Welcome to the world of Zorg – and no they’re not the start of an alien invasion

From the south west of France, via Australia, Africa and then back again. Musically this is where Zorg comes from. From the region of Occitan, the band also perform/sing in their own dialect of the same name, which comes both geographically and linguistically somewhere between France and Spain. You might not think it but in … Continue reading Welcome to the world of Zorg – and no they’re not the start of an alien invasion

Fluent in 3 Months – It’ll get you talkin’

The summer is well under way and many of us will have taken to sunnier climbs in order to experience new scenery or a different way of life. Many of us struggle to learn enough of the native tongue of our chosen destination to even get by on. Fluent in Three Months by Benny Lewis, … Continue reading Fluent in 3 Months – It’ll get you talkin’

A History of a land without a country

The Basques; whether you believe them to be part of a region of another country, or, as some do, to be a country within a country, certainly have a unique identity. As someone who grew up in Northern Ireland, seeing Basque flags in republican areas, this strange banner which, to you appears like a union … Continue reading A History of a land without a country

The Return of the Hero is a French delight

The Return of the Hero, shown recently as part of the 31st Foyle Film Festival is a French farce with plenty of laughs. Set during the Napoleonic wars it tells the story of Captain Neuville, a dashing, handsome war hero who has fallen in love. Upon being called into action only hours after he has … Continue reading The Return of the Hero is a French delight