“A Year in the Merde”, A Book Review

A Rauncy Riposte to “A Year in Provence”

Stephen Clarke’s A Year in the Merde chronicles the misadventures of a young British marketing man hired to help a French company launch a chain of Brit-themed tea shops. He experiences French charm, French inefficiency, sublime French food, slimy French corruption and political intrigue, a seemingly endless series of strikes, and more sex than he can shake his weakened British stick at.

At first blush it seems to be yet another of those memoirs (Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, preeminent among them) that allow the reader the vicarious pleasure of living among the unfailingly charming, but inevitably infuriating French. In fact, the cover makes a subtle design nod to the cover of Mayle’s megahit.

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Pack Smart For Today’s Airport Security

A Packing Update Following the September 11 Tragedy

by Susan Foster, packing expert & author of “Smart Packing for Today’s Traveler”

I have discussed packing options for smooth travel with airlines, airports, and government agencies. What to Know Before Arriving at the Airport

1. There are increased passenger and baggage security screenings. Airports are managed independently. Do not expect the same security procedures in all cities.

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