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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). First on the list this week is Sophie’s Photography for her post about Revisiting An Old Haunt.

Every time I take a look at Sophie’s site I get all emotional and end up thinking… “I wish I lived in Brittany!”

And then I look out of the window and realise… “Bugger it! I do live in Brittany!”

And that gives me a nice warm feeling that lasts for days!

I know that there are lots of pretty beaches all around France but, in my mind, unless it’s a Breton beach (with all its history and myths and legends) it just doesn’t make the grade.

I guess Sophie agrees as she says… “Its beauty is something one wishes to be envelopped in and I have to bow to its irrisistible calling…. like the old fisherman at the Bay who, it seems, heard his name called and was drawn by an irresistible force to a small waiting boat that took him out to sea never to return…”

that was the week  That was the week…   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Now, I’m not telling tales but…..

Kitty at La Cheshire Cat has still got her Snowmen up!

But perhaps we ought to forgive her as she’s written a fantastic article about her Lamb Moussaka Memories and even included a recipe as well!

And to my mind this is the perfect sort of foodie post….

A lovely story, a simple recipe and…..

That nice feeling that it’s been written by someone who cares.

that was the week  That was the week…   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). I was quite convinced that MJ at An American Mom in Paris would win at least one award for “You People” that I even bet next month’s rent money on it (at 2/5) at the PMU!

So it was a great shock to find out (and it’ll be a greater shock to Mrs A Taste of Garlic when she finds out that I’ve gambled away all her housekeeping!) that she hadn’t won a thing!

Surely, I said, it’s the perfect post….

There’s a bit of a rant in there, there’s some making out under the table in there and there’s also that bit about having… “a flair for the dramatically lame.”

But the judging committee wouldn’t be swayed!

Oh dear MJ, I don’t know what you’ve done to upset them?

P.S. I am lobbying (which basically means buying all the old boys down the bar lots and lots of Ricard) for Alex to win some sort of award for that running out of Victoria’s Secret bit! I’ll let you know how I get on!

that was the week  That was the week…   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Anne at Prêt à Paris took some of the glamour out of Paris this week with her post on {Un}Glamorous Paris: La Piscine.

No one escapes her witty eye (can eyes be witty – I bet Professor Strunk is rolling in his grave!) from the lifeguards to th Paris Madames who are wearing 10 year old swimming cossies!

There’s even a mini rant about the fast lane (not quite fast enough for Anne!)

that was the week  That was the week…   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). misplacedperson at It’s All Downhill from Here would have got a Rant of the Week Award if only if thought that there was an chance of the custards (an old IT support term; a cross between customer and b*stard!) would have had any clue what she was going on about!

Her post… Chalet Etiquette, a beginner’s guide will surely strike a chord in the hearts of anyone who has ever worked in hospitality.

The tone of the whole post is gloriously summed up in this one sentence….

Dress code: some sort of dress is usually considered polite. The welcome meeting in which someone saw fit to get his bits out was mildly entertaining, but serving dinner to 20 naked people was less so, especially when it occurred to us that we would probably have to clean the chairs before next week’s guests as well.”

Wonderful, eh?


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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 Julie at {The Provence Post}.

Always a source of great articles, this one on You don’t have to be Jewish…. was really something very special.

Full of interesting facts such as… “France has the third largest Jewish community in the world “

that was the week  That was the week…   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI didn’t know that – I always thought it was Golders Green.

And I’d never heard that great one-liner attributed to the Jews…. “The history of the Jews? That’s easy: They tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat!”

Brilliant, eh?

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


Breaking news….

I’ve been scanning the newspapers as well as reading blogs this week and here are a few articles that have caught my eye….

that was the week  That was the week…   because we all love reading blogs about life in France Various papers have been reporting strange events in the Lyon area of the Rhone-Alpes.

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We did try to get in touch with our roving correspondent in Lyon but her husband told us that she was too busy to answer our phone call and perhaps she might find a moment or two when she’d finished practicing.

So, Piglet. Give us a call when you get a moment!

Judging from the comments on her recent post about The RavingHouse (with the pole dancing emporium, bar and indoor swimming pool) there seem to be rather a lot of female expat bloggers who are in on the secret.

