films.

 

Parole d’Anches (www.facebook.com/paroledanches)

As is usual here everybody took along a dish to share and we had apéros. We enjoyed the company of a group of Africans from Benin who we were renting the house next door. In the pause between the savouries and the sweets they treated us to an impromptu concert.

Olaitan (www.znproduction.fr/fr/artistes/olaitan)

Apparently they arrived earlier in the year during the freezing cold weather in just their cotton shirts so they were enjoying the heat of the sun this afternoon. They are performing in various local venues and we will look forward to seeing them again in May.

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