My Mazamet

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Our first friends to come and stay arrive in three weeks! Actors, surprise, surprise. One of them I nicknamed Chimney-Sweep many years ago. He’s from a place called Wakefield- and … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 24 Comments

The distribution (for those interested in design)

When I talk about the house it’s probably confusing, so here’s a not quite to scale sketch of the distribution: The green salon, grey salon and dining room face the … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 20 Comments

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Announcing a series on religious hate groups & their methods.

There’s no other way to begin this than with an apology to fellow bloggers VW, CF and RSM. They were right, I was wrong. Here is my public mea-culpa. In the … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 34 Comments

Upstairs/downstairs; Examining staff quarters

For comparison’s sake I have to start with the grand staircase. That’s because I think it’s the most shocking example of inequality/aristocratic thinking. As incredible as it may seem to … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 23 Comments

Religious Methods: thimblerig , sophistry, legerdemain, chicanery

  If we look at the current crop of religious anti-human rights websites we find a very amusing recurring argument that goes something like this; They start with the false … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 16 Comments

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

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

Arguing religion at face value and why it’s a waste of time

“It is the law of the brothel. This type of marriage will never be anything but an immoral and scandalous concubinage. A form of incest.”— Spokesman for Catholic Bishops (El Pais archive) … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 44 Comments

A victory for secularism and a lesson to the world

“That generosity the Yes Equality campaign was depending on came through. The decency of the Irish people was not limited to the liberal leafy suburbs of Dublin, nor the solidarity … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · 31 Comments

Roof-work, kitchens and sculleries

Now there’s a good picture for proportion! Doesn’t he look tiny? He’s replaced eight broken roof tiles and repaired cracks on the chimneys. Fortunately the roof is in quite good condition. … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 11 Comments

Serious Cultural Differences (regarding women)

This has been a very interesting surprise. I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a culture where sexism was so frowned upon. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, but … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 7 Comments

In which deeds are signed

At last! Transaction complete, the house was paid for in full Thursday. No more mortgages, hurrah! Thursday was Mike’s birthday, so it was a great day for it to happen. Married on March 2nd, his birthday … Continue reading

March 7, 2015 · 9 Comments

In which one is married

This morning at 10am, in total privacy, we were married by the mayor. Our two witnesses were the deputy mayor and a councilman. By 10:30 we were having champagne (yes, … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 45 Comments

The 20’s & the 50’s

I’ve always found it interesting how in Palladian (or simply symmetrical) structures the scale can be utterly deceptive in photographs- unless there’s a human being in the picture to serve as … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · 14 Comments

Just another mini-update. Of furniture and new homes.

Home alone, as Mike is off to Burgundy to see a double dresser on stretcher legs in Burgundy. Nearly identical to the one above except instead of three drawers it has … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 18 Comments

Habemus Villa. Deposit paid this morning!

And so… this is the new house! I think it’s quite dignified. You can’t see inside until the rooms are emptied and I start placing our things.

December 20, 2014 · 15 Comments

No time for fear, but still-

We were invited to dinner last night. It was lovely. Everything was beautiful, everyone amusing, the food was superb. Today the weather was glorious, 18 degrees and sun. Now the moon … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · 8 Comments

On a night like this Stufen comes to mind

And I found a rather glorious modern translation by Daniel Staechelin to go with it. “Stufen” by Hermann Hesse “Stages” As every blossom withers and every youth calms with age, … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 31 Comments

Countdown Mode

Finished packing books and cd’s. Mike actually did the bulk of it before he left. We still have to do the more fragile crystal and porcelain table lamps. There’s also … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 12 Comments

Here we go!

Mike has picked up the new car in Barcelona and is now in Alicante having the seats re-upholstered in black leather. He’ll be back Wednesday evening- and then there’s still packing … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 25 Comments