Under the wire

On the Slipped Disc blog, Jo Buckley, chief executive of the the Dunedin Consort, a Scottish period-instruments ensemble, chronicles the adventure of finding its way home from a performance in Normandy. The British government had ordered a quarantine for all British visitors to France after 4 a.m. Aug. 15, and all the usual means of transport were booked to capacity. Buckley finally found a catamaran normally chartered to sport fishermen to bring the ensemble home. They made it back with 10 minutes to spare: