A Taste of Garlic

Muppet Me! - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

provence alpes cote dazur  Muppet Me!   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceMuppet Me! is the delightful blog of Zzie who, not only happy to blog in English, also blogs in Japanese!

For some strange reason I think it’ll be the English version that I shall review!

Zzie says of herself… “Thanks for visiting. Moved to sunny Cannnes, France in Nov 07 after living in England for about 13 years.I write things happens in France and some memories in the past. Feel free to leave comments…. hope you enjoy!”

Well, Zzie, I’m sure we will!

provence alpes cote dazur  Muppet Me!   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceSaying goodbye to England…

Obviously, having spent 13 years in England (I wonder what she did to deserve that?  You’d get a shorter sentence for mass murder!), there are a few things that are difficult to find in the South of France.

Things like Ribena, Hellmans mayo, baked beans etc.

In Things I miss about England Zzie finds that she’s in good company.

The Rolling Stones also missed a few things when they were encamped there in the 70s.

And Keith Richard didn’t like the tea!

But it’s not all bad news as in Hoorey! – Crotted Cream Zzie tells us that she misses Clotted Cream more than anything else but luckily finds some in the local supermarket!

Scones for tea then!

And I think that Zzie also misses Lonely Patrick, a friend of hers from England.

They were both on crutches at the same time and they often used to chat over tea.

And finally, in Au Revoir to English number plate, Zzie finally gets her car imported and says… “Am keeping my English plate, of course, as it’s got loads of memories…”

Quite right too!


Now listen to Zzie; Don’t put your mobile in the back of your jeans….

It’ll only end in sorrow!

Perhaps she should have read what Lesley at Periginations said about phones and toilets?

Anyway, Zzie tells us that the phone went in the topilet before anything else went in (if you know what I mean?)

Do we believe her?

In Is it just a coincidence, Zzie ponders that eternal chicken and egg question, which came first?

Did the Sex Shop open first?

And, if so, what prompted the proprietor of the childrens’ shoe shop to open up next door?

And what do the mothers say to their little children when they ask… “Mummy, what’s that for?”

Or was the Shoe Shop there first?

And what does the owner think about having a Sex Shop next door?

Perhaps he’s a regular customer and finds it convenient that he’s not got far to walk?

All of which has nothing to do with someone grabbing Zzie’s butt!

As happened in What was that for????

I know it wasn’t me?

It wasn’t you, was it?

Favourite and Funny things….

Zzie says that My favourite TV Program is L’Amour est dans le pré.”

I can understand that.

It looks at some of the problems that come with life in a rural community and does so in an entertaining way that doesn’t demean the people involved.

The last time I watched it (which was many years ago) I found it slightly funny but also, slightly sad?

Something that certainly isn’t sad (but is completely funny) is A funny product name that Zzie has discovered.

Now I don’t actually need any WD 40 (for that’s what it is) but I’m darn well going out to get some (just in case I ever do need any WD 40) just for the opportunity to say…

“Excuse young man, could I have a can of your finest Jig-A-Loo!”

Moving swiftly along…

I’ve never been engaged but, if I ever were thinking of being so defined, I wonder how the rather handy engagement ring that Zzie shows us in Bling Bling! would go down?

Not just an engagement ring but a mug as well!

How cool is that?

The World Cup and other rather uncool things….

I wasn’t going to mention the disaster that was the last World Cup but, as Zzie did, I do feel that I ought to retort!

The World Cup – Not finished just yet is another further reminder that whilst I was prepared to share my loyalty between my country of birth, England, and my country of conception and current residence, France, both sides let me down dismally which only goes to show….

I should have been supporting Japan as well!

And whilst we are talking of terrible performances that purport to be entertainment…

I must be the only person in the world to not be impressed with Mama Mia!

However, if Dancing Queen (Moroccan version) comes complete with a trip to a nice decent Moroccan restaurant then I could be persuaded.

Especially if there’s a nice exotic dancer or two!

And just to show that I’m not a grumpy Abba hating person thingy…

I’ll have you know (and not a lot of people know this) that my first ever slow dance was to Fernando, a song that has forever remained in my heart.

It was with a French girl called Françoise who came from a village called Audresselles;  I wonder if she still remembers me?

Of course, many people would say that French Customer Service is uncool (and others might even go as far as to say that’s an oxymoron) but I do have to admit that I’ve never really suffered badly from it.

Zzie did and said… “ça m’ènerve!”

And the moral of the story is… “If the shop treats you badly, leave loudly and start using the shop next door!”

So, summing up….

Muppet Me! is a lovely blog totally with pretension or guile.

Having had a quick look at the Japanese version I believe that Zzie find it easier to writer in her own language (naturally) but should be commended for making the efforts to avoid losing her English through the postings on this blog.

I’d strongly recommend a visit to Muppet Me! for a different and perhaps unique perspective on France.

And me?  Well, I’m going to check out Daniella or Roomba.

You see, the first sentence could be me….. “I am probably not so tidy person.. Yes, I do make a mess at home…”

All the best

provence alpes cote dazur  Muppet Me!   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

1 Comment

  • By Zzie, January 11, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Thank you Keith for posting my blog.
    I’m very flattered!
    Merci encore!

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