Airlines call the period between August 2nd and August the 16th the ' golden nugget '. The peak travel season when their flights are full and prices, and profits, are at their highest. Here in deepest France profonde our 'golden nugget' season has suddenly drawn to an end. The tourists gone and parking spaces once again available in the market square and on the High Street. If the 'buzz' at the cafe under the arcades is anything to go by it would seem that he beer and absinthe set are happy to have the bar to themselves.
This morning the local paper has a less than reassuring story that the nuclear power plant down by the river can't operate if the temperature of the river water gets to 30 degrees. It's currently 26.9 , and rising. A temperature that the original planners thought would never be recorded. What's the likelihood of all that happening in one year ? Not so much climate change as climate psychosis.
i-pad users may, or may not, find this ' cool '. ( Sound kicks in around 22 sec mark - the noise of the hammer hitting the screen is almost as excruciating as the speed at which he types).