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Why not join us when Deborah, Liz and Gwen get together for an informal chat about what’s going in the world? Tune in every Thursday morning from 11 am for fun, banter, great music and some serious chat! Some weeks featuring a special guest.

If you would like to suggest a topic or would like to be a guest on the show contact us.Deborah Alexander

Deborah has been writing and teaching over the last twenty or so years. She has written travel articles for magazines, poetry and story-writing guidelines for teachers and also children’s stories. Her story ‘Amina and the Shell’ was published by Tamarind/Random House in 2008. Deborah started as a primary school teacher but went on to teach students of a variety of ages and nationalities in both England and France. She has worked alongside the Modern Art Museum in Céret, the Office de Tourisme in Céret and the Fenech Art Gallery also in Céret. The Reflective Writing Group is a recent project of Deborah’s which aims to help people use creative writing to reduce stress and manage day-to-day worries and anxiety using reflective writing methods. The Reflective Writing Group workshops take place in the South of France.

Liz has been a commercial photographer for over 20 years and has had work published internationally in books, magazines, newspapers and travel. She currently specialises in stock photography of France and the UK. Liz is also the author of French Holiday Cookery. Liz also uses film photography to create contemporary images which have been exhibited in the UK and Europe.


In 1996, Gwen moved to The Netherlands, and in 2003 found her house in the Limousin. The house is a former water mill on the edge of the village St. Priest Ligoure, 27 km south of Limoges. Gwen has her painting studio there from where she currently works and gives lessons whilst exhibiting her art work in France, The Netherlands and UK.

Currently she is a member of the Aeroclub du Limousin and ex-pat group Connect87 and has a daughter, step-son and five grandchildren who live in the UK.

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    1. Gwen Jenner writes … Out here ‘en France profonde’ you come across quips along the lines of parisian=tête du chien, limousin=vrai ovin, perpignan=goût de flan – perhaps??!!! Hmm, made the last two up. These sharp little giggles pop up from time to time during chats with the locals.

      However, the ether-borne conversations with the multitude of people regarding guest broadcasts for our Girls do Coffee show on are quite different. They range from ‘Super, I’d love to’ to ‘Arrgh, no, no, can’t think of anything more scary’ as well as encountering those who imagine conducting an interview having parked on the hard shoulder would suffice! It certainly takes all sorts.

      On air with Liz Garnett and Deborah Alexander during Dave Hailwood’s morning programme brings a world of places and conversations that could have been been experienced in a dream. What a scream
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    2. On today’s Girls Do Coffee we interviewed Carol Stump, artist from Kent, who is creating a huge paperchain. Everyone is invited to take part by sending Carol 12” by 2” strips of either paper, photographs, textile, knitted etc by the end of March. The strips will be joined together in a huge paperchain and exhibited in various venues in Kent and possibly further afield. The exhibition will be a testament to friendships and communication and Carol and her colleagues have received strips from as far away as Greece and South Africa. Anyone wishing to take part should contact Carol at: and there is further information at:

    3. Deborah Alexander writes: I was just wondering…is there a limit to how many exclamation marks you can use in an email or text? My personal limit is two…OK, three if I’m really excited…but for some people, the sky’s the limit. I’ve received messages that have contained more exclamation marks than text. No, seriously, I have. But someone…namely Joanne McNeil…has worked out that more exclamation marks equals more enthusiasm.

      It’s clear that for someone who writes, teaches and interviews people on the radio that communication is key, so I was bound to be interested in Joanne’s new project. Having taken a closer look, maybe ‘project’ is over-egging it slightly. Joanne has developed a downloadable app that will automatically make your emails more enthusiastic. I was interested, not so much because I lack enthusiasm…if you’ve listened to myself, Gwen and Liz chatting on Girls Do Coffee you’ll know that enthusiasm isn’t lacking in any way! Dave might sometimes say that there’s an overflow of enthusiasm! Let the guests get a word in! Anyway, where was I? So, I was interested to see how Ms McNeil proposed to inject enthusiasm into the mails of the unenthusiastic and it turned out that this could be achieved by adding exclamation marks. That and interjecting the word ‘lovely’ here and there. I’m quite a fan of the word ‘lovely’ myself but I can freely admit that if I received a mail packed full of lovelies and !!!!!!!, my radar would register that as weird rather than enthusiastic and would be shouting ‘Crazy alert! Delete! Delete!’
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    4. Liz Garnett writes … Spring has arrived much to my surprise as my body still wants to hibernate. It doesn’t feel particularly spring-like out there today but, I am told, the first of March heralds the meteorological spring and this means that I should be doing more in my garden and if I don’t get on with my next cookery book I will miss deadlines.

      Gardening has never been my forte. For me it is a means to an end and that end is food. I like nothing more than fresh produce from the garden although there isn’t as much as I would like due to two factors: my lack of green fingers and the inability of my chickens to differentiate between weeds and a potential food crop. At this time of the year I need their assistance to help prepare the soil for seeds but the “girls” are currently locked in the garage thanks to bird flu. The upside of their current incarceration is that I can sow seeds and then not have running battles with them escaping into the fenced off areas where seeds have been lovingly sown. This game we play is all because I don’t have a high enough portable fence to keep the chickens away from my precious vegetables. They can still fly, even with clipped wings and are clever enough to wait until my back has been turned to plot their escape. If I try and catch them out they immediately look like guilty children trying to pretend they were doing something quite innocent. Want to read more:

    5. This morning Stuart Morriss, The Curator at Misty Moon Film Club brightened a wet morning for us at Girls do Coffee with his tales of the screen or perhaps I should say Scream!

