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French with tears

In the old days you went off to Paris for the weekend with that certain young person in whom you were currently taking a special interest. These days, your occupation being what it is, you go to look at the buildings. But what to see? The Pavillon de l'Arsenal is the place you might start for information and, according to its pr people, its site now has an 'internet database of contemporary Parisian architecture'.

It probably does. But they seem to have jumped the gun if that prefix http://dev means what I think it does, viz that the site isn't quite ready for general consumption. Still by all means grope your way through text overlying sliding strips and in turn overlaid by round-cornered panels. There's a particularly amusing effect on one of the pages which features a pair of options in grey boxes which are meant to be clicked but which, in Sisyphean mode, follow the cursor, never allowing it to make contact.

I have to say the English version (look out for a pair of little flags at the bottom right) is a lot cleaner. Being French, you'd expect it to be the other way around. The search engine has such things as location, date, building type, the architect – and, a feature you would never see in posh old Blighty, the contractor.

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