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Welcome to our articles section.  Here you will find a variety of articles that have previously been published in The Local Buzz magazine.

Simply click on the subject category of your choice, or read them all.

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Please also don’t forget to have a look at our blogs pages where you will find even more information relating to this fabulous region.

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These Boots are Made for ….

Tagged with: Articles, Sport

Jenny Michell and Keith Pantlin describe themselves as a pair of ageing but energetic Australians and have been walking around different parts of France for nearly 20 years. Randonnées can encompass relatively short walks or major routes of several hundred kilometres.

Walk the Nordic Way

Tagged with: Articles, Sport

Linda Lewis is a National Coach for the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA) and tells us a little more about the sport.

Extending The Ride

Tagged with: Articles, Sport

Jase Alexander, experienced club cyclist, helps us to extend our bike rides with a bit of fun, training and improved motivation

Ask Katie

Tagged with: Advice, Articles

Katie Gardner is a fully-Qualified CBT Counsellor and 10-year expat based on the border of 47/24. She’s here to answer your questions

It’s a Bee Thing

Tagged with: Articles, Homes and Gardens

We asked experienced beekeepers to give us some tips about how to establish a hive and look after the bees. Jonathan and Anna Beaussire are based in Lot et Garonne and have been keeping bees since 2013.

World Cancer Day – Fighting Cancer Together

Tagged with: Advice, Articles

Organised by the UICC, a membership organisation dedicated to Fighting Cancer Together, World Cancer Day heralds the start of a 3-year call-to-action. Its aim is to encourage everyone to act now and make a personal commitment to reduce the impact of cancer on themselves, the people they love and to help others across the globe.

Keep Moving

Tagged with: Articles, Well Being

The colder weather often brings stiffer limbs or a more sedentary lifestyle in front of the fire. So we thought we would take a look at three ways to keep the joints moving and the mind relaxed, irrespective of age.

Time to start planning the garden

Tagged with: Articles, Homes and Gardens

More than a few of us will have acquired a lovely piece of land here in France and attempted to fill it with all those shrubs and plants we had back “home”, only to be left with a box of labels and very few plants.

7 Wonders of the Region

Tagged with: Articles, Out and About

Pretty churches, historical monuments, walking trails and fabulous restaurants. This area of South West France has hidden treasures where you least expect to find them.

Pourquoi Parlez Français ?

Tagged with: Articles, French Language

If you are thinking you are too old to learn French or it’s too hard, maybe it is time to think again. Whether it’s just a few words or an entire conversation, speaking French will definitely change your life.

Ask Katie

Tagged with: Advice, Articles

This lady has lots of friends and family around her but she cannot get over the trauma of losing her partner

Rugby – a Thrill a Minute

Tagged with: Articles, Sport

Tom Smith, a Scotland International Rugby Union Player who also represented the British and Irish Lions and has been a rugby coach, lives in our region. He gave us this insight into rugby in this area of France.

François BALARD

Tagged with: Reader Contributions

François BALARD has sent us a report on the commemoration ceremony at St Méard de Gurçon, 11 November 1918 (French and English language)

It’s All About You

Tagged with: Articles, Well Being

The calm, zen-like atmosphere that is synonymous with spas is created by much more than soothing music, soft lighting and warm fluffy towels, it is all about focusing on one thing – you.

Buzz Words

Tagged with: Articles, French Language

Some useful words and phrases relevant to the features in the September/October 2018 issue of The Local Buzz. On-y-va!

Golf for Everyone (part two)

Tagged with: Articles, Sport

Written by John Cook, Level 5 and European tour coach, past English Amateur Champion, past European Tour Player, past England under 18 National Coach, past Thailand National Coach, and Managing Director of mygolfclub.org.uk, one of the largest golf memberships in the World.

Cycling (part two) – Looking the Part

Tagged with: Articles, Sport

Following on from the last article where we talked about choosing your bike and obtaining a good fit, here Jase Alexander, an experienced club cyclist, looks at your cycling apparel and accessories.

Don’t Stop the Worker Bees

Tagged with: Articles, Homes and Gardens

Autumn is an essential time of year for honeybees. The worker bees are out collecting nectar for long hours to ensure enough supplies to feed and maintain their colony through the winter months.

Bee My Honey

Tagged with: Articles, Food and Drink

Honey adds a sweet, velvety touch to all kinds of foods. Here are some ideas to make the most of this delicious, natural ingredient.

Hook, Line and Vintner

Tagged with: Articles, Food and Drink

Emma (chef) and John (sommelier) Gilchrist are passionate about food and drink and run Les Caulins, a gîte and cookery school in SW France. This time they take a look at fish and wine.

Winterising your pool

Tagged with: Advice, Articles

Some do, some don’t – but should we? We asked Rudolf de Lang, a pool technician with 25 years experience and a specialist in electronic leak detection, to explain the benefits.

A State of Mind

Tagged with: Articles, Well Being

Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or in absolute despair, talking to someone who you do not know, in English, can be a great help.

Moving to France?

Tagged with: Articles, Property

We asked Jerry Green, a partner at Clé Rouge in Duras, to give us the essential guide to buying a property and enjoying your life in France.

Gearing Up For Cycling

Tagged with: Articles, Sport

We asked Jase Alexander, a keen club cyclist, for tips on how to literally “get on our bikes” and enjoy the sport. Bicycles come in all shapes and sizes, as do their riders.

A Delicious Affair

Tagged with: Articles, Food and Drink

Emma (chef) and John (sommelier) Gilchrist live in Lot et Garonne and run a gite and cookery school, Les Caulins. Here is their take on summer BBQ ideas and the perfect wines to match.

7 Wonders of the Region

Tagged with: Articles, Out and About

Some of the prettiest villages may be hidden away but they are well worth finding. Full of history, intrigue and even secrets, we thought we would search out seven villages and broaden all our horizons.

Making a Splash

Tagged with: Articles, Out and About

Summer is the time for cooling down and enjoying being in and around water. Luckily, here in France there is no shortage of wonderful leisure lakes for all the family.

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