Odds & Ends

Seen and Heard in the Press and Around


A hodge-podge of news items and articles seen or heard in the press -or wherever- that reveal the lighter (or not…) side of all things to do with Anglo-Saxon or French culture, languages, doing business, international relations etc. etc.

Any suggestions for inclusion are welcome !


The newsletter team

Why it’s hard to be a Kevin in France

England’s oddest phrases explained

The dying art of French adverts painted on walls

Why foreigners hate English speakers

Go-getters in the ghettos

Fear, faith and football – Can Euro 2016 reunite France?

French strikes: Does France’s workforce really have it easy?

The Marseille synagogue that is becoming a mosque

Too good to be forgotten – why institutional memory matters

How it helps, in France, to have a bit of ‘piston’

Do you know your English accents?

The Academie Francaise want to make changes to the French language that have caused uproar

The man who created Paris

Is France’s unloved AZERTY keyboard heading for the scrapheap?

Paris toilet ladies suffer setback in ‘wrongful dismissal’ case

Would Calais migrants really be better off in the UK?

Making a vineyard out of a slag heap

The perils of being fat, female and French

The deal to sell your home and get paid to stay

TTIP: Why the EU-US trade deal matters

Q&A: What Britain wants from Europe

Chinese firm sends 6,400 employees on French holiday

Sarkozy ex-aide takes the axe to Radio France largesse

Paris Muslims struggle to feel accepted

 What can we learn from French universities?

The online dating site sued for targeting married people

How France has forgotten the Christmas truce soldiers

Short-let apartments spark Paris row as Airbnb thrives

France shaken up by Zemmour and ‘new reactionaries’

French come out fighting for their economic reputation

Quiz: how good is your American English?

Quiz: how good is your British English?