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The Tanner Report: Norwich 0 Fulham 2

Fulham had a comfortable enough win over Norwich but the seven point gap to overhaul Cardiff for an automatic place seems too much. Still, we can only win our games and it’s 17 matches since we lost one. Norwich in mid-table had little to play for. They threatened on occasion but their [...]

March 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

Riviera art and a mysterious Dutchman

One of the great attractions of the Riviera is the quality and exhibition of its art. Not that many great painters were actually born there but many were drawn by its light, lifestyle and opulence to resettle: Miro, Picasso, Matisse, Chagall all moved here. One of the most interesting stories is [...]

March 30, 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

Ball tampering scandal

The ball tampering scandal has been well covered here and elsewhere. I will therefore only add one point. The common denominator in match-fixing and now ball-tampering  is to get a young, malleable patsy to do it. Cameron Bancroft, who had a poor Ashes, was both young and expendable. Herschell [...]

March 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Colombe dOr

Yesterday we visited for lunch another great institution la Colombe d’Or in St Paul de  Vence. It’s only 30 minutes away by car from La Petite Maison but quite different. It’s a hotel, not an international brand. I suspect though though there never be a poll that la Colombe d’Or is the [...]

March 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Cours Saleya market

You might be surprised to the answer to the question “What part of Nice do I enjoy the best ? It’s not the Promenade Des Anglais which can be tacky and scabrous in the middle section where peddlers and worse gather. It’s not the Chateau which has a lovely park with breathtaking views but [...]

March 26, 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

A la Colthard

Like Bob, I always look forward to the annual Rust pilgrimage to Nice with girlie expectation. We might even start another great Rust debate as to the merits or otherwise of visiting the same place. On one hand, we all know Nice well as this is our third time but on the other as life draws on [...]

March 22, 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

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