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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Wednesday
Feb272013

We're All Guilty of Green Washing (even in France)

The French group Tryo put out this great video for their song "Green Washing". Lyrics in English and French below the video. This is a song about how consumers prefer "green washing" (or the practice of slapping a green label on something that really isn't that environmentally friendly) to actually changing our lifestyle and making better choices for the planet. Something to think about...

Green Washing Lyrics (English)

We want green (6x) washing
We want plane rides
airbus, and diesel
mandarins all seasons

Great trip in the sky
some high tech at home
new technologie
We want to say sorry
and ease our mind

we want meat from argentinia
some meat at every meal
work-food in the kitchen
we want sugar, we want fat
we want less expensive, we want better
we wany always a little of somewhere else
We want the sea, we want summer
even in winters we want to tan

we want green (6x) washing
it's us, the best pinnochios of marketing
we want green (6x) washing

we want pebbles under sands
We want beaches of white sands
networks for our cell phones
we always want the network to be on maximum
we want reasonables orgies
greats concrete exchangers
and friends always available
we want party and ghettos

we want green (6x) washing
we're the best pinnochios of marketing
we want green (6x) washing

we want water that always flows
and less wrinkles
we want youth in a powder
we want snow in summer
greats buildings under the sun
we want pharaonic monuments
we want everywhere the same
some wi-fi and digital

we want green (6x) washing
it's usthe best, pinnochios of marketing
we want green (6x) washing

we want to phosphate-free detergents
all organic shampoo
forests for our 4x4s
Coal in our cosmetics
abusive slogans "more white than white" "more green than green"
ecological mascaras while we get high with nuclear

we want green (6x) washing
we want green (6x) washing
we want to say sorry, ease our mind
we want green (6x) washing
we want the sea, we want summer, we want to tan
we want green (6x) washing
we want parties and ghettos
we want green (6x) washing
we are the best
we want green (6x) washing

Green Washing Lyrics (French)


On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing

on veut des tours d'avions
des airbus, du diesel
des mandarines toutes les saisons
des grands voyages dans le ciel
du high tech à la maison
de la nouvelle technologie
on veut pouvoir dire pardon et
soulager son esprit

on veut d la viande d'argentine
d la bidoche à tous les repas
de la work-food dans la cuisine
on veut du sucre, on veut du gras
on veut moin cher on veut meilleur
on veut toujours un peu d'ailleurs
on veut la mer, on veut l'été
même en hiver on veut bronzer

On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing
c'est nous les as les pinnochio du marketing
On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing

on les galets sous le sable
on veut des plages de sable blanc
du réseau pour nos portables
on voudrait 4barres tout le temps
des orgies résonnables
des grands échangeurs de béton
et des amis toujours joignables
on. veut des bals et des ghettos

On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing
c'est nous les as les pinnochio du marketing
On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing

on veut de l'eau toujours qui coule
et des rides un peu moin creusées
on veut de la jeunesse en poudre
on veut de la neige en été
des grands buildings sous le soleil
des monuments pharaonniques
on veut partout partout pareil
delà wi-fi du numérique

On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing
c'est nous les as les pinnochio du marketing
On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing

on veut des lessives sans phosphate
du shampoing tout organique
des forêts pour nos 4x4
du charbon dans nos cosmétiques
des slogans abusifs "plus blanc que blanc" "plus vert que vert"
mascaras écologique pendant qu'on se shoot au nucléaire

On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing
On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing
on veut pouvoir dire pardon, soulager son esprit
On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing
on veut la mer on veut l'été on veut bronzer
On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing
on veut des bals et des ghettos
On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing
c'est nous les as
On veut du green, green, green, green, green, greenwashing

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Reader Comments (1)

Brilliant!
Thanks Carolg
March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterParisbreakfast

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