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  1. This year's Neuvil'en Jazz festival starts on Saturday 2 July with a free prelude in our neighbouring village of Chabournay. Music will be provided by the Groovin' Quintet and, weather permitting, the concert will be outdoors in the recreation area behind the village hall. You are welcome to bring a picnic, and the municipality will be offering everyone an apéritif.

    Renowned trumpeter Stéphane Belmondo will be giving a master class, concluding with a free concert at Neuville's public library at 6.00pm on Tuesday 19 July.

    The main festival starts on Thursday 21 July for three evenings of free "apéro concerts" in the Neuvil'en Jazz Village, place Aristide Briand, next to the Majestic theatre. On Thursday, the Maxime Plisson Quartet "In colors" will be followed by the African Salsa Orchestra. On Friday, the Mystère Trio Quartet (!), will be followed by the Antoine Hervier Trio with guest artist the violinist Fiona Monbet, with their homage to Oscar Peterson and Stéphane Grappelli. On Saturday, the outside concerts will be given by Audrey et les faces B and the Thomas Savy Quartet, whilst there will be a special concert inside the Majestic theatre by the Costel Nitescu Quartet (entrance €15, tickets from the Tourist Office on 05 49 54 47 80).

    Refreshments will be available,

    including fast food from the Restau'Jazz, and a special festival menu concocted by the gastronomic local

    restaurant le Saint-Fortunat.

    The festival will conclude on Sunday 24 July with the now traditional "Picnic in the Park" next to the Jazz Village, and will be accompanied by music from Old Jazz and Faby Médina ant the Pacific Big Band.

    Further details from the Neuvillois Tourist Office on 05 49 54 47 80 (English spoken) or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/neuvilenjazz

  2. The 15th  Neuvil'en Jazz festival is set to take place this month in Neuville de Poitou (15km north-west of Poitiers) in the "Neuvil'en Jazz Village",

    place Aristide-Briand.
    This year's programme is as follows:

    Saturday 18 July - Prelude - an open-air concert (weather permitting) in the neighbouring commune of Chabournay starting at 7.30pm with the Jazz Ink Quintet. Bring a picnic! (Concert will take place in the village hall if it rains).

    Thursday 23 July - Free "apéro concert" starting at 7.15pm with the Ben Toury Quartet followed by the Valerie MacCarthy Quartet.

    Friday 24 July - Free "apéro concert" starting at 7.15pm with the Pascal Faidy Quartet followed by the Maariv Jazz Orchestra.

    At 8.45pm in the neighbouring Majestic concert hall, Mourad Benhammou & the Jazzworkers Quintet. (€15)

    Saturday 25 July - Free "apéro concert" starting at 7.15pm with the Adrien Dupré Quartet followed by Oracasse.

    At 8.45pm in the neighbouring Majestic concert hall, the Raphaelle Atlan Quartet followed by the New Meeting Quartet. (€20)

    Refreshments are available on all three evenings,

    including a special festival menu concocted by the gastronomic,

    Michelin-starred,

    restaurant le Saint-Fortunat (advanced reservation required).

    Tickets can be reserved at Neuville's Tourist Office on 05 49 54 47 80 (English spoken), or purchased on the day (subject to availability).

    The festival concludes on Sunday with another free event - a

    "Picnic in the Park" from lunchtime onwards, accompanied by more live jazz (the Pacific Big Band, Peanut Butter  and Pillac). 
  3. The festival Neuvil'en Jazz starts tomorrow (Thursday 24 July) in Neuville de Poitou (15km north-west of Poitiers).

    This year's programme comprises three nights (Thursday, Friday

    & Saturday) of free "apéro concerts" in the Neuvil'en Jazz Village,

    place Aristide-Briand. Artists include Sweet Mama, Pacific Big Band, Jeremy Bruger Trio, and Swing House Quartet. Refreshments are available,

    including a special festival menu concocted by the gastronomic,

    Michelin-starred,

    restaurant le Saint-Fortunat.

    On Friday and Saturday nights there will be special open-air (weather permitting) concerts. On Friday night, the renowned trumpeter Stéphane Belmondo will be playing, and on Saturday it's the turn of the female vocal group Doodlin'. Tickets are priced at €20 and can be reserved at Neuville's Tourist Office on 05 49 54 47 80 (English spoken), or purchased on the day.

    The festival concludes on Sunday with another free event - a

    "Picnic in the Park" from lunchtime onwards, accompanied by more live jazz (Jambalaya  and Voodoo Skank).

    Further details at http://www.neuvilenjazz.com/
  4. The roadworks are to improve a dangerous junction just south of the airport, and as previously noted they are scheduled to continue into the autumn. It means that the dual carriageway is restricted to just one lane in each direction.

    The best way to approach the airport is from the north on the D910 "Rocade Ouest". You may still be held up a little if the traffic is very heavy, but far less so than when driving from the south.

