Thursday 26 August 2010
Jules is a Pied-noir. That means he's a Frenchman from Algeria, but he's lived in Mezin so long that he's now considered Mezinais.
You will find him watching petanque almost every day of the week.
He sits with a group of friends who form what is called the gallerie.
They know everything there is to know about petanque. All the rules, all the strategies, all the tactics. They consider themselves experts on every aspect of the game. They make comments, usually very loudly, at every possible point in the play.
Needless to say, they rarely actually get down from their ivory towers to play.
Posted by Ray Johnstone at 17:38