The Darker Side of La Vie en Rose

You know how it is when you first fall in love. There’s a honeymoon period, where everything is warm, fuzzy and covered in a gauzy pink glow. Then, slowly, over time, the glow fades to reveal the harder, sharper bits of the object of your affections. There comes a point where your feelings run deep […]

RUGBY WRAP UP: Toulouse Flood destroys Oyonnax defences in the end

Here’s my latest post for the American-based rugby website Rugby Wrap Up. You can see it in all its glory here. CASTRES, FRANCE – Toulouse new boy Toby Flood enjoyed a memorable Top 14 debut. He scored all his side’s points as they scraped past a dogged Oyonnax at Stade Ernest Wallon. But it’s Brive, […]

RUGBY WRAP UP: French Rugby’s Top 14 Season Starts Here

Here’s my preview of the opening weekend of the Top 14 season for Rugby Wrap Up.  CASTRES, FRANCE – LESS than three months – 76 days, if you want to be accurate about it – after Toulon lift the Top 14’s Bouclier de Brennus, they will kick off the new season atBayonne. Almost under the […]

Why I’m Happy to Take a Stand Against the Bad People

Scheenagh Harrington loves being a parent, even when she doesn’t. And anyone who wants to mess with her family had better watch out. Seriously…   I know the picture-postcard version of how la vie en France is supposed to go: the stone cottage set in acres of rolling hills; summer evenings spent sipping wine and […]