An annual highlight !


Are they nervous, or bored, or completely oblivious? There’s no one-size-fits-all diagnosis for the airplane seat kicker, but they’re universally annoying.

For the third year in a row, rear seat kickers have earned the dubious distinction of being the No. 1 most offensive type of airline passenger.
They beat out inattentive parents, aromatic passengers, seat recliners and more in the fourth annual Expedia Airplane Etiquette Study, released Tuesday.
Drawn from feedback from 1,005 Americans age 18 and over, the study shows that 64% of respondents find the rear seat kicker annoying. Inattentive parents rank second, aggravating 59% of those surveyed, followed by smelly or “aromatic” passengers (55%).
Rear seat kickers have topped the rankings since 2014. In 2013, the first year of the study, inattentive parents topped the list.
Despite some variations, there’s a common theme from study to study.
“A prevailing theme across all four years of the study is the importance people place on the sanctity of their personal space within the tight confines of an airplane,” said Dave McNamee, Expedia spokesman.
The good news?
“A sizable majority of Americans — 70-80% of people — consider their fellow passengers to be ‘considerate,'” McNamee noted.
Annoying passenger rankings
So how do all the aggravating passengers stack up? Here’s the full 2016 list:
1. The Rear Seat Kicker (cited by 64% of respondents)
2. Inattentive Parents (59%)
3. The Aromatic Passenger (55%)
4. The Audio Insensitive (49%)
5. The Boozer (49%)
6. Chatty Cathy (40%)
7. The Queue Jumper (35%)
8. Seat-Back Guy (35%)
9. The Armrest Hog (34%)
10. Pungent Foodies (30%)
11. The Undresser (28%)
12. The Amorous (28%)
13. The Mad Bladder (22%)
14. The Single and Ready to Mingle (18%)
Commissioned by online travel company Expedia, the study was conducted by GfK, an independent market research company.

Menerbes is having a Carnaval with a street procession – Saturday 18 March. Procession starts at 11h00. In the evening there is a ‘Ball’ at 21h00 – entrance free, with a DJ and snacks and drinks available.


The Clubhouse and restaurant.


Provence is blessed with many fine golf courses, and some not so fine! However, one course which has recently undergone a revival is the old Chateaublanc course near Avignon, bordering on the Avignon airport. Now renamed Garden Golf and falling underthe national Garden Golf umbrella, and endorsed by the FFG Federation, is comprises a 9-hole ‘compact’ course and a challenging 18-hole Championship course.

The course is in fine condition and boasts plenty of water hazards. Visitors are most welcome and the restaurant L’Approach serves very acceptable food in a pleasant atmosphere. There is a driving range and numerous pitch and putt practice areas.

Looking down the 9th hole on the ‘compact’ course – Le Ventoux.

For more info on green fees, click here.

New season Asparagus at  the Apt Market. At 6€ a bunch, you’re paying a premium – it’ll be 4€ or even 2€, in 30 days time!

Les Primeurs – literally meaning, ‘freshness’, are the early season vegetables much sought after by the French. Crowds mass around the market stalls and the supermarkets promote their arrival.

Tradtionally, les primeurs are cooked gently and lightly – no heavily boiled brussel sprouts here. The French want to savour the newness of Spring, the crunch and the flavour.

Pourquoi pas? Why not?

The famous ‘Fraise de Carpentras’ – strawberries from nearby Carpentras.


34+3 and counting!

Happy Anniversary, darling!

No New Year’s Day to celebrate
No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring, no song to sing
In fact here’s just another ordinary day
No April rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

No summer’s high
No warm July
No harvest moon to light one tender August night
No autumn breeze
No falling leaves
Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies
No Libra sun
No Halloween
No giving thanks to all the joy you bring

Hong Kong – 1983….

The Church spire in Saint Saturnin-les-Apt

The Church high above Saint Saturnin-le-Apt in the Luberon. Town water reservoir.

Looking out over the Luberon Valley from the reservoir.

From 4th March to the 24th March, Ménerbes’ cultural life is devoted to a series of events on African poetry.

More information is available, here.


Almond blossoms, everywhere…

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