  5. The festival Neuvil'en Jazz takes

    place next week in Neuville de Poitou (15km north-west of Poitiers).

    This year's programme comprises three nights (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) of free "apéro concerts" in the Neuvil'en Jazz Village, place Aristide-Briand. Refreshments are available,

    including a special festival menu concocted by the gastronomic, Michelin-starred,

    restaurant le Saint-Fortunat.

    On Friday and Saturday nights there will be special open-air concerts by two of France's most acclaimed jazz groups, Les Doigts de l'Homme (jazz guitars played manouche-style) and Pink Turtle (who mix pop and jazz with a big dose of humour), respectively.  These will be staged in the Majestic gardens adjacent to the Jazz Village. Tickets are priced at €20 and can be reserved at Neuville's Tourist Office on 05 49 54 47 80 (English spoken).

    The festival concludes on Sunday with another free event - a

    "Picnic in the Park" from lunchtime onwards, accompanied by more live jazz.

    Further details at http://www.neuvilenjazz.com/

  6. We're just completing our passport renewal application forms now, and have been debating whether or not we need countersignatories, due to the seemingly conflicting advice on official websites. As you have recently successfully been through the procedure, NormanH, could you please confirm whether you completed the Countersignature Section 9 of the application form and had your photos countersigned?

    We have found some of our French professional acquaintances (doctor, civil servant) rather reluctant to witness documents for us, especially when they have to divulge personal information, as there are no similar procedures in France. We do, however, know a number of people who may be willing to sign, but are retired. Does anybody know if their signature would be acceptable?

    Finally, we have no intention of putting the security number of our credit/debit card as required on the payment form, so will be using the mandat-cash option. It's hard to believe that a government department could ask people to take such a blatant security risk.

  7. The festival Neuvil'en Jazz takes

    place next week in Neuville de Poitou (15km north-west of Poitiers).

    The programme comprises three nights (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) of concerts in the Majestic and

    free concerts in the adjacent square. Refreshments are available,

    including a special festival menu concocted by the gastronomic, Michelin-starred,

    restaurant le Saint-Fortunat. The festival concludes on Sunday with a

    "Picnic in the Park" from lunchtime onwards.

    Further details at http://www.neuvilenjazz.com/

    Tickets for the concerts are available from Neuville's Tourist Office on 05 49 54 47 80.

  8. The festival Neuvil'en Jazz takes place next week in Neuville de Poitou (15km north-west of Poitiers). The programme comprises three nights of concerts in the Majestic and free concerts in the adjacent square. Refreshments are available, including a special festival menu concocted by the gastronomic restaurant le Saint-Fortunat. The festival concludes on Sunday with a "Picnic in the Park" from lunchtime onwards.

    Further details at http://www.neuvilenjazz.com/

    Tickets for the concerts are available from Neuville's Tourist Office on 05 49 54 47 80.

  9. As French residents, we have had a similar problem when going on holiday (it's all to do with the definition of your "home" country in the event of repatriation), but have always found a solution on the Internet. 

    There are two companies we would recommend - www.worldwideinsure.com and www.jsinsurance.co.uk. Both offer a very efficient service and reasonable premiums - and websites / policies in English! Fortunately, we have not needed to make a claim, so cannot comment on that aspect.

    Hope this helps you

    find a suitable policy - and that you have a good holiday!

  10. I have had a similar problem to "tuppence" on trying to access Internet pages using Mozilla Firefox, but don't even get as far as the Error Message. Instead I just get a little circular symbol and the message "Loading...". My ISP is Orange, so I don't think that's the problem. Mozilla has some suggestions for troubleshooting at http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/No+programs+can+load+websites?bl=n&s=loading but so far all my attempts have been unsuccessful. If anyone has further suggestions, I'd be very grateful.

  11. We have been in the same position a couple of times.

    For a trip to Tunisia in 2006, we used www.worldwideinsure.com and, if I remember correctly, had to ring them to give details of pre-existing medical conditions.

    This summer we went to Canada, and found the most competitive rate through www.jsinsurance.co.uk. Again we had to answer a medical screening questionnaire over the phone and paid a small additional premium to cover pre-existing conditions. We were very impressed by the efficiency of their service.

    Fortunately, in neither case did we have to make a claim.

    Hope this helps you find a suitable policy - and that you have a good holiday!

  12. I wonder if any of you are marketing / design / print experts who can help me with the following translation.

    I am writing to an organisation requesting a copy of "the original

    artwork for their logo", so that it can be reproduced in a printed

    document. I have found several expressions on the Web - "charte

    graphique du logotype", "image vectorielle", "déclinaison du logo", "dessin-modèle" -

    but none appear to be exactly what I need. My current thinking is "un

    original du visuel que l'éditeur pourra utiliser pour la mise en page".

    Any improvement on this would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.
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