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I understand that kind of thing can be frightening, it took me some time before writing anything personal on ET. I only mentioned I had come back from Lanka after months. Now I'm ready to spill out anecdotes as fast as the CIA can archive them.

Well I think the ET meetups should lift the veil off a number of us. I for example am totally normal without my hijab, and I've managed to keep it a secret that I'm in the Bulgarian olympic bobsleigh team.

by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:32:28 PM EST
I have a more permanent blog-persona privacy control :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:35:35 PM EST
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Well I've managed to keep my family name a secret for now (though not really, I made a mistake at some point, but I don't think anyone noticed it), and that's the most important part. I'll hand out one letter at a time to those I meet personally!
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:38:32 PM EST
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Which is ?...

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:43:42 PM EST
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I keep anonymising my real-life stories and don't write about private life. (Though you got me break that once in December I think.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:14:34 PM EST
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Creep alert! Creep alert! I remember someone seeming to have posted your first name on a diary that I will not name. Why do I remember it? Because when I read it I thought "ahhh ok, that's why, ahhh".

Do you see which diary I'm talking about?

by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:17:32 PM EST
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I don't see nothing.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:19:44 PM EST
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I mean DoDo?
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:34:38 PM EST
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First name in the English rendition?

I vaguely recall it, but don't remember the culprit. Please do not refresh my memory :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:33:57 PM EST
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Yes, not the family name. I suddenly have erased all memory of this ever happening, so will not refresh your memory ;)
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:35:43 PM EST
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Stuff it. My memory refreshed by itself. Fortunately, due to a certain circumstance regarding ET, it would be rather hard to find it with Google.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:36:46 PM EST
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what is difficult to hide is that there is a bunch of fairies around here. Fairies of humour, abyssal economics knowledge, equations, cooking, train blogging and last but not least, reporting in high risk exposed areas like the streets of Toulouse... Which category do you belong to Alex ? Tough if you were allowed only one choice :)


When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:42:44 PM EST
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And as you could see in the Toulouse diaries, I wasn't exactly enthusiastic about showing my face. All people saw were my left thumb, my trekking shoes, (one of) my military pants, and my bicycle. I had a picture of my feet with tongs, with part of my legs and some pair of shorts showing, taken during the last demonstration (because some girls were pasting a poster right beneath me when I had gone back to last week's perching spot, so I thought I'd take a picture of them pasting it) ... but I chose not to publish it, thinking "then everyone will know what my feet/legs look like and what colour my usual tongs are". So I am a bit on the over-cautious side, but not as cautious as DoDo I guess.
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:52:11 PM EST
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exposing the colour of your tongs is not such a big deal. It is not like half of France had seen you naked...:-)

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:00:36 PM EST
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I don't think I'm ready yet to expose my toes and my ankles to half of France.
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:02:42 PM EST
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Well, maybe it's the other way around. I don't think France is ready yet. I mean we're talking about fabulous ankles here.
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:03:44 PM EST
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I'm sure there is a way round your dilemma.
Anyway, are you planning to wear boots on May, the 20th ?

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:07:19 PM EST
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Well as afew pointed out here, I'll be recognizable as soon as I walk through the door (since I won't be wearing boots, nor a bhurka).
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:10:42 PM EST
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I am more concerned that people know what I think down deep inside than what I look like. That is superficial, and does not last long. And I won't help it anyway no matter how much plastic surgery I do. :)
Too tired too translate and to google for the author, but " La vraie pudeur, c'est celle des sentiments "

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:18:07 PM EST
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Well there are possibly a thousand people I'd love to get in touch with again, and who could, who knows, be reading stuff I write here and recognize me ... and that would be great! But there also are a handful people I do not want to recognize me. Nothing to do with the mafia or fleeing anything, just people I don't want back in my life. So I don't mind the world knowing what I think inside, or how I got drunk one night, but I don't want them to say "hey are you the Alex from this place?". Damn I've said too much, this blog will self-destruct in 5 minutes.
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:22:50 PM EST
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I had suspicions about you right from the beginning;-)).

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:14:20 PM EST
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I need to know who tipped you off. No one was supposed to know I was in Turino.
by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:18:45 PM EST
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Noone but the Bulgarian intelligence services I guess:-).

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 06:25:04 PM EST
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Yikes! Umbrellas. Ricin. Watch out, Mr In Toulouse. (Oh shit, I've given the secret away...)
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 08:15:35 AM EST
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