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Virtual Pub Quiz: 18.30 hrs, Wednesday 27th October

BBC Quizzes are still continuing despite COVID regulations!!
Hosted by Claire, the Virtual Pub Quizzes have become a regular fun event and take place on a weekly basis every Wednesday evening at 18h and lasting about 45 minutes to 1 hour max. There are regularly around 20 participants who enjoy not just the quiz but meeting up and chatting.
Widen your horizons! eg When did Switzerland join the UN? 1952 or 1972 or 2002? You never know when you need to have that fact ready to drop into the conversation and impress everyone or to kill the conversation or maybe both!!
To register for the quiz, please email Henley at bbcpubquizclub@gmail.com with a copy to Claire at eventorgcs@bordeauxbritish.com
LOGIN DETAILS:  Login details will be emailed to registered quiz members on the day of the quiz.   These details include a MEETING ID and a PASSWORD which should be entered when joining the quiz.  You may be asked to wait in a ZOOM Waiting Room before being allowed in by the quiz administrator, who will have been advised that you are there.
For this pub quiz you will need:
u  Paper
u  Pen
u  Drinks & Snacks (to make it feel like a pub)
You will also need a computer or tablet that has a video camera installed and speakers/ headphones.  This will use the Zoom video calling software.  To do this you will need to download the app – if you use the link below for ZOOM CLIENT FOR MEETINGS in advance it will take you through to a page to help you download the software needed.
The URL to download the ZOOM Software to your laptop or Mac is : https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting
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A Novel Idea – 18.30h, Tuesday 2nd November

Our ‘A Novel Idea’ Book Club read and review will be‘‘On Beauty” by Zadie Smith on the 2nd November. Please join us on ZOOM.

Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar who doesn’t like Rembrandt, is an Englishman abroad and a long-suffering professor at Wellington, a liberal New England arts college. He has been married for thirty years to Kiki, an American woman who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was. Their three children passionately pursue their own paths: Levi quests after authentic blackness, Zora believes that intellectuals can redeem everybody, and Jerome struggles to be a believer in a family of strict atheists. Faced with the oppressive enthusiasms of his children, Howard feels that the first two acts of his life are over and he has no clear plans for the finale. Or the encore.

Then Jerome, Howard’s older son, falls for Victoria, the stunning daughter of the right-wing icon Monty Kipps, and the two families find themselves thrown together in a beautiful corner of America, enacting a cultural and personal war against the background of real wars that they barely register. An infidelity, a death, and a legacy set in motion a chain of events that sees all parties forced to examine the unarticulated assumptions which underpin their lives. How do you choose the work on which to spend your life? Why do you love the people you love? Do you really believe what you claim to? And what is the beautiful thing, and how far will you go to get it?

Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith’s third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people’s deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

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Walk & Talk & Lunch: Bordeaux Memorial Walk, Thursday 11th November

Bordeaux has a range of very different war memorials covering the 1870-1962 period, from the massive World War One ensemble by Eglise St Bruno to the hardly known group commemorating Girondin fighters of the Franco-Prussian War. We will have lunch at 13.00hr at Bistro Regent on Place de la République (set menu of salad, steak/duck/salmon with herb sauce after the Entrecôte fashion).       

When, where? How to get there? Meet between 10.00h and 10.30h at 35 cours Pasteur  at the MGEN Teachers Club by Musée d’Aquitaine stop of tram B. There are relay parks at Pessac Bougnard, Unitec and Arts-et-Métiers. Bus 16 stops close-by. Buses 1, 5, 11, 20 stop at Victoire. We will take the tram back from St Bruno to Palais de Justice.   

Register with Alain Mounolou before Tuesday 3rd November via email at   alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr or via message at

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Rememberance Ceremony: Sunday 14, November 10h30a.m

The local branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a remembrance ceremony in the CWGC Section of the Talence Communal Cemetery Extension at :

Rue Bahus, 33400 Talence **


Sunday 14th November 2021 at 10:30 a.m

As always BBC members are invited to attend the ceremony and wreath laying. Afterward we propose, to those members wishing to participate, Sunday lunch in a nearby venue. Poppies will be available to purchase.

Please confirm your intention to participate in the ceremony and lunch to president@bordeauxbritish.com

** LOCATION : Google Maps reference : 44°48’53.3″N 0°35’02.8″W
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AGM 2021 Wednesday, 17th November

Our annual general meeting will take place in the Marco Polo Suite of the Hotel Vatel, 4 Cours du Medoc, 33070 Bordeaux on Wednesday 17th November starting at 10.30 am. Coffee, cannelés, fruit juice and water will be available on arrival from 10 am. If you have any questions you would like to put to the meeting, we kindly ask that you submit them in advance before 3rd November.

If you wish to put yourself forward to become a member of the committee then please again contact Norma via email (president@bordeauxbritish.com) before 1st November.

The agenda, reports, accounts and last year’s minutes will sent out to all members 3 weeks before the meeting. 

Following the meeting we have organised lunch at the Hotel Vatel including aperitif, wine, water and coffee for 28 euros per person.  

Please register to attend the meeting, reserve your lunch, (giving your menu choices) by either paying online using HELLOASSO or contacting Norma directly on president@bordeauxbritish.com.

IMPORTANT: Closing date to register for lunch is Thursday 11th November

Please also note that, in compliance with current regulations, the hotel will require you to have available for scanning either a passe sanitaire (paper or electronic QR code) or negative covid test taken within 48 hours.


