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“Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes” ~ les 18, 19 et 20 octobre 2013

John Hutton in La Grange Blanche with 'Flight'

Don’t forget this is the weekend when artists in the Pas De Calais open their studio doors to the public.

Among those artists, John Hutton, based at Neuville near Montreuil, will be most happy to welcome you.  John’s  large painting “Flight”, seen in the photo above, encapsulates one of the heroic scale works made in his studio, La Grange Blanche within a ten year period. The majority of work exhibited in this show has been shown in France and abroad.

Opening times on 18/ 19/ 20/ October at La Grange Blanche are 14.00 hrs to 18.00hrs.

La Grange Blanche
43 rue de Montreuil
Neuville sous Montreuil 62170

If you are interested in contemporary works then you are welcome to visit.

For more information on the “Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes” event, with list and locations of all participating artists and studios, click on this link to visit the POAA Nord website.

Northern France – Great Biking Country

This part of France seems to be wonderful cycling country. And if that sounds a little hesitant, it’s only because being a recent recruit to the cycling cause I can’t claim to have a great deal of knowledge about the cycle-friendliness of all of the countryside in the whole of the region.

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Northern France Scores Better Than Par for Golfers

The English gave so many sports to the World that that it’s nice for a change to find one that’s generally agreed to have its origins in Scotland. Although games similar to golf are on historic record as having been played in Holland and other countries, it is beyond dispute that the modern game is derived from the Scottish version.

Devotees of golf call it the greatest of all games. By its very nature it teaches patience, humility, concentration, and even-temper, while good manners and fair play are implicit in the rules. The player himself is the referee, recording his own accidental infractions and always awarding himself the appropriate penalty prescribed by the rules – no protests, arguments or intimidation. Imagine that in a game of football!

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New Montreuil Art Group – Learn to Draw and Paint

Artist Peter Wyart is forming a new art group for anyone who wants to learn the basics of drawing and painting, or to improve their technical and interpretive skills.

Peter lives and paints near Montreuil and has frequently exhibited in galleries and art shows in the region.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ART GROUP ACTIVITIES AND TUITION, CONTACT peterwyart@btinternet.com

Restaurant for December 31 ~ any suggestions?

A reader of one of our other blogs has contacted us to ask for some help with a New Years Eve problem.

“My wife and I are staying in Montreuil-sur-mer from Saturday 29th December to New Year’s Day. We’ve been trying to find somewhere to eat and see the New Year in in Montreuil or Le Touquet without having to tuck into a 5 course dinner at a gastronomic price. Do you know any brasseries or small eateries that might suit us? Merci bien pour votre assistance.”

Can any Frogsider reader suggest a place where our visiting reader might find a good meal at a reasonable price?

Please get in touch via our Frogsiders Contact Page

More Than Just A Christmas Craft Market

The Christmas Craft Market that Frogsiders prefers is the one that’s held each year in Montreuil at 119 rue Pierre Ledent. This year it will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 1 & 2 December.

First, it’s held in the indoor comfort of a magnificent house with vast rooms. Second, the quality of the craft items on show is first class, and they are all genuinely the product of local craftspeople (unlike some of the stuff at other Christmas Markets). And, finally, it is as much a meeting place as a shopping expedition. You will meet people you know (or would like to know) there, some you may not have seen since last December’s event.

For both shopping and social reasons Frogsiders says “Do Not Miss It!”

The “Come Back Sarkozy” Song # by Josh Stanley


And here are the words:

Nicolas Sarkozy revient je t’en prie viens nous sauver la vie
Mr. Le Président, les Français ne sont pas content, il faut changer le gouvernement.

Tout ce que t’as juré,, tu n’y arriveras jamais; il est temps de dégager.
Je dois avouer, que t’as essayé, mais t’as échoué
Les Allemands nous ont soutenus, Maintenant on l’a dans le cul, on est mal
foutus.

Nicolas Sarkozy, revient je t’en prie, vient nous sauver la vie.
Les impôts nous font couler
Peugeot Renault se sont cassés
Arnaud s’est barré.

La case de gauche était cochée,
52% se sont trompés
On va le rectifier

Tous ce que t’a jurer, tu n’y arriveras jamais; il est temps de dégager.
Je doit avouer, que t’as essayer, mais ta échouer.

Nicolas Sarkozy, revient je t’en prie, vient nous sauver la vie.
Les impôts nous font couler
Peugeot Renault se sont cassés
Arnaud s’est barré.

Nicolas Sarkozy, revient je t’en prie, vient nous sauver la vie.

Nico c’est a toi
On ne baissera pas les bras
On te soutiendra

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