We go to the local train station to collect a visiting Texan. In the forecourt by the ticket counter a group of people standing around a piano, singing. The piano has been installed by SNCF, the railway company, to help waiting travellers pass the time. In Scotland a station piano would last all of ten minutes before it was vandalized. When the train arrives the revellers abruptly stop, gather their bags and rush laughing onto the platform. Some turn right to First Class, others left. They're not, as we thought, a group travelling together. Just strangers united by song.
The daily 'special' in the station buffet is Cotes de Veau a la Sauge et aux Petits Pois. Something you'd be unlikely to find on the menu at the station in Dundee.
Sophie continues her course of antibiotics. She still limps. She does so with studied theatrically when she sees us looking at her. Less so, if at all, when she thinks she's not being observed. At dinner time she sprints to her kibbles.
This story appeared in the weekend newspaper http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/19/uk-tourists-say-they-were-deported-from-china-after-watching-genghis-khan-film
I Googled Genghis Kahn and came across this wonderful 1979 German Eurovision classic . Presumably the retired tourists weren't arrested for watching it -