Tag Archives: humour

Picking the perfect pet

‘Aaaawwwww that must be lovely, all the cutesome little animals!’ people inevitably drool when you tell them you’ve landed a summer job working for the local vet. Honestly, have you all lost any capacity for logical reasoning? Think about it … Continue reading

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Lose half your body weight in a week! New miracle diet!!

Season’s end approaches here and thoughts turn once again to how to earn enough of an interseason living to keep the bills paid and the cats in expensive foul-smelling biscuits which they ungratefully regurgitate in the very spot where you … Continue reading

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It wasn’t like that in my day

I don’t know about anyone else, but recently I seem to have been bombarded with invitations to old pals’ reunion events. I’d put this down to my celebrity status and widespread popularity, but I suspect it has more to do … Continue reading

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Serious Saturday morning sense of humour failure

Right, that’s enough. Yes I know this is a tourist area and we need to be welcoming to all of our seasonal visitors, without whom the place would be a ghost town inhabited exclusively by a dozen gibbering old crocks … Continue reading

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How to live in France without becoming a miserable git

Rural France is paradise, right? Everyone knows it. Your friends come back from the Dordgogne gîte at the end of every summer and bore you rigid droning on ad nauseam about the wonderful lifestyle, the cheap wine, the endless sunshine, … Continue reading

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The complicated secret life of cats

Once upon a time, a man found a dented oil lamp in a junk shop. He polished it up, and upon the appearance of the inevitable genie, he wished to be a pussy magnet. (He was an unsubtle individual.) This … Continue reading

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The evils of shopping investigated

Judging by some of the conversations on expat ‘gosh aren’t I clever for living in France’ websites I could get the impression that I live in the only part of the country which has actually discovered retail. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Mad about cows disease

One of the more baffling aspects of life in France is the disproportionate importance attached to cows. In fact I’d go so far as to say that the French have a  disturbing obsession with cows. Admittedly we do live out … Continue reading

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A wine guide for the real world

Why, one wonders, do people feel the need of a ‘guide’ to drinking wine? You can drink all sorts of other beverages entirely on your own two feet without being made to feel obliged to wade through turgid ‘lifestyle’ pieces … Continue reading

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