Souvenir 2010

Classic photo in Shanghai. This one taken in March 2010

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And 3 months later my friend Christian visited us

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More or less the same spot in June 2010. Loads of tourists.

Cannot help but throwing that one in

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Local delicacy that my friend bought for his wife. Without speaking a word of chinese he made himself understood in the shop by imitating a duck. Movements and sounds I have to add.

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Souvenir 2011

I think I flew in from Asia that morning. Not too sure.


A sunny day at the Gehrden garden show on May 1st 2011


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Project on the go

I currently need to have a VPN (Virtual Private Network) app on each of my computers, laptop, smart phone if I want to access or watch original TV from the US or UK for example. The same applies to Netflix for instance.

The plan is therefore to install a VPN Router which will more or less permanently be switched on and therefore:

  1. Secure identities for all bits of equipment going in the internet.
  2. Ensure that all equipments connected to it via WIFI access data from the chosen country. BBC TV in the UK for instance.

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A few questions remain open:

  • Best router to choose from?
  • How difficult is it to connect the VPN Router to the Livebox?

The rest of the equipment is on hand as well as an account with the VPN provider. Just need to buy the right router. I am currently looking at the Netgear range. I needs to be quite powerful.

In any case, this will keep me busy for a little while.

Keep computing

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Le Mans news

Great news from Peugeot



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Auto consumption

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Currently studying, comparing and checking offers in preparation for a tel. co. later this afternoon.

This will be the 3rd attempt to get a project on the road to install solar (photovotaic) panels to reduce our dependance on grid electricity by producing some of our own. Of course the added bonus is supposed to be cheaper energy bills whilst reducing our own carbon footprint.

It has not been easy so far and we have had to deal will some cowboy outfits promising wonders. Based on a friend’s recommendation we contacted Engie and so far they appear to know their business and are professional about it all. We received 2 offers from them this morning which we are to discuss with them by phone later this afternoon.

I must confess, it is still quite satisfying to create excel tables which are in line with the offers received.

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Béret club


Did I mention that a few of us founded the so-called “Béret Club of Carcassonne”? Today was lunch meeting day at our official head quarter “Au Lard et au Cochon”. I do not think the owners are fully aware of this yet although they for sure must have an inkling of what is going on.

As president I had the duty to welcome our latest member. Everybody wore the desired and pre-requisite attire i.e the béret. All went well despite 2 members not being able to make it.



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Another short holiday for 2020 is being discussed and will be added to the list as a strong possibility. After the summer madness along the Cote d’Azur, the quaint village of St Tropez hold the yearly “Les voiles de St Tropez” event over a few days. It is the occasion to see 300 or more sailing yachts, one better than the other. Apart from the action on the water, there are plenty of activities in town and of course the harbour.



Keep sailing.

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