The upside of downtime in Paris

Frontline club founder member Bruce Palling ruminates in More Intelligent Life magazine on the upside of a job that “pays peanuts” as he spends a bit of downtime at the doesn’t-cost-peanuts Le Cinq restaurant in Paris,

When foreign correspondents socialise abroad, one thing they never complain about is the calibre of conversation. The work may pay peanuts, but the after-hours downtime is some sort of divine payback for all the dangers and frustrations that accompany it. The whole point of being a foreign correspondent is to be parachuted into occasions of extreme or bizarre behaviour, so one quickly builds up a store of extraordinary experiences with quite a bit of minutiae that can never quite make it into print. link