Friday, March 25, 2016

Travel Time

Heading off to Carassonne airport. Will be in York by this evening to prepare ourselves for the Magnificent Ms eldest daughters wedding on Thursday. Hopefully the infection in my jaw which makes me look like a hamster will be sorted by photos at the wedding! Back in France on April 4th with my mummy in tow.

There will be posts in the meantime because I'll have the time and no doubt much to tell.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Beware the Ides of March

I studied Latin at school. When I say I studied Latin, what I mean is that I was sat in a classroom wondering what the hell they were on about whilst others were actually sat there studying it. Unfortunately on the day I had to decide which subjects to choose for O'Levels I decided to give up Music, the only subject I was ever really likely to do well in, for Latin, on the whim that that particular day I decided I was going to be a dentist and Latin might be useful.

I remember only a few things. I can decline the verb Amo, to love. amo amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant along with two other tenses, amabo and amabam, but I don't know what tenses they are. Still, it's something. The other thing I know is that the Ides of each month are the middle days and that includes the 15th. Including March which was one of the ten months they bothered with. Including the year 44bc. And that was the day, 2060 years ago today, that Julius Caeser should perhaps have taken a bit more notice as to what was going on.

Perhaps between 1970 and 1973 I should have been taking a bit more notice of what was going on in class.