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Quiz Nights – Wednesday 11th & 25th May

Hosted by Claire, the Virtual Pub Quizzes have become a regular fun event and currently takes place on a bi-weekly basis on Wednesday evenings at 18.30h and lasting about 45 minutes to 1 hour max. There are regularly around 20 participants who enjoy, not just the quiz, but also meeting up and chatting. 

Widen your horizons! eg When did Switzerland join the UN? 1952 or 1972 or 2002?

Name these actors and actresses.

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!!

For this pub quiz you will need:  

  • Paper, 
  • Pen 
  • Drinks & Snacks (to make it feel like a pub)  

You will also need a computer, tablet or smartphone, that has a video camera installed and speakers and/or headphones.  This will use the Zoom video calling software.  To do this you will need to download the Zoom app.

You can 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

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. 

To register for the quiz, please email Henley at bbcpubquizclub@gmail.com with a copy to Claire at eventorgcs@bordeauxbritish.com

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Summer Platinum Jubilee Garden Party – 4th June

WILL YOU be coming to our Summer Platinum Jubilee Celebration Party on June the 4th from 12.30pm

Do you want to be a part of our Jubilee Street Party (although in a garden – you will have to imagine this bit)? Then please join us to celebrate the summer solstice (OK maybe a few days early) and 70 years of the Queen’s reign, hosted in the garden of members David and Michele Chown at :

                                               3 Hameau du Riou, 33460 Cussac-Fort-Medoc

Buntings galore, apéro, canapes, royal toast (sparkling wine), wine and soft drinks are provided “gratuit”.

Music will be supplied by our very own in-house DJ’s for you to dance your afternoon away, or just come and enjoy the company of your fellow BBCers. What more does a British party need for a knees up and a good old gossip?

But, to make this a success, we need you to bring YOUR best British cooking.

To recreate the street party food, we would like to offer various sandwiches, sausage rolls, coronation chicken, smoked salmon, roast ham, beef or chicken, quiches, cheese, gazpacho, prawn or salmon based dishes and various salads (rice, pasta, green, tomato, coleslaw, egg, potato etc).

Desserts including tarts (apple, other fruits or jam) cakes (cupcakes, victoria sponges) fruit salad, trifles, chocolate mousse or the official Jubilee dessert/cake recipe which is to be specially devised for the Queen and will be announced in due course and anything else that you are partial to and wish to bring and share.

Now, we do not want to have 250 sausage rolls cooked and just one cucumber sandwich cut do we? (unless you are the world’s biggest sausage roll fan) SO AS A CONDITION OF FREE ENTRY we ask you to call Colette Gibson to reserve your place and for guidance on what food is needed for the big day.

To scoff it all down please bring plates, cutlery and glasses for your own use.  

Marquee cover is provided if a British Summer prevails and it’s raining.

As this is a MEMBERS ONLY event we only have enough space for 50 people, so as not to be disappointed please book early.

LOCATION, DIRECTIONS and PARKING

ADDRESS : David & Michelle Chown, 3 Hameau du Riou, 33460 CUSSAC-FORT-MEDOC

SATNAV : If using your SatNav ​do not​ use the above address of the party as you will be guided to a different Hameau de Riou!

Suggest entering:

● 19 ​rue du Bourdieu ​33460 CUSSAC-FORT-MEDOC which is next to ​Hameau du Riou

● 45°06’34.4″N 0°43’18.3″W

● or 45.11 -0.72

● or 45.11 N 0.72 W

DIRECTIONS

  • Drive along the D2 to ​Vieux Cussac
  • In Vieux Cussac, look out for the sign to the historical monument of ​Fort Médoc du 17 Siècle​ and turn into ​Avenue du Fort Medoc
  • After a short distance, when the houses finish, immediately take the left fork into ​Sourbey
  • Continue driving through the vineyards until you see some houses on the left which are the Hameau de Riou
  • The party is at ​3 Hameau du Riou​.

PARKING

Parking – Option 1

Hameau du Riou, where the event itself takes place, is a cul-de-sac with about 14 houses but has very limited​ parking space for visitors.

  • You may park the Hameau road but​ only in the few parking spaces which are SURFACED (tarmacadam)
  • Please do ​NOT park​ ​on the patches of grass or bushes. Only park on the hard tarmac spaces.

Parking – Option 2

Hameau du Riou is at the vineyard end of ​rue du Bourdieu​ and there is plenty of parking on both sides of rue de Bourdieu​ but please:

  • Be very careful of the ​narrow grass ditches​ on the unbuilt side of rue du Bourdieu.
  • Do not park​ on any tracks which are for access to vineyards as pollution from your car causes damage to the vines
  • Please avoid obstructing​ the entrances to houses

We are greatly indebted to David and Michele for hosting this event.

