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Happy May 1st May 1, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in life, Marseille.

IMG_1897This town takes May1’s seriously. It is dead. Really dead. Everything is shuttered up. I hope we have enough food for dinner this evening because it is looking like none of the usual grocery stores are even open. This is the sort of holiday that when you ask, say a bus driver, “Is the bus schedule the same everyday?” They respond “Every single day – even May 1st!”. In North America you’d say “Every single day – even Christmas!”

This is a picture of a Lilly of the Valley. People give this to each other for May 1st.

Whatever the reason, this break is definitely nicer then working on ATLAS’s transient/persistent class separation (I’ll try to say something about that later, after I’ve actually accomplished something)!

Update: Pictures from the big parade today. This parade was really about unions and workers. They take this way more serious then we do in the USA. Some of the literature handed out was quite something – this is one example of an anti-capitalist party flyer. The hammer and sickle on a red background were common themes in the flags in the parade as well.



1. Anon - May 1, 2008

The T/P separation will definitely provide hours and hours and hours of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

2. gordonwatts - May 1, 2008

Ha!! I notice you made that an anonymous comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

3. carlbrannen - May 1, 2008

In a certain sense, the US political system was healthier when workers voted Democrat and business voted Republican. Now I go into a workshop, union or not, and they’ve got Rush Limbaugh on the radio.

4. gordonwatts - May 1, 2008

He definately has a wide appeal. I’m not a fan of his at all.

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