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French Journalist Lost in Cymru/Wales

10/18/2012 19:33:07 PM

I wrote this 3 years ago but somehow it got misplaced: A customer brought a French publication into the bar for me to read entitled 'Midi Olympique Magazine'.dated Oct 5, 2009. Apparently Hirwaun is in the heart of the Rhondda Valley at the extreme south-west of the Principality where all the mines ..


10/15/2012 13:14:11 PM

  Sept. 1979 > Jan. 2010: Running bar in Breton countryside. Jan 2010: Pub burnt down, stupidly not insured for loss of earnings, under-insured for contents, used spare time to photograph Brittany Aug 2010: Money ran out, advised to contact social worker, continued to photograph Brittany eve..

Portugal (2) A Month in the Sun

10/15/2012 13:03:51 PM

I received a call from Gareth in Cardiff to go to Portugal as an unpaid consultant but with board & lodge and petrol re-imbursed in order to help his girlfriend Dale who was starting up the 'Arco Bar' at Tavira in the Algarve. I waited until an advance came through from Rudi then on Sunday 2 Sep..


10/15/2012 12:59:03 PM

The pub doesn't open till 10pm, so there is plenty of time to spend around Tavira, it's full of snack bar cafes & restaurant(e)s with nobody inside, but everyone eating and drinking under the constant sun in the sweltering temperatures (I'm not complaining). We have developed a routine of coffee..

Gourin to Portugal

10/15/2012 12:44:52 PM

 I went to the music festival in Gourin on Sunday, the competition for the best pipers in Brittany, but didn't stop for the fest-noz (Breton dance) because it would have taken me over the limit for the drive to Portugal, unfortunately I might have already been a bit over, anyway, I drove off, g..

Portugal (1)

10/15/2012 12:42:54 PM

Right, I am ready to answer Dale's call to be her Samaritan at her bar in Portugal, she has broken a bone in her back so can't do any of the physical work necessary such as changing the barrels, and I am the only experienced  barman she knows well enough to ask and is available. I can't do it o..

Is It Really Snowing?

10/15/2012 11:48:10 AM

We were travelling with friends through Waterton National Park down to Whitefish Montana.The morning we got up to leave Waterton, it was raining. Now, normally this would have been okay, but not today, as we didn't have rain gear. So, the debat was to tough it out or get something to keep us dry. &n..

Finding Yourself: Learning about yourself through Blogging

10/11/2012 12:55:33 PM

This past year for me has been an emotional roller coaster. About a year ago, I fell in love for the first time. The man I fell in love with was someone with whom I'd been friends with for about a year. Everything went great for a few months, and then things started to fall apart. He was much more i..

A Trip to The Cuenca Zoo

10/05/2012 07:10:59 AM

Well this week we decided to field trip it to the zoo. And a very interesting trip it was. First we took bus 13 from our place to what we thought was the hospital Del Rio. It wasn't, so we walked about 2 km up the highway to the zoo, where we found out our bus did go. The trick was we had to change ..

Live at the Cemetery!

09/30/2012 00:13:39 AM

Yet another amazing trip through the twisty roads of Washington in the beautiful summer heat.  We are approaching our final leg of our journey as we begin to make our way back up to Canada. This day, our destination is Conconully (pronounced cun-co-nul-ly).  A two bar, two general store, a..

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