Pensioners in Paradis

Author: Olga Swan


ISBN: 9781847994158

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 8592


In these days of myriad media programming about people moving their lives abroad and grumpy old men, here is a unique account of the pitfalls and joys of two pensioners who embark on that once in a lifetime adventure: emigration to another country. The style is unique merging the pessimistic, laconic wit of earthy, elderly English Midlanders with the joie de vivre of les françaises. Read hilarious accounts of how they adapt to la vie française including chapters on dealing with French workmen, communication, learning the language and even 'sex à la française'.

Pensioners in Paradise

Author: Jayme Emily Wills

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781493556861

Category: Travel

Page: 120

View: 1589


"Follow the joys and excitement of living abroad through the eyes of the author. Filled with travel tips, retirement planning suggestions and entertaining stories, Pensioners in paradise offers a wealth of information."--P. [4] of cover.

From Paradis to Perdition

Author: Olga Swan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781719158541


Page: 234

View: 4887


From Paradis to Perdition - The much-awaited sequel to the bestselling Pensioners in Paradis has arrived! A Year in France The acclaimed first book in the series, Pensioners in Paradis, was written entirely from the point of view of the woman in the house. So, it is only fair to give Him Indoors his say on a self-deprecating English couple's life in France. Be prepared, therefore, for an irreverent account, written in his own dry, inimitable style, as he recounts, month by month, how their French dream fell apart. What on earth could have happened to change their joie de vivre and their love of all things French? Did they hit that je ne sais quoi that essentially divides the French from the English? Or was it that dratted Brexit referendum that threw a spanner in the works? We all want to know! So, draw up a chair, pour a tot of whisky or a glass of (French!) wine, and enjoy the fine art of self-disparagement as all will be revealed.


A Novel

Author: Elena Castedo

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802196039

Category: Fiction

Page: 338

View: 3429


National Book Award-finalist: an “ingenious social satire” of the “arrogance, folly, injustice, and debauchery” among Spain’s privileged class (The Atlantic). Solita, a young daughter of refugees from Francisco Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, is whisked from the urban ghetto of Galmeda to El Topaz, the lush hacienda of a wealthy eccentric, which Solita’s mother assures her will be paradise. But behind its beautiful facade, El Topaz is a quagmire of social subterfuge, from its politicking adults to its spiteful children, and Solita finds herself alone in a glittery world where “you couldn’t trust anything. Or anybody. You had to navigate completely on your own.” Yet somehow, with only her sharp eye for separating truth from insincerity, Solita must weave her way through the social minefield of this supposed Spanish Shangri-La, searching for the happiness and harmony promised by her family’s liberation. Nominated for the National Book Award, Elena Castedo’s Paradise wickedly skewers the follies and falsehoods, conniving and cluelessness, of society’s so-called elite.


Challenges and Choices: The First Report of the Pensions Commission

Author: Great Britain, Pensions Commission Staff,Great Britain. Pensions Commission

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780117027800

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 342

View: 7936


This report is also available in a pack with a volume of appendices and executive summary (ISBN 011702812), and the free executive summary (ISBN 0117027820) is also available separately.

Paradise Plundered

Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego

Author: Steven P. Erie,Vladimir Kogan,Scott A. MacKenzie

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804782180

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 2406


The early 21st century has not been kind to California's reputation for good government. But the Golden State's governance flaws reflect worrisome national trends with origins in the 1970s and 1980s. Growing voter distrust with government, a demand for services but not taxes to pay for them, a sharp decline in enlightened leadership and effective civic watchdogs, and dysfunctional political institutions have all contributed to the current governance malaise. Until recently, San Diego, California—America's 8th largest city—seemed immune to such systematic governance disorders. This sunny beach town entered the 1990s proclaiming to be "America's Finest City," but in a few short years its reputation went from "Futureville" to "Enron-by-the-Sea." In this eye-opening and telling narrative, Steven P. Erie, Vladimir Kogan, and Scott A. MacKenzie mix policy analysis, political theory, and history to explore and explain the unintended but largely predictable failures of governance in San Diego. Using untapped primary sources—interviews with key decision makers and public documents—and benchmarking San Diego with other leading California cities, Paradise Plundered examines critical dimensions of San Diego's governance failure: a multi-billion dollar pension deficit; a chronic budget deficit; inadequate city services and infrastructure; grandiose planning initiatives divorced from dire fiscal realities; an insulated downtown redevelopment program plagued by poorly-crafted public-private partnerships; and, for the metropolitan region, inadequate airport and port facilities, a severe underinvestment in firefighting capacity despite destructive wildfires, and heightened Mexican border security concerns. Far from a sunny story of paradise and prosperity, this account takes stock of an important but understudied city, its failed civic leadership, and poorly performing institutions, policymaking, and planning. Though the extent of these failures may place San Diego in a league of its own, other cities are experiencing similar challenges and political changes. As such, this tale of civic woe offers valuable lessons for urban scholars, practitioners, and general readers concerned about the future of their own cities.

Paradise Regained

Prospects for a New Social Order in the Third Millennium

Author: Walter Prytulak

Publisher: authorhouse

ISBN: 9781588202123

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

View: 656


Teen/Adult Fiction Another whimsical fairy tale by Mary Lynn Plaisance, from the series of her fairy tales titled: In the Land of Sha Bebe, an enchanting place that's inhabited by magical dolls called the Sha Bebe. ________________________________ Swamp Alley is a portal between this side and the other side. A Cajun Wizard named Antoine Clement Hebert, lives near Swamp Alley which is behind The Land of Sha Bebe in the swamps. He keeps balance between this side and the other side, by playing his fiddle, but he was kidnapped by "them". Today, the Ghosts of Swamp Alley protect the ones on this side from the opposite presence who occupy the other side. Who or what is this presence, and where is this place that has the Wizard trapped? Marie La Vie explains this other place and their presence very well. It's a presence that has always existed all over the world ---- even today, it still exists. Sometimes, the presence of the other side may be near YOU. The Wizard of Swamp Alley is centered around Halloween, when the veil between this side and the other side is at it's thinnest, and the Wizard is gone. Who has the knowledge to return the Wizard to his homeland to protect The Land of Sha Bebe? A chilling read, yet still entertaining. Dedicated to the Spirit of Louisiana Read more reviews in the book. You've created a Cajun fairy land, much like Walt created a Disneyland. Your characters feel like a Disney scene set in the sugarcane fields. Mary Lynn, keep weaving the threads of your wonderful creativity into a tapestry of magical tales. The pen is your loom, the paper your wool. A MUST READ It's not only a Louisiana story.