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That was the week….

that was the week  That was the week….   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceEvery Tuesday I intend to do a quick review of some of the posts from the last week that have made me smile, made me chuckle or, even…. just made me think.

Some of these you may have seen yourselves.

And some of them you may have missed.

I don’t think of these in any competitive sense at all.

This isn’t a top-ten listing.

They’re merely the posts that have stuck in my head.




that was the week  That was the week….   because we all love reading blogs about life in France1). With every one else complaining about the strikes and how the French are being so greedy, not wanting to work another couple of years, it was refreshing to read a different viewpoint.

And where better to do that than chez Kim at Non, Je ne regrette rien?

Kim’s well controlled rant, finis told a story of people power!

People who were prepared to raise up their baguettes and strike (if that’s not the wrong word) a stance for Liberté, égalité, fraternité and other things French.

Good for you, Kim…

And nice to see you back!

that was the week  That was the week….   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). LA Mom deserves a showing for her carefully spotted sign in a local shop for a Jack Off Lanterne!

Now, normally we wouldn’t display or encourage such filth of smut but, as it’s LA Mom I guess we can make an exception.

What a superb post from one of the most superb postesses on the scene!

LA Mom.. if only you’d put diesel in your petrol engined car on the way back from the shops, you’d have won the Blog of the Week Award!

Now, that’s given it away, hasn’t it?

Seriously though, I expect no less from LA Mom – after all, if you check her sidebar, she’s got a category especially dedicated to Dog Crap – with 5 entries! What class! For me, that’s the signature of a good blog!

that was the week  That was the week….   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Still in Paris, Peter’s Paris delighted with a lovely photo of two mounted policemen outside a restaurant.

The post, wisely called Horses shows just how important it is to carry a camera at all times.

I would have been very tempted to put a cartoon balloon on this photo, coming out of the chef’s mouth, with the words… “Just take them round the back and I’ll put them on the menu tonight!”

But maybe that’s just me?

that was the week  That was the week….   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). You had me at Bonjour delighted with A Ramble though my Provence Neighbourhood.

Aren’t they lovely photos?

Almost the perfect post, in my opinion. Everything from beautiful views to lovely cottages.

A gorgeous market and a boulangerie with a chandelier!

What more could you ask for?

I suppose that it would be churlish to mention the slight lack of 2CV photos?

that was the week  That was the week….   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And there were tears at Rue Rice this week.

I’m not sure what they were all about?

Perhaps Peggy had realised that she’d forgotten to put diesel in her petrol engined car and thus, would not get this week’s The Blog of the Week Award?

Still, in the sensibly named Grrr…. everyone seems to be crying.

Aidan was crying like a good ‘un. As Peggy says… “Aidan cried all the way to school today. Crying, screaming, holding on to the rail refusing to go up the stairs of the metro.”

And it was his birthday!

Well… I’d cry too, if I had to go to school on my birthday!

Aidan, you’re still our hero! Happy Birthday to you, squashed tomatoes and stew!


that was the week  That was the week….   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

OK – now all that stuff is out of the way, let’s get on to the really important stuff…

Of course, it’s Awards Time!

And, I am proud to announce a new winner of the Blog of the Week Award!

This is awarded to the Blog post that has tickled my fancy the most during the past seven days.

that was the week  That was the week….   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis week’s Blog of the Week has been won by Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs for her superb post about putting petrol into her diesel engined car!

Now, there are very few people who are desperate (or mad) enough to go to these extreme lengths to win the coveted Blog of the Week Award.

that was the week  That was the week….   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceObviously Aidan is one of them!

I suppose that it really isn’t any surprise that Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs has won this week.

I just knew that sooner or later she’d do something that would be so spectacular that I’d have no choice as to who to award the prize to.

After all, with posts like… Snails by any other name are still…. Snails and Delicacies (all about Pig’s Brains!) it really was only a matter of time!

This is the blog you come to for a well written Faux Pas!

Aidan, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.


Now for the rest of the awards….

There was only one Blogiversary Award this week but… it was for the lovely Ann Mah so I’ll count it as double!

Ann has been delighting us with her foodie postings for three years now!

All I can say is, Ann… you’ve filled my belly many, many times over! Lets hope the next three years are as scrumptious as the last three have been!

If any of you are feeling a bit peckish, you could do far worse than popping over to Ann Mah for an Amuse Bouche!

Try her Peking Duck; it looks to die for!


And so, onto the REALLY EARTH SHATTERINGLY important stuff!

This week’s Award for Really Stunning Autumn Photos goes to Sharon at My French Country Home for her beautiful study of The First Frost.

Sharon, just let me say – it’s almost as cold, down here in rural Brittany as it looks up there in Normandy!

Reb, over at Uh Oh Spagettios gets this weeks Award for Beer Bottle Music Making for her post called (possibly wisely), No Comment!

