A landing pad for UFOs. Seriously?
Back in Arès to see the new spaceship that has been installed at the "Ovniport", one of the most unusual attractions in the area.
A walk through Le Map
In discussion with one of the co-creators of a new free English-language Bordeaux city guide.
This house rules
Of all the cool houses in Bordeaux, this house on rue Cotrel may just be the coolest.
Bordeaux's iconic concert hall
L'Alhambra was a side-street establishment that hosted some of the world's greatest-ever entertainers.
Saturday, 16 July 2016
Friday, 8 July 2016
To find out more about the publication, I arranged to meet Matt Mann, one of Le Map’s creators, for a coffee and chocolatine (that’s a pain au chocolat for non-Bordelais readers). The full story goes something like this:
Thursday, 9 June 2016
This is the first instance of a former blog subject being transformed into a full-scale live musical revue. Loyal readers may remember last year’s article which uncovered the unbelievable career path of New Yorker Mort Shuman, who penned some of the most famous melodies of the late 1950s and early 1960s before he himself became an unlikely pop star in France, making hit records such as Le Lac Majeur and Papa Tango Charly. Shuman died in 1991 and, as a result of family connections, his final resting place is in Bordeaux.
As part of this live extravaganza, I will be singing, strumming guitars and playing piano to provide samples of the music Shuman wrote throughout his career, and recounting a number of anecdotes that not only connect to tell the full story, but add extra layers of understanding to the songs themselves. Above all, it promises to be a lot of fun.
So come along to Paul’s Place on Friday July 8th at 8:30pm. Admission is totally free and food is available if you’re hungry (dinner served from 7:30pm onwards, pre-booking recommended via email@example.com).
Sunday, 5 June 2016
L’Alhambra: the iconic Bordeaux venue which hosted some of the most iconic artists of the 20th century
The Alhambra story began in the early 1870s when a tree nursery made way for a permanent circus structure, le Cirque-National, which in turn became a “café-concert” in 1878. Soon after the turn of the century, local architect Tournier conceived a veritable entertainment complex that comprised a 1,500-seater theatre, an 800-capacity “summer casino” and, peculiarly, a rollerskating rink (the city’s 21st-century “roller parks” are therefore nothing new).
Sunday, 22 May 2016
Invisible Bordeaux published a full investigation into the WW2 camp back in 2013. Initially set up as a detention centre for “undesirable foreigners” in 1940, it evolved into a camp for political prisoners. It went on to hold other communities such as Jews, Spanish Republicans, members of the Résistance, black market traffickers and prostitutes, along with individuals who refused to comply with the Nazis’ forced labour policy (STO: Service du travail obligatoire). For many who were held there, it was a penultimate stop before being sent to concentration camps or ahead of execution at the nearby Camp de Souge.
Friday, 13 May 2016
Monday, 2 May 2016
With the generous help of Sud Ouest journalist Marjorie Michel, who enabled me to view the newspaper’s coverage of that momentous night, I sought to reconstruct events as they unfolded and returned to the city’s hotspots and riot scenes… only to find them much quieter these days!