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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Holiday reading.....?
Order it now and you'll have it for the beach time....or, of course, you can pop down to Naples and see it for yourself, hoping it won't erupt again while you're there!

Vesuvius is the only volcano in the European mainland that erupted in historical times.

This volcano is currently under a temporary sleep by more than six decades, but scientists warn that the next big eruption could be as big as that one in AD 79, which buried the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killed roughly 16,000 people.

The crater is 1280m tall and located just 20km (12 miles) away from Naples, Italy's third largest city. But today, the population living around the volcano is about 3 million; at least 300,000 of those living nearby would be killed by the next eruption if not evacuated beforehand, according to the first three-dimensional computer simulation of an eruption.

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The book will also be available soon as a paperback  

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Today - 1st May........
Shop open 1 may.......
 Satanism....Sexual....whatever...the fact is that on the 1st May, wherever it's celebrated as May Day or Labour Day, 'Fete du Travaille'.....or whatever - it's one day that most people do not work on!  Here in France where holidays are quite plentiful, but rarely respected (ie the Shops are almost always open) this day is one of the few that allow the shops to close at Midday, but not all of them!
One of the French traditions was, and still is, a 'Muguet'..........

'France[edit]On May 1, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer a lily of the valley each year to the ladies of the court. At the beginning of the 20th century, it became custom to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime, on May 1. The government permits individuals and workers' organisations to sell them tax-free. Nowadays, people may present loved ones either with bunches of lily of the valley or dog rose flowers.[11]'

Here's yours..........!          
Incidentally, this business is lucrative. It is sold on most corners of the road, shops and all points North, South, East, West, it is accepted as a 'non-taxable' (or tolerated as such) and the 'side of the road sales' last year brought in 35,9 million €........!
Another 'tradition' is the political défile....'the political march'.
Started years ago by the PS (Parti Socialiste - Socialist Party) I now understand that the 'FN' (Front Nationale - National Front) have taken it up! e-pen-travailleurs-article-825751.html

In Germany and the East of France (very Germanic) the 'MAIBAUM' is a popular event. Supported, as usual, by gallons of beer and uncountable roast chickens, wurst and other things this is very popular all over Germany 
The French tend to stay within their families, there are no particular specials, the next one will be at 'Pentecôte' which will be VEAL!
So - there you are - 'Celebrating work' is done by STAYING AT HOME........!
Not a bad idea.
Have a nice 1st of May.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Since tomorrow is Good Friday('Vendredi Saint'

in France)............

Have a nice time...............!

Passez des bonnes moments!

Monday, April 14, 2014

back in the time...

I found this article on my Google Drive today - it goes back to 2006 or so, when I was due to go into hospital for a heart bypass operation.
The procedure of 'stents' to widen the arteries had been done 3 or 4 times with limited success, and so a bypass was deemed necessary. Frankly I wasn't particularly bothered - yes, I was feeling more and more weaker, but I was also more and more older!
Since the hospital at /nimes could not do these operations at the time, I had to go to Montpellier, by paid taxi of course.
But I thought I owed it to myself and the Health Insurance to try my own test!
A bit like this.......

Well, I'm afraid I may have some bad news for some of you! Yesterday, I put my pen-ultimate test into operation, and passed!
You see, whilst not mocking or disbelieving Doctors, Surgeons,Politicians, I have always worked on the basis of testing myself to standards laid down by myself!
Having passed the last 15 or so years, in trying to find out just how much I could physically and mentally go through, before falling flat on my face somewhere, sometime, I thought that, in these moments of decision taking, I owed it to myself, and society as a whole (who will be paying for these events), to give it a last REAL test/try!
Since it was the end of the month and I needed just about everything from toilet paper to wine, and since the pro's had banned me from doing heavy work - until my operation had gone by and recuperation had been made-I set out on my travels, rucksack on my back, shopping trolley being pulled along, all the world like an out of work, out of address, tramp (which some would say I am anyway).
Working on the basis that self-sufficiency had to be, I did my monthly shopping, and then started to cart it back to that humble abode I called home!
I won't say that I jumped in the air and clicked my heels together, I could barely stand up, in a sort of "hunchback of Notre Dame" position, but I made it, hoping all the way (as for the last 15 years) that something would give!

Well - and that is the bad news for some of you, NOTHING GAVE!!

This, as I said, was the pen-ultimate try, and I'm afraid that if the ultimate test is a success (namely the pending surgical event) then I am going to have to accept, after these 15 years, that my time isn't up, and certain changes will be necessary.
Gone the lovable, characterful,charming, polite, humourful, helpful Mr. le Marquis, poor as a churchmouse,
and hello to the rude, grasping, unhelpful,modern Mr le Marquis, who - ruthlessly - rides over everyone, slipshod, illegally, giving no help and asking for none, putting his own self above all - briefly, just like the vast majority of other people in this world.
After all, if destiny so wishes it, that I must waste even more time here, then so be it, but not under the conditions given to date! 
Theft, murder, pillage and rape must now be on the daily programme, starting with Dentists, and going on to the other bandits- Politicians (who cut my pensions etc), passing by the Religious maniacs, who try to rule with their imposed values, and so on! 
Eventually every category will be on the list. 
Maybe with the exception of my new compagnonne - we'll see about that!

