Thursday, 9 October 2008

Paris Motor Show 2008

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I have never been a petrol head, aka car enthusiast,  so it is a real mystery where Jack gets his passion for all things automotive.

It must have come from the Beeby gene pool along with his shyness and short temper.. hang on, no sorry - that last one is definitely one of mine.

Where were

A few years back Jack came home from school and started asking questions about cars and although his interests have extended now to include jet aircraft; his love for fast expensive cars is still very alive. 

We had a really interesting discussion around a year ago.. he was going on about all the sports cars he wanted to own when he grew up. I lead him on for awhile but then raised the problem of money.  After this concept had sank in, I dropped the predictable "if you worked really hard at your school work then maybe (one day).." This totally shut him up (for about a week) but eventually he came back to me with a better plan. "Dad, if I become an artist - I could sell paintings and make lots of money to buy nice cars".  

As mentioned in my tune-up earlier this week, I had promised Jack a special treat to reward his efforts at school.  I'm sure he will get a real buzz from the one-on-one trip up to Paris with Dad and yes I also fully expect to still be answering questions about the car show this time next year.. but it will have been worth it.  You can follow our progress right here.. I promise daily updates.

Despite my lack of interest in all things automotive  I am sure that there will be some interesting models to look at...  and you never know there might even be some cool cars as well:)

Well done to my niece Amy Beeby, and friends/ ex-colleagues Sean and Gary on winning the "guess the destination of our secret trip" competition.  Your prizes will be purchased in Paris this weekend. However, please note, they will not resemble the pictures opposite in any respect!!!!

Psst. This is still a secret so don't tell Jack - he thinks he going to Bordeaux on the train.

Paris Car Show Facts:

The Paris Motor Show, the original motor show now in its 100th Year, will be held at Paris Porte de Versailles, from 4 to 19 October 2008, taking up the entire exhibition park. Several hundred international brands and a record-breaking number of 90 world premières have already been announced, including several dozen new models using ground-breaking technology, avant-garde prototypes, all-new concept cars and dream cars!

As a venue for innovation par excellence, the Paris Motor Show also aims to provide fun and learning opportunities. As such, new events are on offer free of charge, including a learner track for eco-driving and an electric car trial track, not forgetting an indoor electric karting track and a fabulous exhibition on taxis from all over the world.

Tuesday Tune-Up


Welcome to the Tuesday Wednesday Ramble:

  • Wednesday Tune-Up doesn't quite rhyme does it - especially when many of you will only read this on Thursday.  The good thing about being your own blog boss is that I get to declare that the timing of all posts is intentional.
  • James was off school yesterday (Tuesday), he has a strep throat and a high temperature.  I took him to the doctor in Villefranche, who seems a really nice guy and he even speaks a little english.  We managed to overcome the language hurdles and James is on a course of antibiotics.  He was prescribed Augmentin, which comes in a powder form which we get to mix up ourselves: another novel experience.
  • We have been lucky this year, touch wood, as this was our first proper visit to the doctor.  Back in March Jack had to get a medical clearance for football.  I also used the opportunity yesterday to also get a clearance certificate for the Toulouse marathon.  Please remind me to do a post on how the health system works in France - I'm sure you will find it interesting.
  • James and Jack have both been doing extra hours at school on Mondays and Thursday.  It is part of a special assistance program run by the education department, to ensure kids don't fall behind.  In this case it is providing them extra language help.  Henry has not been included in the program, which is quite interesting but I won't go into lots of detail. 
  • Of all our boys, the full immersion into French school has been hardest on Jack.  For this reason and as an incentive for these extra school hours, I am going to take Jack away on a special secret treat this weekend - I'll have to make it up to the other boys at some stage.  I can't tell what we will be doing because it's a secret.  However one of these photo's opposite conceals a clue: the first person to correctly guess where we are going and what we are going to see will win a prize.  I don't know what the prize is because I haven't got it yet but I promise it will be worth the effort to submit your guess, click on comment button below.  Immediate family excluded, aka Ange that means you.
  • Like everyone else, we are watching the global financial meltdown with lots of interest.  The NZ Dollar is now trading at 43 cents to the Euro, that is down 14 cents from when we exchanged our funds for this adventure.  I wonder how much further this will drop when Bollard cuts the interest rate.
  • I have started a crash training program to get me at least half-ready for Toulouse on the 26th.  It is a bit of a shock to the system going from 24km a week up to 60km and the legs are sore.  Yesterday was rest day which means I'm due for a long run this afternoon..  I am very wary of hunters as at this time of year the place is crawling with them, especially on weekends, I have taken to wearing my bright cycling tops.
  • Ange took this photo of me typing up this post.  Yes, I know I need a haircut, our local coiffure is closed until the 10th.  I am holding a cast iron plaque for our house back home.. picked it up for the bargain prize of €3.
  • We have started to plan our return to the land of the long white cloud. December is still our preferred timing but there are lots of loose ends that need to be sorted.  We have both started to feel a bit homesick but even so we certainly are not in a rush to leave France or see this adventure come to an end.