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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). Samantha at Life, Love and Living in France tops this week’s list because of her witty almost rant about stereotypes in Francophile Friday: Blame it on Paris.

She reminds us that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and puts the record straight about all those nasty notions going round about the horrible French and, particularly, the prissy Parisians.

So, next time your rude waiter pees in your soup, don’t blame the whole country, it’s just a naughty few who let the side down!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Honey at I’m an outlaw, not a hero was a strong contender for the Fondue of the Week Award but…

Mrs A Taste of Garlic has been doing her post-Christmas mega clean-up and has disturbed my carefully organised piles of stuff that I may need sometime and, as a result, I can’t find a bluddy thing!

So, I’ll just have to mention Honey here and give her a load cheer for her Cheese.

Honey, if I ever find that award I’ll pass it on.

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Charley at 365 things that I love about France gave us lots of idea of things to do with Les Poireaux!

She said that once you’ve cooked them in a pressure cooker… “You can drink their juice hot, like a tea, and you will pee and pee all day long.”

I wonder if that’s why they’re called leeks?

And I would like to apologise for the incredibly childish and immature comment that I have just made. I just couldn’t help myself!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Lucy at Box Elder delighted us, as always, with her delightful photo-study of Erquy, out of season.

There’s something really rather special about a seaside town out of season.

It’s still living, still breathing but….

Almost as if it’s waiting for the summer and the visitors that summer brings.

I loved the photo of the shy manikins.

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). Betty C. has moved her blogging exploits from La France Profonde to The world from my windows.

This, as is only to be expected, confused the hell out of me!

But then I am rather troubled by all this newfangled technology stuff!

I adored the post about Not to market, not to market…

Partly because of Betty’s commitment to try and buy locally…

But mainly because of those shopping trollies!

I’ve got one of those and mine’s bright orange!

The orange ones (and not a lot of people know this) go faster, you know!


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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 Amy at God, I love Paris.

In a way this is one of those lifetime achievement special awards because, as Amy says in A la fin she is going back to the States!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, although she’ll still be blogging from there, for me it won’t be the same and I’ll miss those little bits of Paris that I used to look forward to every day.

Posts that inspired, like Dreams as Big as the Ritz and…

Posts that amazed, like Binge and Remorse!

In fact, in less than 2 years Amy has managed to post over 1,000 times!

That’s probably some sort of record!

Amy, best of luck with whatever the future holds for you and do come back to Paris one day. 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….

I had to get a special award made up for Piglet (at no small cost, let me tell you!  Mrs A Taste of Garlic will be on a bread and water diet for the rest of the month!) and eyebrows were raised at the Award making company that I used.

But, all that aside, it gives me great pleasure to give Piglet of Piglet in France the Award for Having a Chance to Buy a House with Pole Dancing Facilities (and an Indoor Swimming Pool and Bar) Laid On!

I do rather wonder if Laid was quite right to use but, Piglet, most (if not all) of the staff of the Award making company that I use want to know when you’ll be open for business and how much it’ll cost to get in.

Any of you who are confused, you need to read this post at Piglet in France.

The Award for the Most Slightly Inappropriately Named Hotel goes to A Seattleite in Paris for her Hotel what??

Yes, indeed!  Well spotted! Don’t these people have any idea?

Rant of the Week Award goes to REB at Uh Oh Spaghettios for Mommy:Car Slapper.

This delightful tale should be a warning for any of you who are thinking about driving your car on the pavement!

The Not Quite Good Enough for a Rant of the Week Award goes to Shannon at Je ne sais quoi… for WTF Wed: French are the prophets of doom 2011 & what it means.

Shannon did actually Tweet me to suggest that her post would be worthy of the actual Rant of the Week Award but I had to explain to her that….

“You would have been put forward for the Rant of the Week Award for this post (and would surely have won) but the committee (and various subcommittees) have all decided that you are winning altogether too many awards and are therefore disbarred unless you…

1). Go apeshit with an AK47 in your local supermarket.
2). Almost drown in a cow pat (that’ll probably be rather difficult in the middle of Paris) or…
3). Get pregnant and have a baby in time for the next Garlic Awards deadline (10pm next Monday.)”

As Shannon has totally failed to even attempt any of these simple tasks I have no choice but to give her the Not Quite Good Enough for a Rant of the Week Award rather than the real thing!

Shannon, you’re just going to have to try harder!

The Award for the Best Collection of Bugs, Slugs and other Creepy Crawlies goes to Diane at My Life in the Charente for Some Bugs and Insects Found in Our Charente Garden.

The Mushroom of the Week Award goes to Genie at Paris and Beyond for Veggies – des Champignons?

Genie wins the award partly for the gorgeous photo but mainly because of her cheeky attempt to convince herself that marzipan mushrooms are healthy!

The Award for Summing Up a Whole Year in Just One Blog Post gets shared between Laura at The Au Pair Project for Happy 2011 and Tim at A Life in Paris (w/two boys and a wife) for his excellent Our Year in Paris – 2010.

