| Bugsy wrote:|
Don't you just love france and it's wonderful interpretations of rules.
When we lived in Cornwall we wanted to build a garage.
We were told it would have to have a flat roof, which we thought sensible, as it would then not be visible from anywhere except within our property, so we submitted plans.
The plans were not approved, as the rules had just been changed, and now a pitched roof was mandatory.
So we submitted new plans for a prefabricated garage with a pitched roof.
These were refused, as they said we were in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and only a masonry garage was permitted.
We gave up on the garage; it was getting too expensive, and then plans we submitted to improve the house were refused until we added a hipped roof in Polish slate to replace the tiled one, and panels of fake stone veneer on the façade.
We had so many other problems living there that after less than two years we sold the house and moved to Spain.
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956
Some may not like his views, but what a prediction!