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Here's your chance to win a fabulous experience at the opening day of Wimbledon 2017 on Monday 3rd July, complete with VIP marquee hospitality with food and drink available all day, ground passes and two court tickets.
“Why be a second rate Ravel when you are a first rate Gershwin?”
This was, apparently, Maurice Ravel’s response to George Gershwin when he petitioned to study with him in Paris. In fact, when he heard how much George was earning on Broadway, he is said to have commented “You should be giving me lessons!” Gershwin was very influenced by French composers of the early 20th Century, and was drawn especially to Ravel’s unusual chords. The first version of “An American in Paris” was a brief fragment he composed called “Very Parisienne”, written as a thank you gift to his hosts after his first visit to Paris in 1926.
The French have been defending their great language against foreign incursions for many years, objecting to the increasing use of English words such as le weekend, le email or le bestseller. But le pique-nique is one of the many words to have made the reverse journey from France to the UK, where it became anglicised and went on to conquer the world.
A SIMPLE BUT SUPERB DISH FROM ‘THE WORLD CAPITAL OF GASTRONOMY’ – THE SALADE LYONNAISE
We are marking the UK’s National Coffee Week with the launch of a new range of more indulgent varieties of coffee and hot chocolate, and giving you the choice to use your favourite re-usable cup and save 10p.
Join in our Easter Egg Hunt to win a free PAUL Hot Chocolate to enjoy in our shops or to take away.
Between 12th December and 15th January, for every 400g (or larger) loaf that you bought at PAUL, we donated 50p to The Felix Project, as a result of which we have raised £15,000. The charity is going to use the money to buy a new van, enabling them to keep up the good work of distributing London’s surplus fresh food to feed the homeless, those living in poverty and families who are struggling to get by. It was wonderful to see how many of you embraced our Christmas campaign, helping us to raise such a significant sum. Merci.
SINGLE OR DOUBLE ‘DEPRESSO’ FOR JUST £1.00
In classical Rome, the word ‘focus’ meant hearth or fireplace or, figuratively, home and family. It is, of course, the origin of the modern word ‘focus’, meaning the centre of interest and activity, which seems entirely appropriate. And ‘Panis focacius’, the precursor of fougasse, was bread baked in the hearth.
Never mind silver sixpences in the Christmas pudding, try this rather different French tradition featuring ceramic charms, gold crowns, and some light-hearted fun for all the family. Not to mention the chance to eat the Galette des Rois, a perfectly splendid traditional cake made with all butter puff pastry filled with frangipane cream.
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