Did not pass go – did not collect $200 – and will not be taking part in any cycle tour – this year. As they say in the classics… Shit REALLY does happen. On July 11th – my diagnosis of constipation turned out to be a very angry appendix – which (probably due to the laxative!) could not be operated on until later that evening. On the upside… If you need an emergency operation – there are worse places to do it than Paris. He’s recovering well, and he’ll be out of here later today – although it’s going to be some time before he can travel again. It’s Bastille Day – and there’s fireworks tonight in the Trocadero!