Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Full story to follow...
Alex Horne - 18th September 2007
When I asked Pierre whereabouts in Monaco he used to live I stupidly said, 'by the sea?'
'Of course', he replied patiently. 'Right by the heliport.'
I think he noticed my tiny gasp.
'It's not all luxury there though! People think it's all beautiful cars, beautiful people and casinos. But there are lots of normal people too - lots of industry and businesses.'
Pierre now works in almost-as-glamorous Mayfair in the Monaco tourist office but recently spent six months at the University of Hull. 'They do a very good business course', he told me diplomatically.
There are just 36,000 Monegasques in the world so Pierre was a cracking find. I spent most of our chat smiling broadly and telling him he was a cracking find. In return he furnished me with this tremendous flag fact: Monaco has the same flag as Indonesia - they're the only two countries who share insignia (Poland, of course, is the same but the other way round).