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Gonzaga’s First Defeat

February 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, France, UCLA

The upside to getting an English-language-based TV package, here in the south of France, is that it allows me to look at about 50 sports channels broadcast in a language I more fully comprehend. The downside is, when sports events are live in the U.S., it is some time after midnight in France. When, in […]

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End of Line for Arsenal’s Wenger?

February 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Arsenal, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, soccer

This has been an oft-revisited topic over the past five or six years. Has Arsene Wenger, on the job since 1996, stayed on too long as coach of English Premier League side Arsenal? Increasingly, the answers have come back, from fans and pundits, “Yes. It is time for Wenger to go.” The criticism of his […]

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My Childhood Chum: The Scourge of Wine Pretensions

February 8th, 2017 · 1 Comment · France, Long Beach

Let’s get right to it. A recent example from the irreverent/spiky/pissed-off/influential wine blog of my childhood friend Ron Washam: There are too many f***ing wineries. Why do we need so many wineries? Really. All of you who are planning to start a winery some day, or your own label, DON’T! You’re not that good at […]

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Trying Out ‘Good Morning!’ on Californians

January 19th, 2017 · No Comments · France

A key part of French culture, certainly in small towns, is to greet everyone you encounter while walking or jogging with a hearty bonjour! That is, “Good day!” At first, it struck me as a sort of empty gesture, a cultural tic, probably conveying “we both know we don’t really mean it but it’s the […]

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The Zing in Trappist Beer

January 7th, 2017 · No Comments · France

I am not a huge fan of brew or breweries, but I like a good dark beer. I’m the guy ordering Guinness stout on tap. One of the wine shops in the nearby town also sells craft beers, and that interested me, for that one night in 10 I feel like a beer would be […]

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Sunny, Not Warm in the South of France

January 5th, 2017 · No Comments · France, Languedoc

We expect some chilly weather here, given that we are further north than 90 percent of the continental U.S. But this batch of weather has been the coldest we have seen in more than a year in the south of France. Tonight? A low of 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes, below freezing. Tomorrow night? A forecast […]

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New Year’s Eve in the South of France

December 31st, 2016 · No Comments · France

This was a fine idea. An anglophone couple on the other side of our little town — about 150 yards away, that is — hosted a “reception” for New Year’s Eve. A fine idea, and also handy on the safety/law-and-order front, in that most of the people who arrived walked less than five minutes to […]

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Bob Bradley: Did Premier League Detour Keep Him from U.S. Job?

December 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment · English Premier League, Football, France, Galaxy, Russia 2018, soccer

Well, that was ugly. And perhaps unfortunately timed. Bob Bradley, the first American to coach a team in one of Europe’s biggest five leagues, was fired by Swansea City today — only his 85th day on the job of the English Premier League club. He was a dead man walking since Swansea’s 4-1 home loss […]

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NBA, Hanging Santa on Christmas Day

December 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, France, Lakers, NBA, NFL

We concluded most of our holiday activities on Christmas Eve, aside from getting a photo of “hanging Santa” (above, info below). So that left me free to eat a lot of turkey and watch NBA December 25th games till tryptophan and hoops overload knocked me out. I saw the whole of the game of the […]

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Christmas Eve in the South of France

December 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Languedoc

I like to attend Christmas Eve services. Preferably of the “candlelight” variety. I have attended one every December 24 since I was 13 — aside from one year in Long Beach when we got the starting time of a service wrong and arrived just as everyone was leaving. Options for church-going in this part of […]

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