web metrics
The Vendée Blog

Sail of the Century

9 June, 2014 @ 11:15 am
My Drivel, Plumbing & Other Nonsense | 3 Comments

Parasols. Loath them or simply despise them, you can’t ignore them in this climate. In summer, in the South Vendée, you have to have shade.
So why do I dislike parasols? Simple: they fly. No matter how heavy a base they might have, at the first moderate breath of wind they take off (sometimes quite gracefully) [...]

Continue reading 'Sail of the Century' »

Badger –vs- Orang-utan

23 April, 2014 @ 5:21 pm
My Drivel | 4 Comments

I found myself on the horns of an ethical dilemma.
Since viewing orang-utans in San Diego and learning of their plight at the hands of rapacious corporations bent on destroying their habitats and replacing rainforest with vast areas of palm oil plantations, my eldest daughter has been mounting a small but vocal campaign on their behalf.
Out [...]

Continue reading 'Badger –vs- Orang-utan' »

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 [...]

Continue reading 'French Cooking in the New, Old Fashioned, Way' »

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 [...]

Continue reading 'The Koala Brothers: A Complete System of Business Management for the 21st Century' »


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.

Continue reading 'Opps' »

Man & Horse

6 October, 2013 @ 11:07 am
Uncategorized | Comments Off

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 [...]

Continue reading 'Man & Horse' »

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 [...]

Continue reading 'Signs of Life' »


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 [...]

Continue reading 'Horizontal' »

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, [...]

Continue reading 'The French Paradox' »

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. [...]

Continue reading 'The Monkey & The Organ Grinder' »


Jon Doust

  • Want to be my friend? All that stalking stuff was years ago...

  • Blog Roll