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It Makes Me Wonder

My poor daughter's Sports Day was just about rained-off this morning, to be continued on Monday. The light was so bad that my camera simply couldn't catch any pictures of the sack race but one good thing came out of it, the father's race was abandoned and so I can look forward to being able to walk rather than hobble on Saturday morning!



You may have noticed that I was "On a mission" again in Le Touquet this week and I popped into the home, a lovely house in La Foret, of an Engishmen who works here but lives there. In contrast with our community charge, the rates, he tells me are outrageous at almost £5,000 a year but he said, the town is beautifully cared for, the Christmas lights are a major event and there's virtually none of the drunken, violent crime we have here, with low-key but zero-tolerance policing from the local Gendamerie. In his opinion, it's worth the money in return for the securityy and quality of life it offers his family and the Mayor appears to spend sensibly and in the best interest of the town and its residents.

Now the French have lost the Olympics and have significant social and economic problems of their own but they do have better food and wine and in places, appear to have their priorities right. I'm just reading the local paper and see that where I live, we can't afford to keep our public toilets open and yet our community charge is among the highest in the land. It does all rather make me wonder at the differences that exist between here and there with only seventeen miles of water and a tunnel in between.

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