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Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

June Is Bustin’ Out In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Wednesday May 29, 2019 (19:00:07)   (260 Reads)
Hands up all those expats who remember June is Bustin’ Out All Over from Carousel. Good old Rodgers and Hammerstein!

They should have added a verse about local happenings. On June 9 St Père’s annual Le Jardin dans la Rue brings in the crowds. Their Troc Vert is a swap shop for keen gardeners. There are exhibitions and entertainments, and a brocante (see my May effusion) with a garden theme.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

The Road To Hong Kong

Posted by: gwaijai on Sunday May 19, 2019 (09:28:15)   (233 Reads)
Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a teeming conurbation and wondered, somewhat despairingly, where on earth do all these people come from? Well, here in densely populated Hong Kong you can find yourself contemplating that little conundrum on a quite regular basis. And from where indeed is a wonder, for when the British first started sniffing around here, eventually taking up residence in 1842, it was little more than a barren rock as Lord Palmerston famously noted.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

The Fun Starts Here

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday April 30, 2019 (19:16:24)   (88 Reads)
Cervon: Spot the treasures among the tat!
May in the Morvan! Bluebells, fields of golden oilseed rape, the first lawnmower of spring – and the Morvan's answer to the British car boot sale, village fête or antiques fair: the vide-greniers, brocantes, foires and fêtes. Most sizeable villages host an annual event, usually advertised in the local free magazine, Le Criquet. Cervon’s vide-grenier is scheduled for May 5.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

April In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday April 14, 2019 (15:47:33)   (323 Reads)
Welcome to my new look column. For 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 is looking at the here and now, and the exciting events happening in the near future.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

April In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday March 28, 2019 (17:28:08)   (364 Reads)
Poisson d’Avril!

On April 1 French children stick a paper fish - a Poisson d’Avril - on the back of an unsuspecting victim as a prank. No KICK ME ? How tame can you get? Dennis the Menace could teach them a thing or two.

Why the fish? Always glad of an excuse for a little research, I googled Poisson d’Avril for likely origins. One suggestion is that in 1564 King Charles IX decreed that the year would start on 1 January instead of 1 April. That’s all very well, but April Fool’s Day is celebrated in many other countries.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

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

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday March 17, 2019 (12:04:50)   (107 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 is looking at the here and now, and the exciting events happening in the near future.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

Pigging Out

Posted by: gwaijai on Monday March 11, 2019 (14:04:55)   (311 Reads)
Chinese New Year lanterns at the Peninsula Hotel
One of the problems of living in Hong Kong, though not everybody would see it as such, is that barely four weeks after one’s Christmas bells have fully jingled along comes Chinese New Year and another sizeable dollop of festive gluttony. So this can literally prove a heavy time of year in which great discipline is required if body weight be maintained and the year of the pig greeted in a less than piggish manner!    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

En Marche! - March In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Saturday February 23, 2019 (19:08:55)   (127 Reads)
La République En Marche ! is the political party founded by Emmanuel Macron. When something is en marche it is on the move. En Marche! was the title of my first French textbook in 1953.

As I type Monsieur Macron may still be en marche, but he is not having an uneventful journey. Fortunately the violent protests and downright vandalism do not seem to have reached the Morvan. Meanwhile Theresa May in London must be wishing she had never heard of Brexit.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

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

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday February 16, 2019 (12:47:05)   (148 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 is looking at the here and now, and the exciting events happening in the near future.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Pancakes And Valentines In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday February 01, 2019 (10:40:04)   (404 Reads)
Around the middle of January our local shops are full of pancake paraphernalia: crêpe pans, electric crêpe makers and free crêpe recipes appearing in the supermarkets. A little early for Pancake Tuesday, surely? Well, yes: they are in fact gearing up for La Chandeleur, February 2.

Digression: I can never resist an excuse for a spot of research. In my student days research involved hours in the library paper-chasing through dog-eared index cards. It is a joy to be able to sit in my warm study and type ‘Crêpes history’ and sift through the dozens of references while playing online scrabble with my buddy Beardie in Yorkshire.    more ...