I just went out to go to the bank and buy some bus tickets, but then realised I couldn't because it was 12.15...duh, lunchtime. But it wasn't a completely wasted journey as I got to see the 'procession' of the F.S.U, a civil servant union here, made up primarily of teachers and who are striking today. The group was proceeded by a police escort, led by 3 people carrying a big "F.S.U" and a car blaring out what I can only describe as French carnival music. If it wasn't for the guy walking along beside the big group giving out leaflets setting out their reasons for striking, staff cutbacks basically, I might have even thought it was a carnival! But I suppose the fact that 1000s of working parents across have had to sort out alternative arrangements for their children today has made their point more than any shouting and sign waving could have. And the leaflet is very comprehensive, much more information than a couple of handpainted signs would have held.
My appartment is now boiling...I have to leave my radiators on permanantly because they're broken, its raining outside, I have a cold and have run out of money. C'est la belle vie.