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Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Life, Love And Laughter In Our Little Bit Of Chianti In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Tuesday January 15, 2019 (16:27:26)   (272 Reads)
Welcome to my new look column. Those who have followed my column over the last few years will know that I have historically written about the previous month and the happenings therein. My new column will be looking at the here and now, and the exciting events happening in the near future.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Bonne Année ! From Rural Burgundy

Posted by: marelebas on Sunday December 30, 2018 (09:34:54)   (238 Reads)
I am typing this on 30 December in the lull between festivities. First there was Le Réveillon on Christmas Eve, with champagne, foie gras and oysters. Christmas Day came and went, with turkey or goose and bûche de Noël and, for new expats, the baffling absence of Christmas crackers, not to mention mince pies and Christmas pudding. God bless the British Corner Shop, which sends Christmas delights all over the world.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

It’s All Greek to Me!

Posted by: gwaijai on Sunday December 30, 2018 (08:30:00)   (213 Reads)
Now, what ever does that mean?
Okay, maybe not Greek but the subject of Chinese had me spouting similarly when I first landed in Asia many years ago, especially the written form which has remained a source of fascination not to mention great torment ever since. At least the Greek alphabet is vaguely familiar via algebra and physics, so learnable methinks; even reading and writing French at school seemed manageable but as for those unfathomable Chinese characters, well, where the hell do you start?    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Christmas In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday November 30, 2018 (09:12:09)   (292 Reads)
Advent, the traditional run-up to Christmas, begins on 1 December, but the big sales drive starts soon after La Toussaint on November 1. The Christmas market season starts on December 1. Here at Maré le Bas the dates to remember are Corbigny (8/9 December) and Lormes (15 December).    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

White Truffles And Roasted Chestnuts In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Monday November 12, 2018 (11:47:58)   (72 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 October 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

November In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Monday October 29, 2018 (09:25:24)   (313 Reads)
Pumpkins and Chrysanthemums

I am typing this on 28 October. The clocks went back last night and everyone is preparing for a long weekend of socialising. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Hallowe’en has not caught on here despite the best efforts of the local supermarkets. Pumpkins are on sale, but nobody carves lanterns. Here pumpkins are for cooking, especially soup.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

A Bad Case Of Wind

Posted by: gwaijai on Saturday October 20, 2018 (08:01:08)   (479 Reads)
Typhoon Mangkhut approaches (Photo by NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite )
No, I’m not talking about the unsociable aftermath of last night’s aloo gobi; I refer to an atmospheric disturbance, believe it or not, of an altogether more vicious persuasion: Typhoon Mangkhut, very powerful, you may have heard about it. Although we’re used to handling cyclones here, when experts start talking about the most severe storm ever known to man and an impending disaster of biblical proportions it gets you thinking that this could indeed be a bit of bother.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Autumn In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday September 28, 2018 (17:09:34)   (508 Reads)
Quarré les Tombes is a pretty village with an enticing weekly market. Its claim to fame is not its unremarkable church but the large number of empty stone sarcophagi (tombes) in the graveyard surrounding the church.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Heat, Heat And More Heat

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday September 15, 2018 (10:54:23)   (475 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 August 2018. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

I Saw You Coming

Posted by: gwaijai on Thursday September 06, 2018 (14:06:34)   (670 Reads)
Hong Kong rents can be high so choose carefully
The most expensive place to live screams yet another annual report on expat living. Really? I’m not sure. In fact I sometimes wonder if these authors are referring to the same city in which we live. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Hong Kong’s cheap; it is of course a major world city with all the baggage that entails but whether it’s significantly worse than anywhere else of equal standing, especially after other costs are factored in, deserves discussion.    more ...