Hello everyone - my name is Julie and I'm a 58 year-old Brit who has lived in France for the last 16 years. I'm delighted to have found this forum - what a range of topics to chat about. And I do like to chat! I live in north-eastern France in the Marne Department of the Champagne-Ardenne Region. I was made redundant from my language teaching and interpretation work. Well, it was kind of voluntary and on medical grounds - I kept losing my voice. So I was pretty useless in both roles which required me to speak a lot. There's nothing seriously wrong with my throat - the doctor says that after 35 years of teaching and interpreting my vocal chords are just a wee bit over-wrought. So I spend a lot more time on the internet researching and writing - and save my voice for a good old chin-wag with friends in the café.