The mini tornado that hit the small village of Maureillas las Illas last weekend left a fair amount of structural damage, with trees and power lines down – but all in a surprisingly narrow corridor.

For thousands of years, large and cumbersome ‘racket’ snowshoes were absolute necessities to move around in snowy landscapes, to hunt, trap, communicate, discover and survive.

Mon père était fonctionnaire et ma mère ne faisait rien non plus. Colluche – French comedian and actor, famous for his irreverent sense of humour (fonctionnaire – civil servant  non plus – either) ….. a…