The Secret Throne

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March 21, 2014

Instead of a rambling post about the layout of the University Arts faculty I thought you might appreciate my musings presented in a more creative manner, today.  There follows my March offering to the Strasbourg English Writers Group – a true story – enjoy! ****************** With his belly still luxuriating in its recently added contents […]


Cheese and Zombies

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February 25, 2014

Stromae_2011 I first stumbled across the World Music section in Tower Records in my late teens. This, I thought, is where all the hippies must come to buy their whale and pan-pipe music. Considering it was supposed to represent the musical capacity of the majority of planet earth – it was pathetically small. [...]


Are you an asshole?

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October 25, 2013

A few weeks ago I noticed that the wheel rims on my town bike were looking rather mucky, and although I didn’t resolve to clean them at the time, today they are sparkling like new.  However, this is not because my Virgo natured self could not live with such uncleanliness but because, in the space […]


Make it happen

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August 27, 2013

It’s not often that the manufacturers slogan on a shopping trolley is worth a second look, in fact it’s never worth a second look unless you happen to be a buyer for a chain of supermarkets, however a recent visit to one UK chain store had me sniggering to myself … During my short time […]


VDM

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June 27, 2013

The French are rather fond of their acronyms.  If you’ve spent any significant amount of time in the country you’ll already know SMIC (minimum wage), CAF (family allowance), CMU (basic health cover) and maybe FFF (French football federation). Unlike these ‘official’ acronyms VDM is more likely to be discovered in posts on Facebook, in emails […]


Get your kit off

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April 23, 2013

Any visit to the Strasbourg-Alsace region wouldn’t be complete without a quick nip across the border to the famous spa town of Baden-Baden for a dip in the waters.Eaux les bains There are two sets of baths that you can check into for a few hours of relaxation: the Friedrichsbad, which is advertised as a “Roman-Irish” spa, and the Caracalla, an all-encompassing spa for the masses. The Roman-Irish experience, although I have yet to experience it myself, combines classic hot baths (Roman) with sadistic cold ones (Irish) [...]


M and M-Pokora

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March 26, 2013

My current status as a student, and teacher of students, has recently required me to make a bit of an effort in the hipster department. I am no hipster, and I usually wear regular trousers, but having some grasp of what’s hip in France is becoming more important as I try…


You don’t fart a cable

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March 4, 2013

The verb for “to fart” was something I learnt early on in my studies of the French language.  I don’t remember why now – but it probably had something to do with an awkward situation in a lift.  Anyway, the verb in question is “péter” (pronounced petay) and it is, for obvious reasons, seldom heard […]


Dross 17

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February 18, 2013

If you’ve ever flicked through the channels on offer on France’s digital terrestrial service (TNT) in search of some quality late-night entertainment, it is very likely that you will have skipped past channel 17 on more than one occasion… and I don’t blame you. Currently labelled as “D17″ (D for dross or diabolically-bad I assume) […]


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