Month: June 2017

Happy birthday!

Many happy returns to Louise on Serraz, celebrating her 23rd birthday on Saturday with about 20 back to back arrivals in Tohapi mobiles. Possibly not the birthday treat you’d choose, but even more of a reason for cold beers at the end of the day. HB Louise!


Dancing hedgehogs, obviously.


Storm forces evacuation

Drama overnight on Wednesday at Vieux Port, where customers were forced to leave their mobiles amid fears that the site’s trees would come down on top of them.

High winds brought several trees down, including one which landed on a camper van, narrowly missing the family of five under the awning, who were forced to flee for safety.

Around 1000 campers plus couriers from several companies were evacuated to the safety of the site’s animation hall at 21:30, where they had to stay until they were given the all-clear over five hours later.


Narrow escape for this family

Nearby Tohapi site Camping Lou Pignada, sister site to Vieux Port, also suffered damage when a tree fell on one of the site’s mobiles, but nobody was hurt.




But unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a decent Slade video out there (I was hoping for Jimmy Savile introducing them on Top of the Pops circa 1983, but no joy), so you’ll have to settle for this clip from Love Actually, arguably the best soppy feelgood Chrizbit movie of all time. Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth all in one sitting, what’s not to like?

Have a good one!

Countdown to Christmas

The annual Courier Christmas bunfight is being taken seriously over on the west coast, to the extent that they’re doing dry run practice meals the week beforehand. Good effort there from Vieux Port, with a fine stab at gravy, but I’d have to mark it down on lack of sprouts. And where’s the stuffing?


Nice try, but requires more trimmings, we say. 3/5.

Taps aff!

power hose

No, this is not what the power washer is for.

We seem to have an official canicule going on this week (heatwave, for the non-froggophones amongst you), prompting the NHS to issue fatuous advice like ‘don’t sit in the car with the windows up’ and ‘think about having a cold drink’. Because apparently if you sit in the car wearing a down jacket and swigging tomato soup from a flask on a day when it’s 34C outside, you’ll get a bit warm. Who knew??

Seriously though, it’s getting almost too hot to sustain human life in some places, so please make sure you’re wearing a hat and sunscreen, and remember to drink plenty of water while you’re out working on site.

The heat is also going to cane your fridges and aircon units, as customers crank everything up to the max, so it’s worth adding a quick ‘domestic appliances for beginners’ module to your show-in patter. So ..


  • Don’t turn it right down to 16C when it’s 34C outside, because it will never achieve that temperature and will just run and run until it breaks. 23C will do nicely.
  • Close your doors and windows – you are not trying to combat global warming single handedly (or you might be, but this is not the way to do it – think about just recycling your beer bottles like normal people)
  • Don’t go out and leave your aircon running all day – it needs a rest. It will only take five minutes to cool the mobile when you get back from the beach later on.

Not like this.

Fridges: those of you with tents on site will probably get this most, because they’re like little saunas during the day.

  • Don’t stuff your fridge full of shopping and then expect it to get cold straight away – it needs time, and the air needs space to circulate.
  • Don”t turn it up to seven in a bid to chill everything. There still isn’t enough space for the air to circulate and it will just ice up the freezer compartment. Leave it at three/four for optimum cooling.
  • Basically, you can’t put a week’s shopping for a family of four in the fridge all at once – either the cheese or the beer is going to have to come out of there!
Fridge o beer

This seems fine though.

Lots of your customers will not listen to this sage advice, because they’re on holiday and where’s the pool/bar/minigolf/nudist beach, what’s that silly courier doing wittering about the fridge, etc etc., go away and leave us to open the wine. But some of them will pay attention and it will save wear and tear on your aircon units. And let’s face it, none of us wants to be chasing around after aircon contractors when we could be drinking cold beers out of our well-organised fridges instead.