Monthly Archives: June 2011

Donkey Savants?

Father’s Day 2011. D is at a softball tournament at a beach on the Med and the lovely missus is feelin’ poorly. So J and I decide to take a little drive to the beautifully-named town of Bonrepos-Riquet (‘bonrepos’ meaning … Continue reading

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Let’s Give it Up For…

Writing for Airbus One Magazine, I got to cover last week’s ‘Show Your Talents’ event at Airbus, a talent show devoted to bands that feature Airbus employees. I went to the last show on Friday and got to listen to and … Continue reading

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Woody Woodpecker, Sonic and Friends, and Fievel Junior

My other idea for this story was, “While Jim Wrestles the Alligator, I’ll Stay in the Hut with the Native Girl.” But I was afraid readers wouldn’t get my reference to ‘Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” You need to be ‘of … Continue reading

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What Exactly Goes into a Safari Nugget?

Ostrich? Zebra? Lion? The answer is at the end of the column. As faithful readers of this blog know, our favorite discount grocery store, Lidl, likes to run weekly theme sales.  I’ve written here and here and here about Lidl’s … Continue reading

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Odd Stories From France

Way back when we started our three-year tour in FR – which is nearly five years ago now – I received a phone call from a reporter for the Connexion magazine.  This is an English-language publication primarily for Brits who live … Continue reading

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Italian Day in France

Yesterday, in the nearby small city of Colomiers, there was a little festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.  (Note: Hard to believe but the US is older than the country of Italy.)  The “Pasta Man” (aka … Continue reading

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Springtime at Chez Newman…

And the flowers are everywhere. We rent our place.  But before they moved out, the owners put in zillions of flowers and flowering bushes and trees.  So every springtime, we’re treated to a season-long display of color. And while I … Continue reading

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