Monthly Archives: May 2011

May 30: Stuff we eat

Joel says that he can be standing anywhere in the restaurant and suddenly Michele will be standing beside him and stuffing something in his mouth. I’ve experienced it myself – if she thinks the prawns are particularly succulent or some … Continue reading

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May 25: The Novel

My friend Emily emailed the other day and wondered whether because there hadn’t been much mention of The Novel, if perhaps it had fallen by the wayside. Non! It’s definitely progressing. I’m at the point now where I feel very … Continue reading

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May 20: Muffled in paradise

Ted, as you can see, couldn’t care less what language he hears on the radio. This is him listening to France Inter’s morning show, in which they are discussing the Dominic Strauss-Kahn affaire. They have been discussing DSK ad infinitum … Continue reading

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May 15: Cannes

They say that if you don’t see someone famous when you’re on Chiswick High Road, you’re not looking. One day as I was driving I noticed Vanessa Redgrave walking by herself, then five minutes later when I was waiting to … Continue reading

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May 13: Imposter Syndrome

During the very first days we were here I happened to walk past a window with notices advertising Cours d’Anglais. Being qualified to teach English, I had to stop for a look, didn’t I? I hadn’t even figured out what … Continue reading

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May 9: More firefighting

I’m afraid of the kitchen at the restaurant. I’m quite happy to pop behind the bar, and I don’t even mind going down into the pretty cavernous basement, but the kitchen… it’s not my territory. Everything happens too quickly, everything … Continue reading

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May 4: Stop, thief!

Nice Matin is daily newspaper here, which Joel has been referring to as Nice Menteur (‘liar’) for years. It is relentlessly local. Virtually whatever it reports relates to Azureens (people from the Cote d’Azur). To give you an idea, when … Continue reading

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