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April 26, 2013

The week is in tatters. It was supposed to be a 600 calorie diet day but the warnings signs were there as soon as we has finished the delicious small handful of boiled mushrooms on two if the smallest pieces of Nimble bread (no butter) that you could imagine.

The problem was that the sun was out and in this climate when that happens there is a lemming like dash to a pub with a garden. “No matter” said That Nice Lady Decorator, “lunch can be two pints of real ale and I can make a stir fry without noodles for dinner”. This is bit like saying you will get a small plate of scalded vegetables for your supper. The next problem is that I am weak-willed and when she suggested that we visit a pub I had heard a lot about but had never been, the Rising Sun at Nutbourne, I am afraid that any attempt to avoid such a scenario evaporated on the spot.

Thus we headed over, had a short walk across the Sussex Golf Course which was very pretty and then to the pub, all in delightful spring sunshine. The pub has chickens roaming the garden and the landlord told us of a recent customer whose dog had attacked one and managed to pull out some feathers before theowner had managed to pull it away. Apparently she then swept up all the feathers into her handbag and asked the others sitting outside not to say anything. Her downfall was that the “others” comprised the staff of the pub on a cigarette break. They could have chickened out and not told the landlord, but they did not.

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A camelia at the Rising Sun at Nutbourne

Returning to Arundel, still in sunny weather, we had to run the gauntlet. When with the dogs we always use the back way in through the garden of the White Hart pub, and who was there amongst the group of customers sunning themselves but James “Desperate Dan the Landlord”, hard at work on his tan with a glass of wine and shorts and sunglasses. The provocation was too much and we buckled and wisely decided that the diet could not survive yesterday in those conditions.

There are those that would argue that this apparent lack of will power illustrates a lack of character or insufficient strength of mind, but nothing could be further from the truth. On the contrary it shows a nimbleness of thought, an understanding that decisions sometimes need to be changed when circumstances change, and that is the case for the defence.

These notions and others, especially concerning the value of opening an account with Currencies Direct, were discussed for an hour or so over a few pints of beer and a few glasses of wine, so you have a clear illustration if just how well we are able to adapt to a changing set of circumstances.

We still had the stir fry, without noodles, but by this time the combination of sunshine and Harvey’s coupled with a few glasses if Rioja rendered me mellow enough not to care. Awakening this morning to the sound of cars splashing their way through the puddles underlined that decision to change direction. Yes, the English weather has reverted to type.

One more day to go before the big bash in Monte Carlo tomorrow night and we have still not had a day without a tipple this week, but I like to think that it is a kind of training for the rigours ahead. Again, that is my position. My defence lawyer will no doubt be on overtime this week.

Chris France
@Valbonne_News

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  1. May 12, 2013 8:32 pm

    Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
    and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

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