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Monthly Archives: February, 2018

On this cold winter afternoon

  Last night was the coldest night in France this winter. It snowed on the Côte d’Azur and in Corsica. Here the temperature went down to -7, but that was … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 30 Comments

The Heart is a Burial Ground: The lost, wild world of Caresse Crosby

“She is credited with inventing the modern bra, launched Salvador Dali on the international arts scene and founded a publishing house for writers including Hemingway, Joyce and Faulkner. But the … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · 27 Comments

Beautiful Things: Indian Palampore or Genovese Mezzaro “Tapestries”

“A palampore is a type of hand-painted and mordant-dyed bed cover that was made in India for the export market during the eighteenth century and very early nineteenth century. Only … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 15 Comments

The African Textiles Are in Place

  I’ve missed these terribly. They’re either Ajar veils or Bakhnug shawls, which are part of the attire of Berber women. We had them in the hall in Sotogrande (the … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · 28 Comments

Mazamet: The property market this week

This just came on the market this week. I recognise it as I’ve gone by many, many times. This house faces the park on Avenue Albert Rouvière, almost directly across … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 37 Comments

Les belles demeures des anciens patrons mazamétains – 11/02/2018 – ladepeche.fr

“…Face au château, trois belles et grandes demeures. «Elles ont toutes appartenu à la même famille Vidal, propriétaire d’une des grandes fabriques de délainage. C’est d’abord le père qui a … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · 15 Comments

The Paranoid Style in American Politics | Harper’s Magazine – 1964

Richard Hofstadter was DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University. His book “Anti-intellectualism in American Life” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1964. This essay … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · 51 Comments

V.I.Poo

So we’re watching television last night when this advert comes on. I kid you not. V.I.Poo. Not a documentary about reality tv stars, but an air freshener. I’d like to … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · 27 Comments

Entirely Unreasonable

From -3 on Tuesday to +17 on Friday. Insane. Snow doesn’t have a chance in these conditions. Here’s Rudy in his work clothes. We have the impression the power’s gone … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · 17 Comments

Mazamet Under the Snow

Last night was the coldest night in France this winter. And this morning we had our first proper snow of the season. This year I was prepared and all the … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · 52 Comments

Enlightenment Now by Pinker via Bill Gates

Five interesting facts Gates liked from the book:  You’re 37 times less likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning than you were at the turn of the century—and … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · 12 Comments

Bidding on the Ritz: Paris hotel auctions furniture

  Artcurial Sale “The Ritz hotel in Paris is auctioning off 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects. The hotel, founded in 1898, reopened two years ago after four years … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 33 Comments