Monthly Archives: June 2011

June 29: Don’t give up

Lori La Locataire (it means Lori the tenant, but it just sounds so much more like her in French), who lives in our house in London, gave me some terrific advice the other day, advice she’s picked up from an … Continue reading

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June 23: Taking pictures

I pretty much always have my camera with me these days, it’s getting to be a habit. I often think of my friend Karena, who has been taking the most amazing photographs for more than 30 years, and always has … Continue reading

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June 18: L’Appel du 18 Juin

All French people know about L’Appel du 18 Juin. It’s the speech that Charles de Gaulle made on BBC radio from London on 18 June 1940, calling upon all French people to resist the Germans. The date didn’t ring any … Continue reading

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June 14: 93,000 words

When something prevents me from writing The Novel, I imagine my characters hanging about impatient and frustrated, waiting for the next thing to happen. The likeliest place for most of them to wait is at the restaurant that figures largely … Continue reading

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June 9: Rain or shine

There have been some spectacular thunderstorms lately. Nice usually has its own unique microclimate, so we’re not really aware of what goes on in the mountains right behind us, but recently it feels like they’re right on top of us, … Continue reading

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June 4: Apartment envy

I’ve been on a few uncomfortable train journeys over the decades. Two in particular stand out: from Hothot in Mongolia to where I forget now, but it took 12 hours, for all of which I had to stand upright in … Continue reading

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