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Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

May In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday April 27, 2018 (17:43:15)   (391 Reads)
Bluebells and Dandelions

In late April the bluebells along the road to Lormes are a joy. They spill over onto the verges, but are best under the trees. ‘Bluebell’ is an apt name: the flowers look like clusters of little blue bells. Disappointingly their French name is jacinthe des bois, or jacinthe sauvage: wood or wild hyacinth. Botany rules ok, as with our forget-me-not: le myosotis.    more ...


Columnists > Chuck Bolotin

Chuck Bolotin

How Bad Is The Corruption In Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua And Belize?

Posted by: ChuckBolotin on Sunday April 22, 2018 (21:51:33)   (8148 Reads)
It's time to answer the question that's the elephant in the room: how bad is the corruption South of the Border?

As the founder of Best Places in the World to Retire, I'm often asked by those living in the US and Canada (what we'll refer to collectively as "North of the Border," or "NOTB"), the following question:

"How bad is the corruption in Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua or Belize?" (I'll refer to these countries collectively as "South of the Border," or "SOTB.")    more ...


Columnists > Naomi Madelin

Naomi Madelin

Integrating - New School, New Language, New Culture

Posted by: nimnom on Thursday April 19, 2018 (10:31:47)   (362 Reads)
Learn with your child
When we moved to France (at rather short notice) in March last year, we threw our two girls, aged 7 and 9, into the local school.

Our experience was one of learning. This article aims to pass on some of our experiences, and lists my tips for smoothing the way in a new school, new language, new culture.

It was a learning experience for all of us and I hope others can learn from it.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

All Change At Hong Kong

Posted by: gwaijai on Wednesday April 18, 2018 (06:38:38)   (459 Reads)
Cunard Queens in Victoria Harbour
With jumbo-sized poignancy an amusing thought struck me recently; and it was all to do with the very spot on which I stood. You see, had I been there during my previous Hong Kong life, I’d certainly have risked arrest for being a loony or, even worse, flattened by flight BA27 on its arrival from London Heathrow. But no more, the planes have gone and the site having undergone an audacious change of use now accommodates, would you believe, cruise ships!    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Certaldo Weddings And Mafia Hats: March In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday April 15, 2018 (09:24:36)   (304 Reads)
Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is March 2018. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Chuck Bolotin

Chuck Bolotin

Unanticipated Results Revealed In Mexico Expat Healthcare Study

Posted by: ChuckBolotin on Monday April 02, 2018 (13:42:00)   (539 Reads)
Expat healthcare in Mexico study cover
One of the most important questions to be answered for anyone considering moving to Mexico, and especially for retirees, is "How is the healthcare?" This newly released study provides some unanticipated answers.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Joyeuses Paques - Easter in the Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday March 29, 2018 (14:28:06)   (446 Reads)
I am typing this on Maundy Thursday, March 29, jeudi saint. Today Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will attend the service at The Free Chapel Of St George in Windsor, where the Maundy Money will be distributed to 92 men and 92 women - representing each of her 92 years.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

Wake Up!

Posted by: gwaijai on Sunday March 18, 2018 (13:32:42)   (369 Reads)
Visiting grasshopper
No, not you! But if that is your alarm clock I can hear ringing even from here then perhaps you ought, you’ll be late and you know how tetchy that new boss of yours can be. Actually, I’m talking to our local insects and especially those who’ve been lazily, and very sensibly I must say, snoozing away the winter. For today (5th March) the Chinese calendar tells us is their special day to stir. And you know what? They did!    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

The Month of February in Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday March 18, 2018 (12:01:49)   (425 Reads)
Benvenuti and welcome to all my lovely followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is February 2018. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

March in the Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday March 01, 2018 (14:43:14)   (467 Reads)
Brrr!

I am writing this on February 28 and the temperature outside is minus 7. Taking into account the windchill factor, it may be as cold as minus 12. My father used to say, ‘Wind in the east, cold for man and beast’ and the British media have dubbed this cold snap The Beast from the East.The sun is shining, but we have closed the shutters to keep in the expensive heat.    more ...