The second item was the earth-shattering news of (I assume) research which has shown that men's and women's brains are wired differently. It seems that men's brains are wired front to back, with few connections between hemispheres, while women are wired left to right. This explains any number of things.
For example, when reversing a car into a tight parking space, a man will place his right hand on the steering wheel (the other way round in countries where they drive on the wrong side of the road) and the left across the back of the passenger seat. He will turn his head to look out of the rear window, flashing a jaunty grin at any passengers on the way. He will then drive into the space in a single, swift, confident manoeuvre.
A woman, on the other hand, will look in the mirror and take hold of the wheel in a very tight grip with both hands, then reverse very slowly indeed, pausing occasionally to check her position and asking any passengers what they can see from their windows. She may, eventually, just about get in before collapsing in a heap.
On the third hand, a normal human being would just say, "Oh, the hell with it" and go off to find a bigger space.
(With thanks to Telegraph writer David Thomas and my apologies for blatant plagiarism.)
So, back to Châteaubriant and the Christmas tree in front of the château.