Reb, could you let Max know that I throw myself to the ground in protest when people try to take my bottles away from me! It must be a Man Thing?

Delana, at Du Jour, wins this week’s Back to College – Gratuitous Lingerie Photo Award for her delightful tale of going back to school again.

In Attention Deficit, Delana tells us that “diversions are…just so diverting!”

Well, Delana, if you keep posting pictures like this or this, then I’ll never get any bluddy work done!

On a slightly more sensible not… Fifty, over at Fifty in Le Petit Village, wins this week’s Award for The Yellowest Laser Eyes in Provence for his post about Cuddles.

Way to go, Fifty!

I wasn’t sure whether to give MJ at An American Mom in Paris the Award for the Longest Post of the Week or the Award for the best Photo of Speederman Pooing.

In the end I decided to give her the pooing one for It’s super surprising there are strikes in France right now.

That way any raving word-counters can’t come back and say… “But my one is longer!”

Ed Ward at City on a Hill gets this week’s Kitchen Virgin Award for his Confessions of a Turnip Virgin.

Ed – you might want to do what Mrs A Taste of Garlic does with Turnips… 1). Peel them, 2). Cut them into chunks and than add pepper and 3). Boil them until they are ready to mash.

Served with a knob of butter they are luurvly!

Of course, the Pushbike Portfolio Award gos to Richard at I Prefer Paris for his Paris Bicycles.

Not Citroen 2CVs, I know but… they do have rather a Gallic charm all of their own!


Not, I do have to say, as many awards as normal this week?

I don’t know if it’s you slacking, or me?

I would suggest that you all try extra hard next week…

And try to top Aidan’s stupendous effort!

I’ll be watching to see if you do – best of luck, anyway!

All the best

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8 Comments

  • By Roz, October 26, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    I was so sure I would win the “Men in Nurses and Police women uniforms” award, I thought that category ran every week. Perhaps I needed a nun as well, well in a way I did, cause I had nun.

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 26, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

    Roz – the local Gendarmarie asked us to restrict the “Men in Nurses and Police women uniforms” awards to once a month!

    It was causing too much havoc, you see.

    If you’d like to try again, I can arrange a photos session in La Gacilly town centre at about 10am next Saturday – no guarantees that you’ll will anything but, if you don’t try….

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Aidan, October 27, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    Keith,
    Thanks so much for the esteemed ‘blog of the week’ award.
    I haven’t won an award since my paper on what it means to be an American took first place for the 3rd grade and I got to go to the VFW hall. Exciting times.
    Seriously, I am thrilled. It makes the whole diesel episode worthwhile, almost.
    Aidan
    ps when I mentioned the award to the kids my daughter immediately asked if I was going to get any money.

  • By Kirsty, October 27, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

    2CV photos. Right, will get onto it! I think there’s one that does the school drop off from time to time, so will keep my eyes open for it.

  • By PigletinFrance, October 27, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    :( disappointed I didn’t win rant of the week, maybe I should have illustrated with photos of me beating up the post office workers?

    Anyway, thanks as always for the great service you provide!

  • By PigletinFrance, October 27, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    Keith, I have a question which has been playing on my mind and has lead me to think that you have super human ressources: how on earth do you manage to read so many blogs and digest the information and then write such funny things here? Is there a team of Keiths or do you haev superhuman powers?

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 27, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

    Piglet – I totally forgot about your Post Office rant! Sorry!

    It’s too late for me to add it now so….

    You’ll just have to go out and have another one for me!

    All the best

    P.S. Yes, photos would be good!
    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 27, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    Well, Piglet…

    It is true that I have superhuman powers.

    We have a lot of alien spacecraft crashing into our back garden here in our little part of rural Brittany and I think that I have been slightly infected (have you seen District 9?)

    To help me along the way though, I do have all the sites (reviewed or not) on my Google Reader so each and every post is highlighted.

    Also, I’ve got my computer set up so that I can multi-task (multiple workspaces) and a lot of the repetitive stuff is automated.

    As for the funny things I write? I wasn’t aware that they were funny but…. blame that bit on the aliens as well.

    To be honest the only real work is when I have to make changes to the site. As you’ll have noticed, the site has recently gone from 2 columns to 3 columns. This did take a bit of effort but has doubled visitor numbers (I’m hoping for 1,000,000 unique visitors in 2011!)

    The other thing that takes time is sorting out all the author interviews and book giveaways that we’re currently working on but, then again, Mrs A Taste of Garlic is helping with that part.

    Once again, sorry about forgetting your great rant at the Post Office – I may have superhuman powers but… I’m not perfect (not yet, at least – although, if I breed with enough aliens from outer space, who knows? If only they weren’t so green and slimey!)

    All the best

    Keith

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