Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 24: Watching Charlie’s Angels in French

Joel is flipping through TV channels as I type, commenting, as always, on the real sync between what the lips say and what the voices say. Sometimes I flick through the channels and can’t find anything that isn’t dubbed. It … Continue reading

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November 18: Too chicken to snap

I have a photograph of a little round Australian surveyor who came round from the London Borough of Ealing to finalise whether or not they could grant us permission to start the building extension. He was among the first few … Continue reading

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November 12: Twittering

Nice-Matin, even though it is mentioned several times in The Novel, is actually a truly dire newspaper. After the attempted robbery at the restaurant, it published a factually incorrect story without even trying to phone Joel or Michele (see May … Continue reading

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November 9: Stormy weather

The beach here in Nice is stony, little gray ones called galets. I can’t remember the stones in Brighton, exactly, but they’re probably similar. Every spring, the town of Nice renews the galets, adding 6,000 cubic metres of them at … Continue reading

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November 3: Helicopters, spinning

Remember the opening scene of Apocalypse Now, when all the helicopters appear in the sky to Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries? That’s what came to mind this morning when I opened the shutters on our bedroom window. Seven huge helicopters … Continue reading

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