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Welcome to the new site!

Posted on May 22nd, 2012

The blog has been quiet recently, so perhaps I should explain recent changes, because the move has absorbed time that could have been spent writing posts. There’s still much to do, organising the photo libraries and cleaning up old posts, but I hope you like the new format. Blog Platform: Luberon Life was previously on Blogger, which restricted layout and flexibility. Experienced bloggers generally recommend WordPress, so I have moved. Subsequently, I discovered that WordPress is a work-in-progress, some bits don’t work with others, which has taken yet more time to resolve. Appearance: Just to impress you, I’m told the new site is written in the latest html5 and CSS.  It seems to work well in Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Unfortunately, if you remain in…


Posted on May 10th, 2012

Brigitte Bardot is alive and well and living in St.Tropez. At the age of seventy-seven, after forty films and four marriages, she now looks very different from her film years. The later part of her life has been devoted to animal protection, including campaigns against hunting, seal-slaughter, killing dolphins and the consumption of horse-meat. In 1999 she wrote to the Chinese president, demanding an end to torturing bears and killing the world’s last tigers and rhinos to make aphrodisiacs. She attacked Sarah Palin for her stance on gun control and global warming. But not all her activities have been as praiseworthy. She was once taken to court by a neighbour for having his donkey castrated because, she claimed, it was sexually harassing her own donkey and…

Fifty years ago

Posted on May 1st, 2012

Beyond the asparagus fields and the vineyards, there is a field used by the people of Ménerbes for burning plant cuttings and boxes. The rubbish included old magazines awaiting the next bonfire. They dated from 1958 to 1963, probably hoarded in an attic for the past fifty years.