Or, what's been happening while I was away?
We actually arrived back in Brighton quite latish on Wednesday but as I had been well aware of just how much catching up I would have to do, reading all the blogs I follow, sorting out the trash emails from those I really wanted to read, dealing with the post and phone messages and so on, I left another post "on the schedule" as it were.
We learned at one of the French motorway service stations that not only was the Duchess of Cambridge pregnant, but also that she had been rushed into hospital. The news might well have been covered by French newspapers but this service area sells the European edition of several English papers. I refuse to pay the exhorbitant prices demanded for them and content myself with glancing at the front page headlines as I wait for the Old Bat to emerge from the ladies. I could not help but notice that the Daily Mail was offering a "Royal Baby Special" on pages 2 to 14. Eh? !2 - no, 13 pages devoted to an embryo whose sex isn't yet known, let alone the name?
I was pleased to discover yesterday that Sgt Danny Nightingale (I mentioned him here) had his sentence reduced to 12 months suspended and was therefore freed immediately after his appeal against his sentence. He has also been given leave to appeal against his conviction. The justice machinery really did sort that out very quickly, probably because of the enormous swell of public opinion. "joke"
Reverting to Kate, I can't understand why two Aussie radio (or TV - I don't know which) presenters thought it so hugely funny to telephone the hospital pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. And I'm not just being an anti-republican royalist when I say that. It just seems so utterly puerile and the sort of "joke" that even my 9-year-old grandson would think infra dig. God help Australia if that really is the level of their humour. But I can't imagine it is.
Eh bien, I must get ready to take the Old Bat to her Friday oxygen treatment.
There's just time to upload another picture of Christmas decorations in Chateaubriant, this one being a new picture.