      As the founder, with his wife, the beautiful Jen, of an entertainment society our ears were plugged into the headsets listening to a multitude of stories taking us back to the TV and cinema of old as well as the very new and yet to be shot.

      We all remember ‘Please Sir’, ‘Tales of the Unexpected’, ‘The Carry On’ genre not to mention the classic ‘Hammer House of Horror’ films. The actors such as Fenella Fielding and Stephen Greif who starred in some of these classics are still treading the boards, sharing their skills and stories with audiences. You can see the club members either on tour around the country or at the Phoenix Artists Club, in what was once Laurence Olivier’s dressing room, in London’s West End. Want to read More:

    6. Liz Garnett writes … While the weather decides what to do with itself my thoughts have turned to summer and photography and book plans. One of these is to do more photography of the Kent countryside as well as of France. In addition to that, my current lack of fitness needs to be addressed. Some might say that is a priority!

      So, last week I decided to bite the bullet and start some serious gym work. I have never set foot in a gym before and have always vowed never to enter one. However, an opportunity arose to try one out and in a bid to embrace new things I went along last Tuesday. Going to the gym for the first time is not like going to a new swimming pool. There are forms to be filled in and questions to be answered.

      If only I had come prepared! What should I answer when I was asked what my goals were for fitness? Errrrrrr to get fit??? What I should probably have answered, and what a friend’s brother answered when in the same situation, was not to die in the process. Want to read more:

    7. Another Thursday morning, and for the Girls do Coffee presenters another drama to be dissected; be it reading the news about Trump, Brexit or even today’s guest Peter Dunne.
      From what the team could ascertain beforehand our guest was part of the giant entertainment empire that creates the screen jewels such as Wallace & Gromit, American Beauty and Indiana Jones as well as the WW2 drama Resistance and Coraline to name but a few.

      Time stops for no man and our Peter couldn’t escape the vagaries of how it affects you as it skims relentlessly past. It may leave wisdom, scars, pain and joy in its wake. Luckily for the reading public Peter turned his experience of becoming aware of Father Time’s incessant ticking clock when he turned 50 to write his book. ‘The 50 Things’ comprises a collection of inspired thoughts the author wanted to share with his children and luckily for us the public too.

      Inside the chapters entitled Heroes, Love, Gossip to name merely three of the fifty subjects Peter covered, we gained an inkling into his family, working life and interests. You can’t find this out on his Linkedin page. I tried and still managed to confuse him with another public figure of the same name. Luckily for us our generous hearted Peter was able to recount a couple of funny anecdotes regarding his namesakes.. Want to read more…

    8. Deborah Alexander writes: Regarding family words of wisdom, ‘Don’t go to bed with wet hair’ is, for some reason, all that sticks in my mind. I feel sure that wiser words were passed on by my parents and grandparents so I like to think that their wisdom was absorbed in a kind of osmosis over the years to form part of my naturally wise character. Or maybe that’s optimism on my part.

      There don’t seem to be many twenty-somethings dishing out advice so obviously there must be something about getting older that prompts that urge to pass on what we have learnt to the next generation. But are the young really ready to listen? While we see the sands of time streaming through the hourglass at a rate of knots, for the younger members of society the bottom of the glass is barely troubled with those troublesome grains. We ageing (mature?) types are desperate to pass on what we’ve learnt before we shuffle off, but will they take their earbuds out long enough to hear? want to see more …

    9. We felt that our cups were overflowing when we welcomed wine producer and author Caro Feely onto the Girls Do Coffee Show on Ex-Pat Radio to talk about her new book Glass Half Full. Full to the brim of fun, yes, but Caro’s wine knowledge is firmly rooted in reality and years of hard graft.

      Caro and her husband Séan have been working out of Chateau Feely in South West France for twelve years now and the ups and downs of their lives have been faithfully recorded in a series of three books…Grape Expectations, Save Our Skins and the subject of this most recent book launch, Glass Half Full. Throughout the series of books, the reader is presented with the full story, the obstacles as well as the successes, the disasters alongside the celebrations and, having travelled through what Caro calls ‘the Valley of Despair’ with the couple, we are only too happy to celebrate the highs with them too.. Want to read more….

    10. Liz Garnett writes … This Easter holidays brought with it the urgent need to stock up on French goodies. So a day trip to France was called for and on a day when the weather forecast looked promising I booked a ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. The choice of ferry operators has diminished over the last few years with the demise of My Ferry Link. For a time it was my preferred ferry operator as, even at peak times, their ferries were relatively quiet. The staff were mostly French which meant that as soon as I boarded the ship I could speak French.

      The first challenge on any Dover to Calais crossing is the Port of Dover itself. Once you have gone through the French passport control drivers need to be vigilant and follow the numerous obscure signs – not easily seen at stupid o’clock when you are worrying whether you will get to the ticket booths in time.

      Tickets issued and line number given, you are then left to your own devices to find the right lane – the number of which is on the tag hanging from your mirror facing out so you can’t see it. Trying to remember the number while looking for the right lane can be challenging. As I get older the whole exercise gets harder and I know one day I will end up on a ferry going who knows where. One day, when I have more time, this might be rather fun. Want to read more…

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