The Intrepid Rosbif

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The Intrepid Rosbif
The Intrepid Rosbif is a blog written from the French Alps in the shadow of the Mont Blanc by a long-standing expat who hails originally from Birmingham, England.
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  • Deadly alpine air prompts mayor to suggest evacuation 6 days ago Suffocating fumes are nothing new in the Vallée de l’Arve, home to towns such as Sallanches and Passy, where industrial plants spew a deadly cocktail of chemicals into the supposed ‘fresh mountain air’ while cars, lorries and wood fires add insult to injury. Over the years, environmentalists...
  • Snow set to make a special comeback 2 months ago After the greenest Christmas practically in living memory, the slopes are to get a serious topping up of powder from Wednesday as up to five solid days of snow are predicted to fall. Already, this Monday, Haute Savoie has been placed on Orange Alert and this is really the support act for what is...
  • Netflix - a review of the first month 5 months ago The arrival of a new player on the national commercial stage in France is always an exciting moment. For years it seemed like the mobile phone industry was a byword for ‘everyone charge the same extortionate price’ until the long-overdue advent of Free had the big three – SFR, Orange and...
  • Free parking near Geneva airport 6 months ago It used to be difficult. Now it’s practically impossible. Parking near Geneva airport has undoubtedly sounded the death knell on yet more of my hair follicles (already quitting my polished head in ever-increasing numbers) but it is with a certain amount of smugness that I can claim to have...
  • French TV presenter late for evening news 1 year ago David Pujadas, veritable news icon of France 2, was caught napping (possibly literally) this Wednesday as his news programme nearly started without him. A speed-walk onto the set, with a lady seemingly in hot pursuit, a slightly dishevelled-looking Mr Pujadas starts the show with a ‘hein?’...

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  • The Seven Deadly Sins of new Expats in France Writing Contest March 2013 Un Not saying ‘Bonjour’. Politeness in interactions with just about anybody is probably the most vital part of moving here. Nowhere is this more obvious than in shops, where you can spend seemingly hours locked in an exchange of formal banter...
  • Geneva......a job seeker’s Eldorado? Working Abroad If you’re the sort of person who is often jetted off to some new foreign clime by a global conglomerate, to be met on arrival by an army of relocation agents, chauffeur-driven cars, nannies, personal chefs and the like, then this article may not...

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