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Across Five European Countries

Magdalena Williams

After France, Belgium and Holland, the longest part of the journey is on the German Autobahn. That that is not my favourite part of the trip, I must admit. I won’t bore you with what I thought were hair-raising moments when four or five cars driving with next to no distance between them overtook at incredible speeds. I also lost count of how many road works I encountered.

Magdalena and Mike’s Travellogue – Stage 1

Mike Phillips

Our Anglo-Hungarian Adventure Begins This is the first story about two septuagenarians from different countries who have yet to meet physically but are about to embark on an adventure together. We formed a crazy plan to buy an eight-seater Japanese import car together that she would drive to her little wooden house by a lake […]

Autumn Was the Time For Army Exercises

John Bennett

My memory of sitting in a trench overlooking the misty plains below is tinged with satisfaction of a job well done but, in reality, the cost to the taxpayer was huge as large armies are expensive. Yes, we held the line during the Cold War, but at what cost?

BOOK REVIEW

“Alexander and Maria” – a Romantic Novel by Soulla Christodoulou

Mary O'Brien

The sad joyless marriage between Alexander and Sandra came across very well but equally very one-dimensional, and the descriptions of Sandra I found cruel. I know this is how Alexander perceived her, and the book was called Alexander and Maria not Alexander and Sandra, but the story would have had more depth and interest for me had she had a voice too.

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Healthcare In France – A Comparison With the NHS

Roger Boaden
French tricolor with syringe and stethoscope

Around two-thirds of the costs of the treatments are met via the CPAM – Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie – for which we have what is known as a “Carte Vitale”. That is the part which the French Government claims from the UK to meet my costs. The remaining third is covered by taking out a mutual insurance policy – a “Mutuelle” – for which we pay €4 604,40 per annum (£3 935.38).