List Of Articles

A Tale of Love and Fortitude: An Extraordinary Life

by A. E. Johnson

In 1944, near the end of World War II, Kapitolina Panfilova met Thomas McAdam, a British sailor who had sailed with the Arctic Convoys to Archangel in Northern Russia. It was a fateful meeting.

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Creative Writing: Overcoming Writer's Block

by A. E. Johnson

Psychoanalysts recognise Writer's Block as a medical condition. Here are some thoughts and suggestions for would-be writers suffering from an inability to get their creative writing off the ground.

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Decision-Making: Dive Right In or Look Before You Leap

by A. E. Johnson

Diving straight into something without even checking the temperature is probably an unwise thing to do, but hesitation could result in a lost opportunity or even disaster.

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Discovering Isabella

by Anne Cartwright

Isabella Leonarda was an Italian composer from Novara, one of the most productive woman composers of her time.

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Dresden Plate Patchwork Block: Five Easy Steps

by A. E. Johnson

Of all the different patchwork techniques out there, this must surely rank as one of the fastest and easiest, yet the results can be stunning and the possible permutations are endless.

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Easy Gardening On a Budget

by A. E. Johnson

How to produce a colourful and enduring display of plants in a garden with the minimum effort and outlay. The information given is based on the author's own experiences.

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Echoes of Faith

by Colin Cartwright

Colin Cartwright, music composer, describes the thoughts and rationale behind one of his compositions, Echoes of Faith, which consists of three anthems in the English language, the texts of which are well known hymns.

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Free Food: Dandelion Recipes

by A. E. Johnson

Did you know that the whole of the dandelion plant can be eaten from the root to the flower head? And since it is one of the most prolific plants in existence, there is no shortage of supply.

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French Lessons With Jimmy Jean

by A. E. Johnson

Jimmy Jean offers classes for small groups in the North Dordogne/South Charente regions of France at a very reasonable price. His aim is for his students to speak French the way it is normally spoken - in the vernacular.

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Happy At The Bottom Of The Class

by Anne Cartwright

Anne, a British expat living in France, is the only British member of a localwriter's group and finds herself bottom of the class.

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Hexagon Hand-piecing Patchwork Block: Five Easy Steps

by A. E. Johnson

This patchwork block can be made without a sewing machine and therefore it's a perfect small project to take anywhere you go. It's easy and satisfying to do and the results can be stunning.

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How To Live Your Life: An Aunt's Guide

by Anne Cartwright

Words of wisdom from one generation to the next about how to achieve success in life and love.


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Le Gibson Bar: The Limousin's Best-Kept Secret

by A. E. Johnson

If you spend time in France in the vicinity of the Western Haute Vienne, near to the borders of the Dordogne and the Charente, you mayinbe interested to know about this bar that has excellent snooker and pool facilities where French and expats of all nationalities interact socially.

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Love to Travel and Ferry Cross...ing

by Anne Cartwright

We expats become accustomed to hearing and uttering these two words: 'Going back'Whether for a first grandchild, to see an elderly relative or a family wedding, we are obliged to make the choices involved in returning, such as ferry versus plane and best route for time of year, etc.

Some trips back go just to plan, but at other times things don't quite work out the way you would expect them to, nor the way you would like. So I'm sharing with you my experiences about going back in recent months.

Travel broadens the mind, it's true, but here are two examples of one trip which was not quite as planned.

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Multi-tasking: Mars Versus Venus

by A. E. Johnson

Are women better at multi-tasking than men? And if they are, is juggling too many balls in the air at once necessarily the best way to go about things, or is it better to focus on one thing at a time?

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Musical Christmas Presents: What to buy the Kids

by A. E. Johnson

Toys as presents can be five-minute wonders and end up as clutter in the household. How about an educational alternative such as a glockenspiel or similar musical instrument?

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Noah's Ark Animal Rescue, Haute-Vienne, France

by A. E. Johnson

Noah's Ark is an animal rescue charity in the Haute-Vienne, France, run by Cindy Maasik and her daughter Lauren. Their sole purpose is to rescue and re-home animals in need.

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Off The Beaten Track

by Rebecca Schofield

A series of articles sharing some closely-guarded secrets that the author has discovered about the mysteries of rural life throughout the seasons in France.

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Online Audio Transcription Jobs: The Reality

by A. E. Johnson

Not all expats living in France are retired. Many people not receiving pensions need to find ways to fund their existence. Finding online work would seem to be an attractive option and there are numerous adverts on the Internet promising lucrative typing and data entry work from home. Are these scams, or is it really possible to earn a living in this way?

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Rising Damp: How to Recognise It and What To Do

by A. E. Johnson

Many old French houses have issues with damp. Some of these issues relate to humidity in the home and can be easily dealt with, but rising damp is a serious underlying problem which needs addressing.

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Rural France Renovated

by A. E. Johnson

In the early 2000s, rural France seemed stuck in a time warp 50 years behind the modern world. Power cuts were common and services were lacking. However, things have steadily improved since then. 

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The Common Dandelion: The Most Versatile of Weeds

by A. E. Johnson

This profuse, successful plant has had many different names over the centuries. It was originally called Dent-de-lioun from a Middle English term which came from the old French word, dentdelion.  That literally translates as tooth of the lion.

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The Tale of Two Feral Kittens

by A. E. Johnson

These two tiny kittens were found living under a wooden café at a tourist spot in SW France. It's difficult to imagine how they survived for so long. There was no sign of their mother.

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Travelogue

by Anne Cartwright

A daily journal describing Anne's recent visit to the South of France.

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What It's Like Seeing One Of Your Plays Come To Life

by Amy McGivern

Amy is a budding playwright who lives and works in London. She has now won several small awards and has performances of her work scheduled this season (Autumn 2017). She describes what it feels like to actually see one of her plays being performed.

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With Christmas in Mind

by Colin Cartwright

Colin Cartwright describes his thoughts and the rationale for a Christmas Triptych, one of his latest compositions which is available for purchase now.

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Wilma and Bunty

by Anne Cartwright

Correspondence between two dear old friends.

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Words and Music: A Harmonious Relationship

by A. E. Johnson

Anne and Colin Cartwright have lived in South-West France for over 20 years. Anne is a writer and Colin leads a choir and composes music. It's a marriage made in heaven.

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