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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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to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur

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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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