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PostSubject: Greetings from Washington, D.C.!   Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:53 pm

Greetings from Washington, D.C., to all KUA aficionados !

I am French but have been living in the U.S. for almost fifty years.  I have visited Britain many times and am a big fan of all things British (well, *almost* all), in particular the “britcoms” that are a staple of public TV in this country.  My favorite britcom after “Fawlty Towers” and “Are You Being Served?” is “KUA.”

In addition to British historical films and sitcoms, would you believe I actually like many British foods (what a confession for a Frenchman!) such as steak and kidney pie, Yorkshire pudding, the full English breakfast, trifles and puddings, cheeses, jams and jellies, and even mushy peas?  Perhaps I owe this to the fact that my dear Papa was born in London in 1900, although he too was 100% French by birth.  French “cuisine bourgeoise” and “haute cuisine,” as well as Northern Italian cooking, are still my favourite cuisines, however.

Favourite activities of mine are traveling and attending the opera when I’m not actually appearing in an opera as a “supernumerary” (non-singing actor such as a spear-carrier, clergy member, anonymous villager or noble, party guest, etc.).

And *no*, “there are no French habits here !!!” Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Washington, D.C.!   Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:53 am

Hi Parigino and welcome!

Nice to hear how you have embraced the British culture, loving both our sitcoms and our food! That is probably unusual for a French man, don't the French call us "les rosbif" because that's all you think we eat? Very Happy I'm vegetarian so certainly doesn't apply to me!!!

So when you travel here, are you visiting family or just going on holiday?

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Washington, D.C.!   Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:56 pm

Thank you for your kind welcome, Periwinkles. I have no family in Britain, just a few friends, so when I do visit it’s a holiday.

On the subject of British food, did you know that in the coastal city of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Welsh rarebit is a favourite local specialty, as is Christmas pudding? In Boulogne cafés and restaurants, all you have to do is ask for “un ouelche” and they know right away what to bring you. They do it very well. Christmas pudding and other British specialties are also a family tradition among the older, traditional families of Calais who have lived there for generations. This is because in the 19th century and until WWI, rather large communities of British expats established themselves in both cities, due to their proximity to England, and many intermarried with local French and transplanted these British specialties to their new families.

The English of Boulogne and the English of Calais were very different people. The English of Boulogne were mainly people of leisure who found that they could live like kings in France on their sterling income (“consols” and such). They had a pleasant life centred upon the casino, the English bakery and tea room at Boulogne, and parties with the local French gentry. The English of Calais, on the other hand, were sober hard-working folk who came to set up textile mills and thereby sell textiles in the French market duty-free, because anything produced in Calais was of course a French product. Calais and other northern French cities had a had a textile-making tradition going back to the Middle Ages, but beginning in the 1970s the textile mills started shutting down one after the other because of Third-World competition, and now none are left.

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Washington, D.C.!   Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:03 pm

I didn't realise there were so many Brits over there. Have you tried welsh rarebit? it's basically cheese on toast!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Washington, D.C.!   Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:30 pm

I learn French at University on tuesday evenings.

I love Steak Pie too! With Chips and Gravy on top of the pie. I visited Monseiur Dejeuner in Leeds today. It's a French cafe. I had a Rustique, it was OK. But the waffles were better!

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Washington, D.C.!   Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:10 am

Hello and welcome to the KUA forum Parigino Waving

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