Laura, I notice that you totally failed to mention Losing the Children (which, for me, was the highlight of the whole year although, perhaps not such a good advertisement for an Au Pair so I won’t mention it if it’s something that you’d rather keep quiet?) and only a smidgen about host-dad banging his new girlfriend for 3 hours which was a highlight of the year – for me, at least!

Tim, I’m not sure if you managed to lose your children (they seemed to be there at the end of the year?) but, if not, better luck in 2011.

I do have to say that I was especially impressed at your breaking your ribs – it takes a brave man and dedicated father to ignore that nagging feeling at the back of one’s mind that… “perhaps I am a little too old to go roller skating?”

Kirsty at You had me at bonjour… wins this week’s Award for the Longest Blog Post Every About Paris for Paris continued…

Chaiselongue at Olives and Artichokes wins the Soup of the Week Award for her Cold Harvest and Warming Onion Soup. Well deserved – that Languedoc lot do know how to eat, don’t they?

And speaking of chaise longues (as we were, sort of), Elizabeth at Lunch in Paris also wins a Soup of the Week Award for her Currently indisposed which is partly about needing a Chaise Longue and partly about Mushroom, Beef and Barley Soup.

And before any of you start complaining; it’s not our usual policy here to hand out two Soup of the Week Awards but we really couldn’t decide between them and it seemed mean to make Chaiselongue and Elizabeth share?

The rare and really rather valuable Blue Hair of the Week Award goes to Leslie at La Fourchette s’est emballee for her Winter Rhythms.

Leslie was going to get the Soup of the Week Award as well for her Escarole and White Bean Soup but having given away two of those awards I feel that I have to draw the line somewhere!

Eric at ParisDailyPhoto wins the Chestnut Waffle of the Week Award for Quand l’appétit va…

Doesn’t that look yummy?

This week’s Unofficial Official Paris Photographer of the Week Award goes to Richard at I Prefer Paris; largely for his photos of chairs in the snow in Paris Snow Week; Tuileries.

I’m not sure if its the little boy in me but I’d have an irresistable urge to sit on those chairs (cold bum or not) just to make my mark!

And finally (for this but anyway) Tish at Une Femme d’Un Certain Age wins the for Award for Surviving Beauty Hell for her experiences detailed in Back from Beauty Hell…

Sometimes (well, quite often really), I thank God that I’m a man and thus, don’t have to do all that beauty stuff.


And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

Leesa at News from France doesn’t get a proper award this week because she’s buggered off to Heridia, Costa Rica which, I’m willing to wager, is rather a lot warmer and drier than here!

Leesa, I hope you’re thinking of all of us back here in cold and wet France whilst you are busy lying on the beach!

Sara Louise at Sara Louise in le Petit Village also doesn’t get a proper award this week.

In her case it’s partly because she’s already won a Sweet award someplace else…

And partly because she seemed to be rather preoccupied trying to arrange things so that she’s in the shower when the Canal+ Cable guy comes round to install Eastenders for her!

Becs at Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Cheese? wins an Award for Not Winning an Award because I’ve just noticed that she hasn’t posted for a whole four weeks.

I hope she hasn’t got too tied up smelling her books?

Still not a peep out of Delana at Du Jour which means yet another Award for Not Winning an Award for her!

If anyone sees her could they tell her that I’m expecting (as, I would image, we all are), lots and lots of juicy gossip when she returns.

Diane at All Things French wins (although I’m not entirely sure if win is the right word) an Award for Not Winning an Award for being noticeably absent from the blogging scene wince the week before Christmas.

Perhaps she had too much Christmas Pudding and is sleeping it off?

Amber at Travelling Amber is obviously busy changing nappies which is why she doesn’t get a Rant of the Week Award (or any other award, for that matter) so I’ll give her an Award for Not Winning an Award just so she doesn’t feel left out.

I enjoyed this post about Oysters, Gourmet Sojourns and Epiphany Traditions at Le Petit France Blog but couldn’t work out what award to enter it for.

So, after a few sleepless nights I decided to award Tuula an Award for Not Winning an Award and leave it at that!

And that, I think, has to be it for this week. Please continue blogging feverishly over the next 7 days; I’d like to see a lot more effort put into the Rant of the Week competition.

And should I really need to remind you all that it’s been weeks since anyone tried to win the Lingerie category?

All the best

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17 Comments

  • By Amber, January 11, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    Keith, I think you should give yourself an award — “The Early Bird Award” — for being the only other blogger in France awake at 5am! I wish I could say that I was up this early because I just couldn’t wait to see what exciting things happened in blogland and where the awards would fall this week, but it’s actually because you were right, and i’m up to my elbows in baby “chic”! I’d much rather be absent because I had a little bit too much fun over at Piglet’s place, with the pool and the stripper pole though! Don’t you think she should have gotten Mr. Piglet to take a picture of her with it?

