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Top marques for sprog 2

April 23, 2012

Tony “I invented the internet” Coombs was alarmed to discover when he awoke on Sunday morning after Saturdays epic lunch that he smelled nicely of herbs and had a bruised behind. As his recollection of events on Saturday evening will doubtless be hazy given the state he was in,  I believe for one moment he may have feared that he had been the victim of a homosexual advance, but all was well when his lovely wife Pat reminded him that he twice fell into a thyme bush as he staggered towards his lift home, hence the, for him, unnaturally healthy aroma and inappropriate anal bruising. Had he needed medical treatment, might that have been known as a stitch in thyme?

As it is the weekend I shall not be mentioning my work for Currencies Direct and saving people from their vagaries of their banks when moving foreign exchange, instead I shall concentrate on social matters or more precisely the fall out from social events when one over consumes alcohol. Bribery is always an option and there are one or two at that lunch who should be considering offering me some brown paper bags stuffed with bank notes. Sadly Mr Coombs offering was received too late to avoid publication.

Whilst we are on the subject of bad behaviour, my picture today shows the point at which sprog 2 sealed her ejection from Monaco Top Marques car show at the weekend. It appears that the car in question into which she is pictured climbing was off limits to visitors, it having been bought earlier by one of the tennis stars appearing at the Monaco Open Tennis Championships. Had she just sat in it she may have avoided such an ignominious departure but spilling some champagne on the hitherto pristine red and black leather was a slop too far for the organisers. She returns to her studies in England after lunch on the beach in some disgrace although part of me remains proud of her.

Don't take your champagne in there....ooops too late

So lunch on the beach, the final pre exam wish for sprog 2 on the way to Nice airport was taken at Chez Panisse at Cap Trois Mille, where we took shelter from the wind which for once was not something for which I was held responsible.  It is within spitting distance of Nice Airport and we sat and gazed at the blue sky, palm trees and white caps of the sea being whipped up by that fresh breeze. My risotto gambas was very good, but barely enough for a starter. Sprog 2’s chicken and gambas would have been better without the chicken, but help was at hand with desert, a chocolate fondue of red fruit of the highest calibre, rescuing an overpriced and otherwise underwhelming beach side gastronomic experience.

After lunch and a short siesta I returned from my pit to watch “No Going Out” one of the best written TV comedy series I have ever seen and then to prepare for the excitement that will no doubt greet my appearance at Marina Kuliks painting class at Plascassier this morning. But what to wear? I have been agonising over just this fact for all of five minutes. the sitting starts at 10am this morning. I shall need a range of props to help adorn my rather bland personal appearance (with the exception of a rather splendid Daliesque pointed moustache that I have been cultivating and which only just survived a luncheon “accident” on Saturday due to there being insufficient numbers of public schoolboys present). Golf clubs, tennis racket bottles of wine, cigars and copies of my first book “Summer In the Cote d’Azur” will all be available for the artists attending to feature. A full report tomorrow.

Chris France

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    April 23, 2012 2:14 pm

    Thank the Lord! You are the first person Ive known that has watched and let alone appreciated not going out! Its fantastic…


  2. Pinman permalink
    April 23, 2012 2:51 pm

    “splendid Daliesque pointed moustache”

    I am sure you didn’t like that moustache at first………….
    then it seemed to grow on you !


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