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Chapeau!   The conseil municipal of Aix yesterday unanimously voted to install three glass panels (dalles vitrés) above the archaeological remains recently uncovered in the Place Verdun.

The ‘dig’ has been going on ahead of the pedestrianisation of the places Precheurs, Madeleine and Verdun.  Link to some background: https://aixcentric.com/2016/06/05/place-des-precheurs-archaeologists-to-move-in/

It’s front page news in today’s La Provence and here is a rough shot of their explanatory diagram which shows where the panels will be. (more…)

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Information follows on a march in solidarity with US high school students, to be held in Aix on March 24th

Meeting point – the Rotonde

The March For Our Lives movement has been created, inspired, and led by high school students across the USA who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings such as the one in Parkland, Florida.
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.
We will be marching in Aix in solidarity with over 600 marches
organized across the world!
AT 2:00 PM

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Tonight’s Le Grand Baiser attracted an estimated 45,000 people into the Vieux Port area of Marseille for the opening of MP2018. It must have been wonderful:


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Just opened, and with perfect timing to catch the wave of ‘Quel Amour’, the new exhibition at Marseille’s Musée Regards de Provence illustrates the relationship between the artist and his or her muse.  ‘The modern muse has this irresistible faculty to appeal to the artist and often to his heart, to push him to the highest of his creation,‘ they explain.

It’s a chance to see some beautiful 20th c. paintings like Manguin’s ‘Nu devant la glace’, as well as being introduced to some new names such as Aki Kuroda.



Manguin, Nu devant la glace, huile sur toile 55 x 46 cm, Collection Fondation Regards de Provence, © Jean Bernard, ©Adagp, Paris 2018.


Aki Kuroda, Sans titre, 1997, Acrylique 70 x 52 cm, Collection particulière, ©Aleksander Rabczuk  (below right)



And to encourage visitors even more, the gallery is offering 2-for-1 entrance to the expo, to all people bringing along their ‘Pass My Provence’ card.

The museum is open Tues-Sun, 10-18:00hrs.




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Last summer saw the bi-centenary of Jane Austen’s death; there were events and celebrations across England.  Visiting friends in Winchester in the summer, (more…)

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Finally got myself to Venelles to try out the Centre Aquatique Sainte Victoire …and had a lovely swim, once I’d figured out what to do with my ticket (goes in metro-style gate), how to negotiate the ‘zone de déchaussage’, how to work the key-pads on the lockers and finally how to find the pool itself (lots of doors, nearly ended up in the gents). (more…)

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As we move close to Twelfth Night and the de-Christmasing of home and hearth, it is good to know that there is somewhere to send your old Christmas cards. It always seems such a shame to throw them in the recycling skip (though not if they contain glitter, I now know!).

The organisation Women in Prison are asking for your cards: ‘Please, just cut off the fronts, we reuse them for craft card-making workshops for women in prison to send to their children and family in the run up to Christmas’.  Here is their website which has details of other craft items they need to help nourish creativity in their midst: http://www.womeninprison.org.uk/about/donate.php.

Address: Women in Prison, 2nd Floor, Elmfield House,
5 Stockwell Mews, London, SW9 9GX

Thank you to Sophie for this tip.

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