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A brief report on the Carcassonne Meet

by Lupin Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 05:03:31 AM EST

Unfortunately, no one thought of bringing a camera, so no photos.

From our virtual community, we had the ever indomitable Afew and Helen, as well as Colman and Mrs Colman, in addition to the undersigned and the Mrs, that's 6 people.

Then, from the possumworld community, we had 5-element, Ishtar, her husband, her son and her father, so that was  5 people.

Then, we had one British couple from the area, and one American couple who recently moved in. So that was 15 people in total.

The Brasserie of the Hotel Terminus has reasonably good food at reasonable prices, with a somewhat lackdaisical, unhurried service, which means that we're free to squat and chat without feeling rushed or pressured to order.

Afew expanded on his ground-breaking theory on why cassoulet's world capital Castelnaudary is the only major city in the area to vote right-wing: "it's in the beans."

As a fan of Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES and active third-degree petomane, I'm always happy to stand behind (very far behind) any theory that explains the right-wing mindset as byproduct of flatulence.

Our next Meetup is tentatively scheduled for Saturday September 22.


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But what about the influence of cassoulet on Local Warming...

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 05:11:52 AM EST
Remember the classics: Beanz meanz fartz by Sven Triloqvist on April 26th, 2006

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 05:19:59 AM EST
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The strange thing is the weather in this part of France is not so very hot this summer.

But this is surely the invisible hand of the market at work: temperature rises, demand for beans goes down, causing temperatures to fall again.

Signed: Vaclav Klaus.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 05:29:40 AM EST
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I presume you speak as somebody who is almost a native by now. It was plenty warm and sticky for this little anglo.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 25th, 2007 at 03:30:09 PM EST
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June last year was heatwave time. Last Saturday was one of the few warm days for some time - and we're really down to cold now, with more bad weather to come.

But the really bad stuff seems to be hitting further north...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jun 25th, 2007 at 05:37:12 PM EST
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Beans theory was, during this lunch, expanded (if that's the word) to take in Tarbes and Mexico.

Colman and Sam were unfortunately at the other end of the table and missed out on the real intellectual action.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 06:11:28 AM EST
Covering Quality as well as Quantity, therefore...

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 07:56:37 AM EST
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"Beans beans the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot."
One of the things my son learn during our six years in the United States...
by Bernard on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 11:21:19 AM EST
And Euros maintain the US lacks a High Cultural Tradition ...

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 04:12:14 PM EST
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I know. We should be ashamed of ourselves.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 04:23:12 PM EST
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Apart from the beans, this was a fine meet-up. After a nice lunch with a cross-blog mix, ETers Helen, Colman, Sam, and I found ourselves constrained to sit beneath a parasol on the main square in Carcassonne's old town (not the cité), and consume cooling drinks while setting the world to rights. Such is life.

Many thanks, M et Madame Lupin, for organising the lunch meeting, and to everyone who came along!

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 01:36:31 PM EST
What's wrong with cassoulet?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 01:41:41 PM EST
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"Apart from the beans" didn't mean we had cassoulet. With which I see nothing wrong. But, discussing it with Lupin, we agreed that the colder the weather, the better cassoulet goes down.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jun 24th, 2007 at 03:42:54 PM EST
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An indispensable site for those who wish to explore the subject further:

Academie du Cassoulet.

They take their cassoulet very seriously in the region.

by Lupin on Mon Jun 25th, 2007 at 02:54:14 AM EST
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Nothing is wrong with Casoullet. It's just that I've never had a good one on Carcassonne. So far I still think I make a better one than any I've had in France.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 25th, 2007 at 03:28:21 PM EST
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I'm just relieved to find you got home eventually. Maybe SNCF is different, but when BR (or whichever parasitical organisation is masquerading) theaten you with a bus journey, you know that long and hard times are ahead with arrival times shifted onto Hawaiian time.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 25th, 2007 at 03:26:31 PM EST
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Got back at ten-thirty. The bus was held back to wait for  a train that was late. But what I don't like about the bus is it's half-dark (after ten down here) and you can't really read, while trains are properly lit.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jun 25th, 2007 at 05:42:10 PM EST
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Unfortunately, no one thought of bringing a camera, so no photos.

Your lack of faith disturbs me:

The intellectual level may have been high, but working out  the bill provided an almost insurmountable challenge ...

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 25th, 2007 at 04:19:54 AM EST


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