Celebrating Film

By the time you read this, the 68th Cannes Film Festival will have packed up its wares and the pantechnicons will be back on the road. The awards will have been handed out and celebrated at illustrious parties, Elton John… Continue reading


Palmyra in Syria is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The news is reporting that ISIS has massacred children in this ancient capital.

It brought back this memory that I felt compelled to share…

Palmyra. What can one say? The despair… Continue reading

It’s all good news!

It is the time of the Cannes Film Festival and we are enjoying days that are as sunny and warm as midsummer. It makes for a great atmosphere down along the promenade and on the beaches at Cannes. No raincoats… Continue reading

May 2015

It seems that slowly, slowly governments are waking up to the dangers of the neonicotinoid pesticides. Let us hope they do not drag their feet for much longer. How many bees have you seen this spring? We have far fewer… Continue reading

“After Altamira, All is Decadence”

A cave painting of lions at Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc

It has been reported in the press this week that a replica of the Grotte Chauvet has been created. It will be open to the public by the time you read this.  … Continue reading


I am a little late to the table with this due to a heavy workload this week, so sincere apologies.

However, better late than not at all because I think it is exceedingly important to mark this moment in our… Continue reading

April Newsletter


Are you glad Easter is behind you? Ours has been wet although yesterday morning it cleared up and the sun is now shining and promises to remain with us for at least another week. Fortunately, the two days of… Continue reading

This is Homer

It has been a while since I have written a blog for this page and I apologise. Life seems to have overtaken me these last few months.

Aside from my days of writing, I have been travelling, but a little… Continue reading

A potted history of French Algeria

Last month I wrote a little about the events surrounding the Charlie Hebdo massacres in Paris along with my reflections, observations while travelling in Algeria seven years ago. I am continuing along a similar theme today: Algeria and a broad… Continue reading

On the train…

I  am writing this from the Eurostar on the way back to Paris. The France Show is over for another year, our Olive Farm lunch (anyone from the Olive Farm Facebook page who attends the France Show is welcome… Continue reading


I am writing this ahead of my regular blog date because I will be away on a work commitment and possibly without internet. Much could happen between today and the 26th…


This month of January has been a tragic… Continue reading

December Newsletter

Dear friend,

This will be the briefest of Newsletters and will not contain a great deal of news!

I am intending to deliver my new novel later today or tomorrow so I am DEEP in the world of my ‘lost… Continue reading

December 2014

This one is a bit urgent. Deadline 22nd December to sign, Please USA, sign this. I have. Thank you. Friends of the Earth U.S. : Tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: suspend neonics now! We only have until December 22nd… Continue reading