PRESERVATION HALL – JAZZ A JUAN 2014

PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ

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Juan Les Pins 14th July 2014

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band s  entry on stage last night was triumphantly announced by  Juan Les Pins’  Bastille Day  firework display but the real fireworks were on stage.

For fifty years now the legendary temple of jazz, Preservation Hall , situated in the heart of New Orléans ‘ French Quarter ,has been keeping jazz alive and kicking and last night was no exception.

As well as being the best jazz musicians out there, their funny and lively stage presence has made it, I am sure, the most memorable performance of this year s festival.

 

 

 

 

 

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I am freelance feature writer and I blog about a whole range of topics but among my favorites are history, theatre, cinema, travel, concerts and antiques.

 

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HOTTER THAN JULY IN JUAN LES PINS

Jane Bowell:

Stevie Wonder tonight

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HOTTER THAN JULY IN JUAN LES PINS THIS SUMMER
So much more than just a beach destination you could be jazzing it up at the Jazz a Juan festival this year.
The ideal July holiday destination this year is just 30 minutes from Nice International airport, at Juan Les Pins, where sun lovers and partygoers have been flocking for decades but what I love about Juan les Pins is the bite- sized nature of it all ,it almost seems to function like a village.
Why particularly “hot” this July? Well because Stevie Wonder will be heading the bill with a one night concert and the rest of the line up is pretty impressive too .

You can book tickets to this year’s festival at the Tourist office which will entitle you to an invitation to the Bastille day on the14th as well ,when Preservation Hall from New Orleans will be…

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Antigua & Jolly Beach Holiday 2015 – A Must.

I decided on a ten day stay at Jolly Beach resort in Antigua in 2014 -Jolly Beach being a fabulous , oh so heavenly a base from which you can easily discover the whole island. The resort has an Indian restaurant,an Italian restaurant,a Seafood restaurant and grills on the beach all within the complex and it s all included!.

Best time to go ? I went in March and it was hot, a few, very welcome daily showers lasting ten minutes-not too many mosquitoes either.

I travelled British Airways but the greatest and all inclusive deals are to be found at any major holiday company.

What I loved about Antigua is that you can still have tea and cakes at four O’clock and cricket on the beach. So British :)and a wide variety of water sports.
Best inland trip? Shirley Heights on a Sunday evening to dance to the steel bands and other days St John’s for shopping-tax free-cruise ship gazing and a visit to the museum.

Share your trip advice below!

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WW1 Research -Newspapers -Le Petit Journal. The Battle of Bazentin –The Somme. General Fayolle s account.

WW1 Research -Newspapers -Le Petit Journal.
The Battle of Bazentin –The Somme. General Fayolle s account.
When researching WW1 there are many valuable sources out there to use, family history websites, databases, journals and libraries but as well as these obvious ones, there is another wonderful source of research WW1 that is often overlooked and it’ s called Ebay.
I am currently researching my great uncle Archie’s role in WW1, he was killed in the Somme on July the 14th, 1916 in the battle of Bazentin Le Petit. I had discovered an old family trunk only three months ago, I found all Archie s medals, dead man s penny and a few other pieces of WW1 memorabilia and propaganda.
I was really looking for a more “local” or immediate record of the battle, something a little different -newspaper articles, illustrations, photos or cartoons. I had found a few illustrations on Getty images but didn’t feel like forking out too much on documents that are in the public domain so hey presto to the EBay search tool and up popped , Le Petit Journal of August 1916 an 8 page supplement. The back page of the supplement sports a colour illustration by Damblans with the text which reads,” How the English celebrated France s Day”, the 14th of July (see the above image).
This is an extract from the article about General Fayolle’s account of the battle.
“It was one of the injured who had described to our colleague at the Daily Mail how he and his comrades had, heroically, on July 14th, celebrated France’ s Day. We all knew that it was France’s day and I would n t be at all surprised , judging by their resolved and steadfast attacks, their manner of firing, by all their actions from the beginning of the attack until the end last Friday, if our lads had not taken a leaf out of our brave French ally’s book. What I want to say is that they showed that same bravery, and they were many who showed it, that valiant charge, that courage, that strength so characteristic of the French troops. The first day of the battle, the 1st July had been epic but Friday, as I witnessed it, was glorious. I have been told that here in England you have paid great tribute to our courageous allies. Well! I do not believe it to have been more glorious than the battle fought by our brave soldiers between Ovilliers and Longueval.
Everyone knows France s day and on Friday our battle cry was “Beautiful France” and “Long Live France” that must have seemed very funny indeed to The Bosche.
Look, here, we were to take this point that you can see on the map (Bazentin) we marched forward in four battalions. Mine was the third. Master Bosche gave a hot reception to the first two and mine. The first two battalions were to reach the first and second trenches. This they did remarkably well and at that moment the German machine guns started.
I can give you my word that half of my men jumped into the Bosche trenches without one weapon in their hands as many of them had had their rifles damaged. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life. My men took no notice of the Bosche bayonets, as if they had not even existed, I have never seen such fury. They were true devils possessed with their incessant cries of Live France! Francais forever!
Seeing all my lads teasing the Bosche with their hands and arms bare, that is worth living for …or dying. One officer in my section went down into the trench grabbed the Bosche by their breeches and necks and threw them over the parapet to finish on what remained of their barbed wire,” get you gone” , he shouted and I know not what else , “to hell with you”. Anyway he put them out of business all right.
(Translation by me)
J.Bowell all rights reserved

“Le Petit Journal”, was a Parisian newspaper that was published from 1863 to 1944 and during the WW1 period was full of propaganda, as one would expect.
All copies can be found online also at Gallica, the digital library of the BnF. In French.
My copy cost me £4 on Ebay from France, postage £1 because I wanted one for keepsakes.
Today, French TV channel, Canal plus has an upbeat televised news programme of the same name.

