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No frills, no fun

There are few things in life I enjoy less than travelling on a budget airline. From booking to getting the boarding passes to travel, the whole process is one where I grit my teeth and bear it. Take yesterday, for example, when I was travelling from Nice to London Gatwick on easyJet. Neither Polly [...]

April 17, 2018 // 0 Comments


Sanary has an interesting literary history. Aldous Huxley, Cyril Connolly and Sybille Bedford all lived there. Sybille Bedford wrote a touching account of her childhood there in Jigsaw. Then the German Jewish writers notably Berthold Brecht fled there in the thirties. Nowadays it attracts more the [...]

April 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bad day at the holiday

The phrase “bad day at the office” seems to mean a connection between work and a bad time but this can happen for whatever reason, at whatever  place. Yesterday it happened to me on holiday through a combination of bad service, bad weather and bad luck. The plan was an over night stay at [...]

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

an unpleasant incident

Yesterday I intended to travel to Golfe Juan to meet some old friends of my parents for a lunch. I was rather worried about taking a tram for the first time to the station and Sebastian kindly offered to meet me at the stop to explain how the ticket machine works. As I get up early I had time to [...]

April 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

You live and learn most days

I cannot remember which Southern railways franchise has been getting all the flak for the past few years but it’s entirely possible that it’s the one that sends trains from the London terminals down towards Portsmouth Harbour upon which I travelled to Chichester in West Sussex yesterday [...]

April 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Nice-not nice to walk/easyJet/internet

Given the Promenade des Anglais, it’s ironic that I should believe that Nice is not an agreeable place to walk. The pavements are too narrow, you take your life in your hands on a pedestrian crossing and the scooters are about as accommodating as Stukas. I like to stroll best in the section [...]

March 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

a la Colthard

A topic that came up for discussion which has be come relevant in post-Brexit UK is could one live abroad? My own view is that if I did I would not choose France. There is an attitude of unhelpfulness  bordering on the rude. There were two examples yesterday when  Bob and I had our morning [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Une Journee sur la Cote

Michel Di Vacri We so enjoy the Rust visit here. ‘Monsieur Tickle’ as he is known is quite a character in a region where many British characters have settled. They chose a good time of the year. In May we have the Cannes film festival and Monaco Grand Prix so things get hectic and stay [...]

March 24, 2018 // 0 Comments


The advance party left a cold and blustery Sussex yesterday early morning and within 5 hours we were enjoying the Royal Sea Food platter in Nice’s finest fish restaurant. The party comprised myself, Daffers and her p/a,  a French lady called Valerie. Valerie had immediately established her [...]

March 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Internet – blessing or curse?

A discussion we oldies often have on the Rust is how we cope in the digital age. A friend of mine put it rather well “Our generation has had to go from nothing to word for windows overnight,” I regard it all as a challenge. When it goes well I get a certain feeling of pride but when [...]

March 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

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