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French Cooking in the New, Old Fashioned, Way

9 January, 2014 @ 1:35 pm
Restaurants | 4 Comments

I don’t have many vivid memories of my childhood. For the most part I just have sensations: happy, carefree sensations. But I do have a few that are striking in their recall of detail.
One of these relates to a hotel restaurant in Limoges some 35 years ago. I was with my parents and we were [...]

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The Koala Brothers: A Complete System of Business Management for the 21st Century

12 October, 2013 @ 7:21 pm
My Drivel | 5 Comments

Books about business, and the business of going it better, are a fine business in their own right.
I had a line manager, some years ago, who devoured them, morning, noon & night. They occupied pretty much his entire working day. I think he regarded them as a form of on the job training. And, because [...]

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Opps

12 October, 2013 @ 11:14 am
Uncategorized | Comments Off

Er. Opps. Managed to lose all the comments on the post I made on October 6th. Useless. Sorry.

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Man & Horse

6 October, 2013 @ 11:07 am
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Lots of things have come to pass since I last managed to summon up the energy to write something (eternally over estimative of my abilities as I am) worth reading.
I’ve little doubt that I shall bore you all with a blow-by-blow account of them all in due course on the basis that passable material should [...]

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Signs of Life

28 September, 2013 @ 8:53 am
Uncategorized | 8 Comments

First this blog went very quiet and then it disappeared for a while. I’m trying to get it back on line permanently: this is just a temporary resurrection granted by my host to allow me to migrate the MySQL4 database to a new MySQL5 one.
I always feel that technology is somehow better if it [...]

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Horizontal

31 January, 2013 @ 10:01 am
Bonnie the Wonder Dog, My Drivel | 8 Comments

Okaaayy. So, my attempts to stave off whatever it was that laid low the wife & offspring last week by taking aspirin & oranges in quantity for the past four days have failed and I am now sofa bound with a temperature that suggests a fault with the thermometer.
The distaff side has declared me hors [...]

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The French Paradox

30 December, 2012 @ 7:46 pm
Edukation, My Drivel, Village Politics | 7 Comments

Now, I’m not talking here about the French Paradox which runs along the lines of “the French eat cheese, cream & fatty pork products from the cradle to the grave and yet still remain the leanest race in Europe and amongst the longest lived: how is this possible?”
Not that this isn’t quite an interesting point, [...]

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The Monkey & The Organ Grinder

7 November, 2012 @ 10:28 pm
My Drivel | 5 Comments

It’s sometimes a little crushing to have your place in the pecking order thrown into sharp contrast.
I ran into Jacques the builder at the dump this morning.
He was offloading a small consignment of defunct and profoundly ancient power tools; I was dumping the remains of the kitchen I had spent the previous two days demolishing. [...]

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Cocktail Time

31 October, 2012 @ 7:48 pm
My Drivel, Recipes, Sausages and Related Products | 6 Comments

‘tis the season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and aperos.
During the summer months, our friends and we see little of each other. We’re all busy. But come autumn a sort of social whirl restarts and we all hit the circuit for “pre-dinner” drinks.
Aperos means going over to someone’s house for anything from a swift glass of [...]

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The Living the Dream Thing

11 September, 2012 @ 9:50 pm
Useful & Sensible Stuff | 11 Comments

My wife was interviewed a couple of months back by one of those “Come & Live in France” magazines on the subject of moving to France with young children.
I’d quite forgotten she’d done this until the publisher concerned very sportingly sent us a copy. I’ve never really looked at one of these mags before, so [...]

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