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Smokin’, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

Lord, I’ve been slack over the last week, haven’t I?

I’ve been busy at work � the harder things are at the mag, the less mental energy I have for the blog, alas. And having two other blogs to write for doesn’t help.

However, I did promise you some observations about France, so here’s a really obvious one: smoking is so much more prevalent over there still, particularly amongst the women.

This is, of course, a flimsy excuse to post this picture