Podcast: Francophonie

This is, confusingly, in Montreal: Square-Victoria metro station. Image: Mtlfiredude/Wikimedia Commons.

Stephanie’s been to Paris, and I’ve been to Montreal, so this week we’re chatting French-speaking cities.

Where does the Parisian Metro stand in the pantheon of underground railways? Why does the whole of Paris smell of wee? Which country is Montreal actually in? All these and more questions are answered within.

(Also, a genuine question which we discuss: Which is the largest French speaking city in the world? It isn’t Paris.)

Then we ask the audience what weird phenomenon or tradition were they most surprised by when they moved to a new city.

And painfully, inevitably, we discuss the UK’s looming general election.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

 

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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Podcast: Uber & out

Uber no more. Image: Getty.

Oh, capitalism. You had a good run. But then Transport for London decided to ask Uber to take some responsibility for the safety of its passengers, and thus did what 75 years of Soviet Communism failed to do and overthrew the entire economic system of the Western world. Thanks, Sadiq, thanks a lot.

In the unlikely event you've missed the news, the story so far: TfL has ruled that Uber is not a fit and proper company to operate cabs, and revoked its licence. Uber has three weeks to appeal before its cabs need to get off the road.

To commemorate this sad day, I've dragged Stephen Bush back into the podcasting basement, so we can don black arm bands and debate what all this means – for London, for Uber, for the future (if it has one) of capitalism.

May god have mercy on our souls.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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