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A grand day out

Posted on December 28th, 2013

Toulon rugby! One of the top three rugby union sides in France, Toulon fields a star-studded side, including Jonny Wilkinson, Andrew Sheridan and the Armitage brothers from England, Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau from Australia, Bakkies Botha, Brian Habana and Juan Smith from South Africa, Carl Hayman and Ali Williams from New Zealand, Frederic Michalak and Mathieu Bastareaud from France and Martin Castrogiovanni from Italy. The past two Saturdays I have journeyed to Toulon with friends to watch Toulon play at home. The stadium is conveniently located in the centre of town, so lunch is taken at a restaurant on the port, followed by a short stroll across the road to the game. Two weeks ago we saw Toulon beat the Exeter Chiefs in a…

How to use the internet

Posted on December 26th, 2013

French politicians have generally been slow to promote themselves via the internet. All that is changing. Here we see an upbeat, all-action video uploaded to YouTube by Jean Pichai, leader of the Union pour la Republique party, candidate for mayor of Pau in the 2014 municipal elections.  

Politeness pays

Posted on December 19th, 2013

  Proverbial tales of rude French waiters abound. Most of us can recall being treated in a casual, offhand, disinterested manner, as though we, the customers, are the real offenders. But which came first – the rude waiter or the rude customer? The owner of one small cafe in Nice, tired of brusque ill-mannered customers, has turned the tables. La Petite Syrah now displays various prices depending upon the level of courtesy displayed by the customer. “You can’t be truly rude until you understand good manners” – Rita Mae Brown