With a transport strike in Paris now underway, a breakdown with Blogger today (although it wasn’t exactly a strike, it almost felt like it) and the general strikeout by the Yankees (and maybe soon the Red Sox in the ALCS), it seems that strikes are in the air. And it doesn’t stop there. A quick google of union strikes and you will find the UK’s Royal Mail undergoing its largest dispute in the last 11 years (narrowly averted strike tomorrow). On the other hand, the German train drivers have called a strike for tomorrow as well. Even the BBC is under threat. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t speak about how my Philadelphia Flyers are striking it hot (4W 1L in first five games).

The threat of the Parisian strike over-running into Friday and Saturday means that the Rugby World Cup Final and runner up match could be impacted. Fans flying in from RSA are in for a rough landing… In a show of good sportsmanship, I encourage all Parisians to drop off Vélib bicycles at Roissy CDG Airport to help transport the South African and English fans into and around Paris. Finally, the plan to have Vélib…was it not a hidden way (by Mayor Delanoë) to try to get around the chaos of the strikes.

Tomorrow promises to be a messy day in Paris (notwithstanding the timing of the divorce announcement by Cecilia Sarkozy; what kind of strike prompted this decision one might ask?). Hopefully, a resolution and the sun (forecast) will come out in time for good fun rugby to take place. And, of course, victory for the Rose of England.

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