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 11, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    Piglet’s going to be sooooooo popular if she gets the pole dancing place!

    I have this sneaking suspicion that inside every female expat blogger, there’s a pole dancer just dying to get out!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By lauren, January 11, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    hahahahah Oh Keith, how I love your posts! Your too modest and I agree with the Amber that you should give yourself an award!

    Thanks for keeping us up to date in blogworld!

    Lauren

  • By lauren, January 11, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    p.s. I should have added the children-losing incident. I must have repressed it!

  • By Kirsty, January 11, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    Thanks Keith. I reckon everyone need eyedrops after reading that one.

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 11, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Kirsty

    I’m just glad that Karin at An Alien Parisienne didn’t post last week!

    Between the two of you it would have taken me all week to review the blogs!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 11, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Lauren

    I think that if I were an Au Pair I wouldn’t mention the child losing bits!

    Perhaps you need to add an addendum to your Au Pair checklist with all the best ways of losing children that you have discovered?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By PigletinFrance, January 11, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    Cor blimey Keith, what a stonker of a post this week!!!! As you know, I’ve been spending far too much time contemplating the pole dancing thing recently and now I’ve gone and put my back out (nothing to do with being preggers surely?) so haven’t been able to spend much time at all on the net this week so what a week I’ve misssed! Maybe I should give pole dancing lessons then I could buy myself something handheld so I can read online even whilst lying down? Would be a good way to earn extra money wouldn’t it?!

    If only I’d have thought of having Mr Piglet take a picture of me on the pole as Amber suggests, I could have auctionned it and maybe earned myself enough to buy the house of my dreams. I don’t think the doctors would have wanted to sign me off work though as I would have had a tough time convincing them of my bad back…

    ps. I second everyone in that you deserve an award!

  • By PigletinFrance, January 11, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    ps. thanks for the award and sorry Mrs A Taste of Garlic is now on a paupers diet. I could have gone without an award. You’ll have to send her here for a good meal ;-)

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 11, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Piglet

    Just had a crazy, crazy thought but…..

    Hear me out.

    Buy the pole dancing house and then write Piglet’s Post Pregnancy Pole Dancing Workout Book – do it like that Rosemary Conley diet book but have someone who looks nothing like Rosemary Conley on the cover!

    That should be a winner.

    You could then come up with Piglet’s Perfect Pole Dancing Diet (put a really skinny bint who looks nothing like Rosemary Conley on the cover would be my advice.)

    The possibilities are endless!

    The only thing is….

    Your future financial wellbeing does seem to now rest upon your buying the pole dancing house!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Hope your bad back gets better. I’ve always found the best thing for a bad back is chopping loads and loads of wood! If I do that I always get a bad back!

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 11, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    OK
    Piglet

    OK – I’ll let her know when she comes in from artificially inseminating the sheep (her favourite job of the year!)

    I do have to say that tonight we’re eating my special not quite choucroutte garni and she rather likes that so you might have to come up with something rather tempting?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Genie - Paris and Beyond, January 11, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the award, Keith! I’m off to search for more mushrooms, particularly those bright red ones with white dots… I’ve been told that they are either poisonous or “magic” — The ones in marzipan are probably neither, just fattening!

    Oh, and you are just the BEST!

    Bises,
    Genie

  • By Charley Appenzellar, January 12, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    Keith!

    Thanks for the shout out on the leeks! A pee pee post deserves a pee pee remark! LOL

    Very best,
    Charley

  • By Sarah Hague, January 12, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    I think many of us are gutted that Piglet is not buying the pole house.

    You may be right – inside every blogger is a pole dancer waiting to put her back out (and join Piglet on the floor).

  • By shannon, January 12, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Keith, a bit demanding are we now? In order to win this prestigious rant award I had to:
    a) commit murder
    b) find a dinosaur to poop on me, and consequently kill ME
    c) speed up the process of human growth

    Your standards are high sir, but obviously you think I’m capable of miracles, so I’ll let you get away with it.

    Very amusing I “lauled” a lot!
    xx Shan

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 12, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Well Shannon

    a) I wasn’t suggesting you actually kill anyone – just run around rants and making out that you were going to kill someone (I dunno, perhaps fire a few shots at the ceiling – that sort of standard psychopathic bank robber type stuff?)

    b) I’m not sure how to tell you this but Cows might be pretty rare in Paris but they aren’t actually dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are those big things that died years ago. Cows aren’t actually extinct yet. If fact, where I live (which is a long, long way from Paris) there are lots of them and they Poo everywhere!

    c) Just thought you might have fun trying?

    Anyway, you’ve just won an award for being late on commenting on the award you won this week (I do value promptness!) but you’re gogin to have to try an awful lot harder if you want to win one of the special awards Ive got laid on!

    Be very worried… next weeks awards ceremony will make the Oscars look like nothing! Big things are planned!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Leslie, January 24, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Gosh, Keith. Merci mille fois! I’ve found some really great reads on your recommendation. Thanks for that, too!

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