Sunday, 2 November 2008

Yes Please

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A great summer forecast

Kiwis should prepare for a long, hot summer. Photo / Herald on Sunday

Kiwis should prepare for a long, hot summer. Photo / Herald on Sunday

New Zealanders looking to the skies for a respite from the gloom and doom of the economic recession are in luck, with a long, hot summer predicted.

NIWA is expecting above-average temperatures and less rainfall during the summer for much of the country, with settled periods of fine weather.

4:00AM Sunday Nov 02, 2008
Claire Rorke

The northern hemisphere winter is starting to make an appearance in the Dordogne.  We had some snow on Thursday morning (it was more like sleet really).. the temperature didn't get above 8ºC.  The pool started the week at 17º but has now dropped to 11º - Pool season is definitely over.

All up it has been a miserable week weather wise and the prospect of some down-under sun is very appealing (even if it does come with an extra dose of ozone unscreened UVB sunlight).

French Facts: Corking the Bottle

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I have just been reading an article in the French press about a planned move to raise the drinking age from 16 to 18 years. This and other moves to restrict alcohol marketing is causing a minor uproar within the industry especially on the back of the recently introduced smoking ban.

Sixteen year-olds in France are allowed to purchase wine and beer but not spirits.. although the latter rule is said to be poorly enforced.

Over the last 40 years wine drinking in France has fallen from an average of 100 litres to 56 litres per person per year.   The french still have the highest per capita rate of wine consumption in the world but may they may soon be overtaken by the United States.  The french wine industry accounts for 17 percent of agricultural output and employs 250,000 people.

It is nice to know that Ange and I have been doing our bit to support the french economy.