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    In 2 h starting the journey to meet my friends and see Mika in Barcelona! Let's go!
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    The Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/mika-interview-dealing-sexuality-painful/ 8 November 2019 • 4:00pm Mika interview: ‘Dealing with my sexuality was so painful’ More than a decade after he dominated pop, Mika has returned with music that channels the pain and beauty of his remarkable, incident-packed life “Why don’t you like me?” sang Mika in a gleefully petulant falsetto when he burst onto the pop scene in 2007. His glam-dance chart topper, Grace Kelly, was a gleefully theatrical outburst over the record industry’s failure to see where the gangling, opera-trained, Beirut-born, London-bred artist would fit into their catalogues. He was “too weird” for the mainstream. “Too melodic” for the alternative scene. And, according to one bigoted label boss, “too gay” for either. Mika proved them wrong by singing the rainbow of his possibilities: “I could be blue/ I could be brown/ I could be violet sky.” But admitted the search for approval had sent him “identity mad”. He was hurt by reviews which compared listening to his debut album to “being held at gunpoint by Bonnie Langford”. “That was great writing,” he says. “But it felt like being bullied at school.” Now, aged 36, he tells me it’s “time to be candid… to dismantle the last vestige of useless puda (shame) and make peace with who I am.” So he has re-assumed his birth name on a fabulous fifth album titled I Am Michael Holbrook, which finds him finally at ease in the full spectrum of his complex character and sexuality. Every song – written on a white piano at his home studio in Miami – is shot through with colour. “Yellow for love,” he says. “Blue for intensity. Green for jealousy and pink for sin and desire, which were one and the same for me growing-up against a Roman Catholic backdrop.” We met at this year’s Attitude Awards, where a Mika performed after receiving the 2019 Music Award. The event was scheduled for Coming Out Day: October 11. Mika himself didn’t officially leave the closet until 2012 and says those struggling with their sexuality should see the date as “an opportunity for storytelling, not a pressure. Dealing with my sexuality was so painful. When everyone tells you there’s something wrong with you, that gets absorbed. It takes a lot of kind people to make you really feel the absurdity of that self-hatred.” I watched him rehearse a set which bounces from Grace Kelly through Relax (Take it Easy) to the fun and filth of new single Ice Cream, which he describes as “a tense little poem about sex and heat”. He poses and prowls when singing, but his lithe, 6ft3 frame seems to collapse inward at the knees and elbows (like one of those little wooden toys with the press-up base) between songs as he repeatedly thanks his band for “some much patience, putting up with me”. Afterwards, he invites me to share his sandwich – “the relentlessly hospitable Lebanese in me cannot eat alone!” – he encourages me to “ask anything, really, just go ahead… pepper?” He wipes the sweat from his forehead. “I really need to go home and shower before the show. I haven’t been home in weeks.” He’s talking about his flat in London, not the grand house in Miami. He later tells me that he “comes from a place that doesn’t exist any more.” Michael “Mika” Holbrook Penniman was born in Beirut in 1983, the third of five arty-minded children. His dad “was a real WASP”: the Israeli-born banker son of an American diplomat. His mother was born in America to Lebanese parents. Civil war drove the family from Beirut when Mika was just one year old and they re-settled, at first, in France. “We anchored our identity in our Melkite Catholicism, storytelling and food,” he says. No longer religious, Mika is still “obsessed with food” and its colours: “roasted red peppers, stuffed green courgettes braised in chicken broth with sage, okra stewed in tomato sauce with a touch of cardamom and nutmeg, fattoush salad, crisp, Lebanese bread covered in puce, pomegranate syrup and sour sumac spice…” He tells me he lives “in a state of campaigning against the Western perception of the Middle East as arid and colourless. With the associations it has with destruction and a banalisation of Islam. Even as Melkites, we inevitably learned a lot about Islam and become defenders of the right kind of that faith. When our family comes together you will hear poems recited in classical Arabic.” Five years after the move to France, Mika’s dad was on a business trip to Kuwait when Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded. “He was taken to the American Embassy where doors were closed and Saddam’s troops surrounded them,” he tells me. “He was trapped there for around eight months, listening to the bombs and the snipers. Back in Paris, we lived in a suspended moment. We watched news reports and waited for him to send faxes. It was so strange that life went on as normal for me. I had to go to school in one world, knowing my dad was in a war in another world.” When Michael Holbrook Snr finally came home “he was so different – so thin and with a beard – that none of us could call him ‘dad’ anymore. We called him ‘Mike’. It made him cry, but we refused to call him dad ever again. He lost his job. We lost the house. Bailiffs came and took everything when we were at school and we left home in the middle of the night in our Toyota Previa.” It’s quite difficult to get Mika off the topic of that car: a “family mascot” which he still pays an average of £10,000 to keep on the road, although it has done over 170,000 miles “and stinks because my father was so deranged he would wash the car with a hose inside