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January 20, 2011

That nice lady decorator has an aversion to new technology. She is convinced that whenever she turns the computer on (now there’s an interesting concept) something goes wrong. I don’t try to hard to disavow her of this opinion, otherwise she might start reading this column and spoil my fun, but she had an Ipod for Christmas, or rather a new Ipod because her old original one from 4 years ago kept freezing. This has had the dangerous effect of getting her a little more used to technology and so discovery is almost inevitable given time. In the meantime I can still have some fun here.

Given that she is now reasonably content with her I-pod, I felt she might want gradually to be introduced to some more technology. My shirts are not often ironed, so I have suggested a new I-ron. It has a very large mousepad and two switches on to so she can right click or left click, just like a real piece of technology. I have stopped short of suggesting an I-clean, or an I-work yet but the I-wash would come in very useful. Unfortunately I believe all these come in a bundle including the I-nag application.

My picture today is once again of The Brague but is unfortunately ruined by the presence of a disastrous diabolical dribbling dog Banjo.

The stunning beauty of the river spoiled by a stupendously stupid dog.

I hinted yesterday that another major estate agent in Valbonne had promised to affiliate with Currencies Direct and I am delighted to say that Riviera Home Finders are the first estate agents in Valbonne this year to see the light. I knew straight away when I met co boss Jeroen that I would like him because his name sounds like rather a lot of champagne, and once he suggested that we celebrate in La Kavanou, I knew this was going to work. Sadly my temperance resolution (which last until my first MIDEM meeting at 6.30pm in the Carlton in Cannes on Friday evening) cannot be broken, so the celebrations must wait.

Some weeks ago, I was asked by on-line magazine Riviera Woman, to write something for them, which I happily did, along the lines that women were crap at business because they were more interested in a meeting in what people were wearing, or how the smelled than the business itself. It is fair to say that they believed that I was writing with my tongue firmly implanted in my cheek and a plethora of comments from “wimmin” followed. The charming editor, Anna, however has trapped me into agreeing to be a “chatroom”, whatever that is, on Thursday with three other women, and I suspect I am being lined up for a bit of a roasting. It is a little unfair, because, going back to my piece about Ipads and the like above, I will be at a serious disadvantage in a chatroom as I was not fitted at birth with the Ichat application that all women are. – Discuss

That should provoke a few comments flying in!

Chris France

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Deborah Frost permalink
    January 20, 2011 8:08 pm

    Chris, you are actually unbelievably bloody funny!


    • January 21, 2011 12:28 pm

      You are too kind, but for gods sake don’t alert her (that nice lady decorator) to the content!


  2. February 3, 2011 12:23 pm

    Apart from the weather the scenery the atmosphere the food the accessibility and of course the reputation it is also one of very few places in the world that has sea and the mountains within such easy reach. These points mean that holiday home owners can enjoy their properties all year round rather than just during the summer season as in so many other holiday locations around the world….Although it is impossible to predict what will happen in the next 12 -24 months historically the Riviera is not an area of boom and bust with a steady increase of around 5-6 year on year. The worldwide crisis has changed everything around the world and it would be foolish to assume that this coastline has not been in anyway affected but it certainly seems like a relatively stable market….Tim Swannie Director of says Our enquiry rate is slightly lower than last year but there is not a huge difference for us so far and the clients we are working with are quite focused there is definitely still demand out there for properties particularly towards the top end of the market. … We agreed a sale on a property last week and there were three buyers offering at the same time he adds….So whilst there is demand then does this mean that prices should be less affected?


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