Pensioners in Paradis

Author: Olga Swan


ISBN: 9781847994158

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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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: 4589


"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: 1497


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.

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

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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.


How we've been betrayed by the politicians, bureaucrats and bankers - and how much they've cost us

Author: David Craig,Matthew Elliot

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472112245

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

View: 4605


Over the past decade some £3 trillion - equivalent to £50,000 for every person in Britain - has been taken from us by the ruling elites. Half was wasted in a splurge of poorly-managed public spending in the 'boom', while the other half evaporated in the 'bust' - siphoned off by city bonuses, vaporised by a collapse in pension savings and extorted to bail out the banking sector. In their explosive new book, David Craig and Matthew Elliott trace where the money has gone and who has become richer as a result. They name and shame the 'guilty': the incompetent bureaucrats that fail to deliver the services the taxpayer deserves; the multitude of ineffective regulators and watchdogs; the politicians that have betrayed our democracy and enriched themselves; and the self-serving and arrogant city bankers. Moreover, they calculate the enormous debt that awaits the British taxpayer as a result of our rulers' avarice and economic mismanagement. Fleeced! charts the greatest impoverishment and tax swindle of the public in British history.

Paradise Regained

Prospects for a New Social Order in the Third Millennium

Author: Walter Prytulak

Publisher: authorhouse

ISBN: 9781588202123

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

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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.

The Paradise Bank

The Mercantile Bank of India, 1893–1984

Author: Edwin Green,Sara Kinsey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351884476

Category: History

Page: 280

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The Mercantile Bank of India was one of a small band of British-managed banks which dominated Anglo-Eastern finance for most of the 20th century. Founded in London in 1893, the Mercantile inherited the business, branches, staff and even the distinctive cable address - Paradise, London - of its forerunner the Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London and China. In the early 1900s the Mercantile Bank re-established a strong and quietly successful business in the East. After the First World War the Mercantile played a prominent part in banking development in Malaya. In addition to maintaining its support for the trade of the Indian sub-continent, the bank also enjoyed success in Shanghai. Like its major rivals, the Hongkong Bank, Chartered Bank and the National Bank of India, the Mercantile Bank suffered grievously during the Second World War. In the post-war world it needed both to adapt to massive political change throughout the East and to diversify into new markets and new types of business. In 1959 the Mercantile became a subsidiary of the Hongkong Bank and this book explores the complex, high-level negotiations in London and the East which preceded the acquisition. Although the Mercantile Bank was fully absorbed in 1984 by the Hongkong Bank (now part of the HSBC Group), its history, business and personnel remained an important thread in the traditions of the enlarged group. This history deploys the extensive and colourful archives of the Mercantile Bank, together with the memoirs of former officials and their families. The book is plentifully illustrated from the photograph collections of the Mercantile Bank and former members of its staff.

In Search of Paradise

The Odyssey of an Italian Family

Author: Susan Gabori

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773564349

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 8404


Susan Gabori has woven the narrative of each character in the Pace family from interviews she conducted with Italian immigrants and their families to present an illuminating picture of people who, faced with a seemingly insensitive environment, must find a way to survive without sacrificing their dignity and pride. Each person finds a different way to hold on to some of the old while adapting to the new. With In Search of Paradise Gabori promotes a deeper understanding of and respect for the immigrant experience. The characters given a voice are Vincenzo, the father, Teresa, his wife, and their children, Franco, Roberto, Angelina, and Michele. Separated by Vincenzo's search for work in Libya and later by World War II, when the children are sent to a fascist school in Northern Italy and Vincenzo is sent to fight the British in Africa, they attempt to retain the bonds of family and culture. Reunited after the war, the economic climate in Italy forces Vincenzo and Franco to leave for Canada in 1950 in search of a better future. They are eventually joined by the rest of the family in Toronto.