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A couple of ideas here for the coming weekend. (more…)

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One here for all Aix book-lovers and a message for us all from Phil Shaw, a brilliant digital artist who has recreated real book titles in this display.

He designs the book spines on his computer and then places them in order to make a narrative.  ‘I became so tired of the doom and gloom,’ Shaw told The Times. ‘So I thought: Let’s try to do something positive about it’.

Ten per cent of the proceeds from the sales are going to the NHS and Medecins Sans Frontieres.  £1,500 a pop – but 100 sold in first 24 hours. https://rebeccahossackartgallery.tumblr.com/

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‘Les Pieces Jaunes’ , the annual collection of all those pesky heavy centimes is taking place across France right now, an initiative from Bernadette Chirac who has been championing it since 1989.  It has funded 15,000 projects to help children and adolescents in hospital, aiming to make their time there less stressful.  Specifically, it has created 2824 bedrooms for visiting parents and 60 houses for family-use.

This year, the charity has been transitioned to the care of Brigitte Macron and Didier Deschamps who will continue this valuable work.

The problem for the Aixcentric household was that we had accumulated such a big pot of centimes that it would have overwhelmed the little collecting boxes that you will see dotted around town in shops and post offices.  Que faire??

So this week I threw myself on the mercy of people at the info-desk at Carrefour who have a large floor-standing collection box but with a very narrow slot.  They gamely took on the challenge of posting them for me and for that I am truly grateful.   Chapeau to Carrefour!


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Three local artists are exhibiting throughout the coming week in the beautifullyimg_2680 restored chateau at Bouc Bel Air.  People thronged the vernissage last evening to see their work.

Fi Katzler produces local landscapes, painted energetically, with bold strokes and vibrant colour.

American O’Neill Cushman has been in Aix for several years and favours a more subdued palette to produced nuanced landscapes and still lifes.

Pretty little pots on sale for a good cause

Pretty little pots on sale for a good cause

Local Kelly Raynaud is a talented ceramicist and it was a good opportunity to admire her work….but also to buy some for a very good cause. ‘La Ribambelle’ cares for children from Madagascar who need to come to La Timone hospital in Marseille for cardiac surgery as there are no facilities for this on their island. The group find volunteer families to house the children before and after surgery, and at the moment, there are five families in Bouc Bel Air registered to do this.  (www.laribambelle.fr).  The pots, hand-made by Kelly, are just 15 or 20€ each and were flying off the shelves last night.  The seller assured me that they were restocking….

So, a chance to see the work of three very different artists, and support a very worthy cause.
Until 12th February. 
Mon, Tues, Fri = 14-17:00
Thurs = 10-13:00
Wed, Sat, Sun = 10-13, and 14-17:00.

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This was what was on offer in Bergen when we visited a couple of years ago and I found it horrifying.  I suppose logically it’s no different to a tuna sarnie but there’s something so majestic and mysterious about whales that makes turningIMG_9116 them into toasties so much more sad.

Thankfully there are people combatting this unnecessary cull and in Aix we have the opportunity to meet a world-renowned environmentalist Paul Watson who will be in town to give a talk. (more…)

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Celebrating 20 years of raising money for charity, La Maison de l’Artisanat are holding their annual art sale.

Profits from the sale of 11 paintings by each of 111 artists go to improving the conditions for children with cancer at Marseille’s La Timone hospital.  Over the 20 years, 1m euros have been raised for this cause.

As for the paintings, they are all 20×20 and are framed.

The show kicks off on Thursday 13th November at 18:00hrs in the presence of popular actor Kad Merad.

It is running until 23rd November at the interesting Maison de l’Artisanat, 21 cours d’Estienne d’Orves, Marseille.

Free entry – Tues-Fri, 10-12, 13-18, Sat 13-18:00hrs.

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Here are two events that happen later in the month but should be booked now. (more…)

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jane goodall‘Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace and… considered the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees’, reads the beginning of the Wikipedia entry for this remarkable woman.

She will be visiting Aix this month (more…)

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Calcutta Rescue


Today details of a very good cause – Calcutta Rescue.  TV footage of what is happening in the lives of the world’s poorest people can leave us feeling impotent with the enormity and complexity of the problems.  Calcutta Rescue is an organisation which has been working for years, in a very focused way,  with a community of underprivileged children, helping with their health and education.

Glenn Kendall, an American living in the Luberon, has been instrumental with the organisation’s workIMG_1659_resize in the city, but also in fund-raising.  This month, they will have a stall at the Marché de Noel in Grambois where they will be selling these pretty Christmas decorations and hand-embroidered towels – produced in the Calcutta Rescue workshops.IMG_1645_resize  The market takes place on November 16th and 17th.

The organisation is also having its AGM this month.  If you would like to get involved locally, please follow this link for more information. http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=469c680f76652943329d7f280&id=c7e82483db&e=cad881f95b

They also, on the main website, http://www.calcuttarescue.org/, tell you more about the work in India where they are recruiting for volunteers.

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primarkPrimark have finally announced the opening date for their new store in Marseille – their first in France.


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