A local correspondent cannot play truant on the morning of the first day of school, that would be a heavy professional fault. For this village, the traditional "first day at school" photograph was essential, as next year, the pupils will have a new school, pure concrete. Bye to "multiple levels classrooms", toilets in the courtyard, squeaky boardfloors. I learnt how to read and write in this school. I wheeled and dealed to have my niece sit in the front-row, when everyone sat dutifully for the photograph.... [Lire la suite]
France-Telecom is bulldozing the public telephone booths in rural areas. After all, everyone owns a mobile now. I've seen this ancient telephone box in a mountain village. The box, hamered on the wall of the tiny post-office, contained one telephone for emergency calls, when calling during the night was for national disasters and personal catastrophies only. You know the style : "Break the glass pane in case of emergency". Good of them to have preserved it.