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@Steve Angus, sorry your new year didn’t get off to a better start. I had my appendix out in my early 20s, after a decade of occasional flare ups. I’d recommend it, if it’s free and you’ve not got much else on. One less redundant bit to go wrong at an inconvenient time. My surgeon popped in the day after my op, my appendix in a jar, asking if I’d like to keep it. Shocked

Glad you’re recovered and back to better grub. That hospital must be spending more on packaging than food. Looked grim but would’ve probably cost €35 on the mountain.

Lovely pic of the petit flocons, or whatever ESF call them these days, and well done to Ben. Hope you get some positive news soon about winter sports resuming.
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@Steve Angus, Really sorry to hear about your problems. It seems, apart from the food, you were well looked after.

We had a bad experience with Grenoble Children's hospital with my son. He felt ill one evening. We decided it was probably his appendix. Visit to the doctor who agreed and sent him for an echo at the local test center. There I could see the swollen appendix on the screen and the doctor doing the echo printed off the screenshots and she phoned the hospital and spoke to the Chef de Service to ask for an immediate emergency admission. I was to go straight to the hospital where they would be expecting us.

We arrived at the hospital at 10h30 where I met my wife who took him in, I returned home to fetch clothes and stuff and was back about 1pm. He was still waiting for a second echo and the internes started around 1.30pm, I showed them the photos I had which illustrated the problem but they were clearly having difficulties with their machine and it was pretty frustrating as my son was worse and worse. They wanted to discharge him and claimed it was something he ate "maybe zee fish and cheeps m'sieur don't agree with your son?". Finally a bit after 2pm the boss arrived back from lunch, showed the internes they were using the machine wrong and saw the problem. He was immediately rushed to surgery and what should have been an overnight stay lasted over a week as he had drips and stuff attached. The treatment post-op was excellent. Very good arab doctor looked after my son.

Anyway this isn't about us but you but I was not impressed for something so routine.
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@PeakyB, Very good!

Interesting bloke, and very much not in the mould of French politicians, not being an Enarque. Indeed one of the grandees was heard to say "a ski instructor" after he took up post as European commisioner. He just about single handedly persuaded French and onternational Olympic officials that Albertville was the place for the 92 Olympics. I believe he was also involved in the negotiations when Tignes nearly went 'bankrupt in the late 70s/early 80s.

Davidof (IIRC) related a story regarding him and ESF but I can't find it!


I don't remember now. I did take a look.

Michel Barnier used to be called "le cretin des alpes" on account of his supposed lack of academic achievement. However he went to le Parc Lycee in Lyon which is one of the top high schools then the Supdeco Paris. Again the top elite business school. Somehow in all that he managed to avoid learning English, an achievement in itself and had to do a crash course when he took over his Brexit role.

Being an Enarque isn't a sine qua non for a French politician and I would say Barnier is very much in the mould. He's spent his whole life in politics, with the typical route of working as a spad, building a local political fiefdom, immersing himself in party politics and occupying a range of ministerial posts including foreign secretary. All without leaving a mark, until he took over the Brexit portfolio. You would have trouble finding a French person outside of the Savoie who had heard of him.

With the Brexit role his job was simply to relay what the EU.27 had decided and he did that job very well. Whether it was the ideal way to negotiate but with 27 "bosses" with different ideas it was never going to be easy.

The idea was he would finalize the deal in 2018 with May then take over the role of EU president instead of von de Leyen, so on a personal level Brexit has a certain bitter taste for him. It would have been the crowning achievement for a political bag man.
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[quote="Steve Angus"] I spent a few days in Bourg hospital once after breaking my collar bone on my MTB. The medical care was excellent, but the food was the worst I have ever experienced in France. I was in a two-person ward, the other occupant being a manager from Paris. His wife visited him daily bringing delicious little snacks, and very kindly once she realised how appalling the food was she brought me a few snacks as well.
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Iski - thanks. It was awful. To be honest its a little limiting even being at home - loving my omelettes though!
johnE - again thanks. But as someone else says - that sounds like quite a story!!!! Yea I liked the peace and quiet of my own room!
Subseaeng / Jehu / endoman and CaurnieBred - it was... thanks for your wishes!
PeakyB - we will see what doc says next week as it might still need to come out? A picked Appendix - very tasty! Yes there was LOTS of packaging. I just dont get it - its France who pride themselves on food and surely at least making school diners quality of food and above would not be too much to ask surely! As far as news is concerned - still nothing really to report for another month or so yet!
davidof - that doesn't sound like a great experience either! When the doc whipped my pants down on his round to check for a hernia I dont think the junior trainee nurse knew where to look!!!!!!! Fascinating re Barnier - didnt know all that - thanks!
john2 - silver linings and all that there!!!! If I wasnt on such a restricted diet id have been ordering in delivery pizza's I can assure you of that!!!!

So cold

It was -21 this am.... if there was anything to be grateful for in these bitterly cold conditions that is that I dont have to head out to ski in temps like that!!!! But like yesterday it was another chilled day at home. Kids on bus, few odd jobs at home but trying to get my gear back into work mode and not just lounging about the house all the time. Im trying to work out the schedule for teaching next week too and finding out what I need to teach and when. Little by little!

