...and prompted by Kaz, there is a town in France called Condom. It appears to have a nice Cathedral (see above). It is on the River Baise. Spookily, Baiser is French for - um - doing it. The French for condom, however, is preservatif - which sounds like jam or somesuch.
It's amazing what I'll do to avoid finishing this poxy written advice...
Changing topic, I don't know what I think of this story. A man named Robert Fidler lives on a farm in Surrey. He has built a mock Tudor style castle on his land (see below). I think it's rather nice. Additionally, it cost him £50,000 to build which is a tiny fraction of what a comparable house would cost to buy in leafy Surrey.
The catch? He didn't have planning permission. Now I know nothing about planning law save that planning enquiries happen in odd little places, that counsel can wear light coloured suits at them and it is a good idea to have a pair of wellies for site visits. Oh - and that it is not the least lucrative area of law. Doubleoh - and that the view that planning regulation and enforcement is a touch heavy handed is widely held. To say the least.
Mr Fidler argued that the bales and tarpaulin he hid the castle type dwelling behind were not part of the structure of the house (this apparently matters - the counter argument which succeeded in court was that the house was not completed until the bales and tarpaulins were removed and further therefore he could not rely on the argument that the building had been there for over four years without objection and was thus okay planningwise - I think it goes like this anyway). I probably end up on Mr Fidler's side despite the fact that it could be objected 'why does he think the rules don't apply to him?' It's a nice building, it was hugely cheaper than it would otherwise have been and how can it said to detract from anything. I also like his anarchist, two fingers raised attitude. He's appealing the decision. More power to his elbow!
Oh and something for the weekend. Beaker's rendition of Ode To Joy. Very tasteful, I'm sure you'll agree.