Manu is a friend from the time when I lived in France. He plays chess, drinks, smokes and doesn’t like football but I like him all the same and the bar that he lives in. I stayed there for a few days on my journey to Spain. 

Manu Laurand, chess player.

I managed to cook something
Lunch out with Manu. I asked the waitress to marry me, 
she replied in English, ‘No.’ 

Much to my surprise Manu had never visited Oradour-sur-Glane where on Saturday, 10th June in 1944 soldiers of 2nd Waffen-SS Panzer Division killed 642 men, women and children and destroyed the entire village without giving any reason for their action to the inhabitants and to this day there is no universally accepted explanation for the massacre.

It was quite sobering when we visited. The rain didn’t help.