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  1. I know this sounds a bit mad, but I always take a tiny green cut-out leprechaun — about the size of a fingernail — with me. My mother gave it to me because we’re Irish. She’s adamant that it brings good luck.
  2. During the Second World War, the Cote d’Azur as a holiday destination closed down, but once the Allies had liberated the coast in 1944, the Riviera’s infrastructure grew rapidly.
  3. All olives ripen green, then change to rose, shades of purple, and black. According to region, this process takes about four months and, once the fruits are ripe, they can be picked at any stage.
  4. When I became involved with Chris Timothy, it became a truly huge national scandal. It was out of all proportion and went on for months.
  5. If someone called and the role was good and there was dignity and integrity in the piece, I’d be up for it, of course I would. It’s so hard for older women in acting so when you hear of an older woman having a renaissance in their career, I really applaud it.
  6. I wrote my first play when I was nine, it was about Robin Hood, from Maid Marian’s point of view. I was a feminist from day one.
  7. There are more than 800 different types of olive tree and each region has its own varieties, creating unique flavours.
  8. I never think of people’s literary potential when I meet them, but people do audition.
  9. For many of us, lavender’s deep colour and its unforgettable fragrance encapsulate the heady joys of Provence.
  10. My father started out as a musician but he had a salary from a day job working as a health inspector for the government. When he left to set up his own entertainment agency his income became more uncertain.
  11. Property in Provence can cost a fortune if you don’t know where to look and a glass of champagne sipped on the pristine whitewashed terrace of one of the seafront hotels in Cannes can set you back the price of a meal in any other establishment.
  12. Jerusalem is not the oldest city in the Western world, but its long and confused past takes us back to pre-Old Testament times.
  13. Biarritz is one of the most popular holiday destinations in France and it tops the list for coastal resorts along the French Atlantic.
  14. Personal loss is a trial that we all face. Like every negative challenge we rise to it or we don’t. You grow stronger as you work your way through whatever life has thrown at you or you buckle and go under.
  15. Chicago’s history is a classic American tale of reinvention, while its present is buzzy, chic and architecturally stunning.
  16. You won’t find a publisher until you have written the book and you won’t find the time till you sit down, stay down, and write it. No one else is going to do it and that is a fact.
  17. The olive’s properties are not altered, but the flavour of oil pressed from green olives is different from black — green oil tends to be peppery and black has a more mushroomy taste.
  18. Until the middle of the nineteenth century, Biarritz was a community of whalers. During the Middle Ages, it had grown from a small fishing village into a profitable whaling industry. Whale oil was liquid gold to these sea-faring folk.
  19. I use my American Express card whenever possible because I earn Air France points, which have taken me to America in business class. I like top quality so I will pay well for an item if I think it is finely made, but I’m not extravagant.
  20. Once you pass by the high crests of the snow-capped Pyrenees and move to the wild shores of the very lowest tip of southwest France bordering Spain, you are in Basque country.

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