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With oils and a palette knife, Els Knockaert paints a world full of light and colour. Born in Belgium in 1964 and a graduate of the country’s top art schools, Els considers herself a woman of the world, having travelled extensively in Asia, Africa and Colombia. From 1996 to 2002, Els and her husband lived on a farm in the Colombian jungle and ran a guest house, while she exhibited her work and taught painting in Cartagena, Barranquilla and Santa Marta. With the civil war drawing closer, they left Colombia in 2003 and settled in Olargues, as the landscape reminded them of Colombia.

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LeSun N66 WINTER 2018 coverDownload Languedoc & Provence Sun N°66 (Winter 2018)

 

I recently spent a few days on the Riviera. What a surprise it was to find so many people speaking English (and native speakers), even among the wait staff! In my short stay, I met one waitress from Ireland and another from Marlow in Berkshire. It was like being back in the UK for a while... Here in Nîmes, it’s still quite rare to hear people speaking English – and I love it when it happens! I always start a conversation, and it’s a special event for me. On the Riviera, it’s an everyday experience...

 

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Download Languedoc & Provence Sun N°69 (Autumn 2018)

 

LeSUN N69 Autumn 2018 coverDear friends,

This will be the last issue of Le SUN you’ll be reading for the time being – in a magazine format, at least.

My children have now both left home to study, and so it’s time for a change of direction for me as publisher. Le SUN has been a huge part of my life since I arrived back in France after living in the UK for many years. I co-founded the English-speaking BritsNîmes association in 2004, and then started the magazine two years later, as I wanted to share all the invaluable information that came out of the association’s meetings in writing so that everybody could benefit.

The magazine has been a fantastic adventure – meeting so many wonderful people, numerous discoveries, learning so much, travelling, visiting, eating... I’ve enjoyed every minute!

  

As the mother of two Anglo-French kids, Le SUN has also helped me enormously on a personal basis through the years, including your feedback and articles on raising bilingual children, experiences with mixed-nationality couples, stories of expat life and much more – it’s so important to feel we are not alone.

I would like to thank all of you - my lovely team (past and present), our contributors and you, our readers, you’ve given us so much energy and positivity through the years.

I would also like to thank all our advertisers who’ve made the magazine possible over the years - and a special “thank you” goes to AXA agence Stoker in Nîmes, who have supported us from the very beginning. However, even though the magazine itself is no more, we’ll be continuing to post articles and items of interest on our Facebook page, so why not check in and join us on www.facebook.com/LPSUN to keep up with what’s going on?

 

Thank you again – it’s been a wonderful 12-year journey, and you will all stay in my heart and my memory forever.

Laurence Boxall

 

Cover artist: Annette Morris

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The presence of serial Cannes prizewinner Ken Loach in Nîmes from March 2 to 11 is the highlight of this year’s 21st British Screen Festival.

 

Clear your calendar for those key dates in March now! In honour of Ken Loach’s presence at the festival, there will be a retrospective of his film and TV work, stretching back to the 1960s when works such as Cathy Come Home provoked outrage in Britain at the plight of the homeless. There will also be major films of social and historic commentary such as Kes, The Wind that Shook the Barley, Looking for Eric, and 2016 Cannes Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake.

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Libby has created limited edition reproductions of some of the paintings from her last exhibition Transitions. Only 20 prints from each painting are made and each one hand signed by the artist. They will be available from 8th January but do join Libby along with Angela Saunders at Inspiré Azille for a glass of bubbly on Saturday 13th January for the launch.

A new range of beautiful cushions and her annual calendar will also be available and a percentage of the proceeds go to the Canal du Midi’s replantation project. Come and see the continuing adventure at Galerie Inspiré in Azille (Aude).

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When does a place feel like home? When you know the people and faces; when you can navigate the roads without thinking about the route; when you layer memories in it with family and friends? For me, it’s all the little things. Landing back in Béziers and feeling an overwhelming sense of familiarity, giving a bonjour back to local faces around town, spending holidays and down time exploring nearby places.

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Larzac & Loddon is a new line of designer scarves made from 100% pure silk, based on the oil paintings of artist Frances Macve. You may remember her painting of a European roller bird on the cover of last year’s Christmas issue. Frances came to France to paint in 1987, having previously worked in the wine industry in central London.

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The association The Friends of the Anglophone Library (FOAL) was set up six & a half years ago in Montpellier once it became clear that we were not going to be able to save the former American Library. We fought long and hard and got a lot of press coverage. Our petition gathered 2200 signatures. Sadly to no avail. The new association wanted to provide a library, not to replace the old one, but at least to offer a good selection of books to English-speakers in Montpellier and surrounding areas.

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I have travelled a lot around our beautiful planet, learning different ways to think, behave and enjoy life. I went backpacking in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. I have lived in Ireland, Spain, and New Zealand. With all of this, I experienced all different aspects of international mobility, positive and negative. Challenging situations such as the difficulty of finding quality work, being a foreigner with a different and sensitive nature, being misunderstood, and the loneliness of being an expat’s wife. Conversely, there are many enjoyable moments as well, such as my maternity experience in New Zealand and how the mélange of culture affected my soul. This is this experience I would like to share with you: my beautiful experience among the Maori People.

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