and out so all the colour came out of the upholstery and we had little plants growing in there.” When the Previa finally conks out, Mika intends to have it “chopped into hundreds of tiny pieces and placed into amulets, like the relics of a saint, to give away with the first thousand copies of my autobiography.” It was around the time his dad was in Kuwait that Mika realised he was gay. “A girl tried to kiss me and it just felt completely wrong,” he says. Over the next couple of years his teachers – first in Paris then London – became increasingly frustrated at Mika’s inability to read or write. “I’m dyslexic,” he says. “But they said I was stupid and unteachable. They made me stand on my desk for two hours at a time.” So his mother home-schooled him for two years. Looking for a discipline her son could embrace without written text, she found him a Russian singing teacher. By the age of eight he was singing at the Royal Opera House. “Because I couldn’t read music,” he says, “I would learn it all by ear, listening to Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw on my headphones. I started to have a lot of fun with crazy, contemporary s**t we performed at St Paul’s Church. I remember one with two chamber orchestras at different tunings: head exploding! But amazing.” The pop of Queen and Elton John was thrilling him at the same time. But his own songs often grew out of dark moments. His first composition was called “Angry” and today he tells me his bouncy, disco hit Relax was written “after I was evacuated from the underground after the 7/7 bombings. I had a long walk through a dark tunnel, then went home and sat at the piano. Does Relax do justice to the horror of those events? No. Was it born out of them? Yes. It’s about making sense of the world and also allowing it not to make sense.” The new piano ballad Paloma is named after his sister, who fell from her fourth floor apartment in Kensington and impaled herself on the railings beneath. “I only live 250m away. Her neighbour called me at 4am. I arrived barefoot in my boxer shorts. Seeing somebody like that… I can’t tell you. She was facing up at the sky. She said: ‘Mika, I’m fine, just get these people away and let me get up.’” He recalls the moment paramedics told him he would need to say goodbye to her. “I looked at her, she was so vulnerable, her body there for all to see. These tall Victorian buildings all around us, with silhouettes of so many people watching from the windows. "The lights of the cars and the ambulances flashing blue and there was no sound except for the motors. It was a communion of feeling. It felt the closest thing to a prayer I’ve experienced. It will now be written into my mind and body that that’s why a prayer is: wild, dangerous, horrific… and beautiful. I didn't realise how beautiful it was until I wrote Paloma: 'I found you fighting in the darkness but there was beauty in that too'". Paloma has now made a remarkable recovery. She is walking again and has given birth to a son. His silky new R&B single, Sanremo, was inspired by a family holiday when he was 13. “We escaped the expansiveness of france into the glamour of Italy. I could picture us all in the car: my bohemian overweight mother, her drunk friends. I was quite chubby. I can remember the feel of my damp, sweaty T shirt tucked into my beige GAP jeans. I could feel my thighs chafing, creating a rash I would have to address later. I had to confront desire. All those beautiful young Italians and the frustrated feeling that I would only ever be a watcher, not a lover. I fell in love with everybody at that age.” The Sanremo video, directed by W.I.Z., is set in 1950s Italy, and sees Mika’s character kissing his wife and daughter goodbye before heading out in search a male lover, anxiously avoiding suspicion from police, clergymen and others. “My record company wanted to block the video in Italy,” he says. “I’m very popular there as a judge on The Voice and they thought I would alienate fans. But I refused. I respect the intelligence of the audience I have there. Anybody who reveals themselves by being disappointed? Well, who gives a s**t?” In real life, Mika has found long lasting romance with filmmaker Andreas Dermanis. They’ve been together for 13 years and Mika says the colour of their love is: “All the greens of the English countryside.” The “quietness and kindness” of their relationship, he says, is a soothing contrast to the cartoon colours of Mika’s pop sound and image. “But I’ve always struggled,” says Mika, “with idea that bright colours are brash and untrustworthy. People mute colour to make it cool. To allow just enough self-expression to get their point across, while keeping themselves protected. And I love jades and ochres and sleepy greys. But our feelings don’t always come in tasteful hues. They can be strange and painful, dazzling and intense. Colour is everything to me,” he pauses. “It’s life. It’s music. It’s home.” Mika plays the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, on November 10. My Name is Michael Holbrook is on release now Mika: 'They said I was stupid and unteachable' Mika performing in 2007 Credit: Joel Ryan Performing with Beth Ditto at the 2008 Brit Awards Credit: PA Mika: 'A girl tried to kiss me and it just felt completely wrong' Mika: 'Our feelings don’t always come in tasteful hues'
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    We will! This was not about the hearts though but about the "We've missed you" sheets. I have 50 hearts and 30 sheets. This morning I thought I might have to throw something out due to my suitcase being overweight (8kg really isn't much! ) but I decided to throw out some extra clothing instead. Which might've been a mistake, my friends who are in London already said it's freezing cold there.
