Monday, November 19, 2018
Lynched by a mob.
At the roundabout a dozen gilet jaune protesters are blocking the road. They're letting one car through every three minutes. There's only two cars ahead of us but there must be at least eighty coming in the other direction. Office workers heading off to the Airbus factory in Toulouse. The line snakes back to the next roundabout. The protestors block the road by marching backwards and forwards across the zebra crossing very slowly. One man thinks it amusing to lie down and pretend to be asleep. A lady stands and smokes her e-cigarette while doing a little on the spot dance. Each driver is asked to roll down their window and sign a petition demanding lower fuel taxes before being allowed through. Angus replies in Swedish ( with matching Swedish chef accent ) and denies knowing a word of French, English or German. He ( and two vocal PONs ) get waved through in super quick time. One of the protesting women turns to her male colleague and says ' We've got a right idiot here '. She doesn't say 'idiot' but the rather less politically correct 'thicko'. I think of shouting out something in French as we drive off but think better of it. Being lynched by an angry French mob is not in todays schedule. The PONs go wild in the back.
This mornings croissant is small compensation for all the hassle . It gets a 6.8 / 10. Something about the dough that's more like loaf than croissant. The crust is super flaky rather than flaky which generates a small blizzard of crumbs. The PONs approve.
On our return home Bob gives 'The Font' a full and detailed run down on this mornings events.