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March 29, 2009

Well, spring has certainly taken me by surprise. I left home in good time for my Ryanair flight back to London this morning, while Luis, after stopping to buy pains au chocolats drove me to Poitiers airport like the proverbial bat out of hell. I'll even have time to grab a quick coffee in the bar upstairs, I thought to myself.

As we approached the airport, I spotted the Ryanair jet on the runway. 'That's a little odd,' I said. 'The plane is normally facing the opposite direction.'

This I subsequently discovered was because it was fully boarded and about to take off.

'C'est trop tard, madame', said the customs man as I tried to sail through the small gate.

I thought he was having a little joke with me until the roar of the planes engines confirmed that he was in fact telling the truth. Oh la vache!, as they say here. Yes, I forgot - or rather, didn't realise - that the clocks went forward last night.

comments (6)

1. Posted by pierre l on March 29, 2009 11:55 AM

Oh dear! I hope there was a later flight, so Biff doesn't get too lonesome.
I notice, after all the discussions about Miss/Mrs/Ms that an adult woman in France is "Madame", whether she is married or not.


2. Posted by mimi pompom on March 29, 2009 1:53 PM

HI Pierre,

fortunately there is a flight tomorrow - there is only one flight a day from Poitiers. Yes, I don't much love being a Madame! It used to be Mademoiselle until a few years ago but I guess also it's a respect thing - people would rather assume you are married than not!

Mimi


3. Posted by Eagle_Wings on March 29, 2009 10:00 PM

Nothing like living in the moment, literally....love it! :-)


4. Posted by Malandra Mayhem on March 30, 2009 1:12 PM

Ha ha ha ha....I think an excuse to spend one more night in the arms of Luis.....


5. Posted by mimi pompom on March 30, 2009 1:22 PM

Dear Malandra,

you are not the only person to think that. But I promise you, I really didn't do it deliberately.

Mimi x


6. Posted by judith j on April 8, 2009 10:47 AM

you won' be the first to be caught out by the clocks going back and I'm sure you won't be the last.


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