It’s the 50th anniversary of the Jazz a Juan jazz festival in Juan-les-Pins and the planned program is outstanding, much better than last year. Running from July 14 to July 25, the festival includes major international jazz stars. Check this out: Wednesday July 14 NJO Nice Jazz Orchestra Thursday July 15 George Benson, David Sanborn Friday July 16 Spokfrevo Orquestra, Monte Alexander, Chucho Valdes and the Afro Cuban Messengers Saturday July 17 Dee Dee Bridgewater, Melody Gardot Sunday July 18 Django Reinhardt hommage Monday July 19 Paco de Lucia, Avishai Cohen Tuesday July 20 Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove Wednesday July 21 Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack Dejohnette Thursday July 22 Kyle Eastwood, Diana Krall Friday July 23 Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Maceo Parker Saturday July 24 Manu Katche, Marcus Miller Sunday July 25 Liz McComb See more about the Juan-les-Pins festival, including online booking. … Continue reading →
Hooray. Commuters can now try to resume their normal work habits. The SNCF and the unions settled the work stoppage that has been plaguing the region since December. According to the deal (and I hope it wasn’t a capitulation) the SNCF has agreed to hire five additional conductors to relieve the crushing workload on the 35-hour a week strikers. The unions wanted 20 but apparently capitulated. Now the SNCF can get back to “normal” service on the Nice-Monaco and beyond lines which usually means only a day or two of strikes each month.
It’s not a strike. Really it’s not. Because a strike would be illegal. So, workers on the TER regional train network that transport passengers from Nice to Monaco and beyond have hit on a new and legal way to torture their fellow citizens. Since a strike can only begin on the 60th minute of a non-working hour, train conductors and their SNCF supporters stop work for only 59 minutes. This is enough to disrupt the entire train network in southeast France which is fine by them. The trouble started when the SNCF proposed to change their train schedules to make them easier for passengers to remember. Even though it would not have increased the length of the workday for train conductors, it would have increased its “density” somehow. And so, the SNCF workers launched their non-strike in early December and have continued to press their demands in spite of the increasing anger of passengers who depend on the trains to do stupid stuff like get back and forth to work in the morning. The unionized workers won an important court victory yesterday in Marseilles which would seem to insure that this punishing and petulant protest will continue. See more on transport on the French Riviera. … Continue reading →