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Bank rip off? Coutts unimpressed

January 19, 2011

That nice lady decorator has got wind of what I have been saying about her, and like John Cleese not mentioning the war in Fawlty Towers, I think I got away with it.

The fact is that she has focussed on was the falling out of bed incident on Saturday evening whilst in London. She has obviously not got the full story, so she must have heard something rather than read it. She was sufficiently, shall we say, alcoholically loaded, not to feel the pain of the fall, and to awake with a vague notion of pain in her back and shoulders, but no idea how it could have occurred. She could have believed that she had slept in an uncomfortable position until she got wind of what I had written. The fact that she has not fully challenged me with laser beam eyes on stun, means that she is not quite certain of the facts, and this is what has allowed me the hope that she will forget and I can continue alluding to her misdeeds as one way of entertaining my growing public following for this column.

So back to the sunshine, I took my usual morning constitutional down to the Brague where I took yet another fantastic photograph. Unfortunately it didn’t come out so I have had to use this one;

Banjo would love to fetch a ball if I threw it from the top, I am sure

So back to the grindstone thereafter, frantically making appointments for MIDEM. The way that last sentence read, one might assume that it was I making the appointments, but, well, that’s not strictly true, I have press ganged my son into sending emails out for me in batches of 50 from the MIDEM guide. That was all going splendidly whilst I was doing some lateral thinking in the hammock (or reserve office area as I like to call it), but then I had an email from Coutts and Co, The Queens bankers, saying they were not very interested in meeting to discuss their foreign exchange requirements because they were a bank. Perhaps the wording of the email, or specifically “Don’t get ripped off by your bank” was the phrase that caught their eye? anyway, suffice to say that my diplomatic skills were so effective, I have now been invited to the Coutts cocktail party.

A meeting today with a renowned local estate agent, so local that he is in Valbonne concluded with a sound promise that his company will affiliate to Currencies Direct, mainly it has to be said, in return for a very much sought after and valuable plug in these pages and a link below, and as soon as I receive the signed affiliation forms, then this will occur naturally. I cannot name the firm involved at this stage but Jeroen will know to whom I refer. His offices are in close proximity to La Kavanou, the wine bar in Valbonne will make of course it too embarrassing for him to backslide and not to go through with his promise.

Chris France
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