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Columnists > Chuck Bolotin

Chuck Bolotin

Six Reasons It’s Better To Start Or Run Your Business Abroad

Posted by: ChuckBolotin on Friday February 23, 2018 (00:47:53)   (104 Reads)

Chuck Bolotin

There are lots of good reasons to start or run your business abroad. Here are six great ones.

Judging from my personal experience and observations as well as from speaking with others, I’ve come to the conclusion that it can be a very good idea to start or run a business abroad.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

Who Gives A Fu?

Posted by: gwaijai on Thursday February 15, 2018 (07:23:14)   (344 Reads)

Ben Zabulis

Well, that’s easy: in fact everyone does and especially at this time of year. You’ll notice them all over the place. Of course, I’m talking about the Chinese Fu character, newly purchased prints of which will be meaningfully plastered upon doors, lintels, jambs, walls, household goods and countless seasonal displays. No doubt you’ve realised, Chinese New Year is imminent and by the time you read this article it will be here and we’ll all be celebrating like mad.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

A Little Grumble And Some Great Local Cuisine In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Tuesday February 13, 2018 (12:01:20)   (368 Reads)

June Finnigan

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 January 2018. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Maureen Moss

Maureen Moss

A Walk In The Park

Posted by: maureenmoss on Thursday February 01, 2018 (20:37:34)   (1084 Reads)

Maureen Moss

The land known as the Parque Natural de la Mata y Torrevieja belongs to the state, and parts of it are rented to vineyard owners. In 1988 it was declared a protected area and a year later declared a National Game Reserve. In 1995 it became a Parque Natural.    more ...


Columnists > Chuck Bolotin

Chuck Bolotin

Is It Really Cheaper To Live In Mexico?

Posted by: ChuckBolotin on Wednesday January 31, 2018 (00:33:47)   (348 Reads)

Chuck Bolotin

It’s difficult to do any serious research about moving to Mexico and not read claims about how inexpensive it can be to live there.

Enjoy a complete meal of tacos $1.50!

Live on the beach for a third of what it would cost in Southern California!

However, many of these claims come from sources that, for one reason or another, are promoting travel or life in Mexico. Just how true are they, in reality?    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Pancakes And Valentines In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday January 30, 2018 (18:12:45)   (348 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Around the middle of January our local shops are full of pancake paraphenalia. A little early for Shrove Tuesday, you may think. Well, yes: they are in fact gearing up for La Chandeleur, February 2: the date when the Virgin Mary presented baby Jesus in the Temple. Like many other Christian festivals, La Chandeleur – Candlemas - has pagan origins, but the emphasis is on pancakes: les crêpes. See here for more details.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Winter Fashion And Christmas Markets In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Monday January 15, 2018 (15:45:11)   (416 Reads)

June Finnigan

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 December 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

An Offer I Couldn't Refuse

Posted by: gwaijai on Monday January 15, 2018 (06:25:20)   (340 Reads)

Ben Zabulis

‘Would you like to work for us in Hong Kong?’

Well? Would you? Will you? It was a question put to me many years ago. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. You see, I was working in Tokyo back then with my contract due to finish. I didn’t want to extend nor did I fancy returning to England, then came that question, lucky or what? Of course I said yes, who wouldn’t? Give me a year or two, I added, and I’ll come.    more ...


Columnists > Maureen Moss

Maureen Moss

Christmas In Cadiz

Posted by: maureenmoss on Wednesday January 03, 2018 (15:54:54)   (1102 Reads)

Maureen Moss

The sweet scent of marijuana mingled with lavender pleasured my nostrils each time I entered or left the resort. The entrance to Playa Ballena spa resort near Cadiz was grand – and once through the revolving door, the foyer sported the traditional sweeping staircase as well as two ultra-modern glass lifts, with a vast dining area to the left and equally spacious bar and entertainment stage to the right. We never made it to the spa area: too expensive for our budget, but no doubt it was equally impressive.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Bonne Année, Bonne Santé!

Posted by: marelebas on Saturday December 30, 2017 (16:31:43)   (502 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

I wish all my readers Bonne Année, Bonne santé! - a happy New Year, and good health in which to enjoy it. I also wish them better luck with their online researches than I had today. I typed ‘new year celebrations france’ and came across a site which is full of errors in both French and English (clearly neither English nor French is the compilers’ mother tongue!) and inaccuracies (la galette des rois is associated with Epiphany, 6 January; pancakes do not usually feature in New Year’s Eve dinners; and what, pray, is ‘a cruise ride’?).

Digression: My old English master (Ilkley Grammar School 1953 - 60) said, ‘Use exclamation marks as sparingly as if they cost £100 each’. Well, I have just squandered £100 (see above). Thank God it was hypothetical! There goes another.    more ...