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WW1 MEMORABILIA : THE DEAD MAN S PENNY

If I had pots of money I would spend time on ebay buying up all the dead man s pennies there are on there. I always think it s sad to see them up for sale, no family member left to cherish them? Nobody in the family interested in keeping them ? I suppose it could be tempting because they appear to be fetching quite a lot now that the centenary is here.

I could never sell or get rid of my great uncle s though, just as I would never be able to part with the telegram from the King -the first news the family would have received about the death- nor the war office eneloppe it had come in and never the three statutory medals.

The Dead Man s penny or Widow s penny as it was known was a 12-centimetre disk made out of bronze it has the image of Britannia with an oak spray with leaves and acorns,an imperial lion, two dolphins that represent Britain’s sea power,the emblem of Germany’s eagle being torn to pieces by another lion,the deceased s name is cast into the plaque,the words, ‘He died for freedom and honour’

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WW1 propaganda :The Lusitania Medal

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I ve just uncovered , in a trunk in the loft, a superb example of a WW1 propaganda medal they were issued in their thousands to remind the British Empire of why they were fighting.

The medal came in a box and a  certificate inside reads……

An exact replica of the medal which was designed in Germany and distributed to commemorate the sinking of the Lusitania.

This indicates the true feeling the War Lords endeavor to stimulate, and is proof positive that such crimes are not merely regarded favourably, but are given every encouragement in the land of Kultur.

 

Further reading from the newspapers

British Museum Exhibition on medals as propaganda

Watch this space for more discoveries of WW1.

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HOTTER THAN JULY IN JUAN LES PINS

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HOTTER THAN JULY IN JUAN LES PINS THIS SUMMER
So much more than just a beach destination you could be jazzing it up at the Jazz a Juan festival this year.
The ideal July holiday destination this year is just 30 minutes from Nice International airport, at Juan Les Pins, where sun lovers and partygoers have been flocking for decades but what I love about Juan les Pins is the bite- sized nature of it all ,it almost seems to function like a village.
Why particularly “hot” this July? Well because Stevie Wonder will be heading the bill with a one night concert and the rest of the line up is pretty impressive too .

You can book tickets to this year’s festival at the Tourist office which will entitle you to an invitation to the Bastille day on the14th as well ,when Preservation Hall from New Orleans will be playing but you dont have to splash out you could just chill out in the Pinede Gould Park behind the main concert area with a bottle of French wine or on the beach ..for free .
What I really appreciate about Juan s jazz festival is that you can get a real concert experience without the massive crowds and in recent years I ve seen Sting, Tom Jones and The Temptations -all in ideal conditions.

Beaches.
There are the private beaches, Les Pirates, Belles Rives and Les Ambassadeurs are among my favourites but there are a few public beaches hidden away opposite the Pinede that are free at the beginning of the season the sea is still crystal clear and early birds definately get the best of the beach experience.

Afternoon and Evening Entertainment.
Try Belles Rives for afternoon tea or cocktails , this was The Fitzgerald s haunt and boasts glorious sea views with a Gatsby atmosphere thanks to the decor and photos Scott around the bar area.
Early evening and things start hotting up with live bands at The Crystal, or the latest New Orleans bar opposite the Pinede park. There are street bands playing throughout the whole of the Jazz Festival some directly from New Orleans. Late at night the Pam Pam is the place, along with the Crystal for huge cocktails and even bigger ice creams. There s a casino, nightclubs and centrally placed discotheques all these gave Juan les Pins its claim to fame in the 60s.

Gastronomy
As in any French seaside resort ,eating out is never problem but I would recommend , Festival de La Mer or a seafood pizza at Le Cancan. Try the Port des Pecheurs to check out the day s catch to cook yourself.

Transportation.

Getting around the rest of the Riviera from here could nt be easier , you can spend a whole Summer here and never bother about a car, the SNCF train station gets you to Cannes in 8 minutes or Nice in 15 minutes or further afield one of the reasons why Picasso loved the resort so much.

Where to stay ?

There are a few chain hotels including two Best Westerns in Juan les Pins one near the station and one nearer to the Pinede, but if you prefer a more traditional hotel I d recommend the Juana, but that s just one of many.
Don t forget to take your copy of “Tender is the Night”, to read on the beach and more importantly don t forget to salute Sidney Bechet s statue as you walk past , after all , he was the one who started it all.

J Bowell is a freelance travel journalist, LSJ.

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