Workers self-help groups and socialism were associated with Limoges from the mid-1800s. The founding of the first French trade union (fr=syndicat) in Limoges was no accident for a town known across the country as red Limoges.
Follow the link in the title above for background information (in French) on the building itself and general history of trades unions and workers’ rights in France and Britain. Download these questions and see if you can find the answers.
Here are some additional confusing gestures from around the world. Hand and body gestures are powerful tools in expressing an opinion or flirting with a boyfriend. See this video (and others) by body language expert Vanessa Van Edwards for all the information. Italian designer Bruno Munari famously published a collection of 46 typical hand gestures in his Supplemento al dizionario italiano (1963) - all good clean fun! Take a look at social psychologist Amy Cuddy explaining research on how your body language can affect not only others but you yourself.
How to make porcelain was amazingly kept secret by the Chinese for 10 centuries. The story of how Europeans finally cracked the secret is better than a James Bond movie; industrial espionage, assassinations, madness, greed and ingenuity ! A good book to read on the subject is The Arcanum: Extraordinary True Story of the Invention of European Porcelain (1998) by Janet Gleeson