Another thing I learned about on the evening news from France 2 is that we are now six months away from the selection of the host city for the 2012 Olympic Games. Paris has turned up the volume on its bid by finishing one part of its building plan for the games, a crazy tower depicting the five Olympic rings flying up into the air. The French have also illuminated several of the city's bridges and monuments in the five Olympic colors. You can read about it in this article (Paris aux couleurs olympiques, January 7) in Le Nouvel Observateur, which also has a picture gallery. You can see some more images here and here. It's a quirky and fun thing to have done.