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November 14, 2007

Troubled times (for France anyway)

So. I last updated a couple of weeks ago, have had a few results back since then and I seem to be passing, just about.
Have been doing very little recently, except I rented a bike last friday and have been cycling to uni each day (apart from today-it was raining too much!), and I’ve been attempting to work, but I’m finding that with so little to do I waste far more time. Which makes me want to travel more, which brings me nicely onto the topic of rail travel.

I cant go to Geneva on saturday (as I’d kind of planned) due to strikes of rail workers. This could also cause disruption for my journey home on the 29th november – which is very annoying. THis is all part of a series of strikes against Sarkozy’s programme of reforms (apparently ALL of the French accepted it when he was elected (with 53% of the vote)).
Also, my lectures are all cancelled today, as the President of each of the universities decided to close all of the buildings to prevent damage by protesters about the Loi d’autonomie des Universites which French students and some lecturers believe will end up with something like the American university system, or like the British. They’re concerned about private interests being served, especially when it comes to Arts and Humanities – as big companies who may end up investing will not necessarily be inspired to fund literature or history degrees which dont have direct career paths following them.
So I am at a bit of a loose end today, and feeling tired too, also not wanting to waste my day, but its raining and there are no trains = not the best day to have no lectures! Also will have to go in later anyway just in case my portuguese lesson is on!
So now I’m going to go to join in the protests at the station, I’m going to do one of my extended essays for Warwick on strikes, so it should be interesting to go take some photos and maybe ask some people’s opinions.


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