Elections, comedies and crises Just along the Italian Riviera, some ten or so kilometres inland from Bordighera, lies the mountain-top village of Seborga, with splendid views across the Riviera as far as St Tropez on a clear day. Not just a village but also a fully-fledged principality independent of the Italian State. Or so they’d […]

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Spring arrives Well it was nearly a month ago now that Malcolm and Kate left here after their six-month over-winter stay, a day that nearly started in disaster when my poor old car died on the motorway. This prevented us from doing the expected tearful goodbye bit, and while our neighbour Guy performed the emergency […]

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New Year optimism Looking at my last blog I think I was gripped by a kind of fin de décennie grumpiness and an uncontrollable desire to let it out. But that’s past now; we’ve had Christmas and the New Year has started. To see it in we went to Sanremo. It’s renowned for its firework display […]

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So that was the noughties “Here it is, Christmas Eve and still no offers of Pantomime.” One of my favourite lines from The Goon Show. Ah, memories are made of this. A good New Year’s Resolution for me would be to actually play some of the old radio shows I have squirrelled away in my audio […]

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A blast from the past In the summer of 1965 I was a seventeen-year-old on holiday with my parents and brother; a camping trip in various parts of Europe. The details of the holiday itself are getting hazy in my mind but one thing has stuck there ever since, a memory of a stopover in […]

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A population explosion As summer slips away and the days steadily shorten I am reminded that in about ten days time the native English population of our little village is set to double, with the arrival of my brother and his wife, who take up residence here for the winter. Like birds fleeing harsher climes […]

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The seasons they are a’changing It’s been a long summer, and I’m not complaining. Here in Torri Towers we’ve had a few arguments about it but my belief is that although long and pretty warm it’s not been the hottest of summers, not that scorching 40°C by day and sleepless at night. No, it’s really […]

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Life’s a beach (again) Will the person or persons unknown who stole the beach at Calandre be so good as to return it? This morning we thought a couple of hours on the beach would be a good idea so we set off early on the bike to avoid the crowds. Calandre is a small […]

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Midsummer already So the longest day has now passed. It’s always seemed strange to me that people talk about summer starting on June 21st when from that day onward the days are shortening, first slowly then accelerating through autumn and into winter. It’s true that the big summer heat has yet to arrive but I […]

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Early summer in Liguria After the dampest New Year period anyone can remember, Spring quickly made way for Summer and by the middle of May things were hotting up nicely. We took a rare day out to go to the Monday market in Savona. This town is about 100km away, an hour on the motorway. […]

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