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February 11, 2011

The underlying theme of the trip to the Italian Alps with a couple of public schoolboys and their wives kept resurfacing throughout. Clearly Mark and Paul have been, well, I would say damaged, they would probably maintain they have been enriched, by their various experiences at upper crust public schools. As a result they are very upbeat about it, indeed so jovial are they about some events, details of which emerged over the past few days, they could lead to a man less suspicious than I to the conclusion that they may have secretly enjoyed some of the “jolly japes” that seemed to be the hallmark of their schooling.

For instance, the Hammam at the hotel produced a rich theme of material that obviously reminded them of happier (?) days. It is often said that your schooldays are the best days of your life, but that is clearly balderdash, I would no sooner go back to being at school in down town Balham than I would willingly be subjected to brutal anal rape, and here I may have hit the nail on the head. (This reminds me of the story about the lead actor in a pantomime suffering a similar fate. To be fair, the audience did try to warn him.)

Some former pupils obviously have dear memories of their schooling, where rugged and demanding prefects in gowns were feared and admired in equal measure, where fagging had a very different meaning (I think) than it does today, and ritual sexual harassment was not unusual, and in some cases, perhaps many cases, welcomed.

So back to the Hammam. This steamy atmosphere thus created seemed to liberate something inside both of my dear public school educated friends and having been ritually debagged on the first night, for being an uneducated oik (harsh but fair), I was in trepidation of what might await me for the final evening. Suffice to say that I was told on several occasions that I had dropped articles on the floor during the hammam session, but if I did they are still there. Under no circumstances was I going to bend over in this heady (sic) atmosphere whilst flying commando, if you get my drift.

The most remote hotel I have ever stayed in

My picture today shows the location of the hotel. As you can see, it is remote, so remote that it can only be reached by ski or skidoo, and thus out of the earshot of anyone not staying in the hotel itself. Now I did not choose this establishment, which was very amiable and very good value, especially in the context of current exchange rates but surely there are more accessible places to stay? As you read this, are your suspicions aroused (should I use this word?) as much as mine are?

Chris France
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Rev. Jeff permalink
    February 11, 2011 11:36 am

    Methinks my old chum doth protest too much…….


  2. Ben Dover permalink
    February 11, 2011 12:48 pm

    “This steamy atmosphere thus created seemed to liberate something inside !! ”

    Jackie Collins eat your heart out………………maybe the exposure of your feminine side to Riviera Women was bringing your light out from under the bushel………..??


  3. Ben Dover permalink
    February 11, 2011 1:27 pm

    The Parable of the lamp under a bushel is one of the well known parables of Jesus. It appears in three of the Canonical gospels of the New Testament. The differences in found in Matthew 5:14-15, Mark 4:21-25 and Luke 8:16-18, are minor, and the three versions may be derived from the same source. An abbreviated version of the parable also appears in the non canonical Gospel of Thomas (Saying 33).[1] In Matthew the parable is a continuation of the discourse on Salt and Light. So now you know !!


  4. Rev. Jeff permalink
    February 12, 2011 4:15 pm

    Good Lord,another educated person reads this abomination. What on earth are we thinking B.D ?……


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