In these early days of April, 150 years ago, the communards had just failed to take the government position at Versaille and they were settling in to resist a long siege that would end in many being massacred, and others being shipped off to New Caledonia, where they would either

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What a joy to get up to #49 on the list of bird species I've identified around where I live, with the blauet, Alcedo atthis, common kingfisher in English. One of these distinctive birds plunged into the river and shook itself dry on a branch as I walked by.

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