Bude Is Twinned With ERGUE- GABERIC....a taster.......

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By dawnrw | Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 20:26

How many times do you walk or drive past the ‘BUDE is

twinned with ERGUE-GABERIC’ signs? (note the capitalization so I didn’t need

accents which my computer seems to ignore or which requires greater skill and

patience than I have).

As a youngster in Birmingham, we were twinned with Lyons,

and it seemed to involve people going on jollies across the Channel, but there is

more to twinning than having fun, such as sharing cultural links and developing

relationships and mutual understanding between two similar areas. I hadn’t a

clue where Ergue-Gaberic was but hazarded a guess that it sounded Breton.

Google proved me right so I emailed my friend in Brittany for the inside spec.

Her response was: “Don't know much about Ergue - Gaberic, except that it's close

to Quimper which is a very nice place to visit.” So, that puts it in Finisterre

(more avoidance of French spellings and those pesky accents). You can access

Ergue-Gaberic’s website which is, understandably, in French, but if you have

Google Chrome, you can obtain a translated version. That said, the translation

is very odd!

2011 is Bude’s turn to host the Ergue-Gaberic twinners

again. Anyone can join the Twinning Association if they live in Bude or

Stratton (generally an EX23 postcode) and visit the town in return for hosting

visitors to Bude. It is not too far from Roscoff, with a ferry handily

available from Plymouth, though it is known for rough crossings. Time to focus

on the positives. An article on twinning is coming soon….



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    I thought that all these town twinning associations had ceased to operate due to a lack of funding - surely public money is not used for this exercise? Can anyone tell me how it is funded....

    By boy47th at 13:04 on 18/01/12

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    According to the BBC http://tinyurl.com/7olmfal a lot of towns are now de-twinning during this time of austerity. Also, technology has made electronic links far easier. You can Skype now instead of having to visit in person. Wonder what implications this has for Bude's links with Ergue-Gaberic......

    By BudePeeps at 10:09 on 08/01/12

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    Seems that not only my French is dire for aforementioned French friend also tells me that my geography is also all to pot........Finisterre, she says, is associated with the shipping forecast and is a place somewhere down in Spain (Cape Finiesterre - off Galicia, no less). Finistere (oops, no accent encore) is the Breton place.........maybe I need to go on a twinning trip. Amazingly, I did pass my geography and French 'O' levels.........so who says standards were better then?

    By dawnrw at 18:34 on 11/05/11

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