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Up, up, up in the sky they go!


Amazing planes at the Aerien Internationale Roanne this September. www.purefrancenow.com

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The Chocolate Show, London, Olympia 14-16 October 2016


  THE CHOCOLATE SHOW London, Olympia 14 Oct 2016 to 16 Returning for it’s fourth edition, The Chocolate Show is perfect for any sweet-tooth. Bringing together British and international brands as well as renowned artisans, chefs and cocoa experts; all there to share a passion for chocolate. Last year’s demonstrators included celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, […]

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Chocolates, more chocolates at Bertrand Chocolatier.


      The marvellous creativity of Bertrand Tessal at his boutique and atelier in Roanne, France, is reflected in his unique gift and imagination for chocolate design and fabrication. Originality of delicate flavour combinations and stunning presentation make his chocolate collection perfect for gifts and treats throughout the year. An artisan of perfection. www.purefrancenow.com […]

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Football Fever is here! 2016 UEFA European Championship in France.


  The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, will be the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organized by UEFA. It is scheduled to be held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016.[1][2] Spain are […]

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Poetry-Art Collection ‘Tricks of The Mind 3’ by Brian Franklin – now published!


  ‘Tricks of the Mind 3’ is the recent compilation of poems and art in a series by Brian Franklin. This eclectic mix of poems, lyrics, and art is now available online through Blurb, Booksmart (see preview and details below) This new collection has been conceived, developed, and written during 2015 amd 2016. Born from […]

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Coming soon: New Art-Poetry Book from Brian Franklin


A new compilation of poetry and art from Brian Franklin will be published soon. Following in the creative page footsteps of  the 1st and 2nd series of ‘Tricks of the Mind’, this new 3rd book features an eclectic mix of verse, prose, and observations, including the thought-provoking art imagery of Jean-Marc Dublé.   THE TRIP […]

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7th International Festival of Animation, Roanne


The 7th edition of the International Festival of Animation : • 11 700 spectators during one week • 170 short films from 40 countries, 5 competitions, 60 hours of screening, 2 exhibitions • More than 3500 children for the young audience screenings • Many directors from all around the world came to the festival An […]

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‘Le Boudin’ Cauldron’s are lit!


  ‘Le Boudin’ cauldrons were lit for a traditional French delicacy dish, basically ’blood sausage’ recently in Le Coteau, near Roanne for the celebration of ‘Grandmother’s Day”. Not entirely dissimilar to the famous British black pudding which is a likely derivative following the Norman Conquest. Boudin noir: A dark-hued blood sausage, containing pork, pig blood, […]

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More Ski Fun at Villard de Lans, French Alpes.


Villard de Lans is a commune in the Isére department in the South-Eastern Alpes of France. It is a small, but popular centre for ski-ing in winter, and hiking, and hot air ballooning in other seasons. It is especially ideal for families, and the ski-resort itself is well-equipped with extensive pistes, ideal for beginners and […]

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