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    You know I was in the same mood between my 2 first gigs and brought a lot of stuff to the second one 😉 Yes Mika is giving so much to his audience that you can only get caught by him IMO The only one who is not moved by any Mika’s show is.... my husband... 🤣
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    Hmmmm...at least they are agree in one thing. Blue is a feminine color
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    Tomorrow start the REVELATION TOUR!!!
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    Everyone who is in London and will attend the party and or the gig tomorrow I wish you all the best time and a blast. Can´t wait for your reports
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    Hello from cold rainy London 😉 @mellody hope you still have warm clothes because it’s quite cold, the rain has just started a few minutes ago 🙄 @Anna Ko Kolkowska incredible the number of hearts that we will reach 👌🏻👍🏻😁 also from people from Facebook’ s group it sounds good 👍🏻 @Mikasister thanks Alba for your good wishes 👍🏻 Just like you, I wish I could be in Barcelona in 2 days, I would have the chance maybe to have a longer chat with you because my husband is not with me this time (not like in Madrid in 2015 🙄) But he is so angry that I have escaped for 4 days to see Mika 🙄 Well, I don’t care, life is short and life is right now 😁 I have already met 3 kind italian girls in front of the venue, they will be at the party tonight. Have a nice weekend MFCers 👍🏻
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    I wish I could be in London today but it was not possible this time. I hope you have a great time at the meet and have a blast tomorrow at the gig. Enjoy every minute every second Of Mika and his fantastic music!! See you on Tuesday with some of you!
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    Ah, ok. But anyway our fan actions will be noticed for sure 😁😁😁😁😁 I have as well only a small cabin luggage. And as well I removed some clothes 😁 I have a warm winter jacket so it should be ok. For the moment my mobile shows only 2 degrees. (I am in London already) I will go outside soon so I will find out if my decision was right 😆 Have a nice flight. See you soon!
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    and it was at this moment that i decided to finally give the Toyota Previa the Mika encyclopedia entry it deserves thanks for posting this interview Eriko, i couldn't read it since i'm not a Telegraph subscriber
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    I´m doing nightshifts until tomorrow and am busy renovating my dad´s house which I will own in 2 weeks. But I´ll go to Zurich, Paris, Luxemburg and Strassburg to recover my power again......
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    Photo by Getty images without watermarks https://t.co/2WUoOc51fZ?amp=1
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    Thanks a lot for posting @mellody metro.co.uk Friday 8 Nov 2019 11:44 am Mika calls for Brussels to ‘change’ amid Brexit as he returns to UK Mika is back, and he is bringing his new album My Name Is Michael Holbrook to the UK on his Revelation tour. But despite selling out his London date within hours of the tickets going on sale, it seems he has returned to Britain at a time of political unease. The star has lived in both France and Italy as well as the US, after he was forced to flee the city of Beirut as a child during the Lebanese civil war. Talking to Metro.co.uk, the 36-year-old opened up on how his past experiences have shaped his politics. He told us: ‘I think the unease is not just in the UK, I think it is more visible in the UK right now, because we talk about it more clearly. ‘But that sense of uncertainty is all over Europe right now it’s just a bit more hidden.’ The star has previously returned to Lebanon where he visited a number of refugee camps, and spoke to the people living there. Addressing the rhetoric surrounding immigrants and refugees, the Grace Kelly hitmaker continued: ‘What drives me crazy is when statistics or when immigration numbers are manipulated to provoke fear. ‘Then that fear is used to manipulate people’s political opinions and I think that is really, really dangerous, so that’s what drives me crazy, I hate seeing stuff like that happening. ‘I think that we are in a major transition period, I think that in order for Europe to thrive Brussels needs to change profoundly.’ Touching slightly on the UK’s ongoing battle with Brexit, he said: ‘Of course I would prefer for Brexit, and for the UK to remain in the EU, but at the same time this stale mate is so toxic right now it has got to move on, and it has got to change for one way or another.’ Mika for Prime Minister anyone? However, despite his political stance, the star couldn’t help but admire the UK as he showered it with praise. ‘I look at the UK and think, “God, there is nowhere like this in the world,”’ he gushed: ‘For such a small country with such an enormous reach with such an insane standard and such a high amount of excellence, it’s really unique there’s a lot to be proud about.’ But while the world appears to be in a dire state of turmoil, Mika’s career is flourishing, as he is selling out his shows across the globe like there’s not tomorrow. ‘What amazed me is the response from the live point of view,’ the Lollipop singer explained: ‘The market has changed so much so it’s impossible to say oh well you know, it’s not about selling records anymore really. ‘So for an artist like me, it’s about selling tickets, and we’re approaching sold out in almost every single venue in the world.’ Mika went onto say how he was extremely nervous about launching his current tour, but was touched by the response he’s had from fans. ‘I make melodic alternative pop music which is weird, because when you say pop music you think it has to be super commercial but it’s not, some of it is commercial but the rest of the time it’s quite niche – quite alternative, and quite melodic at the same time,’ he said. ‘So I was quite anxious about the whole thing. But the response has been really heart-warming in a market that nothing is guaranteed anymore, it’s so tricky nowadays.’ Mika is heading to Europe with his Revelation Tour and will be kicking things off with the sold-out show in Shepherds Bush, London, on Sunday night. Mika calls for Brussels to ‘change profoundly’ amid Brexit (Picture: Getty Images) He’s returning to the UK (Picture: Getty Images) The star spoke about his political stance (Picture: Getty Images) Mika was forced to flee the city of Beirut as a child during the Lebanese civil war (Picture: Getty Images) He’s currently living between Italy and the US (Picture: Redferns)
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    😂😂 that gig was incredible and definitely motivating to do all this stuff!! and i think i've just reached that stage😂😂
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    This goes out to everyone who will see Mika at his Revelation Tour: HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIVES AND ENJOY IT!
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    It will be interesting to see what the setlist is and if it will be more or less the same in the other places. Surely there will be some variation depending on the country but in general if it will be the same songs at each gig.
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    My pleasure @kreacher I guess Penniman's TOYOTA PREVIA was First generation (XR10, XR20; 1990–1999) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Previa#First_generation_(XR10,_XR20;_1990–1999) My brother ( age 64 ) had same one ( he has two sons ).
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    Thamks Deb n Mellody for organising this fab evening
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    I have a spare ticket for London
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    Just read through all messages, I love the idea of "We've missed you" and the paper hearts I have an hour and a half in the car with a friend if any more paper hearts are needed! Will be getting to the venue around 5, (if we can find it) do you think this will be early enough to get quite near to the front? I'm only 4ft10 and am my friend is 5ft4 (we both got tickets for our 16th birthdays)
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    Thanks Sabine 👍🏻 Wish you were here too 🤷🏼‍♀️ Have a nice weekend So I am on my way to the pub ... slowly but surely... 😉
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    metro.co.uk https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/08/mika-calls-brussels-change-profoundly-amid-brexit-returns-uneasy-uk-11066278/amp/?fbclid=IwAR0z2ttpxNx5Olwf3cwij4KpwJIHI1Kuo31GT4GbkwH0MOtgMFa-DMXKUIc Pfft, with that headline they make it sound like he's pro Brexit!
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    fantastic! I'm currently on 500 so we'll see how I go😂😂
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    Hi, you asked for a British fans take on the wording for the messages on the hearts and "We've missed you" signs. The following is how I had thought of wording it, if that is any help. If you wish to write either, "just" after the first song or "right" after the first song, both mean the same in this context and will be understood perfectly. You all have awesome abilities with the English language. My friend and I plan to do a few hearts and missed you signs Tomorrow. I would just like to wish everybody a very happy weekend. Those of us lucky enough to be going to London, may I wish you all safe and easy journeys and an incredibly fun time at Mika's concert. Please hold up this heart and back light with your phone during the song "Tiny Love". Thank you. Please hold up "We've Missed You" at the end of the first song. Thank you.
