Ten a Day? – Hooray!

Ten a Day? – Hooray!

To read the news you would think that five portions of fruit and veg were a duty, penance or inconvenience. In ‘The Week’ magazine the story featured under the heading ‘Bad Week fo ...

Orange Wine Aperitif from South-West France

Orange Wine Aperitif from South-West France

I teach English in south-west France. One of my students, Anne-Marie, recently gave me a recipe for an apéritif that is quite marvellous : I know because she brought it along for u ...

Film: Cuban Fury

Film: Cuban Fury

This sounds like a post-apocalyptic missile crisis, when in fact it's a rom-com with a bit of Salsa dancing thrown in. So why the title? Well, Cuban Salsa is the form of salsa whic ...

Music: The Blues Band

Music: The Blues Band

It's inspiring to see what five fine musicians can achieve with only 'a modicum' of help from the record business. The Blues Band has ploughed its own furrow from ticket and CD sal ...

Walking is Best for Brains

Walking is Best for Brains

A study has shown that regular brisk walks can slow down the loss of mental ability that is associated with old age, and while it’s not being considered as a cure for Alzheimer’s, ...

A Weekend in the Basque Country

A Weekend in the Basque Country

Even in January you can join the stout-hearted bathers who take a daily dip in the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. It nestles to the east of the Bay of Biscay and is sheltered by strong ...

Book Club: Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

Book Club: Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

It was with an unfamiliar combination of excited anticipation and extreme trepidation that I embarked on Beyond Black. Having succumbed with every fibre of my being to the mighty p ...

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