More tails of Lolo l’âne and rabit loses a train

The famous painting by Lolo the donkey “Sunset over the Adriatic”, painted at the Lapin Agile in Montmartre in 1908, still exists.  It is permanently displayed in the uncelebrated town of Mailly-la-Forêt in the Espace Culturel Paul Bédu: “Par ailleurs, la collection Bédu est surtout constituée de tableaux, presque cent trente, de grands ou de petits maîtres : la fameuse toile dénommée “BORONALI” présentée au Salon des Indépendants de 1910, qui était en fait l’oeuvre de Lolo, l’âne du patron du Lapin Agile, canular retentissant monté par Roland Dorgelès pour prendre le contre-pied des nouvelles écoles de peinture de l’époque.”

There is a roundabout on the way to Finestrat with a few cut out goats and a donkey, but the old traditional donkey cart is a real one. I wonder if anyone would notice if I replaced it with my “Mule” bicycle cart? I think these old traditional Spanish donkey carts are rather stylish. I can just see their faces in school when I arrive on my donkey cart at the beginning of the next academic year. Sitting in my donkey cart, planning lessons on my MacBookPro… A suitable platform.

Apparently, “Learning Platforms” are now all the rage in education. So your intrepid rabit has been experiencing learnin platforms. Having raced downhill to the tram-train station of Costera Pastor and arrivied just thirty seconds before the tram-train, I wheelied my bike onto the tram-train but the conductor said: “Bikes must go in the next carriage. There’s a special place for them.”

“Thank you,” I said, and went back onto the platform to run quickly to the next carriage. The tram-train tooted and sped away, leaving a bemusied rabit on the learning platform. There is just one tram-train every hour. We don’t like the learning platforms, rabits don’t.

_( ‘ )_ Le lapin non-agile.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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2 Responses to More tails of Lolo l’âne and rabit loses a train

  1. Caroline says:

    Trains… easy to miss… but kind of hard to lose, nicht war? 😉

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    But I didn’t miss the train! I was briefly on it, for all of ten seconds. and then I lost it again!

    Anyway, nice to see you have made it to the rabit’s important blogue. I have just finished reading Andy Merrifield’s The Wisdom of Donkeys, so I am going to post a review.

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