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|Newsletter No. 740|
|A Look Back At 2016
28th December 2016
Another year of many ups and downs. But more ups than downs. There were two films made about me. One, by Ninah Spindler, dealt with the Sunday dinners. It is a little gem. The other is a major under-taking by Ece Ger. The film, entitled Meeting Jim, is a feature length portrait. The four people involved Ece Ger, Marta Moslw, Gigi de la Torre, and Oguzhan Akalin all met here at a Sunday dinner. Ece and Oguzhan are from Istanbul. Marta is from the South of Spain. Gigi is from Havana, but lives in New York City. The film was a fun experience. We five were together from late July to early September in Paris, London and Edinburgh. Ece is busy editing it in Istanbul and the film will be ready early in 2017 in a rough cut to send to various film festivals.
I also had a new book published. Entitled World
Citizen at Home in Paris. Thanks to Martin Belk and Napier University.
Johnny Pryce did the cover photograph. It was released during a Book Festival
session at the Edinburgh Festival and all audience received a free signed
copy thanks to Napier University. The session was delightfully chaired
by Peggy Hughes. The book is dedicated to my beautiful grand-daughter,
Ina (who I insist upon calling Mimi). Napier University have acquired
The Sunday dinners continue. We are now in our 38th
year and rapidly approaching 200,000 guests. So many great cooks including
Cathy Monnet, Mary Bartlett, Antonia Hoogewerf, Galina Prokhorova, Evgenija
Demnievska, Stella Manukyan, Molly Hiatt & Patricia Scherer. And guests.
So many guests. Stash Pruszynski came from Warsaw to celebrate his birthday
here once again. Many guests including Natalia Shkola, Michael Kellner,
Toby Gough, Steven Ullman, Susie Parker, John Flattau, Martin Belk, Johnny
Pryce, Steve Gove & Mirek Romaniv, Bar Zalel, Chantal Schlacher, Alexandra
Buijsman, Joanna Poddolska and her beautiful daughter Sara Plocka and
many many others.
What will 2017 hold? Like everyone, I am worried about
the political swing to the Right. But incurable optimist that I am, I
feel sure all will be OK. I still have Diabetes 2, but the medical care
one gets in France is perhaps the best in the world. (I was just recently
four days in the Hospital Cochin for tests.) I missed seeing Camille O'Sullivan
at the Edinburgh Festival in August. But did see her recently at the Irish
Cultural Centre in Paris (with Seamas McSwiney and Paul Allman & Mary
Bartlett) and we dined with her afterwards. What a gal! There were two
exhibitions here recently. One was a group show with Stella Manukyan,
Anna Lord, Victoria Ardouard and Kieran Banks. The 2nd show was recent
paintings by Roza Nazipova.
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