Saturday, September 22, 2012
Judgement day, suede pitbulls and a cartoon.
Before we leave Toulouse a quick chance to see the tomb of St.Thomas Aquinas. The church around it a wonder of tracery and soaring columns. Today, thanks to the ministrations of the town planners, saint and church stand isolated and windswept in the middle of what appears to be a school playground. Come Judgement Day town planners , past and present, will have a lot to answer for.
Walking back to the car we pass a shop selling sewing machines . When was the last time you saw a shop selling, let alone repairing, sewing machines ? Very 1960's. Next door to it one of those art galleries with an exhibition of smiling suede pitbulls. Who would buy them ? Not us.
By the time the haughty bellman in the top hat retrieves the old VW from the hotel car park the town is beginning to fill up with riot police. Tall, unsmiling young men with shaved heads. Their blue overalls accessorised with batons, chemical sprays, handcuffs, and pistols. It seems someone has printed an offensive cartoon and the town is being locked down before Friday prayers. Time to head off into the countryside. Twenty first century life in France profonde.