Friday, October 5, 2012
A difference between France and Scotland.
The dishwasher in the upstairs kitchen has some sort of breakdown. It trips the fuzes fifteen times in as many minutes. The electrician comes ( remarkably promptly ) to look at it. He takes the offending machine away with him in the back of his van. The morose lads , Gitanes stuck to their lower lips, carry it down the terrace stairs in silence. '' I'll call you with a quote , that's if I can fix it " the electrician says cheerfully if not altogether reassuringly.
Off to the supermarket to look at replacement dishwashers. €349 doesn't seem too bad. €449 if you have a stainless steel front. Apart from the difference in price and a choice of door colour they all seem to be identical. Angus asks the young man in the white goods sector if he delivers . ' Don't ask me mate , I'm new here ' . Angus asks if there is anyone else he could ask. The young man wanders away never to return.
An inexplicable difference between living in Scotland and living in France. In Britain supermarkets put on extra checkout staff to help with the lunchtime rush. In France the majority of tellers close up at noon and return again at the end of a leisurely lunch hour. To coin an old American phrase : Go figure.