Graham White – Committee member



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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 7th June

Endeavour: the Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World

by Peter Moore

(suggested by the Silcocks)

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The Enlightenment was an age of endeavours. From Johnson’s Dictionary to campaigns for liberty to schemes for measuring the dimensions of the solar system, Britain was consumed by the impulse for grand projects, undertaken at speed. ‘Endeavour’ was also the name given to a Whitby collier bought by the Royal Navy in 1768 for an expedition to the South Seas. A commonplace, coal-carrying vessel, no one could have guessed that Endeavour would go on to become the most significant ship in the history of British exploration.

Endeavour famously carried James Cook on his first great voyage, visiting Pacific islands unknown to European geography, charting for the first time New Zealand and the eastern coast of Australia and almost foundering on the Great Barrier Reef. But Endeavour was a ship with many lives. She was there at the Wilkes Riots in London in 1768. During the battles for control of New York in 1776 she witnessed the bloody birth of the United States of America. As well as carrying botanists, a Polynesian priest and the remains of the first kangaroo to arrive in Britain, she transported Newcastle coal and Hessian soldiers. According to Charles Darwin, she helped Cook add a hemisphere to the civilised world. NASA named a space shuttle after her. To others she would be a toxic symbol, responsible for the dispossession of the oldest continuous human society and the disruption of many others.

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Guided Visit to Palais Rohan Hotel de Ville, Bordeaux- June 24th

******* JUST SIX PLACES LEFT ********

We are counting on member’s support for this iconic visit. We have organised a paid guide from the Office of Tourism and therefore would be very pleased to see as many of you as possible registering, to a maximum of 25 people for the current reservation, at a minimum price of 7€ per person, (a little more if less members).

After the visit we will adjourn to a nearby restaurant (details and booking later), after which Alain will continue the day with interesting walk and talk in the Palais Rohan gardens (photo below).

Situated near the Saint-André Cathedral, the Town Hall has been occupied since 1835, following an exchange between the State and the former archdiocese. It is entitled the Palais Rohan, having been named after the prelate who had it built in the last quarter of the 18th century: Ferdinand Maximilien Mériadeck, Prince of Rohan Guémené.


It’s facade is in the style of Louis XVI and despite numerous modifications, the Palace possesses one of the most beautiful staircases in France. In addition to this grand staircase designed by Bonfin, the interior of the palace has a series of lounges on the ground floor with linden wood paneling sculpted by Cabirol and a dining room decorated with trompe-l’oeil figures, the eye by Lacour and Beringazo.

Follow our guide-lecturer to go behind the scenes of this emblematic monument, built between 1771 and 1784. You will also pass through the remarkable salons of the Palais Rohan, and the municipal council hall, fitted out in 1889 with the characteristic architecture of the Third Republic.

During its lifetime, it has served as the Hôtel de l’Archevêché, the Hôtel du Département Administration du Gironde (1790), the seat of the Revolutionary Court, the Hôtel de la Préfecture, the Imperial Palace or Royal Château, before the Palais Rohan became City Hall in 1835.

We will meet at 10.45h in front of la grille d’honneur (côté place Pey Berland) for the 11 o’clock tour lasting 45/50 minutes.

To avoid disappointment, please register at your earliest opportunity by sending an email to Gary on webmaster@bordeauxbritish.com If there is an over-whelming response it may be possible to organise a second tour on the same day. This will need numbers very quickly in order to confirm the availability of a guide.

Once the restaurant is known, menu choices and reservations will be requested on HelloAsso.

Gary Brooks – Association Webmaster

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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 5th July

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell 

(suggested by the Silcocks).

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England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young alike. The end of days is near, but life always goes on. A young Latin tutor—penniless and bullied by a violent father—falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is just taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever. 

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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 9th August

The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

(suggested by Norma Brooks) 

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The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 6th September

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

(suggested by Emma Law) 

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Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, Red Dust Road is a heart-stopping memoir, a story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs, biology and destiny.

With an introduction by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay’s journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book remarkable for its warmth and candour, she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.

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A Novel Idea – Tuesday 4th October

The Promise by Damon Galgut

(suggested by The Silcocks) 

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The Promise charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living on a farm outside Pretoria. The Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for — not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land… yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.

The narrator’s eye shifts and blinks: moving fluidly between characters, flying into their dreams; deliciously lethal in its observation. And as the country moves from old deep divisions to its new so-called fairer society, the lost promise of more than just one family hovers behind the novel’s title.

In this story of a diminished family, sharp and tender emotional truths hit home. Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise is literary fiction at its finest.

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