Toulouse. 7th February 2020

It’s a pretty long journey from Toulouse Matabiau to Barcelona Sants, four hours in total. Made even longer by a stop-over at Narbonne.

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Toulouse. 6th February 2020

I can’t thank Jeremy and Mathilde enough for being so kind and helpful and generally welcoming.

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Toulouse. 5th February 2020

Today, I felt a bit claustrophobic so, in the late afternoon, I went into town. I had nothing specific in mind, I even left my camera behind, I just needed to get out and see people.

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Toulouse. 1st February 2020

I continued with my exploration of Toulouse………….and stumbled into yet another demo. Which seemed intent on following me wherever I went.

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Toulouse. 31st January 2020

About half way through the three hour plus journey, four cops (or was it five, I can’t be sure because, even though I only saw them in groups of four, I’m sure that it wasn’t the same four guys) boarded........

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Limoges and Oradour-sur-Glane. 24th to 31st January 2020

My stay in Limoges has been very uneventful. I’ve not connected with anybody because well, there’s nobody to connect with.

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Neuilly-sur-Marne. 24th January 2020

It’s my last day with Denis and the girls and I must say, I’m going to miss them and this place. I’ve tried my best to get them to socialise a bit and I think that it may have worked.

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Neuilly-sur-Marne. 21st January 2020

My time in Neuilly-sur-Marne is nearly over and I still want to get a photo of the café that I went to on my first day here. There’s something decidedly aggressive about that place,

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Paris. 18th January 2020

Went into Paris again today. This time I wanted to see the Latin Quarter, Montparnase, the Left Bank and, the Jewish Memorial behind Notre Dame. So, instead of going to my usual stop of Auber, I got off at Chatelet-les-Halles. Walked through the…

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Neuilly-sur-Marne. 16th January 2020

We are all human. We all deserve respect and civility. Be polite. Be friendly. Be genuine. Be human. That’s all that is required of any of us. Just be a real human being, just like everybody else is a real human being.

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Paris. 14th January 2020

Went to a Pension Protest in Paris. Again, getting there was easy. Walked to Neuilly Plaisance train station, caught the train to Auber, crossed the River Seine at Pont de la Concorde, followed the river along Quai d’Orsay, went into the 7th…

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Paris. 11th January 2020

Getting into Paris was as easy as I’d hoped it would be. There is a bus stop right outside the house and busses from this stop go straight to Neuilly Plaisance, which is where the train station is. However, I decided to walk there instead. I’d done…

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Neuilly-sur-Marne. 10th January 2020

There’s been one major development/breakthrough in my mission to get the other residents of this house to be more sociable. Actually, that’s not very fair on Fred. She is very sociable. Always smiles and says hello, always tries to have a…

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Neuilly-sur-Marne. 9th January 2020

I’ve been here for almost a week and, in many ways, I’m more than a little disappointed. The area is……………what is it?

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Neuilly-sur-Marne. 3rd January 2020

Today was a bit of a pain to be honest. I was awake from 04:00am, yesterday’s experience with the refugees in Dunkerque kept playing over and over on mind. In the end, I gave up trying to sleep. Instead, I got the ball rolling on some changes and…

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Calais. 3rd January 2020

**ON THE CONCEPT OF TRAVELLING LIGHT AND MY ABBYSMAL FAILURE AT IMPLEMENTING SAID CONCEPT**

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Calais. 2nd January 2020

I’m leaving Calais tomorrow and I still haven’t done my laundry. Not sure if Geoff will call today but, either way, I need to get this done. Get up early and hot foot it down to the launderette. I’d checked it out previously so had a rough idea of…

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Calais. 1st January 2020

Spent New Year’s Day in my crappy little hotel room. Apart from a quick trip to Artisan Boulanger. On the way back, I bumped into Verniece outside Ibis Style hotel. Sounded like she was trying to blag a room from them. They had been looking after…

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Calais. 31st December 2019

New Year’s Eve and everything is closed by 05:00pm. Rue Royale is like a ghost town. Even the Family Pub closed at about 02:00pm. I go out searching for something to eat. Of course, Artisan Boulanger doesn’t let me down.

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Calais. 30th December 2019

Ever since I arrived in Calais, I’ve seen the same old woman, up and down Rue Royale, begging and generally scavenging. The other day, I saw her with a wooden tray of fruit and veg that a local shop was probably going to throw away. At night, I see…

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Calais. 28th December 2019

I was in the Family Pub a couple of days ago and saw a young couple having a dish that looked very interesting and yummy. So, I asked the waitress what it was. Not Andrea, there are three waitresses at the Family Pub. All really nice. As is…

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Calais. 27th December 2019

Sitting outside the Family Pub having my morning coffee and cigarette when I see Nick rushing past, heading towards Calais town centre. Thought about calling out to him but, no sooner had the thought registered, and he was gone.

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Calais. 25th December 2019

Back in the early 1980’s, I used to come to France fairly regularly. At least once every two or three months. There were three things that I noticed from my first trip and that have stayed with me ever since.

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Calais. 22nd December 2019

Yesterday had been a steel grey day but the weather forecast had told me that it wasn’t going to rain so, I had gone out with my camera to capture some moody shots of Calais. Last night I went out and took some long-exposure shots, across Pont…

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Calais. 19th December 2019

It’s afternoon and, as usual, I’m sitting outside at the Family Pub. I’m having a coffee and a fag and reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman (awesome book – way better that I expected). Geoff is here. He’s inside having a bite to eat before he leaves…

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Calais. 16th December 2019

Andrea works at the Family Pub. She’s in her early 20’s, quite pretty, friendly and – most importantly – speaks English……ish. I’ve been struggling with getting any work done. I need to finish my piece on Nicosia, get the photos edited and, post the…

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Calais. 15th December 2019

I’ve discovered something rather strange in the last few months. The idea first came to me when I was in Cyprus. At the time, I thought that it was because I was IN Cyprus. That is where I’m from after all. But now, here in Calais and all of the…

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Dover. 13th December 2019

Ten years ago, I came up with a somewhat dubious plan. I had just lost my beloved mother so, perhaps, formulating any strategies about my long-term future wasn’t the best thing for me to be doing at the time. Anyway, the plan was to get rid of…

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