Issue n° 14. Machines may be getting some coverage but it is out of the question that we let everything be robotised! So let’s take another look at human relations, works of art, the great classics… Even spaghetti gets to be centre stage again! Pure chaos. But organised. Next issue out on May 1st, and “The news qui court” is updated every day for a little daily get-together..... 



  • 14- news qui court 30 avril

    30 avril. Demain matin tout le monde se lève tôt, car selon la légende, la rosée du 1er mai aurait la vertu d'embellir si elle est appliquée sur le visage…Teint frais et beauté longue durée à la clé ! On vous prévient, le soleil se lève à 6h29…

  • 14- respect

    Picture from the movie "Nowhere Boy" by Sam Taylor-Wood


The warm weather is on the way back and seats in sidewalk cafes are getting scarce. After having spent the winter on the terrace, smokers have now been pushed out on to the street. Cohabitation, if not confrontation with non-smokers oblige… A cold war has broken out between those who are damaging their health and those who are trying to preserve theirs. Some might even say a witch hunt.
True, for years non-smokers were victims. And while it is now time for payback, does it have to come with intolerance or interference? Of course, nicotine addicts come with their fair share of bother: nauseating smells, butts everywhere, carelessness… But.

A smoker, sitting on a terrace for the past hour, cannot ignore the complaints of the newly arrived punters at the next table when he lights up. But this is just the tip of the iceberg: the entire street becomes a battleground. Angry reactions abound and are becoming a daily thing: disdainful looks as if to a plague victim, over the top hand flapping at the slightest sign of smoke, noses covered with scarves as protection from the stream, inappropriate remarks from passers by: «Cigarettes are bad for your health». Would they dare accost a sweet-eating child to lecture them about tooth decay?
And inside it’s no better. In the evening, the smoker takes his or her leave spontaneously for the well-being of their friends – which isn’t unpleasant, true - , but it means losing the thread of the conversation at regular intervals without being brought up to speed by the others, which is not always easy.  
Even though some smokers remain impervious to others, for the most part, they have started to be more attentive. They now show evidence of a certain art de vivre that merits a mention. Non-smokers, the most virulent of whom are often ex-smokers, would do well to show more flexibility in the name of conviviality. And, let’s be frank, if Gainsbourg was still with us, wouldn’t we be a little more tolerant just to have him at our table?

Daniella Matoso

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    Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart : the exception that proves the rule?


The whole planet – well, at least a part of France – trembled at word of a possible separation of celebrity couple Jean Dujardin and Alexandra Lamy. While such a break-up might surprise or sadden, according to the extent of your romanticism or celebrity obsession levels, at least we wouldn’t feel tricked. Indeed, they are beautiful, happy and in love. Nevertheless, the two lovebirds have always said: «We do admire one another. But we fight too. We are a real couple». That’s it. A real couple. Thanks for admitting it.

As some stars seem to be gifted at displaying such strong and pure love… They show it on their faces, at every official outing, in interviews, and on the front page of fashion mags and tabloids… There is no escape from this gushing, perfect romance. So it becomes impossible, as a result, not to believe the fairytale, not to latch on to it because a reality with beautiful stories is more motivating than a hopeless one! And, what if the same thing happened to us… We’re human after all.

But one day, things fall apart. These marvellous couples decide to end it. Why? Because, in fact, things were not so idyllic. Far from it. And it’s not so much the post-breakup heartbreak that bothers us. It’s the pre-breakup revelations, the ones about the years of perfection that weren’t. From Vanessa Paradis who for years spoke of «a natural, obvious love», then says «If something isn’t right in love since the start, it will never work. You shouldn’t try to force things» ; from Heidi Klum who, after renewing her vows with Seal annually for almost ten years to prove their love was intact, lets it be known that she left him because of his jealous, even violent character… And these are only two couples that represented absolute love.

All that for what? No fairytale then. Just an adventure with highs and lows, passion and doubts, thrills and spills. And to think that we nearly developed a complex.

Bianca Alberti




If it were a press review it would be the shortest, the fastest, the most succinct, the most telling of them all. In two papers on the same two days.

First paper. On April 2nd. The Parisien (banner headline, front page) says: «Faites-nous rêver !» (Make us dream) It reads well, like a breath of fresh air. The headline was about the famous PSG-Barcelona match but the daily added that it was «much more than just a match».
The following day, in the same space, «Le Parisien» blew the whistle on the end of our illusions: «Le scandale qui éclabousse Hollande» (The scandal that taints Hollande), following on from Jérôme Cahuzac’s confession, killing the general buzz.
Second paper. Still April 2nd. Libération headlined: «La poésie n'est plus digne de ce monde» (This world is unworthy of poetry), quoting the Michel Houellebecq interview inside. The following day in the same space, in huge letters, Libé confirmed: «Indigne» (Unworthy), after the same confession.

