Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

With the Estonians at Cannes

If you saunter down a slipway at the back of the Palais you encounter a hamlet where some of the world’s smaller nations — and regions — tout their wares. Sadly, the nice people from Louisiana, who gave me free …

Fri, May 13, 2011, 17:09

   

If you saunter down a slipway at the back of the Palais you encounter a hamlet where some of the world’s smaller nations — and regions — tout their wares. Sadly, the nice people from Louisiana, who gave me free bottles of Tabasco last year, seem to have gone (perhaps, they’re somewhere else). The prize for most impressive free goodies has, in that US state’s place, been taken by the good folk from Estonia. Just look at this array. Here we see strawberries, sweets and nice little biscuits. Next to the adjoining sofa there are cups of strange nibbles. Within the tent, they actually offer you beer.

Considering the awful damage that our stag parties have wrecked upon the public fountains and ancient statues of Talin, I regard this as a very generous series of gestures on the Estonians’ part. Good luck in the Eurovision, chaps.