However since I am supposed to be taking things easy I was trying to keep myself occupied in hospital (until the phone froze as I say) so I ended up binge watching a few things... one of the things I have really gotten in is The Serpent on the BBC... I should finish the last episode on iPlayer after this - can't wait. Few others I'm trying to get into over on Netflix too.... so many options!

Anyway I thought the following photo was interesting.... mainly for what it doesn't show... namely skiers... look how quiet it looks on all the lifts, nursery slope areas and Sunbar area etc... scary!



Tomorrow should be an interesting day.... plenty on thats for sure... Olivia has snowboarding with Club d S in the am and at the same time we are going to take Ben skiing... following that Olivia is skiing in the afternoon again with club... so basically there will be lots of shuttling about and logistics but I suppose with kids that is life! Haha!

TTFN
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Not quite so cold - and an unintentional outdoor social

With the weekend brings plenty of time with the kids naturally so yesterday was supposed to be a long drawn out day of logistics; Olivia to cds for the am and skiing the pm and Ben some skiing too. However whilst the Olivia side of things worked out very well it was very cold and Ben lasted exactly 5 mins so all the plans to see other of his little friends on the slopes fell apart unfortunately! Doh. He managed one slide on the sledge and one slide on the skis before we headed home! Doh! But anyway he was a little tired from school anyway so it probably wasnt the end of the world! It was a nice day non the less! Bravo!

Today the temps were a little warmer thankfully and will slowly rise this week. Anyway we had a lazy morning at home and then this afternoon we went to do what is the only thing really on offer family wise on a Sunday afternoon. Before I tell you what it is...... for the locals in these parts the usual activity on a Sunday am is for a couple hours at the swimming pool or skiing basically... as family activities on Sunday am's. Those are the Winter time classic and usual activities! Anyway these are not normal times. So the ice rink (and for reasons only known to them!) are ONLY open on Sunday afternoons at the moment for 3 hours... everyone you speak to seems to think its a bonkers decision! So as you can imagine... EVERYONE under the 'local' sun was on site... well anyone who has a family thats for sure! It was very busy there. We arrived just as it opened at 1430. We made a tactical decision en-famille and ordered family skates.... that alone halves the cost of a slide about... and by buying a family multi-pass thing today it means we can hopefully and basically get a whole season of family skating including the cost of the skates (Ben and Olivia will new skates next year of course as their feet (hopefully) grow)) for circa €100 which I think all in is a very good investment and gets us doing something all together!

Anyway bearing in mind its about the only activity in town and there are really only locals about - those that had kids went to the ice rink this afternoon! The kids went bonkers and the parents did their best to keep control, stay socially distanced etc etc. It sort of helped / and made matters worse in equal measures that there a kids birthday party - one of Bens school pals... so as you can imagine EVERYONE was there. Anyway before the kids had a melt down due to fatigue we go out of there but nevertheless we all had a good time.

I got home and managed to put Eurosport on having recorded the 2nd run of the Adelboden SL and WOW what an awesome race and so chuffed for Dave R. What made it even better is that Olivia is starting to 'get' it and was cheering him on... when her (sort of) school Alumni and certainly from her (now) Club des Sport hero came on, Clement Noel she cheered for him too.... so glad with not only the result but also that she enjoyed the ski race.... unfortunately she was well tucked up in bed before Ski Sunday came on so she will have to get into that next year!!! HA Ha!

Anyway folks tomorrow I am taking a little tour with Clare and a friend of ours who is also a client as they live in Luxembourg and down to the holiday home so it will be nice to take a walk thats for sure!

TTFN


Sibling love!!!

It got busier and busier and busier after this was taken!
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@Steve Angus,
Is the ice rink in Tignes le Lac open for the family to use?
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@Steve Angus, glad you enjoyed watching Dave Ryding’s excellent performance together.

Doesn’t seem long since you posted that photo with him in the finishing area at Val D’Isere...but obviously that must be over a year ago!

Can understand cheering on your local French guy, but think you’ll have to curb that when the Winter Olympics come around eh? wink
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Kenzie wrote:
@Steve Angus,
Is the ice rink in Tignes le Lac open for the family to use?


Not sure tbh... but the Val one is only open once a week so I doubt its open that much but sure it will be open - no reason why not.
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PeakyB wrote:
@Steve Angus, glad you enjoyed watching Dave Ryding’s excellent performance together.

Doesn’t seem long since you posted that photo with him in the finishing area at Val D’Isere...but obviously that must be over a year ago!

Can understand cheering on your local French guy, but think you’ll have to curb that when the Winter Olympics come around eh? wink


Sure did..... yes it was a couple years ago I think! AFA the Olympics is concerned - only union jacks allowed in the house so shouldn't be an issue!!!!
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Well what a couple of busy days it has been.

Yesterday was a busy one... food shopping down the valley, trip to get the all ok from the hospital doc and a whistle stop trip to Decathalon to pick a few bits up... of course then when you get home you have to put the shopping all away... so it was a busy one thats for sure!