Two papers with very different editorial lines thus, in two days, took away what was left of our dreams and worth. Through the simple use of certain words and chance. Unintended puns, for once (the press loves to use them).
And this chance is easy to blame: Houellebecq’s declaration and the Parisien’s request are telling of much more than a simple coincidence. If Houellebecq, the visionary poet and the Parisien, the working class daily start to pair up, to play on the same team… Then perhaps on April 2nd, the most urgent message was not to lose hope.
Time to hang on.

Maurice Achard

A book, a film, a piece of music... a few years, decades or centuries later. When culture never stops blooming.
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    Lady and the Tramp, Walt Disney 1955


It is a real pity that «Lady and the tramp» is often reduced to just the spaghetti scene, however touching it might be. It only lasts a total of three seconds! There is so much more to the film… Even the approach is audacious, to shoot from the point of view of a dog. An original, fun idea. As a result, we experience everything through their eyes and this unexpected dimension makes the story almost «real».

But in this great classic, Disney provides us with a lovely lesson in tolerance and modernity, given the context of the time: the acceptance of social differences and the breaking down of barriers, but also a man-woman relationship based on respect and equality.
To expound on these themes, the film uses two characters, both equally notable, the big-hearted tramp and the beautiful princess from the right side of the tracks. Despite the love that obviously develops, it is out of the question for either of them to abandon their origins, instead they meet half way. The tramp does not give up his independence, but does find happiness in a certain level of comfort and domesticity. As for the Lady, she retains her manners  like the well-educated girl she is, while taking advantage of a certain form of freedom, that for her doesn’t come from wandering anywhere the wind takes her but from the affirmation of her sex. She is much more modern than her mistress in this area. As «Jim dear» and «Darling», her master and mistress are seriously «cutesy», which is touching but something of a caricature; «Darling» spends her time knitting or scrubbing pots and  «Jim dear» spoils her and looks lovingly and protectively on… We are up to our necks in syrup!

The contrast with the relationship between Lady and her Tramp is all the more striking! The young miss might be under the spell of the dashing charmer, she still isn’t taken in. And even though she bats her eyelashes so beautifully, she is the one who sets the tone. Was Walt Disney in fact a man with a perfect understanding of feminine psychology ?

Stéphanie Norris


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Considered to be the contemporary heir to Goya and El Greco, the Madrid-based photographer Eugenio Recuenco blends his futuristic and phantasmagorical style with cubism. He has produced an ingenious and intriguing series that revisits the work of one of history’s leading painters, another Spaniard. We’ll let you guess who…

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  • 14-foodoir

    Picture © Odile Berthemy


Nothing is more everyday than spaghetti, the Italian staple. From the word « spago » that means « string », they are the closest thing to the noodles originally invented by the Chinese. The story goes that Marco Polo brought back the manufacturing method from his voyage in China at the end of the 8th century. The dish is so much a part of Italian culture that westerns shot by directors from the boot-shaped country are termed Spaghetti Westerns!

Spaghetti is the bestseller of pastas – ahead of farfalle, macaroni and penne. They are also the most fun to eat, to wrap around a fork or to suck in from one end to another. In France as in Italy, they are eaten with every sauce. And brands such as Barilla, Lustucru or Panzani spare no expense in trying to stand out from the competition. This is one France-Italy match that is hard fought !

In 1911, Cartier-Million pasta, manufactured in Grenoble, changed their name to Lustucru with their chequered light blue/dark blue packaging created by the artist Synave. At the same time on the other side of the Alps in Parma, a pasta company called Barilla had also chosen the colour blue for its packaging with the brand name in white on a red oval – the colour of our national flag! It was bound to be confusing. Things got even more complicated later on with the establishment of the French company Panzani after the second world war by an Italian immigrant who went for the red and green of the Italian flag! The brand innovated with cellophane wrapping that showed the product and invented the unforgettable Don Patillo, its fervent supporter in advertising.

