Rank #1: 7. La Guillotine
When the French talk of The Revolution of 1789 they might want us to think ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ but most of us probably think of the Guillotine. Come with me as we find traces of her around Paris and discover how her status, stature and use changed over the 200 years that she was used as the means of execution in France.
Rank #2: 4. Bertillon
Music by The Owl: http://www.youtube.com/c/theowlmusic
and Poddington Bear.
Logo design by the fabulous Double Merrick: https://doublemerrick.myshopify.com
Rank #3: 3. Père Lachaise
Music from 'The Owl' find more of her work here: https://www.youtube.com/c/theowlmusic
Logo designed by the talented Double Merrick; find more of his work here: https://doublemerrick.myshopify.com
Rank #4: 6. The Gouffé Affaire
Music from 'The Owl' http://www.youtube.com/c/theowlmusic
Rank #5: 5. The Morgue
Music 'The Owl' http://www.youtube.com/c/theowlmusic
Further reading: 'Spectacular Realities' Vanessa R. Schwartz
Rank #6: 8. Landru
In this episode we will be finding out about one of Frances' most famous serial killers, a storybook monster come to life: Henri Desiré Landru, otherwise known as the real Blue Beard. Like his fictive namesake he had a full beard, even though it was not blue, and a propensity for murder.
Music from The Owl
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Rank #7: 15. The Bloody Barber of Rue des Marmousets
Growing up in London I was familiar with the story of Sweeney Todd the bloody barber of fleet street who would cut more than your hair before despatching you to his neighbour Mrs Lovatt to turn you into a pie. So imagine my surprise when, on moving to Paris I discover that they have claimed this story as their own. Sweeney Pierre maybe? I decided to investigate and see who really, if anyone owns this story and if I can find out if there is any truth in it.
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Rank #8: 9. La Cour des Miracles
La Cour des Miracles, so named because each night, as if by miracle, the blind would regain their sight, the deaf hear their names being called and the lame regain use of their limbs. In this episode come with me to the slum of 17th Century Paris precariously perched between the city proper and the outside world; a hidden den of thieves, outlaws and prostitues made famous by Victor Hugo in his novel 'Notre Dame de Paris.'
Music by The Owl
Rank #9: 11. Homme Rouge
There is a legend that tells of 'Le Petit Homme Rouge', the Little Red Man that haunted the Tuileries palace for over 300 years, between about 1570 when it was built to 1871 when it was burnt down by the Paris Commune. He appeared only to the inhabitants of the palace, in other words kings, queens and emperors and was, usually, a harbinger of doom or bad tidings. Come with me and find out more about this curious urban legend.
Rank #10: 13. The Flood of 1910
Paris has avoided destruction time and time again in her long history. Saint Genevieve got down on her knees and, as if by miracle, Attila and his horde avoided Paris. Vikings came and went, siege, disease and urban planners all reeked havoc on Paris. Both World War I and II threated Paris with ruin. So it was surprising for me to learn that the Seine, the river that runs through Paris, fundamental to the cities identity, nearly caused its downfall in 1910 when it flooded.
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Music: The Owl, Dance Nostalgique
Further reading: 'Paris Under Water' by Jeffrey H. Jackson
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Rank #11: 12. A Whiff of Grapeshot
Come with me to the Saint Roch church and have a look at some of the scars left on Paris. These particular ones date all the way back to the Revolution and can blamed a certain young Corsican and, in the words of historian Thomas Carlyle, a whiff of grapeshot.
Music by The Owl
Further reading Andrew Roberts - Napoleon the Great.
Rank #12: 14. The Obelisk
The obelisk, at over 22 meters high, made from rose Granit and weighing in at an estimated 227 tonnes sits proudly in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and at over 3,000 year old is Paris’ oldest monument. Come with me and lets find out about the fraught journey of the Obelisk from Louxor to Paris.
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Rank #14: 20. Richelieu, the salaud?
This episode has been inspired by the book ‘Rue des Salauds by Oscar Lambert.’ The premise of his book is that many of the streets of Paris the ‘rue’ have been named after important or famous people thought history even though some of them have rather dubious characters. On his front cover he writes ‘l’histoire leur a donner une rue… et portante’ history gave them a street… and yet’ We might say that they rue day day that they named the rue after them. Since the first entry to the book is non other than our old anti-hero Richelieu I thought it might be a good opportunity to look a little at the man himself, discover if he was indeed a salaud.
Rank #15: 19. The Haunted Chair
Believe it or not in Paris it is quite possible to become immortal. In fact there are 40 immortals here right at this very moment. So come with me as we explore the cloak and dagger, or should say the cloak and sword world of the Academie Francaise and the mystery of the haunted chair.check out my website or Instagram for pictures & transcripts.
Rank #16: 18. The Immortal Clockmaker
In this episode as we delve into the urban legend of the Immortal Clockmaker as well as exploring time and timepieces around Paris: from the many curious and often overlooked sundials with their incredible mottos to forgotten meridians, misunderstood meridians and of course clocks: old, beautiful defunct and even revolutionary.
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Rank #17: 17. The Alchemist Nicolas Flamel
Who doesn’t like a good story about the mystical world of Alchemists? Certainly JK Rowling does, as did Victor Hugo, both of which make mention of Paris most famous Alchemist Nicolas Flamel. But who was he? Did he really exist? And did he crack the secret that so many alchemists have been searching for – The Philosphers Stone - the key to eternal life and wealth? And what is alchemy anyway? come with me in this episode as I try and puzzle out what it is all about and go on the hunt for Parisian Alchemists.
Rank #18: 16. Love
In this mini-episode I look at some of the alternatives to the non-tradition of the horrible Love locks which parasite the bridges of Paris and have a look at few examples of love traditions from bygone days.
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Rank #19: 2. Bastille
Intro music 'La Danse Nostalgique' by The Owl, find more of her work here: https://oldowl.bandcamp.com/
Art work from Double Merrick, find his fabulous prints here: https://doublemerrick.myshopify.com
Rank #20: 1. Paname
Intro Music ‘La Danse Nostalgique’ by The Owl.
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