• Ten a Day? – Hooray!
  • Orange Wine Aperitif from South-West France
  • Film: Cuban Fury
  • Music: The Blues Band
  • Walking is Best for Brains
  • A Weekend in the Basque Country

Celebrations

Power-down Christmas!

If my mother had warned us in advance that she had no water and low voltage electricity when she woke up on Christmas Eve, we would have flushed her out of her rural dwelling and dragged her off to spend Christmas somewhere else. Maybe this is why she kept very quiet! I... Read more

Outdoors

Le Sport

Le Sport

Sport. It doesn’t sound much in English, but try it in French – ‘Le Sport’ – so much more glamourous. In France anyone can go out for a gentle jog and say they enjoy ‘Le Sport’. So let’s forget about ‘taking exercise... Read more

Food

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 for The Health Conscious’ as it was revealed that we should be eating not five a day but  se... Read more

Happiness

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Why is this song making people so happy? It seems almost guaranteed to lift the mood. Is it delivering some kind of chemical fix? Certainly its catchy tune and beatific lyrics seem to be irresistible; the YouTube Official Music Video is getting a million hits a day, and... Read more

Music

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 sales for the last 35 years thanks to a loyal fan base who were last night... Read more

Travel

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 sea walls making the curve of its golden sandy beach irresistible to Basque Coast bathers... Read more

Cartoons by Alun

Facing the Facts

Ever wondered about the face you see when you look in the mirror of a morning? So has our cartoonist, the ever-observant Alun Evans. For more of his cartoons visit our Cartoon Gallery… where you can enjoy all the cartoons we’ve published so far! Alun’s career has taken... Read more

Festivals

A Cure for the Broken Hearted

At this year’s Latitude festival our correspondent Calvin Barden was offered a seat in the back of a converted ambulance to receive a literary cure for his troubles. He reports back …. Take Bibliotherapy to receive a Novel Cure, all dispensed  from the back... Read more

Film

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 which gives the male dancing partner the most opportunities to show off to the woman. Pr... Read more

Art & Culture

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 which gives the male dancing partner the most opportunities to show off to the woman. Pr... Read more

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