Glass of kir


Veloute de carottes aux fruits secs


Risotto aux Coquillages et noix de cajou


Filet de Merlu cuit vapeur, condiment piquillos et ail confit,

Ecrase de pomme de terre a la ciboulette


Steak de paleron de boeuf confit grille,

Legumes d’un pot au feu, bouillon reduit crème


Ananas roti, financier coco, puree de mangue et citron vert


Moelleux chocolat noir, mousse mascarpone et feve tonka


Inclusive of Café, and a bottle of wine for 3 people.


Address: Hotel Vatel, 4 Cours du Medoc, 33070 Bordeaux.  Tel 05 56 11 01 11. Tramline B, stop ‘Cours du Medoc’.  Parking opposite the hotel at the Quai des Marques, also on street parking and at parking metres (orange zone charges apply).

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Walk, talk and lunch on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 at St Laurent du Médoc

Visit of the church and the quiet typical Médocain town centre. Lunch at Le Saint-Laurent. Drive to nearby Benon, visit of the lovely 12th century restored church and walk in the forest (gravel paths).  

Meeting time and place : 10.30/11.00 hr at the bar-tabac Le Madaflo in central St Laurent.            

How to get there : St Laurent is off the D 1215 Bordeaux-Lesparre-Soulac road. Turn left (D 1e8) towards the town centre, reach rue Camille Maumey, Le Madaflo is on your right, 4th street, with a parking area in front 100m before you reach the church.

Lunch at Le St-Laurent, 43 rue Général de Gaulle (beyond the church heading for Lesparre). We’ll drive together down to Benon 4km away after lunch.     

Register with Alain before Wed 17 November via message at or via internet at   alain-eric.mounolou@orange.fr. Eglise de St Laurent-Restaurant-Eglise de Benon (wikipedia)

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A Novel Idea – 18.30h, Tuesday 7th December

Our ‘A Novel Idea’ Book Club read and review will be‘‘The Spy and The Traitor” by Ben Macintyre on the 7th December. Please join us on ZOOM.

The celebrated author of A Spy Among Friends and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Cold War-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union.

If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation’s communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union’s top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6.

For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States’s nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war.

Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky’s name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain’s obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.

Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky’s nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre’s latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man’s hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.

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2021 Grand Christmas Party – 7PM Friday 10th December

Mark your diary from 7 pm onwards on Friday, 10th December 2021!  After the last year’s woes and cancellations, polish off your dancing shoes it is time for fun! 

This year the Christmas Party will be at Hôtel Vatel, 4 cours du Médoc, 33070 BORDEAUX, an excellent venue close to the Quai des Marques and its ‘outlet shops’ in the Chartrons, Bordeaux. There is also the benefit of a tram stop very close by.

Even better, there is a tram stop nearby!

The evening begins at 7 pm with an aperitif and canapes this is followed by a 3-course dinner, wine and coffee.   Just for your enjoyment dinner will be followed by a little entertainment and dancing into the small hours.


Aperitif and Canapes



Burrata Rotie a la pistache, jambon pata negra 24 mois,

Crème d’asperge et notes d’agrumes


Risotto aux noix de Saint-Jacques grilles, legumes

Croquants et beurre au Noilly Prat



Filet de canette roti et contise a la piperade, blettes,

Pome de terre et epinars en tourte truffee


Saint Pierre braise au combawa, tartae au celery et algues,

artichaut en barigoule, puree de panais



Banane frecinette rotie flambee au rhum, glace vanilla-tonka,

Biscuit moelleux au citron


Traou Ma a la fleur de sel, cremeux chocolat noir et ganache montee noisette



Inclusive of red or white wine and water.

Tickets are 47 euros a head for members and 55 euros for non-members and guests.  The price includes, aperitif & canapes, three course menu, water, wine and coffee.   Closing date for registration is 3rd December.

Please note that in compliance with current regulations the hotel will require you to have available for scanning either a pass sanitaire (paper or electronic QR code) or negative covid test taken within 48 hours.

You can register for this event by purchasing tickets on-line using HELLOASSO (giving your menu choices) or by sending an email to Norma copy Collette at president@bordeauxbritish.com and eventorgcg@bordeauxbritish.com


Hotel Vatel has only 10 rooms and these range between 100 and 130 euros.  Reservations must be made directly with our contact Marina at the hotel using email,  m.blezeau@hotelvatel.fr and YOU MUST STATE THAT YOU ARE ATTENDING THE BORDEAUX BRITISH CHRISTMAS PARTY.   As the number of rooms is limited the hotel has an agreement with ‘Seeko’O Hotel, just 5 minutes’ walk along the quai, rooms will be charged at 130 euros (normally 190-230 euros) again Marina at Hotel Vatel will make the reservation for you to get the reduced rate.  A reduced fee for overnight parking at the Quai des Marques can be obtained from the hotel reception.  Other nearby hotels are Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons, 81 Cours Saint-Louis, Chartrons Bordeau 33300, 8 minutes’ walk away, rooms on booking.com range from 102 to 207 euros per night depending upon your chosen room.  Mercure City Hotel, Mondial Centre Ville, 20 Quai Chartrons 33080 is 12 minutes’ walk away, rooms on booking.com range between 113 and 174 euros.

Address:  Hotel Vatel, 4 Cours du Medoc, 33070 Bordeaux.  Tel 05 56 11 01 11. Tramline B, stop ‘Cours du Medoc’.  Parking opposite the hotel at the Quai des Marques (ask at the hotel reception for reduced parking fee), also on street parking and at parking metres (orange zone charges apply, free after 7 pm).


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