The week’s letters

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There have been lots of letters this week. Here is a sample of them. Keep them coming in, we love to hear what you think!

** Please note, we haven’t corrected grammar or spelling! **

Airplane seats

“I can only applaud the Frenchman for sticking up for ‘his space’ on a plane. There is so little space between rows in aircraft now, a seat should not be capable of reclining. Even in business class in which I travelled recently there is no space once the seat in front has been reclined.”

To comment or not to comment

“I read your Daily Digest mainly for its very informative content as to cultural events in Languedoc. I have found it very useful and thanks to this section I have referred Daily Digest to 5 other possible beneficiaries. I do glance at the news section as well but because so much of it tends to be of the tabloid-type news, one has to take it as such only. If there are then Editor’s comments, whatever their nature – critical, mocking, English humour, expat-insider, advisory etc, it further lowers the level of the journalistic and informative content. Perhaps those producing this section do not always appreciate that the readers can be multi-national so e.g. the benchmark for the Editor’s comments for them is not Britain. I do find the Daily Digest the best of all the expat-publications I have come across in Languedoc.”

Happy news?

“Please can we have the odd cheerful piece in the digest – all we get is doom and gloom, crime, traffic disasters – seriously reconsidering long term plans to move to Languedoc. I know you can’t make the news but even here in the Uk our depressing news bulletins end with “and finally” usually an item that raises a chuckle, a smile or at least an Aaah look at that….As it is your digest rather than inspiring me to cross the Chanel makes me want to put my head back under the blankets.”

Quality of life

“I am a recent subscriber and I have to say that I really enjoy reading the snippets of news that you pass on to us. Yes, things have been a bit depressing lately, but then c’est la vie; I don’t think any of us would prefer to live anywhere else, our quality of life is so good.”

Tell it as it is

“Yes, I agree that of late, the news and the weather have been pretty awful, but the job/duty of any responsible journalist is to tell it as it is, and not filter the content according to peoples wishes. Having said that..I personally find it very refreshing that that is what you do..as most journalists/ publications, seem to have forgotten that fundamental rule! So..keep on doing what you do! Just because we live here does not mean that we are hiding from the world.”

Homesick

“There you are you have done it…I am “home” sick…the stiff upper lip, the sense of humour, the love of nature…everything I have been missing since my moving back to France, after forty odd years in UK. Yes, the weather is better, yes the surrounding is beautiful…but!!!  I know, it is what you make it to be. I am off to try again. But before: Thank you for your very lovely pages this sunday morning, I loved each one of them. “

French chefs

“I am not sure I can agree with everything that Graham Booth writes, however one thing is for sure, French food really has not ‘moved on’ and while I agree that the new breed of chefs do not always get it right, I certainly don’t think that many are being innovative! Adopt, adapt and improve would indeed be a good way to go – but sadly so few are. When was the last time you ate something that really blew you away in terms of flavour and texture – without it being classic French or just down to the simplest ingredients done well?”

To tip or not to tip

“In response to your item on tipping, I never leave a tip in France because at the bottom of 99% of all menus is written ‘Service inclu’ why would I tip twice? When in the UK I tip.”

Ten ways expats can drive you mad

“Moving from Brittany to the Herault at the year end. Enjoy the magazine online. The article, Ten Ways Expats can Drive You Mad mentions loud Americans entering a Brasserie. We have often come across an Englishman or woman whose loud, penetrating, often overly upper-class tones can be heard across any restaurant, however full, above all the other voices. By the end of the meal you know many intimate details about their lives; operations for gall bladder problems, kidney stones, bowel problems and the peccadilloes of various delinquent relatives etc. There’s always one of them lurking somewhere.”

Rewards

“Well done for a superb job. But no-one should expect ANY reward for handing back lost items?”

Keep the feedback coming.  We will publish some of your letters, and unless you specifically ask us to, we won’t publish your name.