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St Blaise, a festival on fire?

January 30, 2011

On the train into Cannes last week for MIDEM working hard for Currencies Direct, I was sat one day opposite an Indian lady who seemed to be sleeping, but then she stopped breathing. For a moment I though she had died, but then I saw the red spot on her forehead and I realised she was only on standby.

The festival of St Blaise takes place today in Valbonne which means the stocks of mimosa will be vastly depleted in the hills around Tanneron over in the Var, the down market part if Provence, where the mimosa is ubiquitous. The problem is, if you have any kind of allergy, it can be a nightmare of hay fever proportions, so look out for those snotty nosed kids (which are the feature of my Angloinfo blog, Happy Mondays, which is published each Monday) throwing great bunches of the stuff around as is the local tradition.

It was my birthday recently and one hopes that ones nice lady decorator might have some special treat in mind. She asked me what I would like to do to her body but apparently “identify it” was not the right answer.

The colossal cocker, on the look out for anything else he can eat. the canine version of Mr Creosote

My picture above today was taken on the River Brague just outside Valbonne. Sadly it was ruined by the encroachment of a very fat hound on the left. He is called Banjo, although I have a number of other names for him which to my mind are much more suitable, and none as nice as Banjo, in fact much of the time I would like hit his arse with a banjo, but that’s another matter. It looks in this picture like he may have eaten the proper dog, Max, so fat has he become. I was told, when he entered our household against my strict instructions, that he was a cocker spaniel. Instead he appears to be a cross between a cocker spaniel and a horse, and eats more than a horse would. Definitely a cock-up on the cocker spaniel front.

With fresh snow falling in the mountains nearby, I may have to dump my determination to have a quiet week and sneak up the mountains for a day during the week for a bit of skiing. However, for me, skiing must be accompanied by lunch in the sunshine in order to be enjoyed properly, so the temperance attempt could be doomed to failure. but unless the weather is perfect then today will be my last dalliance with strong drink and cigars for a week.

In any event in a week or so’s time I will be heading over to Limone in Italy for a spot of skiing and a number of lunches with whoever turns up. It is only just over 2 hours drive away and is so much nicer than the hideous concrete jungle that is Isola 2000. Ideally one would want powder snow in the morning and strong sunshine at lunch time, so I do hope whoever is in charge has made a note and will deliver accordingly.

Chris France
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One Comment leave one →
  1. Rev. Jeff permalink
    January 30, 2011 12:41 pm

    ‘and will deliver accordingly’

    I’ll have a word.


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