• Dog Butt Fruit

    OK, what fruit is being described in this eighteenth-century snippet: “A fruit, vulgarly called an open arse; of which it is more truly than delicately said, that it is never ripe till it is as rotten as a turd, and then it is not worth a fart.” If it’s any...


  • Wool Week and Giveaway!

    I’ve discovered rather late in the day that it’s wool week. It will end on 11th September, so I’m only getting in on the act with 48 hours to go. Prince Charles has been instrumental in getting Wool Week underway. He began a campaign for wool in January 2010, to...


  • Limoges Revisited

    I was back in Limoges again on Thursday for the second of Benj’s freshers’ week lectures. As I mentioned here, these have started before the students can get into their accommodation, meaning a lot of parents are having to do a lot of running around. It only seemed like yesterday...


  • Great Fire of Limoges

    I was in Limoges this morning. Benj had the first of his Freshers’ lectures which the University, UniLim as it calls itself, has thoughtfully started before the vast majority of the kids have access to their accommodation. Makes life a bit complicated. Anyway, we set off at 6.30 am this...


  • Profs and Plastic

    What is it about French teachers (professeurs or profs) and plastic? They’re obsessed with the stuff. I’m obviously  not going to get on with Ruadhri’s new teacher. On the list of fournitures that he brought home last night – and which really should have been sent out to parents during...