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Julia Lyford loves dyspraxic waffles - 21/06/2016

« Dispraxic waffles », whatsit ? You'll find out at the stall where Frank and his friends prepare and sell them to those with a sweet tooth : « We're dyspraxic but not stupid... » Julia watches them supportively. She has been at their side all along since the beginning of their project. In the Northumberland where she lives, the feminist of the Thatcher years has for decades been tearing down the...

Grabbing life with no regrets : Alison Lapper, artist - 08/10/2014

The latest famous hits ring in the little café where the artist Alison Lapper arranged for us to meet. She has her habits here: she even leaves a box of her favourite tea, which she sips with a straw. Alison Lapper is an artist, a mother, and a woman, with a colourful hairdo and personality. She was also born without arms and with very little legs, a fact none can ignore. The landlord walks by:...

George Marks wakes up Louisiana and France - 11/11/2013

George Marks is a 44 years old american artist. He lives in Louisiana, at Arnaudville. As the founder of a collective called NUNU, he celebrates the cultural diversity. Consequence? NUNU creates an economic model from the bottom-up in its closest surroundings, in Louisiana which still have very present french roots. George is an artist. A visual artist, as he says. Visual, for whom is watching,...

The Swedish Amanda highlights her Saami roots - 15/04/2013

Amanda Kernell was born Swedish from her mother and Saami from her father. Back in the times, the Swedish people were oppressing the Saamis. The Saamis were called "Lapons" with contempt. Amanda is a heiress of contradictory roots. From this "between-two-cultures", she makes an advocacy for “being together”. The Saami people are the indigenous from the North of the North, from Norway to Russia....

Dave Bradshaw, co-founder of an alternative festival - 27/07/2012

Dave Bradshaw, a 39 year old Londoner, is one of seven founders of a festival called «Nowhere,« which occurs annually in Spain since 2005. As a regional version of the famous «Burning Man« in the U.S., this festival has the distinction of being funded and run by the festival goers themselves. Creativity, openness to people, and sensitivity to the individual are all exacerbated. In the desert,...

Le billet de la semaine

Une farce tragique

Mayotte dans la tourmente, une fois de plus. Comme une fatalité. Celle-ci remonte à un demi-siècle. Alors qu'approche le référendum sur l'indépendance des Comores, des groupes de femmes de Mayotte se précipitent à chaque arrivée d'un leader indépendantiste et le chatouillent gaillardement : le pauvre doit repartir pour ne pas mourir de rire. Le 22 décembre 1974, les Comoriens votent l'indépendance, pas les Mahorais. Les chatouilleuses dansent le m'biwi. Et le gouvernement visionnaire français entre dans la farce. Dédaignant la condamnation des Nations Unies et l'identité comorienne, il ampute l'archipel, garde Mayotte, son immense lagon et sa double barrière de corail. Nostalgie coloniale. Depuis, les cousins comoriens affluent à Mayotte, devenue une France de bidonvilles et d'extrême pauvreté. Ils arrivent en barques de pêcheurs, les kwassa kwassa. Tout juste élu Président, en juin 2017, Emmanuel Macron daubait : le kwassa kwassa pêche peu, il amène du Comorien. Mayotte attire les mauvaises farces. Plus de 12 000 noyés en vingt ans.

Michel Rouger