Sunday, 14 July 2013

Bastille Day

Today the French (and Francophiles) around the world will be celebrating 'La fete nationale', the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in the early months of the French Revolution. A symbolic reminder that government is not about the whims of those who find themselves in power - but about all the individuals who make up the people of a nation.

There will be celebrations in London today (I'm heading down there shortly). In the Borough Market a host of events - fun; games; music & food - and an evening party lie ahead. If you can make it details of location and events can be found at


The day kicks off at noon - and the programme can be found here.

In France itself, the Bastille Day parade is already underway - TV5 are broadcasting it live. I just popped into our lounge to see President Hollande waving in the sunshine.

The Tour de France continues. There has been some excellent coverage on ITV4 - I just love watching the race - lots of cycling excitement plus some beautiful countryside. Le Monde also has good updates through its website. I'm glad to see that Ian Stannard continues his ride and is helping keep Chris Froome in the yellow jersey. Ian moved to Milton Keynes and took to competitive racing at the Milton Keynes Bowl (which is very close to where I live - just across the Roman Watling Street (V4 to the locals).

Well, I'm off to catch the train  to London. Have a great Bastille Day!