July 2021

Hello everyone! There is this definite feel of holidays all around; that’s great because it translates into being able to travel and meet up with family and friends again !!!  For us it means returning to our house in the Dordogne where we haven’t been since the end of last summer. This summer family and friends…

November 2020

Dear friends,   First of all, I hope that all of you are as well as possible in this disrupted world. I am more than ever aware of how privileged I am, with a large and beautiful appartment including a terrace, a small park just in front,  a little supermarket around the corner and a…

Summer 2020

Summer 2020 ….an exceptional period for most of us. We lost many people due to Covid-19; elderly people and others who were vulnerable because of underlying health conditions, their precarious social situation or because they were frontline workers. After several months of trial and error we are beginning to understand what needs to be done…

November 2019

Dear, The end of the year is near and I am beginning to draft my Newsletter on the day we celebrate the 11th of November. Few of us know someone who has lived then but we must certainly not forget. The vagueness in the political attitude of European citizens is highly worrying. It’s not only…

July 2019

Dear friends, It has become a tradition for me to keep you posted on what goes on in my life, so here is coverage of the first six months of 2019. So far 2019 has been more positive for me than the end of 2018. Well,more or less… rather less at the personal level,because Barbara…

December 2018

Dear friends, You may have noticed that contrary to a 5 year long tradition you didn’t get my biannual newsletter in the summer although I had drafted one…..it had met with censureship by my « Soviet councillor » aka my wife who thought it focussed too much on gouvernance issues and would therefore not attract everybody’s…

December 2017

News from Olivier ? We are reaching the end of the year, after a snowy and rainy month of December, and I’ll be happy to update you on what has happend to me since my last  newsletter sent in August. There is indeed something new to report on, and that is my commitment as Advisor to…

November 2016

News from Olivier? After Brexit and the election of Trump in the US you can’t help thinking that we have reached the end of an economic – we knew that – and political era. The elites which have governed our Western societies over the past decades are dismissed by a population who fails to see…

Summer 2016

Summer at last and time for more news from Olivier…. Without going into all the whys and wherefores we all realise that the world is going crazy and that the jihadist strategy of exporting their conflict(s) to other continents is creating a feeling of insecurity which was instrumental in breaking up the European Union; the…

December 2015

News from Olivier ? As you know it’ s been almost three years since I set out to move towards new horizons. Time to take stock? In terms of quantity I have embarked on a large number of undertakings, perhaps a bit too many. In terms of quality I am only partly satisfied with the outcome…