Friday, 30 November 2018
|Chinese workers prepare for the festival|
It is possible that gilets jaunes will cause some difficulty of access so visitors are advised to check the media tomorrow.
|The 2017 display. Photos France 3 TV|
There will be lunch at 12 noon on Monday 3rd December following the monthly book swap. If you wish to be included please let me know as soon as possible and no later than the morning of Friday 30thNovember.
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Presently only the Pic du Midi has any skiable snow and the main resorts now hope to open on Thursday, 6th December.
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
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Monday, 26 November 2018
But equally upsetting to fans was the decision by the international federation to change the format of the Cup so that in future the final will be played in one country, decided by the federation, in 2019 in Madrid, over a two week period towards the end of the year. This will put an end to the fervent home supporters attending the matches they say (what if the final had been in Croatia? - perhaps a weekend trip is easier than a couple of weeks in Spain). No doubt the organisers will be thinking of the extra TV revenue this world cup like final will generate, but it certainly upset Noah and some of the team's players and followers.
Sunday, 25 November 2018
Police called to the farm a year ago thought they were in "fourth world" conditions and obtained an order to remove the animals. The man, who was to plead guilty, had failed to attend a previous hearing and equally was absent on Friday for the postponed hearing. Magistrates decided to proceed in his absence and will announce their decision on 14th December. Despite the seriousness of the offences the prosecutor and magistrate seemed more sympathetic to the man's state of mind than the various lawyers representing the civil complainants.
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Friday, 23 November 2018
There is no doubt that the anti-government feeling is high, but sympathisers of the movement should be aware that the "leaders" may have other agendas.
Thursday, 22 November 2018
|Station fire: pic France 3|
The cause of the fire is unknown, though foul play is not suspected.
Trains from Toulouse will terminate at Capdenac and the service Figeac-Aurillac and Figeac-Brive are suspended at present.
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Our final show of 2018 is Coward at Christmas, a cabaret for Noël, brought to us by award-winning veteran of the West End stage Simon Green together with his accompanist and musical director David Shrubsole.
Simon and David promise to "sweep you through some of Coward's most enduring melodies in glorious arrangements, both traditional and re-imagined" in what is described as "a spellbinding evening of winning wit and wisdom, fervent emotion and irresistible charm..."
And as if that wasn't enough, we will be serving mulled wine and mince pies to ensure this Christmas occasion is a truly festive treat!
★★★★ "Too many Coward jewels to find favourites" Bloomberg Press
★★★★ "Perfect cabaret!" Backstage, NY
★★★★ "An entertaining immersion in the Coward style." New York Times
Sunday, 18 November 2018
Friday, 16 November 2018
Nobody is quite certain to what extent this will disrupt life and the police have been instructed not to allow total blockages to occur. Organisers have asked demonstrators not to block the hard shoulders on autoroutes and not to cause damage.
Local sporting organisations have cancelled junior rugby and football matches and some stores will be closing their doors, notably Leclerc in Gaillac and the Jardinerie Tarnaise in Albi may be closed.
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
|Glacier de Ossoue in 2017: Photo Andy Barrejot|
Experts examining the whole range of impacts conclude that if the warming continues over the next 50 years the major economic effect will be on winter tourism with the depth of snow being reduced by half. But also rainfall will be reduced - excepting the heavy downpours - affecting major rivers on both sides of the range and summer temperatures will be higher.
Ironically the report comes out just as some Alpine ski resorts are reopening and the Pyrenees will soon be following suit. But possibly in 50 years there will be no Christmas ski breaks in the mountains.
Details on this link to the Halle's website. https://www.halledelamachine.fr/infos-pratiques/horaires-tarifs/
Saturday, 10 November 2018
Friday, 9 November 2018
This year is the centenary of the Armistice of the Great War (to end all wars..) and some villages are having special events. At Puylaroque the commune has an exhibition in the Salle des Fetes of memorabilia, with a video depicting the bravery of its citizens. At Verfeil sur Seye in the Salle des Fetes there will be an open forum for local people to tell their stories and memories. Varen sees the launch of a book telling the history of a local poet who went to do his duty and died in the trenches, but whose letters to his family told a poignant love story.
Puycelsi has the Maitrise from the Conservatoire of Toulouse performing the Durufle Requiem Mass and English songs.
We British will sport our poppies in memory of all the Allied troops (including thousands of Commonwealth soldiers of all races and religions) and take part in the "pots d'honneur" offered by our communes and some will lay wreaths at the war memorials. Our presence in this foreign field is a reminder of how many of our fellow citizens died here in France alongside the "poilus".
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PS among other events note the Comite de Fetes of Arnac is holding a loto in the Varen Salle des Fetes at 15h...lots of lovely prizes. Respectful?
Thursday, 8 November 2018
The company offering the service, Indigo Weel, intends to launch the scheme on 12th November and to follow-up with electric cars, bicycles and even "trottinettes" - those little scooters we associate with children.
But to use a 50cc equivalent scooter you need to be over 18, have a French ID and driver's licence.
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
But the memories did not end then and every year people assemble at the various monuments bearing the names of local young men who died in that war and subsequent conflicts.
As a special event the Maitrise of the Conservatoire de Toulouse, under the direction of Mark Opstad, will be singing a selection of music including the Requiem of Durufle and songs by English composers. This choir was voted the best in France in 2017 and awarded the prestigious Lillian Bettancourt Foundation prize.
A poignant feature of this concert is that the Maitrise comprises mainly children aged 11 - 18 who are Mark's pupils and who are from a generation which should be reminded of the sacrifice their great grandparents made and the futility of such conflicts.
The concert starts at 16h (4pm) and takes place in the beautiful church of St Corneille at Puycelsi.
Tickets are 15 euros for adults and may be reserved from Ross and Ginny Jenkins on 0563 33 15 84
Monday, 5 November 2018
Sunday, 4 November 2018
If I hear an American citizen say “ but Trump is doing good things for the economy” I might scream.
Saturday, 3 November 2018
A hunter taking part in a sanglier battue had fired the shot, in contravention of the rules banning shooting near to houses.
Despite the entrenched rights of the chasseurs, many readers of Taglines consider that the rights of the general public not to have their lives unnecessarily endangered is paramount.
Friday, 2 November 2018
|Photo Jacques Demartin/AFP|
Selling through a website called enlyseeboutique.fr the mugs and T-shirts have raised 30000 euros, the profits being distributed to three homeless and migrant charities. The young entrepreneurs who launched the scheme are looking forward to Christmas sales boosting the amounts they can hand over to help the homeless and migrant groups around Calais.
It is claimed in a poll that 78% of French drivers find the call to the blockage justified. The price of all fuels, for vehicles and heating, has risen considerably this year, led by a worldwide increase in oil but augmented by fuel duty rises imposed as part of the government's carbon reduction obligations.
Despite the widespread support in principle and the demonstration being on a Saturday it is not known how many drivers will actually take their vehicles into action. But unless you want to take part it may be wise to give the big city entrances a miss that day.
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