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Karaoke Comes to Marseille!

Isn’t France changing?  I’d never have thought a karaoke bar would open in Marseille, but the quartier de la Préfecture will soon be host to Back To Bac, a centre for cocktails with private rooms for karaoké parties.

I recently did this with a group of friends in Japan and, (more…)

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Plage Notre-Dame, one of Europe’s top beaches…at Porquerolles

If you are relaxing tomorrow afternoon, Sunday 9th Feb, the excellent documentary series Thalassa is featuring two places not far from Aix.  The first half hour looks at Toulon, specifically its naval base, Europe’s  largest. The base for France’s air-craft carriers and 6 nuclear submarines, over 23,000 people work there.  Then the focus shifts to the lovely island of Porquerolles where a couple from Marseille have been renovating a fort.  15:15-16:15. https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/var/toulon/thalassa-ce-dimanche-vous-fait-decouvrir-base-navale-toulon-porquerolles-1783967.html

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British Humorist in Aix

Popular British stand-up comic Paul Taylor will be performing in Aix’s Jeu du Paume theatre on Wednesday 18th March.

Born in London and educated in France, his show delivers witticisms about both cultures, in perfect Franglais of course.

Tickets from 15€ : https://www.ticketmaster.fr/en/manifestation/paul-taylor-ticket/idmanif/484245

Lots of clips on YouTube.  Thanks to Fiona for the heads-up on this one.

 

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Aix – At the Cinema

Windy weather right now with rain coming through – a good time to scurry into one of the Aix cinemas.  Quite a programme to look forward to.

  • Two classic adaptations from EM Forster novels showing at the Mazarin: ‘Room with a View’ and ‘Howards End’, both with excellent casts.  VO.
  • ‘Scandale’ in VF and VO, inspired by a controversial US TV news channel with Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron.  At the Cézanne
  • Awards nominated films continue: ‘1917’ and ‘A Couteaux Tirés’ or Knives Out.  Thanks to all the friends who recommended the latter to me, easy to see why it is Oscar-nominated for best screenplay.  ‘Little Women’ or ‘Les Filles du Docteur March’ continues too.

Coming up, two special events both at the Cézanne:

  • ‘An American in Paris’, 3rd Feb, preceded by dance from the juniors at the Pavillon Noir
  • ‘Le Prince Oublié’. This preview will take place in the presence of director Michael Hazanovicious, and actors Berenice Bejo and Omar Sy.

Details https://www.lescinemasaixois.com

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There’s a programme of behind-the-scenes visits coming up next month which has been designed to introduce locals and visitors alike to activities and industries here in Provence.

You can visit the Airport and Museum of Aviation, soap manufacturers, Décathlon, the Grand Theatre de Provence, calisson makers,  an artisanal brasserie to taste the beer, vineyards of course, Centrale EDF at Martigues, Iter, Cadarache, or go backstage at the Silo in Marseille.  And lots more.

The events take place under the ‘Indus3days’ banner, organised by the tourist office in Gardanne.

Dates: 10-23 Feb: in previous years, events have been sold out quickly so time is of the essence for the popular visits.

Cost: 6€, free for the under 6s.

Details: https://www.indus3days.fr/

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Some well-known acts are in the line-up this year for the Festival de Nimes which takes place in the Roman arena, 2000 years old, what a venue!

Newcastle’s finest Sting (more…)

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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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