Today, spaghetti is more avant-garde and comes in different sizes like a clothing collection… Barilla launched their n°3 or « Spaghettini », their n°1 or « Capellini », before moving up to the larger sizes with the n°7 or « Spaghettoni ». The average size, the great classic, not unlike the little black dress remains the n°5. Timeless…




Science has caught up with fiction. Not as fast as reality that, due to the various acts of folly committed by humankind went well beyond the unimaginable a long time ago. But it is getting closer at its own speed, carried by another folly, the genius of man.
We walked on the lunar surface many moons ago and the Internet and the mobile phone have become part of our daily lives. Being able to make a call in the street incarnated the move into the 21st century just as we imagined it in the futuristic imagery of the fifties.

It included robots too. Another image that keeps progressing, in «Terminator» and other artificial intelligence. And now on Arte. The series «Real Humans», shown each Thursday gives us a glimpse that seems to speed things up. So that’s what they’re like? They will look so like us? Perfect aesthetics as well. Too perfect?  Helpful, submissive, but not only… Why shouldn’t robots, that clearly show their ability to rebel in the Arte series, some day use their digital dexterity to derail a system like the internet ?

A few weeks ago, the serious media like The New York Times and the BBC covered a powerful attack that could have shut down the internet. An exaggeration according to other news sources. Still… Something happened. A clandestine organisation moved into action, provoking a « digital slowdown ». Real Humans?



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Aline Lang is a photographer and graphic artist who one day, for fun, drew a bracelet watch like a piece of film. A designer at Cartier, Omega, liked it and oriented her into watch face design. Her first watch was for the bicentenary of the French revolution. Since then she has designed over forty watches, including one for the Bibliothèque nationale. Her rare and unusual creations are born from her inspiration and are produced as limited editions.




The Gallops watch. An homage to chronophotography (the decomposition of a movement by a succession of photographs) and to Muybridge’s work that in 1878, proved that the four legs of a horse leave the ground at the same time when the horse gallops. This watch was first made by a big luxury house before being edited by the Musée d’Orsay. Its leather bracelet and particularly flat face makes this version timeless.


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- Quartz movement
- Made in France, Alsace.

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Created by two jewellery fans (including the ex-founder of Mercerie Moderne), Let It Be is a Parisian brand that is still quite low key. The charm lies in a collection of cheeky, sometimes ecumenical pieces but are not worn just as symbols. On the contrary: Let It Be is aimed at the liberated men or women who have decided to be themselves, instead of defining herself relative to others… Who wear Let It Be lay claim to nothing, except beauty!




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Illustration from Cyrto Art.


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We requested an homage to the Eiffel Tower. Only for l'Acharnœur, Gabriella de Galzain came up with this timeless yet contemporary brooch. The blend of off-whites means it can be worn at all times. Pearls, chains, crystals, ceramic flowers… The codes of elegance and femininity with an essential touch of impertinence. All the audacity of the “Grand Dame” herself.

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We like it so we're doing it… Our way !
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    Picture © GroundFive


Let’s take another look at the French saying “If you want to feel good in your head, you have to feel good in your trainers”. While some might find it a little simplistic or facile, it forms the basis of GroundFive’s philosophy. This shoe company was set up in 2010 to make trainers for the most part, and their range includes different shapes and colours with one basic principle: to reveal the human.

To wear a pair of GroundFive trainers means you have an urge for lightness, you are curious about other cultures, you share your feelings, you are open to learning more about life and being from others, and you own it. You are urban, adventurous and cosmopolitan. Not unlike Pierre Giordano, the brand’s creator. When he first had the idea for GroundFive, his aim was to communicate a certain idea of friendship, of men, of dreams to fulfil, of freedom. He got together with Franck Chang, Max Maxivel and Ben for their sneaker expertise, but also because they are friends. The choice was obvious.

But the story isn’t just about human connections. It also tells of travels that provide inspiration, artistic influences from here and elsewhere, landscapes, experiences, encounters and customs. The collections sparkle with unique and natural colours, noble and resistant materials, street wear styles, casual, chic or avant-garde, always flitting between the authentic and the trendy. Men love the long, clean lines. Women fall for the wedge effect. Among other things.

The level of quality is what really attracts the fans. As an ex head of production for big French and international shoe brands, Pierre Giordano has always gone for the most solid manufacturing options or the adapted treatment for each material so that they are a joy to touch, see and wear. Franck Chang, the manufacturer and Asian distributor, ensures that the factory conforms to the highest standards of hygiene, safety and working conditions. People are at the centre of everything, this is the absolute reality at GroundFive. So we can all feel good…


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A nice robot! It chirps, belly-dances and plays with its beak to wake you from your slumber. While it won’t revolutionise your world, it might sweeten your mornings!

