• 2015 Surreal Conversations: No. 1

    Surreal conversations are a way of life for expats. You suddenly find yourself being washed down a river of total incomprehension. That happened to me today, but this one wasn’t of my making – for a change! I was at the pharmacy buying some French Lemsip equivalent (not quite the...


  • Day of Mourning in France – Journée de Deuil

    Yesterday, as you are no doubt aware, was a bad, sad day for France. An act of terrorism directed at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, has left twelve people dead and twenty-four injured, four of them severely. You can’t also have failed to notice that the message...


  • French Schoolbooks Going Digital – Slowly

    The use of digital textbooks in French schools has risen sharply in the last three years, according to a survey by TNS Sofres on behalf of school textbook publishers Savoir Lire. However, it seems that further growth is being hampered by a lack of funds to acquire hardware and content. In...


  • Turkey Tails

    We don’t have as many turkeys as we did before Christmas – no surprise there – but we still have four: three blacks (two males, one female) and one white male. For the last few days the two black males have been displaying non-stop. Well, they do stop occasionally to...


  • High Speed Holidays

    These have to have been the fastest holidays ever. It really only seems like five minutes since we were collecting Caiti from Chateauroux station, but this evening I dropped her back there for her return journey to Canada. It hasn’t started smoothly. SNCF have decided to be awkward and introduced...