I also feel that too many people resort to swearing... I want to promote the campaign for more picturesque speech.
Jenny - what's so terrible about swearing? Swear words are just that - words - I'm pretty sure there are many non-swear words that could cause offence. There are times when a good swear really does help!
Back from Lille - a lovely small city but not enough to do for four days! Didn't get round to the les3brasseurs as there were so many places to eat and drink on our doorstep. Had a few Maredsous blonde beers whch were good, not so keen on Pelforth but okay. There didn't seem to be a big choice of beers on tap but loads of bottled beers which I don't like to drink when I'm out as I can have those cheaper at home! But all in pretty good. I particularly like the culture there of being able to have a beer at times if you drank here would mark you out as likely to be an alcoholic!
As for vegetarian food - no, I still don't think there's much change! Still, I had plenty of good food to absorb the beer with!
Oh no - just found out I've been cheated - Maredsous is Belgian!! I wanted French beer!!!
Hi Muttley - I was getting very tight right glutes and hip flexor with pain down the thigh and, ahem, right "lad" pain. Thought I had just strained something to start with but found a tender area on my lower spine. I used a foam roller to massage out the back and all but the obvious (!) painful areas and after a few days it was much better and all gone after a couple of weeks. Obviously this may not work for you but a foam roller if you haven't got one already is a really useful bit of kit.
That's encouraging - our last visits were to Paris and she didn't starve but any questioning revealed a basic non-understanding of vegetarianism. Did go to a very good Lebanese restaurant and that was fine. I've been trying to cure her of the affliction with the wonderful aromas of bacon and roast chicken for years but she's not cracked yet!