03/12/2015 01:51 pm ET

"I Was Having A Midlife Crisis, So I Moved To France'

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Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is one of 150 listed villages in France. My missus is French, from Macon. Her name is Colette but she’s called Coco. We met in a town called Chinon, where Joan of Arc met the Dauphin. I was 40 at the time, having a midlife crisis, living in a lovely village in the North of England that I felt was too good. At my 40th birthday party four of us boys decided to buy a cottage in France. When the time actually came to buy I found myself on my own and I wanted to buy a farmhouse that needed a lot of work. I bought it. That was when I met my missus.

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