Des morceaux d'information
This past week's readings and wanderings have provided the following "bits and pieces" of information about the region in which I live: formerly known as Limousin, but now the larger Nouvelle Aquitaine:
1) A test track has been identified in my region for the "Hyperloop", Elon Musk's (Pay Pal, Tesla, etc.) transport system technology that would take you in a vacuum tube pod from Limoges to Paris (almost 4 hours by car) in less than half an hour.
2) A hen retirement home is about to open; but of more interest to me is that an elephant orphanage is set to open in my region! Saw elephants in the wild in Kenya, and visited an elephant orphanage in Uganda. Would love to volunteer.
3) Volunteer opportunities may be possible with Emmaüs, the now secular charitable society started by "Abbé Pierre" that is active in homelessness, poverty reduction, and immigration issues, and has several offices within my region.
4) Metropolitan Museum of Art ("Met") in NYC is being challenged by the lovely town of St. Yrieix-la-Perche for the return of a 13th century bust of St. Yrieix (St. Aredius), encrusted with precious stones. Saint's bones are said to be contained in a copy of the bust, that's still in the town.
5) The Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman invasion of 1066 (and which Gary and I saw in Normandy), may be about to leave France for the first time in almost a thousand years, to go to the UK (location still TBD).
6) I drove past the Civaux nuclear power plant (I know what they look like, having lived not from from 3-Mile Island in PA), and wondered...so did some quick research: "France derives over 75% of its electricity from nuclear energy. This is due to a long-standing policy based on energy security. France is the world's largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation, and gains over EUR 3 billion per year from this."plan is to reduce reliance on nuclear over the next couple of decades.
A la prochaine --