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A village history: The demography evolves

  In 2014, Jeanne, Guillaume, Idryss, Hortense and Nahel arrived in my village; their births were recorded in the annual Bulletin Municipal which turned up in my letterbox.  […]

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A village history : Keeping the home fires burning

In 1339, the ruler of the region of Faucigny, Dauphin Humbert II, proposed the sale of some of his territory to the King of Naples or to the […]

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A village history : The age of fealty

The first time I drove up to the village of Mégevette in Haute-Savoie must have been in 1991 when I was spending the winter working in Samoëns as […]

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The département that liberated itself

While the British were concerned this year with commemorating the beginning of the First World War in September 1914, the people of Haute-Savoie, conscious that the last of […]

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The kindness of lorry drivers

It’s so simple nowadays.  If someone has a problem while driving, they reach for their mobile phone and ring a relative or friend, or their insurers or a […]

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Caporal Jules-André Peugeot and Leutnant Albert Mayer – the first victims of WWI

Much has been written and broadcast recently about the start of the First World War, when Germany declared war on France on 3 August 1914. But there were […]

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La quinzaine sanglante

Whilst many this year are reflecting on the situation and events in Europe which led to the First World War, the authorities in Haute-Savoie will also be commemorating […]

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Location location

Recently, I wanted to find the owner of the field above me, as I was a mite concerned that a row of extremely high trees at the edge […]

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. . . there’s things in war one dare not tell . . . *

I wrote recently about the memories of centenarians living in Savoie and Haute-Savoie, as recorded in the 2014 edition of the Almanach Savoyard.  But this year sees the […]

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One hundred years of memories

In 2012 there were 12,320 centenarians in Britain, up from 2,420 in 1981, an enormous increase.  Here in Haute-Savoie and Savoie, the 2014 edition of the Almanach Savoyard […]

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