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Metro Strasbourg-St-Denis
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Some people get into discussions with complete strangers they meet between courses, others jump for joy at a fuzz ball match or simply get up and dance because they like the tune ! With paintings and vinyl records on the walls, the edgy soul of this bar hasn’t changed for years. One is inevitably borne aloft by the red neon and the atmosphere. That’s the « family » as they say, the place is even called « home » by the regulars. The Mauri7, good times!

Le Mauricette (or Mauri7)
46, rue du faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris


  • 14- quotichien

    Illustration © RATP


It’s so limiting to reduce the Paris metro to rush hour and bad smells! Because in recent times it is much more, much worse… Between unsuitable modernisation and obsolete equipment, the most everyday trip becomes a nightmare. 

First of all, the new automatic doors on the platforms of certain lines. In theory they are there to protect us. Except on the driver-less lines where they don’t always take the amount of passengers into account. Especially when the carriage contains something unexpected like a school tour with fifty kids, all ready to rush in before the buzzer has gone off. And as the doors really hurt, you don’t want to go up against them. 

Another door issue. When passing through the barriers, the turnstile and door do not work together. They are often not very well «oiled». Everyone, at one time or another, has had to try to avoid getting stuck in the barrier with a leg, bag strap or jacket still stuck in the turnstile! And the low point is reached when one takes the metro with a large piece of luggage. It’s as if in Paris one was expected to travel light. Ask an agent to open the door (yet another one!) on the side that is there for such an occasion? And these entrances are always at the bottom of a stairs, and never near a ticket office… And while we’re on the subject of stairs… Of course, there are escalators and lifts. Just not everywhere. Not yet anyway. And not always working. The tourist who decides on picturesque Montmartre for his mini-break will have fond memories of his «climb» up the 104 steps at «Abesses» station.

In any case, in order to experience all of these events, one must have a «pass». A Navigo that hasn’t been deactivated, or a ticket bought from a machine that requires a master’s in engineering to understand…  And as for getting out ? We hope your shoulders are solid. The last door, of course, is the hardest. They are often blocked and you really find out what it’s like to «hit a brick wall». If your clavicle hasn’t become dislocated…

Marie Veyrier


What the wardrobes, walls or drawers of our teenage bedroom
say about who we are today.
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    Photo illustration © l'Acharnœur


«Tidy your room !». Does this first maternal commandment remind you of anything? For me, it punctuated my entire adolescence. How could I make my mother understand, other than slamming the door in her interfering face, that a growing mind needed to spread its creative raw materials all over the floor? At that time, twenty t-shirts, casually thrown over the chair, shared space with the single sleeve of «Je marche seul», a few bits of cardboard, balls of wool, a box of paints, a pair of scissors, brass fasteners… in short, anything that brought to life the fantasies that spilled out of my overactive imagination. Chaos it was, but an organised one, in which I had no trouble finding a red marker in a matter of seconds when my mother was still wondering on which table she had put her glasses.
Then Michael Jackson came along. My inner organisation experienced some upheaval: I transformed one shelf into an altar dedicated to my idol. My audio and video cassettes were displayed in a very precise order. So, imagine my surprise when I came home from school one day to find a suspect permutation!... Inquiries led to a confession from my mother that she watched my cassettes in secret. I took my opportunity for revenge and insisted that she put it back «correctly» in the exact place where she had found it. She didn’t back down, and requested that I respect the same level of precision when it came to my socks, pointing out that apart from Michael Jackson, chaos still ruled. Except that passion and organisation went together.

In fact, today, as unapologetically ex-messy person, I turned out not to be a lost cause after all !  I now work in my own creative business and things are going well. Even my accountant congratulates me on my level of organisation when I hand over my files. Receipts sorted and classified. Yes the yellow files are in the yellow binder and as the French say, the sheep are well guarded. Proof…

Sandrine Chaulet from an interview with herself !



  • Publisher/Editor
    Virginie Achard
  • Artistic Director
    Perrine Lebas
  • Web design
    Franck Biehler
  • Contributors
    Maurice Achard, Bianca Alberti, Bruno Lancelot, Elido, Marie Veyrier, Stéphanie Norris
  • Translator
    Tresi Murphy


Eugenio Recuenco

Noucha Shahbazi, lebookmaker.com

Sandrine Chaulet

Odile Berthemy, l'Acharnœur, Daniella Matoso

Daniella Matoso