Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Christmas Day . Late afternoon. The bell at the front gate rings. It's the gutter repairman in his little white Peugeot van. '' Bonjour M'Ongoose. I knew you'd be at home ". He was stopping by to let us know he'd almost certainly be cleaning out the gutters the first week in January. '' First week, maybe the second " . ' What an unexpected Christmas present ' says ' the font ' .
In a neighbouring village the fountain in the square decorated with lights, most of them flashing festively away under the water. The whole thing powered by an electrical cable taped to the pavement. The wire starts in the town hall, then traces its way across the Place de la Revolution before coming to a halt in a junction box by the fountain. Wires disappear into the water. Water and electricity. How unexpected. Health and safety France profonde style.