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The Dalai Lama in Toulouse in August 2011

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be in Toulouse in August 2011 for 3 days of teachings and public conference. The program covers two days of teachings on “The Ornament of the Middle Way,” by Shantarakshita and a public talk on “The Art of Happiness”.

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The 'Carnatic Nights Cycle' rescheduled for May 2011

Due to technical reasons, the cycle of Carnatic Nights/ Nuits Carnatiques organised by the Théâtre du Soleil and Centre Mandapa has been rescheduled for May 27th- 29th, 2011 instead of the previous dates October 31st-November 2nd, 2010.

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Dhoad Gypsies' new album 'Root Travellers' released

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Dhoad Gypsies’ new album “Roots Travellers” and Live DVD was released on October 16th, 2010 at the Institut du Monde Arabe. This latest venture from the Dhoad gypsies is the fruit and inspiration of many years of travel and collaboration with musicians (African, Reggae, Flamenco, Macedonian, Sufi, Gypsy, Gnawa…) around the globe in the world music sphere.


Rajasthani music is respected by virtuoso the world over for its emotion and unparalleled rhythmic speed and complexity. Evoking a trancelike state for audience and performer alike, Dhoad Gypsies embark on a rapturous journey with love, peace and honour at the centre of their lyrical message. Passionate and haunting, their legendary stamina onstage combines sweeping scales and vocals, a traditional Gypsy Rajasthani 'kalbelia' dancer and stunts such as 'fire-spitting' by the group’s fakir.


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Strike at Eiffel Tower

In what could be termed the first ever of its kind, the Eiffel Tower was closed to the general public and tourists by its employees who went on strike in the afternoon of 12th October.


The strike by the employees of the Eiffel Tower was in response to a nationwide call by the socialist movement to protest the law that will increase the 'legal' minimum age of retirement from 60 to 62.It may be noted that this reform which is going through the parliament at the moment and is likely to be passed will set the condition that a person can 'legally' retire at the age of 62 (compared to the previous 60) will the benefit of full pension provided he/ she has worked for a minimum of 40 years. The 'unconditional' retirement age is at 65 which will, as per the reform, be advanced to 67.

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Want a bench in your name in Paris ?

If you want to leave your imprint, as a person, couple, group of friends or even family, adopt a bench at Paris Garden of Plants (jardin des plantes) while protecting the nature at the same time.


All 255 (of which 140 single and 115 double) benches at the Jardin des plantes in Paris are covered in the program. More than half of these have already been picked up for adoption by individuals and organisations in a charitable act that helps the garden preserve nature. There are still more than a hundred benches still available for 'adoption'.These benches are a part of renovation of benches and other material structure such as dustbins, pots of plants etc. which have been designed in keeping with the natural aspect of the park and to promote lightness and transparency of material.

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