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    You're cute thanks for your love and comfort
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    Hi! There will be fans from everywhere around the world, we have a thread dedicated to this concert: https://www.mikafanclub.com/topic/33731-2019-mika-accor-hotel-arena-paris-france-22-dec/ Also you can ask in the French Speaking thread if you want to chat only in French, in the main forum the official language is English
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    @Emily2b Hey I have just remembered that english is your mother tongue Does that message for instructions sounds good ? And I prefer putting it behind, Mika won’t notice it from the stage and we can write it in normal size, not to tiny like 12 pts How many could you print Emily ? I think I can print like 250 I have to start the printing job now because I have a lot of stuff to do before leaving home for 4 days 🙄 Some of the « we’ve missed you » will be grey or black and white (like 20 maybe) because my ink cartridge is reaching the end, I finish it completely before changing it 😉 It gives a nice effect, though
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    Wow great @Emily2b 480 ! Congratulations 👍🏻 Only 260 so far 😅 Here is what I have tried for the message on my Ipad Arial Rounded MT Bold 138 points and behind, Arial bold 16 points Tell me MFCers what you think about it 😉 before I print them, thanks
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    Thanks a million @krysady !! Here is an extrait video from https://www.france.tv/france-2/ca-ne-sortira-pas-d-ici/ca-ne-sortira-pas-d-ici-saison-2/1109765-comment-mika-a-t-il-surmonte-le-harcelement-scolaire.html Ça ne sortira pas d'ici Comment Mika a-t-il surmonté le harcèlement scolaire ? Michel Cymes reçoit Mika, ce dernier revient sur le harcèlement scolaire qu'il a vécu étant plus jeune et dévoile comment la musique lui a été salvatrice. Google translator Comment Mika a-t-il surmonté le harcèlement scolaire - Franc.mp4
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    METRO metro.co.uk Mika reflects on ‘social consequences’ for LGBTQ + community in new music video Abigail Gillibrandn Wednesday 6 Nov 2019 3:14 pm Mika is back with a vengeance and has finally dropped his first album in almost five years, which goes by the title: My Name Is Michael Holbrook. And while we’re used to his pop anthems, like Grace Kelly and Lollipop, it seems the 36-year-old has not shied away from taking a political stance with his latest work. Addressing the social consequences for the LGBTQ+ community the star released an eyeopening music video for his single Sanremo – which is inspired by the 1960s. At the start of the four-minute clip, the radio can be heard introducing a new show where they will be putting ‘homosexuality under the microscope’. In a voice-over inspired by an interview from the time, the host talks to a man and asks why he has kept his sexuality a secret. He replies: ‘It’s unavoidable. I am certain my career will suffer. But I can no longer hide it and I hope I can give courage to others.’ Talking about the bold statement to Metro.co.uk, Mika explained why he reflected on the past in his new project. ‘The voice-over is based on a real interview that was recorded in the late 1960s,’ the We Are Golden hitmaker said. ‘It’s a man describing the consequences of his coming out publically, and I think that the LGBTQ community is one that’s getting more and more of a solid voice, there’s just so much more to it.’ He went on: ‘We have to acknowledge the more difficult times of the past in order to empathise with the enormous amount of countries where homosexuality and the LGBTQ community are still massively discriminated against. ‘There are 70 plus countries where homosexuality is illegal and so we’re talking about a very recent past.’ Addressing the video and it’s aesthetic, the star praised the director Wiz who helped him craft the masterpiece. ‘The theme for the video is set in a time when it’s the late 1960s where it wasn’t necessarily illegal, but the social consequences and the intolerance that was permitted,’ Mika said: ‘And as a result it was a disaster. ‘I think it’s also important to talk about that as it wasn’t that long ago – we’re talking about our parents’ childhood and our parents’ adolescence.’ Proud of his work, the musician continued: ‘But we wanted to do it in a poetic and beautiful way. It was inspired by Italian and French films from the 60s. ‘Even though it is politically engaged and has a statement, it is still beautiful and emotional. ‘I love the idea that pop songs that have catchy melodies can be poetic but also have something really important to say or something deep to say. ‘I really like that combination, I think it’s a good one.’ Mika is heading to Europe with his Revelation Tour and will be kicking things off with the sold-out show in Shepherds Bush, London, on Sunday night.
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    I just rang up the venue! Powerbanks are fine 😁
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    Oh and I had made some papers for La Cigale gig but haven’t had enough time to finish them I have just showed this one during « Tiny Love » :
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    Some explanation for non French or too young people ….. Catherine Ringer was part of a crazy group "Les Rita Mitsouko" that was very succesfull some …...décades (?) ago One of their hits is called "Andy" and Mika said once that the clip was one of his inspiration for "Elle me dit" Sadly the guy in the clip passed away some years ago but the woman still has a good solo carrer but more undeground that in the group years
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    Deb won't be there (see her post on the event discussion), but if you don't have Paypal, it's ok if you bring the money to the party. See you there!