14 May 2007


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, liver pate and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a van – loose – was always great fun.
We drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no DVD’s, no MP3’s no surround sound, no mobile phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents .
We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good………………………….

Vendredi 11 mai 2007  


Vous avez, ces dernières heures, déposé une pré-adhésion au Mouvement Démocrate.

Cette démarche me touche beaucoup et m’encourage. Je l’ai reçue avec un réel bonheur. Je dois vous faire la confidence que je ne m’attendais pas à un tel nombre d’adhésions. Aujourd’hui, à 14 heures, nous avons passé la barre de 40 000 demandes ! C’est une vraie révolution qui est en marche.

Cette vague d’adhésion est d’autant plus impressionnante qu’elle n’est le résultat d’aucune campagne publicitaire spectaculaire, simplement de la volonté individuelle de citoyens libres, décidés à s’engager pour changer la vie politique de leur pays, dans une période cruciale.

Et cette mobilisation est d’autant plus encourageante que vous êtes par définition des citoyens internet, donc capables d’animer des réseaux. C’est une force nouvelle, qu’il faut maintenant mobiliser pour les élections législatives et organiser pour l’avenir.

Cela va nous demander un peu de réflexion, pour donner à cette organisation la forme novatrice qu’elle mérite.

Le calendrier que j’ai à l’esprit est celui-ci : je vous adresserai dès la semaine prochaine un calendrier précis de notre action et un document pour mieux savoir qui vous êtes et vos attentes. En même temps, je vous donnerai les détails de l’adhésion proprement dite. J’envisage dès la semaine suivante une première rencontre publique avec ces nouveaux adhérents, sans doute à Paris.

Notre premier rendez-vous, bien sûr, ce sont les élections législatives.

Je veux vous dire combien votre soutien m’est précieux, ma gratitude, et ma confiance dans l’avenir.

Très cordialement,
François Bayrou

Puerto Rico

11 May 2007

I did it!!!

My holiday in Puerto Rico is now over…and it was great, really great

If you mix the US “food” culture, caraibean architecture and weather, and all the mess associated with Southern places, you’ll get an idea of what Puerto Rico looks and sounds like.

people there ar every friendly and 90% of tourists are from the US. Imagine the people’s surprise when I told them I was French. This sounded exotic to them!

I actually met more people from the Dominican Republic and South American countries than actual Puerto Ricans, but it didnt matter to me. At least they were all Spanish speakers which enabled me to speak Spanish (alright, it was rather limited, but still!)

I went to the rain forest “El Junque”, to the botanic park and visited the capital, San Juan and its woderful old part called “Vieijo San Juan”. Of course, I also went to beaches that looked like the ones you see on postcards and I went out quite a lot too! They have a local beer there called “Medalla” which was actually good and could get me drung alright