Remaining briefly on the subject of alcohol and now cigarettes, you may be pleased to hear that the UK has lost its right to stop its citizens filling up white vans with enough “personal use” items to last a forty a day man – lager or fags – for six months.
By the way if you are caught speeding in France this summer, you could have your car impounded under a French government campaign to stop foreign motorists breaking the law.
Under the measures approved by the French Cabinet this week, police will be given the power to detain vehicles until on-the-spot-fines of up to €375 (£260) are paid. The worst offenders will be prevented from using their cars until a French judge rules that they can do so.
Perhaps we’re lucky that France is just a little too far for a jet ski towing a floating trailer but I notice that Little Britain star, David Walliams had a very successful “wet run” this week and became one of the fiftieth fastest swimmers to swim the channel, deserving enormous respect in the process. Towing one hundred cans of lager behind him on a lilo, he’s still paddling home as I write.