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  1. Talking of Vesta la Giubbia, have you heard the one about: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, "Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. Says, "But doctor...I am Pagliacci.”
  2. Excellent news, nonna!
  3. All pharmacies, hospitals and police premises in France have a mushroom identification poster on display.
  4. I will eat (or at least try) most things - provided that I know they are edible and I have seen someone else eat them with enjoyment and without ill effect. I do draw the line at rat, though and I did try fox once but it reminded me too much of my dogs so that was a no-no. Living in the wilds (as I do) there is plenty of opportunity sample lots of oddities, especially mushrooms and wild game and when I was able to walk, I would go on field trips with the locals and we would cook our catch, whatever was edible that trip Most likely not on that same day - as is known, lots (most) of meat requires a period of hanging before it is remotely edible. Because of that, we normally made sure that as well as guns, a few fishing rods went with us. Alpine rivers and streams provied some of the most delicious fish
  5. Staff at the company I worked for here used to (probably still do) organise coach trips to Spain to buy wine. There were about ten people on the trip on a coach large enough to seat at least sixty. It would go out to Spain on Friday evening almost empty and return Sunday with almost no space to even breathe. This practise was (is) hugely frowned upon by the border patrols but, being EU, there was nothing they could do about it. I'm not much of a drinker but I must say that Spanish wine now is infinitely better than the old Hirondelle that use to be shoved at us at 60s parties.
  6. katyjay, it was a sort of comics connection that made me name my dogs Gnasher and Growler. Any dog breed less fitting to the name is difficult to imagine! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norfolk_Terrier
  7. Lizzie, sorry to learn about your loss. I know exactly what it's like - it's just over a year since I lost my dog, Growler and it seems that my second dog, Gnasher, will not be with us much longer. She has never recovered from the loss of her friend and companion and has become very "clinging" to us, seeming to want constant reassurance although there is little sign of physical illness.
  8. You can't take it with you.
  9. When I first came to France I was warned never to go anywhere without plenty of toilet paper. My first experience ever of a French public toilet was at Nice airport. It was staffed by numerous Gorgonian women each with their tray of small change in which you were supposed to donate an appropriate amount of money in exchange for (like Italy) the two sheets (small size) of what they termed papier hygenique but which would be just as suitable as sandpaper (Izal had nothing on that). Suddenly, I didn't need to go any longer. I should point out that it's not like that now and, apart from remote areas, all hygiene facilities are up to the best standards. Campsites can be a bit iffy (and whiffy) and a very useful bit of equipment to take camping is a small spade to dig your own latrine. I was reading the other day, though, that the "crouch over the hole in the ground" type of wasted disposal is probably the best posture for easy passage of solid waste.
  10. I seem to remember that there were several Derbyshire villages (in the Peaks, I think) known for Derbyshire neck which was a manifesation of cretinism and shown with goitres as well as low intellect. All due to iodine deficiency. I also remember that you could buy iodised salt for household use to help prevent iodine deficiencies. Cerebos was one brand.
  11. We've been having very strange weather here - storms with some of the most spectacular lightning I've ever seen (previously, Venice held the lightning record for me) then hail with golf ball size pieces, then heat and heat and heat (I have no problems with that per se but the humidity was almost unbearable). Back to being what it should be now - balmy with gentle breezes, remnants of violent winds originating in Africa.
  12. As an ex-Gerardian, it does look like Gerard's in the background.
  13. The massacre of innocents causes much discontent amongst the crminal fraternity. I doubt he will have a happy time incarcerated - he certainly wouldn't in a French prison.
  14. Best wishes BK. Just thinking, there's a lot of bits of metal rattling around inside of us Nottstalgians