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A village history: The demography evolves

October 2, 2016 by Jackie

In 2014, Jeanne, Guillaume, Idryss, Hortense and Nahel arrived in my village; their births were recorded in the annual Bulletin Municipal which turned up in my letterbox.  The bulletins arrived… Read more…

Categories: Alpine notes

A village history : Keeping the home fires burning

May 2, 2015 by Jackie

In 1339, the ruler of the region of Faucigny, Dauphin Humbert II, proposed the sale of some of his territory to the King of Naples or to the Pope.  He… Read more…

Categories: Alpine tales

A village history : The age of fealty

March 14, 2015 by Jackie

The first time I drove up to the village of Mégevette in Haute-Savoie must have been in 1991 when I was spending the winter working in Samoëns as tutor at… Read more…

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The département that liberated itself

October 14, 2014 by Jackie

While the British were concerned this year with commemorating the beginning of the First World War in September 1914, the people of Haute-Savoie, conscious that the last of those concerned… Read more…

Categories: World War Two

The kindness of lorry drivers

August 12, 2014 by Jackie

It’s so simple nowadays.  If someone has a problem while driving, they reach for their mobile phone and ring a relative or friend, or their insurers or a breakdown organisation. … Read more…

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Caporal Jules-André Peugeot and Leutnant Albert Mayer – the first victims of WWI

August 3, 2014 by Jackie

Much has been written and broadcast recently about the start of the First World War, when Germany declared war on France on 3 August 1914. But there were two soldiers,… Read more…

Categories: World War One

La quinzaine sanglante

April 23, 2014 by Jackie

Whilst many this year are reflecting on the situation and events in Europe which led to the First World War, the authorities in Haute-Savoie will also be commemorating the gradual… Read more…

Categories: World War Two

Location location

April 10, 2014 by Jackie

Recently, I wanted to find the owner of the field above me, as I was a mite concerned that a row of extremely high trees at the edge of the… Read more…

Categories: Alpine notes

. . . there’s things in war one dare not tell . . . *

February 10, 2014 by Jackie

I wrote recently about the memories of centenarians living in Savoie and Haute-Savoie, as recorded in the 2014 edition of the Almanach Savoyard.  But this year sees the centenary of… Read more…

Categories: World War One

One hundred years of memories

January 26, 2014 by Jackie

In 2012 there were 12,320 centenarians in Britain, up from 2,420 in 1981, an enormous increase.  Here in Haute-Savoie and Savoie, the 2014 edition of the Almanach Savoyard was published… Read more…

Categories: Alpine tales