Good news for holidaymakers: most French national holidays in 2019 will take place on weekdays, leading to four three-day weekends, and many chances to “bridge” to four- or even five-day breaks. In France, national holidays or bank holidays (“jours fériés”) are taken on the day they fall, rather than being moved to the nearest weekend, or the nearest Monday, as happens in the UK.This leads to a practice called “faire le pont” - literally “doing the bridge”.This happens when the national holiday falls just one day before or after the weekend, such as on Thursday or Tuesday.Workers may choose to take an extra day off to “bridge” or join the national holiday to the weekend, giving them four days off in a row (the national holiday, the extra day off, and the weekend).Some workers may even choose to take two extra days off, for example, when the national holiday falls on a Wednesday, giving them five consecutive … [Read more...] about Nine long weekends from French national days in 2019
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'POST rock' band iLIKETRAINS have gone from strength to strength since blowing out all the power halfway through their headlining slot at Charm at the Blues Bar in May. The moody and loud five-piece, who record for leading indie label Fierce Panda, had their recent single Terra Nova played on several national radio shows, including Radio 1, XFM and 6Music. iLIKETRAINS, whose mini-album Progress Reform has just been released, also toured France where they shared the stage with the infamous Brian Jonestown Masscare. Known for their award-winning videos, their latest one was shown on MTV 2 plus the Times, The Sun and the NME also seem to like them (but who cares about that?!). More info from www.iliketrains.co.uk Incidentally, thinking back, to the Charm night, the Blues Bar repaired the entire electrics system within 24 hours to make sure live music continued at the venue! THE excellent series of top tribute acts hosted by RipleyBlues’ continues tonight, Friday at Ripley Town … [Read more...] about Gig Scene June 30-July 6
Susan Miller USA TODAY Published 6:12 PM EST Dec 1, 2018 Five days after the death of the nation's 41st president, Americans will observe a day of mourning this Wednesday for George H.W. Bush. The day, announced by President Donald Trump on Saturday, will honor the 94-year-old former president who died Friday night. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq announced they will be closed Wednesday for the day, according to media reports. While previous days of mourning for U.S. presidents have coincided with funerals, details and timing of Bush's funeral service were still being worked out Saturday. Days of mourning are recognition given to a select few — in the U.S. usually commanders in chief — and involve memorial activities, flying of flags at half-staff and other remembrances. More: Trumps to attend George H.W. Bush funeral; Wednesday will be day of mourning More: George H.W. Bush, the 41st U.S. president and father of the 43rd, has … [Read more...] about George H.W. Bush: What is a national day of mourning?
Police detained Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, outside his home in Moscow on Saturday, in a move that his supporters say was aimed at preventing him from leading nationwide protests against unpopular government plans to increase the national retirement age. His spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said the 42-year-old Kremlin critic was treated briefly in hospital for a suspected broken finger. It’s thought he was injured during his arrest, which police said was linked to his organisation of an opposition rally in Moscow on 28 January. He will remain in custody before he appears before a court on Monday. Supporters of Navalny alleged that the real reason for his arrest was his call for Russians to take to the streets on 9 September to protest against proposed legislation that would raise the age at which citizens can claim a state pension from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women. The average monthly pension in Russia is 13,342 roubles (£154). “Navalny, … [Read more...] about Alexei Navalny detained after call for national day of protest
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. Stockholm In the capital, open air museum Skansen is always a good bet for a sense of traditional Sweden -- it was actually the first place in the country to host a National Day celebration, back in 1893. This year, the events start at 10am, with crafts for children and activities including stilts-walking and sack racing, concerts in the church, and folk dance displays. From 6pm, head to the Solliden stage for a concert featuring several Swedish artists, and you might even catch a glimpse of the royal family, who will be there for the evening event. Can't make it there, or just feeling lazy? You can also watch the celebrations live on SVT from 8pm. The Royal Palace has an opening ceremony at 10am, welcoming the public for a day of free entry to the castle's halls and exhibitions, as well as events for children who can dress up in costumes and crowns. You can also follow the … [Read more...] about The best places to celebrate National Day in Sweden