Monthly Archives: December 2011

When Cultures Collide

I was inches away from death yesterday and didn’t realise it until moments afterwards. My wife and I have moved from England to the South of France, to Menton on the Riviera. It is the last French town on the … Continue reading

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David Gaughran’s New Book

David has just published A Storm Hits Valparaiso, his novel about the war of independence in South America. I’ve read extracts and am looking forward to reading the rest of the novel. It’s set in a fascinating period in history … Continue reading

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Internet blues

I’m not yet able to access the internet except in cafes and I’m really missing it. I hope to be back online in early January so until then my connection is a bit intermittent. Apologies to people who have sent … Continue reading

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hash Sample Sunday, Artful

I haven’t got a hash on this keyboard. But here is something for Sample Sunday CHAPTER 2 TRANSPORTED Most of the voyage was spent in deep gloom. There were several hatches in the deck and when the weather permitted these … Continue reading

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To France

s we flew out of Bristol Airport I was reminded of The Last of England, a painting by, if memory serves me well by John Everett Millais. It shows a young couple, the artits friends, sitting in a boat making … Continue reading

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British Telecom

The one glitch in the whole of our move from England to France came from BT. I rang them on Thursday 29th November to say that we were moving the next day and wanted to be disconnected at midnight the … Continue reading

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We have let our house fully furnished to a lovely young couple. Our most cherished items have been given to friends and family. Some things we want to hold on to but cannot take because of lack of space are … Continue reading

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