God Save the Queen
Today I went to a Jubilee party along with the other British expats living in this part of France. I remember reading somewhere that in an expat situation the British give more parties, celebrate more occasions and organize more outings than any other nation. I have been an expat in one country or another for a large part of my life, and memories of British (or at least English-speaking) gatherings feature heavily in my mind from as far back as when I was a tot (yes, I was once) to … well, to today.
It certainly seems to be the case here. Although the AFA (Association Franco-Anglaise) that I belong to is more-or-less 50% British and 50% French, way over 50% of the events are suggested and/or organized by the British and certainly well over 50% of the attendees at any given function are the British. In fact nearer 90%.
That is perhaps not a fair comparison a) because the French members of AFA are not expatraites in France and b) because the French do not have a Queen over whom to gather, nor a Prince whose wedding they can watch.
And that is precisely what is so wonderful about being British.
God Save The Queen. xx
Catherine Broughton is a novelist, a poet and an artist. She is widely travelled and writes regularly for magazines and blog sites. Her sketches are on her web site http://www.turquoisemoon.co.uk . Her books are available from Amazon and on Kindle, or can be ordered from several leading book stores.