Tuesday, December 30, 2008

French News

The exodus of the Brits seems to have been the last straw for the 21-year-old English language monthly newspaper "French News". The publisher went into liquidation earlier this month. Nicknamed "the Whingeing Pom", the paper was known for the letters from ex-pats complaining about French locals who misbehaved by lighting bonfires in their gardens and allowing their dogs to bark at night.

Perhaps the funds will be raised to buy the company and pay off its debts. If not, British ex-pats will have to make do with the newer and more accepting "the Connexion".

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Black truffles

Quercy (the area around Cahors) is home to the Périgord black truffle.  Today is officially the first day of the truffle season. Never mind that a six-figure sum was paid last week for a white truffle in Italy. Never mind that truffles are now grown in Australia and the Pacific North West of America (maybe even in China). There are many varieties of truffle, black and white, hard and soft, but the elusive local ones are especially prized and are expected to continue to fetch ridiculous prices. The higher the awareness of truffles, the higher the price for the real thing, it seems. May the bubble never burst.