Chris Slade describes the son et lumiere presentation at the abbey of Bon Repos called "Le Pays de Conomor" in Brittany, which takes place during the first two weeks of August.
We were married on May the 8th. In France this is a bank holiday to celebrate the end of WW2, so I have no excuse to forget.
12 of us played in the fanfare this year – which was ironic as Lannion only had 9. It’s going into decline rapidly since I quit in February, another sax player left and joined me at Perros, and the guys do nothing but moan about the new band conductor.
We had our annual visit to the accountant this week, and were surprised as the old boss has retired and we had a meeting with 2 women. I was feeling a bit chauvinist, but I think they did a better job than the previous guy and were more helpful. In general France isn’t a very sympathetic place to do business – we all pay too much in social charges and the change of president will do little to alter things. I think the public gave the correct result, as Sarkozy was deeply unpopular and surprising for a politician unable to hide his nasty side. Still, I think Hollande’s presidency should speed up the inevitable euro crisis as the current policy of austerity is destabilizing all the “Med ” countries, and its a nonsense to pretend to have one policy for all the euro countries when they don’t have the same cultural attitude to work and Germany is unwilling (normal) to redistribute its wealth.
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