Monthly Archives: April 2013

Street life

I’ve got a date tonight. No, I’ve not plunged headlong into the favourite Parisian pastime of infidelity, I’m meeting a young man called Jean-François outside Pizza Hut in Les Halles. We’re going to sit at a table, drink coffee and … Continue reading

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Park life

Like any other teenager aspiring to be a rock star, I never thought it necessary to keep fit or learn to drive as I assumed I’d be dead by 27. Now I find myself sat here greying around the temples … Continue reading

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À bout de souffle

I’m at this annoying learning juncture where beginner is too easy and supposed intermediate is too hard. When I read subtitles when I’m watching a film I can hear the words and recognise them, though take the subtitles away and … Continue reading

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Mark Everett tête-à-tête

Here’s something slightly different. Eels are in town tomorrow, and I’m damn well going to watch them, at La Trianon of all places. That would probably count as my favourite venue in Paris if it didn’t normally have so many … Continue reading

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“Garçon, il y’a un mouche dans ma soupe”

I love living in France, but I wasn’t expecting UB40 to come back into my life in such a big way. On the radio, in the supermarket… People who claim the 1960’s were boom time for exporting music internationally are either mistaken … Continue reading

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I’ve changed my iTune

As with previous blogs I started with a flurry, and then some self-doubt creeps in, and you begin wondering how interesting in fact is “man lives in France”? My brother spent three years in Shanghai and I thought that was far … Continue reading

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Le Cave

Waking up with ‘Wichita Lineman’ blaring out of the radio while sun beats through the bay window… that’s what I signed up for. That happened on Friday, and was the start of my recuperation from a ghastly bug that laid me asunder from the … Continue reading

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