The Algerian petty criminal Chérif Bouchelaleg might have faded into anonymity but for the profound inspiration he gave to France’s interior minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy.
Moved by Bouchelaleg’s sad story, his French wife and six children, Mr Sarkozy abolished the law that stated immigrant offenders should be deported after serving their sentence.
But it all came back to haunt him on Tuesday, when Bouchelaleg went on a crime spree in Haute-Savoie, stealing three cars in a week and finally driving a stolen BMW at high speed towards the prime minister Dominique de Villepin’s armed police guard, who opened fire.
Here is a video taken by Nico on November 12th, 2005 at the SMP skatepark.
I just put it here because it’s a good overview for those who don’t know this place. Please don’t look at our -poor- performance It was only our second time at the SMP and you can trust me that we’ve improved our skills since 10 months!!!
This short movie is featuring Nico, Ronan, Eric, Anne, Ling Li, and as guest star -without rollerskate shoes-: Sylvain!
If you want to join us for our bi-weekly Shanghai Rollerskating ride by night, hereafter are the details for the next session:
Two week-ends ago (August 12th & 13th), Sylvain(g) and me have been invited to join a 2-days mountain bike trip at 莫干山 (Mògànshān).
Honestly, it was one of my best week-end spent at Shanghai!!! (更多。。。- More…)
A few months ago, my mother has sent me from France a flyer about a new manga inspired by Gustav Klimt painting style and relating a classic tale from Alexandre Dumas: "The Count of Monte Cristo".
As I’m not a manga addict, and as news from Japan are not so well broadcasted in France (and within the foreign French community), I’ve never heard about this new chef d’oeuvre…
Firstly, I’ve tried to find this movie (composed of 24 episodes of 24 minutes each) in the DVDs stores, here at Shanghai. But, it has been released too recently (in late 2004), so the only available version was Japanese with Chinese subtitles… Not so nice So, I’ve finally decided to download it on a P2P network, where the Japanese version with French subtitles is easily attainable (it seems that there is no version with French audio).
This unique adaptation features direction by Mahiro Maeda (The Animatrix, Blue Submarine No.6), costumes by world-renowned Anna Sui, and music by Jean-Jacques Burnel (bass guitar-leader from the English 80’s band The Stranglers). The production is from Gonzo Studios (Last Exile, Samurai 7).
In this 14th issue, you’ll find some info about the minimum wages in Shanghai (page 2), but also the upgrades of the city, such as the water pipes and the war against cockroaches… (page 3) Personally, I’m fed up finding roaches in my food…!
Also some cute photos of baby pandas in China (page 4) and a few photos of Chinese minorities’ costumes (page 9).
You may be interested in the new actions to improve the English languages skills of Chinese citizens (page 5).
My favorite stuff is the new behavior rule for Chinese travelers: "Don’t spit, litter or be loud. Don’t yell into the mobile phone, and wash your hands before and after eating. Well, generally, behave well" (page 7).
And finally, a couple of funny things that happen in this amazing country!
Please click here to download this 14th edition of the "Shanghai Mini News".
在傍晚，温度不热， 如此, 我真正地欣赏滑冰！！！
你也可以下载高清晰度照片在我的FTP或者由于Add to cart在Pictures的部分。
Sorry to inform you so late for this new bi-weekly Shanghai Rollerskating ride by night but, initially, it wasn’t scheduled that I will be at Shanghai these days… So, please find hereafter the details for the tomorrow’s session:
Hi! Here is the 13th issue of the Shanghai Mini News, hoping you liked the previous one!
Last time we spoke about the new fabulous Shanghai beach… actually, it is becoming a chaos at the moment, people throwing their bottles, leftovers, cigarettes… on the sand and in the water… (page 2)
You will also have some details on the costs of having a car in Shanghai, such as insurance, car plates and parking fees (page 3), as well as the explination on the new regulation that forbids foreigners to buy home or apartments in China until they’ve spent at least a year here (page 4).
On a traffic point of view, the first electric passenger train has begun operating on the newly updated Beijing-Shanghai line (page 7), and Vietnam plans to build a cross-border high-speed road next year, linking the country’s capital Hanoi and Kunming City, capital of southwestern China’s Yunnan Province (page 7).
On the culture side, it’s good to know that a museum pass that covers Shanghai’s 60 museums will be available by the end of the year for less than RMB 300 (page 9). As most of you already know the existence of the "abacus", the Chinese calculation and entertainment instrument, you will find a small photo gallery on page 10.
Finally, you will learn that 82.6% of laptops are made in Shanghai (page 11), and that the first BlackBerry device (the BlackBerry 8700) will be available at the beginning of next year in China (page 12).
And a lot more articles about Shanghai and China..!
Please click here to download this 13th edition of the “Shanghai Mini News”.
I’ve just read in a newspaper that there was a run in the Gobi desert during last June!
One more crazy athletic event in China!!!