Yesterday I wrote about the challenge of mental indigestion, but today I am vexed by that other perennial spectre of blogging everyday: topic.

This is not to say there is any dearth of ideas. So far, today alone, I have pondered writing about policing of people, policing of bookcases, freedom of speech, shoulder taps on social media, online censorship, fair market value, Mosasaur eggs and great pizza shops near Vatican City. Each pondered and rejected in turn as the research involved exceeds the allotted time for this daily challenge.

On the upside, I have a growing list for my blog long term (if there is any topic on which you would be interested in my writing, please drop me a line). When I have the luxury of spending several hours to research each article, I will start making my way through the list. But until then…

I learn today that it is 80 years since Charles de Gaulle’s Appeal of 18 June in which he spoke to the people of occupied France and declared that the battle for France might be over, but the war for France was about to begin.

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