New Exhibition of Art & Photography in Hesdin

Frogsider readers are invited to the vernissage of an exhibition of paintings by Chris, and photography by Jean Louis Saelens.  Friday 23 October, from 18h30, Salle Mendes France, Hotel de Ville, Hesdin.

The exhibition will run from October 21 to 28. Open 15h00 to 19h00, (10h00 to 12h00 on Sunday)

 

Local Author’s history of Anglo-French rivalry now on sale!

Eric Marmousez "Le Match"

Le “Match” Angleterre-France, Eric Marmousez’s history of Anglo-French rivalry and conflict, is available now in bookstores and online

England v France:  a history of rivalry, mistrust and misunderstanding

Local author Eric Marmousez has published his own version of the story comparing it to a “match”.  Marmousez examines long-lasting conflicts and rivalries, detailing the effects of a multiplicity of factors including language, archaeology, economic development, social and strategic objectives that have resulted in the fundamental and lasting differences between the two neighbouring nations.

L’Angleterre et la France : cela évoque immanquablement l’ancestrale rivalité, l’incompréhension et la méfiance.

L’auteur préfère qualifier notre histoire commune de « match »… En recoupant les apports de l’histoire économique, de la linguistique, de l’archéologie, d’éléments de stratégie militaire, de sociologie, l’enquête débouche sur les invariants spécifiques à nos deux nations.

Eric Marmousez lives in Groffliers near Berck.

Le “Match” Angleterre-France is available online from Editions Harmattan, from Amazon.co.uk, or Amazon.fr

Or buy it from your local bookstore.

 

 

 

Exhibition of Paintings by Chris – Invitation to Vernissage

The exhibition, Fragments de Vies, by the award winning artist Chris, runs from September 25 to October 16.  (See days and hours of opening on the poster below)

Frogsider readers are invited to the Vernissage on September 30 at 17h30

 

 

invitation expo R°

New Ferry Service To Boulogne? Euroferries Express Says Yes!

Nova Star ._New ferry link puts Boulogne back in limelight
BOULOGNE’S new ferry link with Kent signals the town’s comeback after years in the shadow of Calais, according to the Euroferries Express company, who plan to operate between Ramsgate and the French port.

Per Staehr, Shareholder and Board Adviser said “We are pleased that we will be well placed to reactivate France/UK service utilising the recently commissioned Nova Star RoPax and further look forward to making additional announcements regarding the introduction to the Channel of our High Speed vessel plans.”

The President and CEO, Mark Amundsen of Nova Star Cruises Ltd welcomes the vessel deployment, for which there has been strong interest, and we are pleased to have reached agreement with Euroferries Express Ltd and look forward to working closely with them.

Civic chiefs in Boulogne expect an overdue renaissance of a town for centuries loved by the British but side-lined for nearly 10 years by massive investment in its northern rival.

The important day visitor as foot passenger, car user or the traditional coach visitors all now use Calais and head south to Boulogne. Coaches still make the trip but nowhere near as many as when there was a direct link and for foot passenger this destination has long gone.

The specialist shops and restaurants that are part of the charm of Boulogne and so attractive to Kentish visitors remain ready to receive this traditional visitor.

New shops will be opened in the terminal; the new 4km dual carriageway already links Gare Maritime with the national motorway to Paris and north Belgium.

The completion of the 9m Euro Port project makes the London-Dover-Boulogne-Paris journey quicker than going via Calais. In a few years’ time, the port redevelopment scheme with hotel, casino and shops is set to forge closer links between town centre and port.

The President of Boulogne Chamber expects 3.5 million passengers a year to use the new service and terminal.

“For Boulogne people, the link was psychological and economic. The announcement about the link, will have people of Boulogne smiling again.”

He accepts that some 80 per cent of passengers will be British. “Our challenge is to increase the number of French people going to Kent,” he said. He is keen to promote social and educational links between Boulogne and Kent, especially Ramsgate and Canterbury.

