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The literary launch lunch

September 21, 2011

This will shake the very foundations of the literary fraternity to its foundations. The launch of “Summer In The Cote d’Azur” in a paperback version will be on October 31st at Les Temps Des Mets restaurant in Valbonne at lunchtime on Halloween.

There, in a spectacle so grotesque that Halloween is the perfect date, the soon to be renowned author, myself, will speak at a luncheon (before I became all high brow and literary it would have been lunch) to celebrate its publication.  I shall be talking about the inspiration behind its writing, the lives of the myriad characters with whom I come into contact and generally about the lives of the idle rich in Valbonne.

There will be a limited number of tickets available for the lunch priced at a very reasonable 20 or maybe 25 Euros which will include a champagne reception and a set menu before my speech, and will offer an opportunity for all attending to buy some signed copies of the first edition of “Summer In The Cote D’Azur” previously only available for kindle and Ipad, perhaps as Christmas presents for people you don’t really like. I shall be announcing sponsors in the fullness of time. That means that I don’t have a sponsor at this moment in time but would dearly like one or more. It may well be that I will persuade the powers that be are Currencies Direct to contribute but if any of you are interested in sponsoring this event, please get in touch!  Matt “Cornish Tsunami” Frost at French Mortgage Express has yet to commit despite huge pressure from his lovely wife Viv, who alongside the voluptuous Lin Wolff from the English Book Centre in Valbonne are the cornerstones of the local literary establishment and ultimately responsible, and should be held to account for my wonderful opportunity to show off and be at the centre of attention. More details on prices and ticket availability tomorrow I hope.

My picture today is of the wingco taken on l’Exocet during the famous victory in the Bistro Rally earlier this week. As you can see, the wingco is getting into the swing of things, I think he was singing “we are sailing, we are sailing” although at that stage it is true to say that we had not yet left the port.

Altogether now; We are sailing....

It is fair to say that today I have been somewhat below par. It may have had something to do with the celebrations on Monday, but I am not sure because I can remember very little of the evening, so yesterday was a pretty tame affair but with the last vestiges of hangover refusing to leave town, the hair of the dog theory required testing. thus we went early doors for drink

Today is a full on work day until at least lunchtime, when every decent inhabitant of the Cote d’Azur breaks for lunch. Cannes beckons on Thursday for another irksome meeting but at least it is with a bank who are going to give me some money, so the commuter trail will be my cross to bear. Thereafter, I must prepare for the International Club Of The Riviera golf tournament and lunch on Saturday at the Victoria Golf Course, a modest 9 hole course without much sophistication which many who have seen me play may say sounds like it is ideally suited to my game.

Later next week, I will have to leave the beautiful sunny September weather for three days in London. It seems I have children who need visiting, even although I have spent the best part of 20 years with them. That nice lady decorator has spoken and I will obey, it is the law.

Chris France

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