Thanks Richard and Ted for keeping the place aired and making guests welcome in Typewriter Heaven. I'm back from a few weeks holidaying in France and feeling bereft of any inspiration to witter about typewritters. Having said that, there are new acquisitions on the horizon. A vaguely described Olympia portable and an even more cryptically described "typewriter". If they make it through the Pearly Gates, dear reader, you'll be the first to know. Until the muse visits, I'll leave you with a panoramic virtual tour of the village we stayed near, and the sad wartime tale which accompanies the memorial.
In Frayssinet-le-Gélat, members of the French resistance shot and killed a German officer. For this, 15 young locals were taken hostage and assassinated. Most were young men from one-child families… to prevent any further family line of descent. Five were young women. The schoolmaster attempted to escape, and was shot outside the school. Outside the church there's a monument and a plaque bearing the names of all the fifteen young victims.