Many thanks to all those who have come this way for the first time in recent days.
Sod's law has been observed and the sharp increase in traffic coincides with a lull in postings caused by my move from France to London, in turn to be followed by a move to the Middle East.
Please bear with me. There is actually quite a lot to read on the site, most of it relatively timeless, so I hope newcomers will find at least something to interest them. Normal sevrice will be restored once I have got cartons unpacked, football games watched and internet access sorted.