Today I had a very early start as had to leave at 0700 to get over to Tignes to start my teaching day at Apex.... and what a long day it has been - 8 lessons.... I'm am somewhat tired now thats for sure.

Meanwhile on the weather front it has been one thing for a few days now - snow and more snow. It has been joined by some wind too... the avalanche risk is a high 4 out there at the moment and since they have now been able to really get out there and make the mountains safe to any real extend they are going to do a large heli PIDA tomorrow morning! I am teaching from late morning onwards therefore hopefully any temporary road closures will be sorted by then - hmmm we shall see.

The latest update from the French government really doesn't affect us too much but as ever it is wait and see. Hmmmmm.

Anyway not much else to report....


Its a snowy scene out there

P.S. The improvements to the tunnel under the pistes over the Summer had their last hurdle cleared yesterday when they had to do a dummy fire evacuation of a bus under the tunnel pretending it was on fire... looks like a fun activity to be part of.... luckily whatever boxes that needed ticking were dulled ticked so the health certificate has been granted!



TTFN
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It never rains...

Well I could be saying "it never snows it dumps" instead, but thats not what I mean but anyway! So the last few days have seen snow and more snow and some wind accompanying it too. In fact we have hardly seen any sun apart from yesterday which was good timing as Olivia had snowboarding with club in the morning and skiing in the afternoon and Clare was also able to take Ben over to Tignes for a ski (for some reason magic carpets still are deemed as not being 'ski lifts' so they have been opening the magic carpets wherever they occur. Unfortunately in Val the only ones are atop the solaise and getting there would be rather tough work with a little one or two in tow!

Anyway indeed the snowfall meant a million and one people went ski touring and it got crazy out there after so many days without ski touring options for people. Indeed in the Savoie there were 4 incidents of people being buried in slides.... one in the Vallon du Sache over in Tignes was fatal unfortunately! There is now talk that any mountain activities will be banned as places are being taken up in casualties in the area with not only avalanche injuries etc but also with a few people hurting themselves. Indeed I only looked across the road from our front window a couple of days ago and saw some people who could obviously walk up the mountain OK but really could not ski at all - they were sliding down on the back bottom carrying their kit - unbelievable!

So after the crazy timetable of yesterday today was a more relaxed affair... some sledging over the road in the morning (back in a blizzard again!) and then family movie time and again some igloo building (the kids are obsessed) outside in the afternoon.... it has been a nice day!

Work wise I had 2 really busy days over at Apex teaching and am now gearing up for more this week and also my first pastoral care duty tomorrow evening - its go, go, go!

We also have a major announcement from Macron this Wednesday (we think) when we will find out if there is any news about the next step and whether ski lifts may get an opening date. Given that there is no further update on Italy until mid February and a likely opening in March and Austria in a similar fashion things are not looking that promising! Cases are not coming down in France and in these parts they are worse than average for France so I dont think things are going to open!

On the personal front I got a call from my mothers care home to say that she is not in the best of health..... I really think it is a 'just in case' scenario but they want to talk about End of Life planning. She is on antibiotics (today is her 83rd birthday so happy birthday mum) and OK but it is another level of stress! Just the logistics to get to her bedside if I got 'the call' would be a mission.... test here before leaving, test to release in the UK, another test to leave the UK afterwards to get back here to quarantine again.... lots of quarantine time and testing. Of course it could be too little too late or too premature if such a call came. Ah more stress. I think in reality the care home are just covering their own backs.... I hope. It would be a complete nightmare on so many fronts if I did have to go home now.... arghhhh!

Anyway folks thats about it for today.... I snapped the photo below and it gives you a flavour of how wintry it is out there at present but also eerily (sadly) quiet!



TTFN
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@Steve Angus, tough and stressful times indeed Sad Hoping for life to improve for you all soon. Here I think we can see light at the end of this long dark tunnel through mass vaccination. I'm anticipating hearing a lot about that in coming months, as MrsPeakyB is directly involved. I hope the programme in France isn't slowed down too much by what I've read about as a significant culture of resistance to vaccination.
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PeakyB wrote:
@Steve Angus, tough and stressful times indeed Sad Hoping for life to improve for you all soon. Here I think we can see light at the end of this long dark tunnel through mass vaccination. I'm anticipating hearing a lot about that in coming months, as MrsPeakyB is directly involved. I hope the programme in France isn't slowed down too much by what I've read about as a significant culture of resistance to vaccination.


Thanks... yes I think that is the only way out. In France we can but hope that enough people pull their finger out! Time will tell on all the fronts!!!!
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Tough times. I feel for all the instructors we know who are stuck in similar positions. Fingers crossed it all works out.

But... Enough doom and gloom; Time to cheer us up with that video if Olivia you posted on twitter.
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adithorp wrote:
Tough times. I feel for all the instructors we know who are stuck in similar positions. Fingers crossed it all works out.

But... Enough doom and gloom; Time to cheer us up with that video if Olivia you posted on twitter.


I agree. Olivia on Arcelle please.
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adithorp - haha thanks. Yes I posted that over a year ago I think it was now! Wish she could get up skiing again properly now (so do we all!)
Jehu - maybe ill try and get some video of her ski racing at some point (well training with the club anyway!).
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