Newsletter n°354 / Are "mixed" marriages a good idea?

Dear franceinlondoner

« All the French love France, it is true, but never the same France"
- Marc Grangé (French writer)


Marrying a Brit: a good idea?

You fell in love with England even before you stepped on its soil. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Monty Python, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde or Danny Boyle had already convinced you of the UK’s greatness. So when you met him/her, it was obvious. No need for her/him to tune up her/his British Touch, you were already under his/her spell. You love her/him. He/she does too. All is for the best. Just one detail: you are a froggy, he / she is a roast beef. No big deal you may say. The Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) is a long way behind us and the French and the Brits are no longer the best enemy they claimed to be. But do not be mistaken Franco-British couples are far from being peaceful. Here are a few cultural differences that could affect your household more than what you think.


Top 5 Tips to Quickly Make an Impact in a New Job

You got your CV and cover letter right, made an excellent impression during the interview, and you are now opening up a bottle of Champagne to celebrate your recent success. Do enjoy the thrill because you will soon have to get a move on. Getting a new job is exciting, yet it is just a start and making the right impression on the first few days is absolutely crucial. Here are five tips to make the most of this new opportunity.


Travel into the heart of France with 'A Family Affair'

From 25 June to 13 July

Have you ever dreamt of being a fly on the wall and to spy on a typical French family? Are you in the mood for a good laught about the French? Do you ever wonder if your slightly dysfunctional family looks like everyone else's? 'A Family Affair', the famous comedy by award-winning scriptwriters, Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri, is one of the funniest French drama pieces to see at the moment in London.


Decoration: How to save space at home?

Have you ever tried to fit a bed, a wardrobe, a bookshelf and a desk in a 10 meter square room? Not that easy, is it? Even when you actually manage to fit everything inside, the place looks tremendously dark and cluttered, and no one would want to study or relax in such a confined space. Parisians have always had to deal with very expensive and small flats, and as a consequence, French companies have developed  many innovative solutions to save space. One of France's leading furniture companies, Gauthier, gives you tips to get the most out of your flat or house.


Toulouse Lautrec's Cabaret

On 1 July from 6.45 to 11pm

Enjoy an art lecture on Toulouse Lautrec's life and a wine tasting at the 'Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec' in Kennington, South London.

Exhibition: The Poetry of Instability by Etienne Viard

From 14 June to 26 July

The Piper Gallery presents the steel sculptures of the French artist Etienne Viard, near Tottenham Court Road Station.


The Importance of Being Earnest

From 25 to 29 June

Beyond Theatre presents a sparkling new production of Wilde's most famous comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest at the Brockley Jack (Honor Oak Park Station). Bringing Parisian chic to the play, French actress Michèle Belgrand Hodgson will be in the role of Lady Bracknell.

The Hypochondriac by Molière

From 11 to 30 June

Barons Court Theatre presents Molière's famous play 'The Hypochondriac'.


In The House out on DVD on 22 July

François Ozon's dark comedy, In The House, is set for its DVD release on 22 July.

5 x Copies of the DVD of 'In The House' to be won






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