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Videos: Love between Paris and London, Haydn at the Sorbonne

Splitscreen: A Love Story Came across this sweet video, shot entirely on a Nokia mobile phone. The onerly analytical part of my brain sees in the video poignant themes about how love transcends distance and space. But, I think this is one best enjoyed simply for its charm, the beauty of Paris and London and the very beautiful, human story it puts across: Splitscreen: A Love Story from James W Griffiths on Vimeo. Haydn’s ‘La Création’, Paris IV Just noticed that the featured video on Paris Sorbonne’s YouTube channel is an excerpt from none other than one of my most beloved oratio’s by Haydn – The Creation. I’ve listened to Haydn’s majestic oratio performed by the Cambridge King’s College Choir very often on th métro partly to be awed by the precision of German composers, the attention to detail that is self evident , but more often than not to be reminded of the story line that inspired Haydn. This idea of creating entire new realities out of nothing. Ok, I am beginning to ramble. …

Inside the Sorbonne

The historical building of ‘la Sorbonne’ is quite an enriching place to visit – not only for the architecture but also because the building seems to reflect (in different ways) the history of Paris as a whole. It is not always open to the public, but it is worth a visit if one has the chance to do so! I thoroughly enjoyed paying attention to the murals that depicted a bygone era of Paris, a completely different time and one could also say, a different space, too. It is interesting to see – from the murals on the wall – how time and human ingenuity has transformed Paris significantly, while at the same time maintaining its basic character through the years. More mundane things are also interesting to note. My personal favourite is a painting depicting what appears to be a very intellectual, important discussion among a diverse group of religious scholars, aristocrats and intellectual sans cullottes. In it, -one young looking scribe tries to take note and keep a record of the conversation. And …