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The end of the daily blog

May 5, 2014

I think the day that this column failed to appear due to the expiry of the domain (fixed the next day, but outside my control) was the first day in 4 years when I began to question whether it is worth continuing to write and publish this daily missive. Up until that point, it has been a badge of honour, something that I had managed to publish every day for over 1400 days , albeit sometimes late.

When Wayne Brown said on Facebook that he had at least 75 people urging him not to renew the domain for me, so that they would not be exposed to the sharp wit and arrow like reviews of places, people and restaurants, plus the illustration of the great characters I have met over the past years, although he was joking, perhaps the writing was on the wall, rather than in the blog.

This column was born to advertise the value of having an account with Currencies Direct for any foreign exchange trades that may be required, and found solid focus in the early years in the ex pat infested land of Valbonne and the surrounding towns. However, an enforced move out of France for me, to Arundel, back in the UK due to unfortunate changes to the French taxation policy (courtesy not of M Holland but M Sarkozy, in one of his parting shots before being shot down himself by the French electorate) the focus of this column changed. There are just as many wonderful characters and places with which I came into contact, but the number of people living in England for whom the moving of money has resonance is, of course, smaller by definition. Now, moving back to Valbonne, and then flitting between the both, as I shall be doing in the coming year, I have decided that the continuity will suffer and this column will change from a daily episode to perhaps weekly, or will appear when I think I have something to write about.

pool in Valbonne

Retiring to sit by my pool

In essence this is the end of the daily grind to write something with some amusement, and something to give the now sadly depleted army of limericists some ammunition to inspire them. 4 years I have been doing it, as long as Max Clifford will have to serve in prison after being convicted of indecent assault, but it is time to hang up my pen, set down my camera, and head out to grass, with occasional returns to the fray from time to time.

Perhaps it is the melancholy that tends to descend upon me when immersed in this 5:2 diet, perhaps the failing figures, now amounting to under 100 a day, but unless I awaken this morning feeling it is all a terrible mistake, or less likely, there is a chorus of emotionally charged demands that I continue, I suspect my blogging days are coming to an end.

Perhaps it is also the strain of waking up at 7 in the morning, with a hangover as big as Chernobyl, knowing that I need to write 600 words about life amongst the idle rich of Valbonne, and at the same time knowing that I have an especially excessive social diary taking shape for the next six weeks. Perhaps the effort will be too much and I have taken the easy option.

I expect there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth, or perhaps there will be relief amongst those who have been most wronged in this column. In the case of The Wingco there will be blissful ignorance (a state in which in my opinion he often seems to find himself) as he has read this column only once and deceived it as “ghastly”.

So farewell readers, I will be back from time to time.

Chris France


23 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna Maj Boldt-Christmas permalink
    May 6, 2014 7:17 am

    06:58, ouch! perhaps you can write it in the evenings?


  2. Cathie permalink
    May 6, 2014 7:49 am

    Thanks for entertaining us all this time. xC


  3. Phil pennicott permalink
    May 6, 2014 8:00 am

    3 2 1 and your back in the room. Don’t be silly you can’t give this up, your daily missive is part of life.
    I am sure there will be lots of comments like mine, maybe a save the blog campaign .
    Kind regards
    Captain Phil


  4. Poly Bufton permalink
    May 6, 2014 9:16 am

    No you cannot stop the blog. What is life without you? To blog or not to blog is not the question. Whether t’is nobler in your mind to suffer the slings and arrows of a few negatives and by opposing end the blog is NOT a consummation devoutly to be wished. So forget it! Poly xx


  5. David Baumann permalink
    May 6, 2014 9:55 am

    I would really miss the daily chortle. Give up the diet instead!


  6. Jeroen permalink
    May 6, 2014 10:45 am

    You obviously have not thought this properly through have you now?
    This is France, remember!? You cannot just quit like that! You will have to obey the pre-avis, 3 months minimum I’d think, and then there’d be the registered letters to send out and receive… this could easily take years before you’re free of this!
    So back to the grindstone and on with it!


  7. Rev. Jeff permalink
    May 6, 2014 11:15 am

    Now Chris get a grip! Once you give up the daily discipline of writing the blag you will fall into old age and decrepitude. Besides I rely on your daily missive to get my creative juices going before the more arduous task of writing my religio/philosophical stuff. I really don’t want to write a farewell limerick so think again old friend !


  8. May 6, 2014 12:51 pm

    No, no, no ! What have I got to read everyday on the throne in the morning from now ?!?!
    Don’t throw in the towel !! Besides I’m the one who bought one of your books! ….


  9. May 6, 2014 1:05 pm

    Mais non!, c’est pas possible!, c’est très triste pour faire ça!.
    We join the “save the blog” campaign, wot shall we read in the morning now with our morning Barista and cafe au lait?,, anyways, whatever you decide, thank you for the last 4 years of Entertainment, to be able to be disciplined in what you have achieved has just been superb, bien fait!, love to you both and Banjo too! xx


    • May 6, 2014 2:00 pm

      It was the Banjo comment that was the sting in the tail. Maybe I will reconsider, as there has been an unexpected chorus of protest…


  10. John Gwynn permalink
    May 6, 2014 2:52 pm

    You cannot stop the Blog it is part of my daily routine and entertainment. Please reconsider.


  11. helen permalink
    May 6, 2014 7:04 pm

    Oh please do’nt go … What will I do to get my creative juices going in the morning.??…& I shall sadly miss yours & the Revs Limerick critique too . As well as all of the characters that inhabit your life xx


  12. Rev. Jeff permalink
    May 6, 2014 10:43 pm

    Spot on Helen. Seems to me the blag is a total commitment with a life of its own. It’s a bit like marriage….. put your head down old chap and just keep going !!

    Now away with such mad foolish folly,
    You’re the king of the jolly old bolly !!
    You’re suffering I think,
    From an absence of drink,
    And a touch of the old melancholy !!


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