The Grocer’s Son: the way we were

The Grocer’s Son/Le Fils de l’épicier

Director Eric Guirado has given us a slow-paced film. Slow like life in rural France where it takes place. Slow like the developing romance at its centre. Slow like the rebuilding of the family’s relationships. Slow like the emerging self-discovery of its main characters. Slow like the growing bonds between the stand-in mobile grocer and his customers.

Antoine Sforza (Nicolas Cazalé) has been sacked from his waiter’s job. When his father is hospitalised, he returns to help in his family grocery in a rural French hamlet. He brings his friend Claire (Clotilde Hesme) with him, hoping to establish a sexual relationship.

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It’s the end of the World as we know it and I feel fine.

With much doom and gloom being channelled in the media, I thought it would be interesting to canvass our blogocrats to find out whether it’s actually making any difference to your day-to-day spending.

For example, in recent weeks two economists have predicted that one million Australians will be unemployed by the end of next year, and that the country will slide into an albeit brief recession by the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2009.

Housing values are also tipped to drop, despite the Australian government’s increase to the first home buyers grant.

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Coulda, shoulda, woulda…. but didn’t

I see that Marion Jones has made an appearance on Oprah where she says that she still would have won even if she didn’t take the drugs.

Yeah – woteva. She cheated, got caught and is now disgraced. Case over.

BlogoFAQ Update

Thanks to Zoe we now have a piece of HTML to put links into text. Have a look at the BlogoFAQ page for details.

Economic thread XII

I really did not know what to call todays thread. Will the market surge like yesterday (which I got wrong)?

Westpac seem to have shrugged off any profit concerns by just posting a 6% rise in profits. So it is not all doom and gloom.

(previous thread now closed – bring the discussion here. And sorry for being late with this new thread).