India is one of the countries I have never visited and know that now I never will. My first husband had lived there and had no desire to go back. The farmer takes one look at the insanitary conditions and immediately says 'no way'. So perhaps that is why is so enjoyed BBC1's 'The Real Marigold Hotel' last night.
For anyone who didn't see it, eight celebrities (4 men and 4 women), all over retirement age, have gone to India for three weeks to investigate what it would really be like to retire there, into an environment where everything is so much cheaper than here.
This programme really follows the two films made about retiring to India - films which I also enjoyed, but which were pure fiction of course.
What I enjoyed most (apart from the absolute total irreverence of Miriam Margoyles) was the amount of India we actually saw. It is taking place in Jaipur.
I can't wait for next week's episode. If you didn't watch it I do urge you to catch up on IPlayer before next week.
##On a completely different subject. I have just watched our local six-o'clock news and there was an item I wanted to share with you to see what you all think.
A Head Teacher in the North of England somewhere has written to parents and asked them not to drop off - or collect- their children to and from school still wearing pyjamas and slippers. I find this absolutely incredible. I don't find it acceptable and think that parents could easily get up a quarter of an hour earlier in order to be reasonably dressed for the school run. I know many parents these days work from home and I also know that there is a tendency for folk who work from home to work in their pyjamas all day. But to me it is sloppy behaviour and is not setting a good, efficient example to the children on the way they should see school. I would be really interested in your opinions. Am I old-fashioned? I taught in school for many years and I just think it promotes the wrong attitude.