Nick Woods

Fragments

June 2, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Archive

Men living in bags are goaded from above in “Act without Words II.” © Alastair Muir Fans of Samuel Beckett, or those wanting an initial insight into the brilliance of his work, should not miss out on a handful of … Read More

Wine Bottle Blues

May 26, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

High expectations for French wine are not always met. It’s hard to believe, but taking visitors out for dinner and drinks in Paris has become something of a potential embarrassment. It isn’t to do with the cost – though I … Read More

C’est Logique!

April 14, 2009 | By Nick Woods | What's New Potpourri

Although an RATP ticket can be used on all forms of public transport in Paris, you can’t complete a journey using one ticket if reaching your destination requires transferring from the Métro to the bus. In this case, you need … Read More

Underneath the Attitude

April 7, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

Nick Woods (right) gets a friendly handshake from the counterman. “France would be great without the French,” was the hackneyed expression I used to hear often back in Britain. Now that I live in Paris, I hear: “How are you … Read More

Bonjour, madame, monsieur

March 17, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

A small argument broke out as I was sitting at the back of the number 26 bus from the Gare du Nord recently. A well-dressed, middle-aged lady was upset at a young man sitting next to her after he …

Bad Air, Bad Hair

February 24, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

Bad Air, Bad Hair The pollution police on the Place de la République, stopping cars to check their emission levels. “What’s that in your hair, Nick?” asked a friend during a recent, over-priced macrobiotic meal in the fifth arrondissement. “Dunno. … Read More

Algéria, de Miel et de Braise

February 17, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Archive

Red Balloons and Barbarism If you have never been to Algeria and can’t afford the airfare, then drop in at the Théâtre Aire Falguière, where you will be whisked off to the North African nation and treated to a rich … Read More

Saleté

February 10, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Archive

Outcast in Austria Florian Carove plays the Iraqi immigrant Sad. Photo: © Michal Batory At a time when the issue of illegal immigrants is at the top of the political agenda, Saleté, a theatrical adaptation of the novel Dreck by … Read More

Ma Femme

Funny Bloody Funny

February 3, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Archive

I knew I was in for something different when I picked up the flyer for this production from a café table. It was shouting out for a review – something to do with the parental warning (not recommended for children … Read More