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When le petit-fils Aixcentric recently flew up to Heathrow from Marseille, he was delighted to have a visit to the cockpit and be photographed at the controls. (more…)

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Marseille Airport is currently on the list of places targeted.

© Claude Almodovar

Activists dubbed ‘gilets jaunes’ will be turning out to block roads and autoroutes across France on 17th November to protest about rising fuel prices.

This website has a map of the places which will be affected – there are also links for relevant Facebook groups.  https://www.blocage17novembre.com/

On the list locally: (more…)

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…or rats du bibliotheque as the French call us!  If you are impatiently waiting to listen to Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk at the Fete du Livre (https://aixcentric.com/2018/09/01/aix-fete-du-livre-and-journees-du-patrimoine/), you may be interested to know that there is a free talk, on his rapport with his home city of Istanbul, at 18:30 on 19th September, at the Cité du Livres in Aix.  In French. Thanks to Caroline for this info.

September sees the rentrée for the Book-in-Bar bookgroup who will be discussing ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ by Ruth Hogan: this is her first novel and  has been warmly welcomed for its touching and funny narrative.  At Book-in-Bar, rue Joseph Cabassol, Aix, 27th September, 17:30.

And finally, the new James Bond novel is out – and it’s set in Marseille!  Bond has to contend with, ‘a tremendously corpulent Corsican drug-dealer named Scipio. “I have total control here in Marseille,” he announces villainously. “The port, the city, the police, the justice system? It is all mine!”’. (See Guardian review: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/23/forever-and-a-day-anthony-horowitz-review).  ‘Forever and a Day’ is by Anthony Horowitz, currently just in hardback.

 

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La Rentrée 2018

As the all the holidaymakers head back north from Provence and the locals settle back into their routines with the little ones going back to school on Monday, it’s time to dust down Aixcentric and get blogging again.

It seems like I’ve missed lots this summer – in particular Madonna rocking up at Chateau La Coste. (more…)

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Just a reminder that tomorrow, being the last Sunday of the month, La Canebiere will be traffic-free.  And once you have enjoyed some music, dancing, street food and browsed the market, it’s a good opportunity to explore paintings from Glasgow’s Burrell Collection at the Musée Cantini (next post) or the impressive Ai Weiwei expo at MuCEM.

 

 

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