After a terrifying white-knuckle drive along extremely narrow mountain roads with precipitous drops at the side and no barriers to stop you plunging to your doom (how can such roads even be legal in France?), we made it to the charming village of Collobrieres. The locals often tackle these roads at wholly inappropriate speeds, which explains the number of wrecked cars that litter the hillsides. Twenty-five years ago, BeerLeg, Dawkeye and myself let Onepotscreamer drive us along these very roads every day when we stayed in Collobrieres for a fortnight. What on earth were we thinking?
I am at present checking out the fleshpots of the French Riviera. It’s been alright so far.
The Bishop of Leicester will doubtless breathe a sigh of relief when he discovers that I have moved from being neutral about the design of the Richard III tomb (above) to now being a cautious supporter of the plan. It is claimed that the tomb will be strategically situated near a window, which will cause an impressive natural illumination in the deep incisions. It’s better than the design put forward by the Richard III Society, a design that looks like a Victorian-era pastiche of a Medieval tomb. That plan would certainly have been rejected by the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) so Leicester Cathedral was right to say “thanks, but no thanks” to the Richard III Society:
It’s also a considerable improvement on the Cathedral’s original design (rightly rejected by the CFCE), which featured a garishly over-sized White Rose as a base:
I’ll support the present design as it’s an improvement on both of these, although I’d have preferred a simple and tasteful ledger stone, similar to the memorial stone that’s been in Leicester Cathedral since 1982:
Mark E. Smith sat on a wall…
Mark E. Smith sat on a wall
Mark E. Smith started The Fall
All the King’s horses
And all the King’s men
Have probably been members
I thought this entry, by one Mark McCarthy, was the best of the ‘rock and roll nursery rhymes’ that listeners were asked to contribute during Friday’s Radcliffe and Maconie on BBC 6Music.
We went down to London today. We looked at some ‘challenging’ architecture in Southwark, checked out the Soviet propaganda posters at the Tate Modern and met a delightful young American couple. A thoroughly pleasant day out.