Archive: August, 2008

Dirty money …

Faucets/taps do often start to leak. Drains become blocked. One calls a plumber. Quickly, the problem’s repaired; the only damage done being to one’s bank balance. Not so in an apartment building on Rue des Oeillets in the town of Onet-le Châteaux, 392 miles (630 kms) south-west of Paris, and in the Aveyron region of […]

La belle vie … ?

Ô la belle vie … full of fun seems to be the ideal, sang French singer Sacha Distel (1933/2004) in the 1960s. In May, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the two, expecting twins, settled in France amidst a great media circus. They wanted their twins to be French. Or so the tabloids and the gossip […]

What awaits the Villa Leopolda …

Apparently even Russian zillionaires are feeling the pinch these days. According to my spies, Oleg Deripaska, Russia’s wealthiest man, could not in the end get himself to sign on the dotted line to make the Villa Leopolda his at €500 million. So the villa has gone to another Russian zillionaire: Mikhail Prokhorov.(See Picture.) Who is […]

If you have to ask the price you can’t afford it …

A Russian zillionaire didn’t ask the price and so the villa is his. His name is OLEG DERIPASKA. The villa is “Villa Léopolda” on the cliffs of Villefranche-sur-Mer between Nice and Monaco. (Photo) The price he didn’t ask is €500 million ($745 million – ₤397 million) which makes it the world’s most expensive private home. […]

For murder, though it have no tongue …

… for murder though it have no tongue, will speak with most miraculous organ: Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. Today I will do just that: speak of murder. It is the murder of an 11-year-old French boy named Valentin Cremault. He was murdered most brutally by a madman. A madman? I’m calling him that, yes; and notice that […]

The French’s favourite food …

Should anyone have asked me what the French most like to eat I would have said snails, oysters and onion soup. Walk down any Paris street in the months with an *r* in the name, and you will almost trip over the oyster stalls. And walk into any Paris bistro on a cold day just […]

If I were a rich man …

St Tropez – the not so wealthy to abstain … I’ll be speaking about money again now. I’ve been speaking about money a lot lately, but twice a year we here in France speak about money, or rather the lack of it. This is at Cmas and in the summer; at Cmas there is never […]

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