The house that Rob and I are fixing up in France is in a little Minervois village called La Redorte. There, I noticed a number of megaphones suspended high up on poles along the main road. Every few days I heard announcements breezing through the windows as I raked cement on to the floor while Rob affixed tiles. The announcements pertained to the upcoming bed and mattress sale in the village square on Saturday. Or the screening of Shrek at the Salles des Sports next Thursday.I guessed that the announcements were broadcast from the Mairie which is in a building that used to be a school.