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Paname will explore some of the unusual, forgotten or unlikely stories about Paris and the Parisians who lived there. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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32. Chanel No.5

October 2nd, 2021


Coco Chanel has certainly left her mark on Paris fashion, but did Paris leave its mark on her? Come with me in this episode to find out about the design and the story behind her iconic perfume Chanel No. 5

Sound design …

31. The Statue of Liberty (part 2)

August 30th, 2021


In part 2 let's find out how the statue was built and what we can find to remeber her by in Paris.

Sound design from the talented Christopher …

30. The Statue of Liberty (part 1)

August 10th, 2021


In these episodes we are once again on the trail of a statue that is no longer here but for a very different reason to last time. The statue of Liberty, as you probably know, was a gift from the French to the Americans. …

29. Marguerite Durand

July 20th, 2021


Marguerite Durand, Belle Epoch feminist, journalist, pioneer and animal lover. Famous for having a pet lion called 'Tigre,’ having once said "Feminism owes a lot to my blond hair" and for generally standing up to the …

28. Death & the Statues

July 5th, 2021


During the Nazi occupation Paris and France, saw the sad demise of many of their bronze statues. In this episode come with me to find out what happens to statues when they die and how to remember something that is no …

27. Charlotte's Skull (Part 2)

June 19th, 2021


Part 2: find out what happened following the assassination of Marat and the Execution of Charlotte.

Music and mixing from the talented Christopher …

26. Marat's Bathtub (Part 1)

June 8th, 2021


If you are at all familiar with the French revolution you may have come across the painting by Jacques Louis David called ‘The Death of Marat', one …

25. Danton's Finger

May 22nd, 2021


In this episode my attention has been captured by a gesture, a  finger - the pointing finger of the sculpture of Danton causing me to wonder why and …

24. Ducks & Dragons

May 8th, 2021


To end our look at signs that gave their names (sort of) to streets let’s visit  two lovely streets and discover two fabulous stories; Rue des …

23. Zamor

April 24th, 2021


In this episode we will look at two shop signs. One that is still in place, and one recently removed. ‘Au Negre Joyeux’ and ‘Au Planteur.’ Do …

22. The Headless Woman

April 10th, 2021


Shop signs in Paris go back to as long as there have been shops; they were colorful, creative and often full of word play. Particularly successful …

21. Poor Saint Julien

October 22nd, 2019


In this episode discover the story of Poor old Saint Julien and the much overlooked church that bears his name. Once a glorious place of learning it …

20. Richelieu, the salaud?

May 28th, 2019


This episode has been inspired by the book ‘Rue des Salauds by Oscar Lambert.’  The premise of his book is that many of the streets of Paris the ‘rue’ have been named after important or famous people thought history …

19. The Haunted Chair

February 18th, 2019


Believe it or not in Paris it is quite possible to become immortal. In fact there are 40 immortals here right at this very moment.  So come with me …

18. The Immortal Clockmaker

August 22nd, 2018


In this episode as we delve into the urban legend of the Immortal Clockmaker as well as exploring time and timepieces around Paris: from the many curious and often overlooked sundials with their incredible mottos to …

17. The Alchemist Nicolas Flamel

July 8th, 2018


Who doesn’t like a good story about the mystical world of Alchemists? Certainly JK Rowling does, as did Victor Hugo, both of which make mention of …

16. Love

March 26th, 2018


In this mini-episode I look at some of the alternatives to the non-tradition of the horrible Love locks which parasite the bridges of Paris and have …

15. The Bloody Barber of Rue des Marmousets

March 20th, 2018


Growing up in London I was familiar with the story of Sweeney Todd the bloody barber of fleet street who would cut more than your hair before …

14. The Obelisk

March 13th, 2018


The obelisk, at over 22 meters high, made from rose Granit and weighing in at an estimated 227 tonnes sits proudly in the centre of the Place de …

13. The Flood of 1910

March 6th, 2018


Paris has avoided destruction time and time again in her long history.  Saint Genevieve got down on her knees and, as if by miracle, Attila and his horde avoided Paris. Vikings came and went, siege, disease and urban …

12. A Whiff of Grapeshot

January 28th, 2018


Come with me to the Saint Roch church and  have a look at some of the scars left on Paris. These particular ones date all the way back to the …

11. Homme Rouge

December 22nd, 2017


There is a legend that tells of 'Le Petit Homme Rouge', the Little Red Man that haunted the Tuileries palace for over 300 years, between about 1570 when it was built to 1871 when it was burnt down by the Paris …

10. Saint Médard

November 20th, 2017


"God is forbidden by order of the King to perform any more miracles in the cemetery of Saint-Médard."

Find out why in this episode.

For pictures & …

9. La Cour des Miracles

October 28th, 2017


La Cour des Miracles, so named because each night, as if by miracle, the blind would regain their sight, the deaf hear their names being called and …

8. Landru

October 12th, 2017


In this episode we will be finding out about one of Frances' most famous serial killers, a storybook monster come to life: Henri Desiré Landru, otherwise known as the real Blue Beard. Like his fictive namesake he …

7. La Guillotine

September 26th, 2017


When the French talk of The Revolution of 1789 they might want us to think ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ but most of us probably think of the …

6. The Gouffé Affaire

August 17th, 2017

Following on from the last episode we discover how sometimes the Paris Morgue did indeed help to catch a villein but not as you might expect. The …

5. The Morgue

July 4th, 2017

Between 1864 and 1907, behind the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Parisians in their thousands would go to visit the public morgue and see the unclaimed …

4. Bertillon

June 22nd, 2017

Meet Alphones Bertillon, the French Sherlock Holmes. He revolutionised police work and his legacy lives on this very day and yet his stubbornness …

3. Père Lachaise

June 13th, 2017

Let's take a walk through Paris' most famous cemetery and discover how, even centuries after their death, the tragic love story of Abelard and Heloise changed the fortunes of this cemetery, making it the number one …

2. Bastille

May 31st, 2017

In this episode we will discover what elephants, giraffes and ancient Egyptian mummies have to do with Bastille and where the prison went. Intro …

1. Paname

May 20th, 2017

In this episode we will discover the story of 'Paname' and how if Paris made the fortune and reputation of Gustave Eiffel Paname destroyed it. Intro Music ‘La Danse Nostalgique’ by The Owl.
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