Boulogne has held a place in the affections of Kentish people for many years. While they may go to Calais and Cite Europe for Tesco and Auchan, the new terminal shops will be very convenient, and the Francophile with love of fine French cheeses, fine old architecture and character gravitate to Boulogne to experience the excellent selection of restaurants.

 

Boulogne’s new hub port
Massive re-development has taking place at the port of Boulogne, with a new ferry terminal now completed.

The ferry berth at the new terminal, named the Hub Port, is prepared for Euroferries Express NOVA STAR, due to use for the first time this autumn to Ramsgate with its commercial port adjacent to the Marina and Victorian seaside town; ready to meet demand for increased passenger and freight in the SE.

New facilities have been provided for British and French border controls, as well as all the other accommodation required in support of a modern port terminal.

Frogsiders View

We seem to have heard all this before – on several occasions, and we understand that the Port of Ramsgate authorities have yet to approve the plans.  However, the willingness of Boulogne to invest in the much needed improvements to the ferry terminal infrastructure and facilities is encouraging.  Let’s hope it happens this time.

 

 

Don’t Forget! Wyart Exhibition Starts Wednesday

wyart expo july 2015

Exhibition of Paintings by Peter Wyart – Sorrus, Montreuil Sur Mer, Pas De Calais, France
Includes retrospective of 30 years of art works as well as recent paintings of scenes of life in many parts of France.


DIY Maintenance at a French Holiday Gite

picnic-table-300x225 We usually plan to do our out-of-season gite maintenance work at the end of each holiday season. Normally it’s a combination of minor replacements (of small electrical equipment, furniture, etc) and buildings maintenance (redecoration, interior or exterior painting, flooring, replacement of fittings and major equipment) and it gets done sometime between Christmas and Easter.

But, in reality, keeping up with the general wear-and-tear maintenance is an ongoing job – it never stops. We had already planned to replace the picnic table on the patio at our seaside gite Sandboys Dune before the start of next year’s letting season, and then, suddenly, the job became more urgent. The old timbers in its benches and table-top began to sag. The rot had finally weakened the most exposed wooden parts beyond repair, and it was no longer capable of seating a family for an outdoor meal.

Initially I thought of simply buying a new picnic table. This one was 8 years old, after all. When I found out how much that was going to cost I began to consider more economical (and ecological) alternatives.

On close inspection it was clear that the base of the table was relatively sound and that it was only the table-top and benches that needed replacement, so I went out and bought 15 euros worth of pine planks. These needed cutting down from 3 metres to 1.5 metres – done in a jiffy with my Bosch PKS 40 Circular Saw. Then these pieces needed cutting down from 22cm wide to 10cm – easy again with the same tool. Some 5 cm wide pieces were needed too – piece of cake! (anyone from Bosch want to sponsor this blog?).

Having cut all the right pieces and stained and varnished them ready to be installed, I took a look at the base section. It was in pretty good shape, but there were some design flaws which gave it a tendancy to wobbliness. With some deft cutting and shaping (VonHaus Mitre Saw, Stanley Surform, Ryobi Electric Sander)– come on you big DIY brands, blog sponsorship is still available!! I installed some bracing that completely eliminated the original instability. More stain and varnish – job done!

One week later, the totally refurbished, sleek and glossy picnic table is back at Dune, ready for another 8 or 10 years.

By then I reckon it will only have cost our gite budget 2 euros a year in capital and maintenance costs – and even then it might only need a couple of cheap pine planks to last 8 more years.

 

Great Tool Bargains at the Amazon DIY & Tool Store!

A Retrospective Exhibition of Peter Wyart’s Work

wyart retro 2If you missed the chance to see Peter Wyart’s exhibition of recent work in Montreuil last month, put the dates of his July show, a retrospective of 30 years of his work, in your diary.

At the last Wyart exhibition we attended the vernissage and decided to buy two paintings, only to be pipped at the post by another buyer who got his order in a couple of minutes earlier. It seems if you want to own a painting by Peter Wyart, you need to make sure you’re at the front of the queue.


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