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Dark Secrets of the Dordogne

Cover1Satire in SW France

When Pamela and William Sinclair moved to France, their expectations were high. What could be more idyllic than living in a Renaissance château, feasting on local produce and elegant French wines?

They didn’t expect to be stalked by a serial killer, who prowled the countryside on the full moon. Nor did they anticipate a power struggle with Shirley Johnson-Smith, the self-styled ‘Queen of the Dordogne’.

Their challenges, ordeals and triumphs unfold in this satirical comédie noire, set in a picturesque village in South-West France.

Available at Waterstones

Publisher: Lumiere Publishing

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Why have regulators in France cracked down on references to ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’?

Still an Asterix Village

Updated June 6, 2011, 10:12 PM

Pierre Haski, a former deputy editor of the daily Libération, is the co-founder and chief executive of the French independent news Web site Rue89.com.

France’s broadcasting authority is applying the law by calling on the country’s TV and radio broadcasters to stop using the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” on the air unless the news story justifies it. French law bans hidden advertising, and Facebook and Twitter are not (yet) generic names.

But this narrow legalistic approach gives France an Asterix village outlook, as in the popular cartoon when the whole of Gaul was under Roman occupation except for a tiny Breton village still resisting the globalization of the time.   Read More

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You were born with wings. Why crawl through life?

We often don’t realize our potential.  We were all born with symbolic ‘wings’ that can help us fly if we just focus our minds.  We should never underestimate the power of our mind, and its ability to shift our circumstances should we so desire. So the next time you are feeling low – just think about your wings and soar…..!

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