My Mazamet

Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho

Canicule, the dog days of summer

From the latin canicula which means “small female dog”, the other name for the star SIRIUS. Classically it meant the period of time when Sirius and the sun rose and set at … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 24 Comments

Political Commentary: Why Gay Marriage Has Very Little To Do With Children’s Rights…

Originally posted on Corner of Alternative Thought :
THE SKY ISN’T FALLING! Ok. So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know by this time that the Supreme Court…

June 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

(The superb) John Oliver on Transgender Rights

June 29, 2015 · 13 Comments

Why Angela Merkel Is Wrong On Greece

An outstanding article by German philosopher Jürgen Habermas: “…Because the federal German Chancellor opted as early as May 2010 to treat investor interests as more important than a haircut in restoring … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 6 Comments

Why do people always need a point of reference?

“You know who you remind me of?” is a constant phrase. Why does anyone have to remind anyone of anyone else? Can’t we just be? When I lived in America … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 23 Comments

Hiding behind the children: the current tactics of the anti-gay brigade

Some of them are appalling individuals. Creators and fomenters of social apartheid. Others are ordinary people, caught up in the storm, parroting the discredited propaganda of old. Propaganda that’s been … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 23 Comments

A Brilliant Day. Does he classify as a Trojan?

Gay marriage, fabulous dinner, great time- but I’ve got to hand it to Mr. Tsipras, that was the best political move I’ve seen, E-V-E-R. He let the European right led … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 9 Comments

Terrace floors chosen and ordered

The choice was surprisingly easy. We wanted something that more-or-less matched the facade of the house, so it had to be grey-brown, and this was the only one that came … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 18 Comments

Many like to say to say racism and prejudice don’t exist

But the thing is, I know they do. I know because despite my intellect, I sometimes do very bad things. Twice, in just one day, I did things that I … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 19 Comments

Coincidences that aren’t coincidences; The Mother of Hydrangeas

They’re just glorious. At the moment we’re mainly using the kitchen doors (which are open in the picture) and it’s lovely to see those flowers as we go in and out. … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 12 Comments

A superb article in Le Monde which is a message to the British people

It’s in English and not too long, so definitely worth a read: Britain beware, Brexit could be your Waterloo ! But if you’re too lazy, the best part is the last … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 18 Comments

Spanish, Italian & French: O’Marseillais in Mazamet

We decided to try the little Italian place in the town centre today because I liked the look of it from the online pictures. We walked in and were greeted … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 7 Comments

Some numbers that’ll shock you

I was looking through the 2014 Credit Suisse wealth report– which shows just how precarious the situation on this planet really is. Most of us in developed nations have no clue.  You … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 18 Comments

Where’s the Armagnac?

Someone on the television mentioned Armagnac. I’d like some, but I have none in the house. We’re invited to lunch this Saturday. Somewhere in the mountains. There was a certain … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · 9 Comments


June 15, 2015 · 21 Comments

El Supremo de México avala el matrimonio homosexual

In a cleanly written opinion: The true objective of marriage is “la protección de la familia como realidad social”. “Como la finalidad del matrimonio no es la procreación, no tiene razón justificada … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

An Almost Kitchen

We’re nearly there. Three of the curved bits are delayed: The tall curved door and two pieces of the curved skirting. The Zimbabwean brushed granite is installed. It has a lovely … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 12 Comments

Harsh, but – No more Dukes of Palma.

In tomorrow’s BOE, there will appear the news that the title of Duchess of Palma is revoked from the Infanta (Princess) Cristina of Spain. Felipe VI has very high standards. … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 12 Comments

It’s all happening!

The shuttering for the terrace is done. Now the metal is going in. This afternoon the concrete gets poured. Also this afternoon, the countertops for the kitchen get installed. It’s so … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 17 Comments


We went to see this property today. It’s massive, It used to be a presbytery- but fortunately religion is dying down. Just fifty years ago there were thirty people living … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 28 Comments

And suddenly

…the silk curtains are up, and there’s music playing. The lighting is my lighting. Moody. The wind, the one that seems to have been following me from continent to continent … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · 29 Comments

An Exceptionally Beautiful Sound

And superb lyrics. Here’s Canadian artist Pierre Lapointe:

June 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

Schizophrenic Weather

We’re slowly trying to get accustomed to this completely different sort of weather. The temperature changes from day to night are drastic. Sometimes up to a 20 degree difference. Although … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · 14 Comments

In Bloom + New People

I’m doing my best to restrain my urge to fiddle with the garden- well, I’m trying to learn everything I can about English style planting as quickly as I can … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 12 Comments