Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The men behind the curtain

I'm neither economist nor politician but a Christian who has more of life behind him than ahead. On that basis I'd be particularly unintelligent if I didn't feel I'd learned something these past fifty years.

I'm referring to what everyone here calls "The Crisis" that we supposedly entered in late 2008, talked about all throughout 2009 and are now starting to feel the repercussions of this year of 2010.

I have learned to believe — really believe — very little of what the mass media tells me. On the contrary, I've learned to be very critical and sceptic about what I hear on the radio or what I see parroted in the press. My attitude is due to several different factors that I don't want to go into too much here but suffice to say that the press has been caught in outright lies by me so very often that I really think of it more as a reprogramming machine than anything else. Somebody wants us all to believe the same thing.

Most of you may know that we got rid of our television over 20 years ago now and have never missed it. All our children have been raised entirely in the absence of Big Brother's brainwashing of filth and profanity and had a better childhood because of it.

There are a lot of what the media would call conspiracy nuts around nowadays and I certainly don't consider myself one of them. I've moved from the realm of conspiracy theory that I tried to cut through in 1963 to solid conspiracy fact that, to me, appears so flagrant and so obvious that I'm often amazed at how brazen the men behind the curtain can be. I guess they think they have nothing to lose since they've been getting away with it for so long.

What the banksters — let's call them that because it's safer — are doing now is so perfectly clear to me. They're working through what they control the most of: banks, films, books, popular music and culture, movie houses, school, and government. And, when you think about it, that's pretty much everything in western society. Can't you see it? It's the same group of people everywhere!

And what is their trademark that is so recursive and blatant? They hate Jesus Christ. They hate the Bible, because it talks of Jesus Christ. They hate all and any Christian organizations because they (more or less) stand for and promote the teachings of the Bible, which talks of Jesus Christ. How could anyone be so wicked? John 8:44. Jesus knew! We're not talking about worldly unbelievers here, these people have an agent: get rid of every trace of Christianity.

Be awake. Be aware. Look at the names of those in charge but also be aware that they often change their names in order to disguise the racial cult they come from. There is no fooling with them for today they are in a position where they can do what they want and answer to no one.

What sparked this kind of a post in me? You know the fabricated crisis in Greece? I say fabricated because, just as it is here, if you took these European nations (that some people have always hated, because we've got Christianity in our roots) and put them somewhere else to start again it would happen. But we are being crushed, not because we're evil but because we have signed our life away in usurious debts. No one can now repay this usury. It used to be illegal to charge interest on lending money — did you know that? Now, our whole society is in impossible-to-repay debt.

So now I hear that they are after one more bastion of morality that they can crush and squeeze a bit more money out of, too. They're now saying the Greek Orthodox Church should have to pay taxes and lose its tax-free status!

Watch out: it'll be us, next!




Friday, March 26, 2010

Les Baux-de-Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence


Raph writes "Look it up on Wikipedia! Bauxite was first discovered here in 1821 and was named after this medieval village." Such a beautiful place!



The castle



Thursday, March 25, 2010

More from the midi

A picture tells more than a thousand words ...

Breakfast by the sea



Here's a good shot of David (the village in the background is where our friend Serge lives).

In an olive grove overlooking Le Thoronet

I won't make another joke about Olly being along for the trip — I'd be able to hear you groaning from here!




Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hervé

When we lived in Draguignan Raphael made friends with a certain Hervé from school and they ended up seeing each other quite often on Wednesdays and weekends, as school friends do.

After years of losing contact, Raph invited him up to his wedding back in 2001 and Hervé came and old ties were renewed and memories made. On this trip Raph had mentioned wanting to look him up while he was in the area. Here's Hervé and Susie on the beach at Ste Maxime.





What on earth?

Having met up with Serge in Le Muy and spending the day at Ste Maxime the Snoozies send this report on their day's activities: What on earth (Raph asks) — or in the sea — is this? He's starting his own mystery! Answers (or guesses) in the comment box below please.





Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Marseille






Breakfast at the Pont du Gard

Breakfast with the Pont du Gard in the background

Click the above link to read the Wikipedia entry for this famous Roman aqueduct -- it's fascinating!





Monday, March 22, 2010

Is this significant?

I think Raph's been reading this blog too much: tonight he sent in this question accompanied with a photo of the side of their rental camper:


The sons of Jacob going south to Egypt to buy corn, bringing their youngest brother with them; Joseph making himself known to his brothers... What (if anything) does this have to do with our trip?!

Leave your thoughts in the comments box below. :-)








Nimes

No commentary came with this photo which just shows the family in front of the Roman amphitheatre. It is a very old city with a great deal to see — mostly known for the the impressive Roman archaeological sites still standing, most notably the aqueduct over the Gard river.


Nimes


Afternoon update: This picture just came in:

Christine & olivier


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Safe in Sète

This will be the last post of the day for they've safely arrived on the Mediterranean, picked up their camper, and are roaming around Sète — happy as larks, I would guess!

Off we go!



The Millau viaduct

The climax of the trip south was surely crossing the Tarn river over the incredible Millau viaduct!

Raph told me he'd planned to get off the autoroute before they got there so as to show the children the bridge from the ground then cross over afterwards.

This is the picture he sent through this afternoon.

Viaduc de Millau

If you're unfamiliar with this fantastic (and impressive) viaduct click on the link about where you can read a lot of interesting facts about the construction, complete with pictures.

The Garabit viaduct

Here are our happy crew as they come to another famous bridge built by another famous Frenchman, Gustave Eiffel. If you're curious for the details, click on the link below to let Wikipedia tell you all about it (as always, it opens in a new window).





Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rammy goes south

Our largest and oldest (over ten years now) customer can't stop growing! A couple of years ago they expanded into Spain with an office in Barcelona and sales reps on the road. This meant that we had to go down there to install our software on their system, too, so it would be compatible with what the mother company has here.

Last year they acquired a company bigger than themselves in the Bordeaux area and we've been planning with them on integration ever since. The centralised production unit up here will mean a lot of work for us as well as we tie their company in with their centralised system and train them in using our software. This has meant a lot of work for us and our time is spoken for throughout the whole year.

All this has meant that Raph's been working hard lately spending every other week in Bordeaux installing new systems and training the personnel. Besides spending last week in Spain and coordinating all the other team members on the regular workload up here in France he still has to keep his finger on the pulse of what is happening on a daily basis for the standing projects.

All this to say that when he told me he was thinking of taking a week off and heading south with his little family I was enthusiastic and glad for him to do it.

For some reason we've been unable to get in touch with Serge but after talking things over they decided to head toward Sète and rent a camper when they were down there. I'll let you know how their trip progresses.

After spending the morning getting ready, they left today just after lunch and a few hours later we got this picture from the heart of the volcano district of the massif central at our family-favourite hotel on the autoroute "L'hotel des volcans".

Glad to be at the hotel



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How was your day, Suzie?

video

Becky just returned from the kitchen with a little clip of Suzie — so cute! I hope you enjoy it!

(Just noticed that the video is cut down to a quarter of what it was. I don't know what went wrong but what is left is still worth watching!)


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Content

Many of you know we've been fans of the eighteenth century quietist Jeanne Guyon for many years. But you may never have realized quite why.

If you're unfamiliar with her story and testimony the entry in Wikipedia will give you a rough glimpse. Then read over the words to this hymn, written and published in 1790 and then translated a few years later by William Cowper and published in English in 1801 as Content.

We have it in our hymnal Hymns of the Christian Life, number 169. Here are the words:

My Lord, how full of sweet content
I pass my years of banishment!
Where e'er I dwell, I dwell with Thee,
In heaven, in earth, or on the sea;
Where e'er I dwell, I dwell with Thee,
In heaven, in earth, or on the sea.

To me remains nor place nor time,
My country is in every clime;
I can be calm and free from care
On any shore, since God is there;
I can be calm and free from care
On any shore, since God is there.

While place I seek, or place I shun,
The soul finds happiness in none;
But with my God to guide my way,
Tis equal joy, to go or stay;
But with my God to guide my way,
Tis equal joy, to go or stay.


The other day I asked Sarah, Becky, and Claire to sing this lovely hymn a cappella for you. Here it is. Enjoy!




Thursday, March 04, 2010

Another good Suzie quote

This one is of a completely different nature but just as profound, in its own way.

This morning Camille took her through the outer room of the studio to wash her hands before lunch when little Suzie, with a wisdom beyond her years, said,

"Personne n'habite dans le studio — Aunty's Mary doivent vivre dans le studio"
("Nobody lives in the studio. Aunty's Mary ought to live in the studio.")

I think the person most directly concerned here will immediately recognize themselves. :)




Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Another find from Ali Baba's cave


You're probably thinking... whatever next!

This is not really a mystery — or is it? Who is this? Who took this photo? Why did Aunty so carefully keep it all these years? Why was it found this morning in a half-envelope addressed to:

Miss R. Neve
67 Baring Road
BH64DT Southbourne
Bournemouth
Dorset
England

(Just like that, for you purists.) And stranger still, to me: Who sent this photo (it's actually a slide) to her? Because the return address on the other side of the envelope (name cut off) is in Belgium.

But the slide (or Diapositive Kodachrome as it says on it) was actually FABRIQUÉ EN FRANCE, and this is according to the inscription printed around the cardboard frame. My!

Well, if I don't write here more often it's not because I lack material but rather time. Enjoy the photo and I will enjoy your guesses and explanations of the subject and origin of the snap.

(You never know what you're going to see when you come here, do you?)


Monday, March 01, 2010

Back to school

Well, we survived the storm of this weekend and today the school holidays have come to an end and Christopher and Claire and Olivier and Christine are back to their classes.

Here are Sarah, Rebecca, and Claire spending a last evening in the kitchen together yesterday as Claire prepared today's bread.


I have a picture I want to show you. I couldn't believe my eyes at first — I thought it was a good joke but it's on the level.

The other day Becky was showing me her Greek notebook into which she has pasted a few pictures to brighten things up. When she opened the book I told her I have to take a picture of that one.

Somewhere she'd found this detail taken from an ancient Grecian urn that shows someone sitting down and writing. Take a good look and tell me what it looks like — those Greeks were more advanced than we often give them credit for! :-)

An inscription on Becky's Greek site (where she found the picture) under a picture of this urn says,

"An ancient Greek with a tablet to write. A boy stands before a writing teacher who holds the stylus poised to write in his tablet (or to check the student's exercise). Other inscriptions on the vase are in the Attic alphabet: HIPODAMAS KALOS."

"Tablets of ivory or metal were in common use among the Greeks and Romans. When made of wood — sometimes of citron, but usually of beech or fir — their inner sides were coated with wax, on which the letters were traced with a pointed pen or stiletto (stylus), one end of which was used for erasure. It was with his stylus that Caesar stabbed Casca in the arm when attacked by his murderers. Wax tablets of this kind continued in partial use in Europe during the middle ages; the oldest extant specimen, now in the museum at Florence, belongs to the year 1301."


Can you believe it? Learn something new every day!