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the hands-on focus will be more on slicing than splicing - and the only marriage taking place will be that of food with some great Languedoc wines

Believe it or not, there are some people who are not in a state of frenzy about the forthcoming nuptials of William and Kate.

Some British subjects won’t be waving flags in the streets of London, or seated at home glued to the telly-box, entranced by the splendour of the bride, the dress, the Abbey and the guests’ frocks.

In fact - dare we risk the Tower and say it? - the idea of using that extra day’s holiday to take a break abroad while outbound flights are considerably cheaper than those coming into the UK is an appealing one.

So how does a residential weekend cookery course in Carcassonne with an award-winning French Chef sound as an escape plan in order to sidestep Wedding Fever?

At the French House Party’s Cuisine in Brief course, cooking in France means the hands-on focus will be more on slicing than splicing - and the only marriage taking place will be that of food with some great Languedoc wines.

Based at an 8-bedroomed house with a pool and tennis court, the French House Party is recommended in the National Geographic book “The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life”.

It prides itself on its excellent customer care and personal attention, together with high-calibre instructors, not just on the various Gastro Academy courses, but, for example, with the Summer Songwriting course, led by one of contemporary music’s most original musical lyricists, the legendary singer-songwriter Dean Friedman.

New Yorker Friedman is famous for such songs as “Lucky Stars”, “Ariel”, “Lydia” and “McDonald’s Girl”. After his Edinburgh Festival run last summer, he was declared by one reviewer to be “entirely unique and utterly brilliant”.

The French House Party also continues to impress clients who attend its popular Creative Writing and Movie-making courses, run by similarly professional and inspirational tutors.

Anyone who fancies eloping to the south of France on the weekend of 29 April to 1 May should email enquiries@frenchhouseparty.co.uk or phone – 0044 7900 322791 - to check availability. Or visit the website: www.frenchhouseparty.eu

Dates and prices:

Cuisine in Brief 29 April - 1 May (also 17-19 June – vegetarian recipes only – and 7-9 October): £495

Dean Friedman Songwriting (29 July – 1 August): £750

Creative Writing: (29 June – 3 July, and 28 September – 2 October): £765

COMPLIMENTARY PRESS PLACE:

We have one space available for a national newspaper or magazine journalist with a definite commission who would like to join the Cuisine in Brief course from 29 April to 1 May, 2011. Anyone interested in attending should contact Moira Martingale on enquiries@frenchhouseparty.co.uk.