Wednesday, November 07, 2007

We don't do poppies . . .

We do bleuets.

11th November. Armistice Day. It's done a bit differently in France.
First, November 11th is a public holiday. And it should be in the UK too.
Second, no poppies. Or at least not in this region. I don't know why. The french know all about poppies and Flanders field and all that, but instead of getting a poppy for donations to veterans organistions, you get this little blue flower.
The mob that organises it is ONAC Office National des Anciens Combattants et Victimes de guerre.
And the bluets are only collected for on Armistice Day and May 8th - VE Day. No weeks of seeing politians and newsreaders with poppies in their buttonholes.



At 10:00 am, Anonymous stewarts smartarse bro said...

You just pin a small piece of cheese to your lapel, right?


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