Of course, there still remains one possible escape route for humanity - next Thursday, the 9th day of February 2006, patron Saint of the day "Apolline" and the 40th day of the year - Operation, bypass day!

Time will tell.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

What's Easter...?

Well - basically, since I live in France, it means:


A lot of people, non-French speaking, don't know this, although they do know the word 'Pascale', as a name or as in 'lamb pascale' it's another word in French that has an accent, which means that the original has been 'adapted', in this case the accent over the 'a' represents - originally- an 's' (which it often does in latin based languages).
The French are - like the Spanish, Italians and others, inclined to only celebrate the 'festival days' (ie when they don't work) in this case Monday! Good Friday doesn't really exist, and even the Easter Sunday is only important for the religious people, even the Supermarkets are open to buy forgotten things like this! ......
So far as other traditions are concerned, there are many, differing from the North to the East/West and South, but you will always find chocolate somewhere in there! Local products are obviously preferred, so I guess we'll be seeing oysters and mussels again! In the North East, (Alsace) things are very Germanic anyway, and the Germans are rather more strict on the procedure.
Here in the South, if the weather is fine (which it normally is) then sitting outside the Cafés or lying on the beach is more the 'acceptable' thing to do..... of course barbecues or restaurants accompany the church bells!
It's not quite hot enough to need to enter the Church yet, but sitting outside is just what is needed.
Of course - you can fly away on breaks, €50 to London (for the rain) or Berlin, Munich for a good beer, even Ankara to learn Turkish and look at the delights,  and maybe even
 taste some...
No - I think we'll just stay home....!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

strange publicity tactics.

Blog Blogging animated GIFWell - I do my best, and I don't really think it sucks, but I had a strange experience recently.
I received a mail from something which will remain A. Nony. Mouse claiming to represent his client who shall also remain A. Nony. Mouse!
This client, a bank, had requested that a link to his Bank be removed from an article on my blog.  Since I make a point of promising to review any requests of this nature, I checked through, which took me quite some time and didn't please me
Argue Arguing animated GIF but I finally found the link, which had come, in fact, from the programme 'Zemanta' which searches subjects and photos as you type, and they are inserted as above, in blue or orange......OK - no problem, I simply took the link off, but WHY should a well known Bank have an agent who occupies himself uniquely with little known blogs like mine? All very strange particularly since 'Wikipaedia' shows a link and a page about this bank!
OK - so I'm happy to have had 40,000 visitors, but HAD I earned any money, I would certainly NOT have put it in said Bank! 
Another strange thing recently was the fact that although I have a 'g-mail' account which keeps (normally) 'spam' out of the inboxSpam Today animated GIFI twice received something telling me $600,000 was mine....! 
Of course you never open such mails, but it was strange that they were in the inbox! 
Maybe I was worth $600,000 and had lost my chance! 
On the other hand, maybe I was lucky and don't have to buy a new pc! 
There's never a dull moment with the internet...Addict Cartoon animated GIF

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Monday, March 24, 2014


Mr. le Marquis du Galipot (iwmpop)
For your pleasure! - Pour votre plaisir! - Fur Ihrer Unterhaltung!

Dictators and other maniacs !

In light of recent events in Pakistan and elsewhere, it seems that these Dictator style maniacs just never learn, or they have learnt, and have now just accepted that the eventual inevitable fall from the top can be cushioned, very favourably, by making the necessary financial arrangements whilst at the top?
It is otherwise difficult to explain why – since Hitler – there have been so many of them, all disappeared, all gone, and with them, enormous sums of money given, generally, as “Foreign Aid”!
Let’s be honest, if you know you will (not that you risk, but as a certainty, YOU WILL) be chased out of whatever situation you have created, or even killed, it is to be presumed that you have some form of contingency plan, for yourself-your family-your “friends” etc.. for afterwards!
In other words – prepare the soft landing!
The question is now – are the aspiring Dictators genuine, or are they simply genuine crooks?
After all – even the worst crook in the world accepts the fact that he could be caught, and makes plans accordingly.
If he doesn’t, then not only is he a crook, and a bad one at that, but he is also stupid!
If he doesn’t, then he is egoistic, and that is also stupid!
Ergo – Dictators are probably bad crooks, probably egoistic - and most certainly stupid!

But then ……… so are those who offer them billions in “Aid”!

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