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Columnists

Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Christmas In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday November 30, 2018 (09:12:09)   (199 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)   (44 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)   (256 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)   (399 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)   (465 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)   (443 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)   (609 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 ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Hamfest, Heritage Days, And The Bounty Of Nature

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday August 30, 2018 (16:56:20)   (312 Reads)
Hamfest

Charity Cottage is undersubscribed, alas. Since we opened our doors in 2012 Combat Stress, who receive 100% of our visitors’ donations, have sent us just one family (who enjoyed themselves so much that they came again two years later). Our friends and relations come from time to time. John places ads in his radio magazines, and in April Neil Robertson from Suffolk asked about availability in August. He had seen John’s ad in SPRAT, a magazine for radio amateurs.    more ...


Columnists > Shreya Kothari Sawala

Shreya Kothari Sawala

Skydiving - The Ultimate Adventure

Posted by: Shreya on Tuesday August 21, 2018 (18:59:59)   (282 Reads)
I wish that I could fly, Into the sky
So very high, Just like a dragonfly
I'd fly above the trees, Over the seas
In all degrees, To anywhere I please


Yeah! I grew up murmuring those lyrics from Lenny Kravitz’s song ‘Fly Away’. Dreaming about the feeling of flying high in the sky, over the seas and above the trees. As a child, I thought that it was impossible for humans to fly in the sky. As a child, I underestimated the power of man-made technologies. It was only when I grew up, that I came across the sport called skydiving. And there it was! It was the sport which let you fly! It was the sport which satisfied the adrenaline rush in you. Of course, I was immediately attracted to it and I added it to my bucket list. I am sure this must be on your bucket list too.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Art, Music And Culture In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Thursday August 16, 2018 (10:22:52)   (436 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 July 2018. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...