• Conseil de classe

    I took part in my first conseil de classe – class council - last night at Ruadhri’s lycée. I was in the conseil d’école for Rors’ primary school for a couple of years a while ago, but didn’t feel I was contributing anything in particular and so didn’t get involved...


  • Gilets Jaunes

    I’m sure you must have heard about the rioting that’s been going on in Paris this weekend. The perpetrators are the Gilets Jaunes, which the UK news programmes are translating as ‘yellow vests’, although ‘yellow waistcoats’ is more accurate. Under French law drivers have to carry a fluorescent yellow safety...


  • Expiry date

    When is an expiry date not an expiry date? I’m on my third driving licence. My first, British one was issued in 1979 and had the expiry date of my 70th birthday in 2032. At the time that was in the inconceivably far distant future. Now it’s rather closer than...


  • BIF goes Dutch 5

    Holland in Miniature: Madurodam (aka Blog in France Goes Dutch 5). I was slightly apprehensive about suggesting we go to Madurodam. Madurodam is a miniature city, with a bit of a difference. It’s not one actual city, but features the most famous landmarks from all the cities in Holland, and...


  • BIF goes Dutch 4

    Blog in France Goes Dutch: Part 4 - The Hague Saturday saw Caiti and me in the centre of The Hague to do some more sightseeing. We’d started the day with a quick raid on a branch of Albert Heijn’s close to home to top up with a few healthy...