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Why?

This country has voted, overwhelmingly, to shoot itself in the head. It wants to get rid of the NHS. It wants to be the 51st state of the US. Most oddly, it wants a liar running it. That is probably … Continue reading

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Why is there always a dog on my gouty foot?

Today I was unable to walk at all. I spent a lot of time dragging myself around the house on my butt thanking the Gods of the Gym for my new strong arms. The odd times I did manage to … Continue reading

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Return of the swell

Yesterday my right ankle started aching. By the time we reached home my ankle was swollen and I was dragging it around like an overstuffed sack of coal. This morning I was hobbling. It’s Japan all over again. I’m assuming … Continue reading

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Do you know your surname?

Odd question but quite important when it comes to one’s graduation. I overheard it as an usher directed a student to her seat. “Do you know your surname?” She asked then, realising what she’d said, asked for the student’s seat … Continue reading

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Wake in Paris, sleep in Bath

There’s something a bit special about waking up in Paris, the rain pouring down outside, the sun not yet up and ending up in Bath, the sky clear, the sun set and everything once more dark. I might be a … Continue reading

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Papa Pompom

I have to say that if one is to be caught up in a security scare because of an unattended package, one could do a whole lot worse than wind up in a room full of naked women. That is … Continue reading

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Bob was once a great yodeller

Things seem to be returning to normal in Paris after the last few days of strikes. Today lots of things were open and there were crowds. Apparently the lack of crowds on Thursday was because most Parisians stayed home from … Continue reading

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Your French is very good

I am not a fan of Dan Brown. It’s fair to say I’ve only ever read about a page of The Da Vinci Code. It was as far as I could get before his lack of language skills turned me … Continue reading

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A tour of the closed sites

Silvia Montfort (1923-1991) was a mere slip of a girl of 16 when she joined the Resistance. She had been born in the Marais area and went to school at the lycee Victor Hugo. In 1939 she joined the Eure-et-Loir … Continue reading

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In defence of Communism

The Polidor would have to be one of our favourite restaurants in Paris. This visit, because we had Bob with us, we wanted him to experience it with us. Having checked into our hotel we went for a long, long … Continue reading

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