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Calendar of Paris Events

December 6-14
The annual Féeries d’Auteuil takes place at the non-profit children's organization Apprentis d'Auteuil (40 rue Jean de la Fontaine, 16th, M° Jasmin or Eglise d'Auteuil) with a Christmas market, food stands, flea market, concerts, vintage carrousel and nativity scenes, from 11am-7pm. Live singing performances on St-Sun at 5:30pm. 

December 10-14
"Le Noël des Créateurs", highlights up-and-coming designers and artisans selling ther crafts "Made in France". Come for original and unique holiday gifts! You'll find 15 chalets along the Petit Ceinture (former railway) at Located at 83 boulevard Ornano, 18th (direct access to the Petite Ceinture through la Recyclerie, right outside metro Porte de Clignancourt).

December 20-21
The Village St-Paul (entrances along Rue St Paul, 4th) is having its winter brocante (flea market) this weekend, with outdoor stands in addition to the antique and vintage shops and other fun shops in the cobblestone courtyards. 

Through December 21
The newest musical comedy at the historic Folies Bergère is a high-energy burlesque show around the theme of love with dancers, acrobats, and singers performing French, American and British songs (many which you'll recognize in the preview below). Love Circus is the perfect alternative to the Moulin Rouge (including its busloads of tourists and high prices). Tickets €29-€84 (by seating area), no dinner included, discounts for booking online. 

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Quick and Cheap Computer Fix

Monday morning, just as I was getting started on work, my computer suddenly displayed the Blue Screen of Death. When none of my usual tricks seemed to fix it, I realized I'd have to find a pro. I bought the computer over two years ago at Surcouf, but the warranty already expired and I figured there would be a long wait and huge fees to take it in to their "Village des Techniciens". But when I called a different repair shop in my 'hood, they told me they wouldn't even have time to look at it until Thursday. So I unplugged the desktop tower, put it in a shopping bag, and decided to try my luck at Surcouf, no rendez-vous necessary. There was no waiting at 11am. They told me a diagnostic takes 2-5 days, unless I wanted the "express" for €40. Seemed a bargain to me! After 20 minutes of poking around, they told me I ran out of memory (might have been RAM, I was too busy silently thanking the computer gods to pay attention). Extra memory cost me a whopping €30. The time to put it in and clean all the dust out was billed at €9, and took almost an hour. In the end I paid €79, plus €20 for the round trip taxi. The technician helping me always announced the fees as if there was an extra zero in there. Considering the fact that I was sure I'd be going home with a new computer, €79 was a total steal. Next time I have a computer problem, I'm going right back to Surcouf instead of spending hours trying to fix it myself first! :-)

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Reader Comments (2)

Excellent Topic.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew
Yes, but unfo Surcouf runs now under chapter 11 !
March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBigFish

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