A certain young lady (and I use the word Lady with some license) from near Montpellier seems to think it’s a good idea and hopes that Mr. Piglet can come up with the dosh!

And the Go-Go Girlie from that small village in Provence is all for it as well! Well, that really doesn’t come as much of a surprise does it? I bet she’s sifting through her suspenders just waiting for an audition!

That Missy from Paris seems to have reservations though? Please Sam, don’t discourage Piglet – we ALL think it’s the right thing to do!

that was the week  That was the week…   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThen there was the strange medical disaster that was breaking wind in another journal.

First reported by Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American in France the medical authorities have starting calling the malodorous malady Peter’s Disease!

I’m not sure if Peter was Victim No. 1 but research by the intrepid CM at Macarons & Mirabelles would suggest that this is indeed the case.

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Reports are coming in that senior engineers over at Velosolex in Brittany are planning to use the excessive methane to power a new range of city cruisers.

From behind his gas mask a spokesman for that site warned that… “anyone who thinks about shoving a hosepipe up his bottom and connecting it to the carburettor should watch out for blowbacks!”

And all I can add to that is… “And make sure it’s not a big hosepipe!”

that was the week  That was the week…   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd in the South of France news appears to be breaking about another national disgrace (but not quite on the scale of the World Cup or Agincourt!)

Our undercover reporter (who needs to remain anonymous to protect her identity) who spotted the women parked by the side of the road thought maybe they’d broken down and needed help.

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Then she spotted that… “strangely they had their scantily-clad legs sticking out of an open drivers’ side window or suggestively crossed halfway out of an open door while they smoked cigarettes languidly.”

You can be sure we’ll be giving her a pay-rise for her powers of observation!

And finally….

Down in deepest Provence a strange advertising campaign was launched….

that was the week  That was the week…   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNo one could be too sure if it was one of her husband’s closest friends who was being given away or just a couple of candles (although they look like pretty nice candles to me!)

From the comments (and there are a lot of them – 65 at the last count – I think people turn up at Sara Louise’s blog for a good gossip and natter!) it appears that most of the female commentators have worked themselves up into a frenzy over the imminent Provencal Honey Giveaway contest.

I’m waiting impatiently to hear that I’ve won the candles; if I win Honey Jr. I do have to say that I’ll not have much use for him and will, thus, be auctioning him off to the highest bidder!

More details on the Honey Giveaway are available from Sara in Le Petit Village.


Now for the rest of the awards….

The Hitchcock Hankerings Tribute Award goes to Virginia at Paris Through My Lens for Les Oiseaux Familiers.

Personally, being the greedy pig that I am, if I’d been Hitchcock making the film, The Birds, I’d have made all the birds nice big fat ducks and not able to fly very well and had the main characters of the film just shoot and eat them all!

Virginia’s two little birds don’t seem to be too frightening but then again, they don’t have much meat on them either?

The Unofficial Official Paris Photographer of the Week Award goes to Barbara at bbonthebrink (a wonderful site, by the way! I hope you all visit in droves!) for Random Paris Oddities.

Each of the photos can be stared at for ages!

I liked the stools on the pavement!

I have to say that we don’t get that many entries put forward for the Bikini of the Week Award in the middle of January.

I rather suspect that Sarah at St Bloggie de Riviere is fully aware of that fact which is probably why she’s snuck in her post all about Ellie MacP and Me.

The committee deliberated most of the night as to whether we should allow Ms. Hague the Bikini of the Week Award but, after a very close vote we decided to do so….

Partly for her cheekiness in doing a bikini post in mid January but…

Mainly because we all fancy the pants off Elle Macpherson!

Bandana of the Week Award goes to Pinch at Crystal goes to Europe for a breath of fresh air.

As always, for this award, I had to consign to the dustbin all those photos sent in by bloggers wearing a red bandana….

And nothing else!

Really, at your ages you ought to know better!

The Photo that made me Smile Award goes to Apol at La Pomme for her lovely photo seen in Work and Play.

This photo, for some reason, tickle my fancy. Sometimes the human interest makes a photograph stand out from the rest. It certainly did for me in this case.

No trouble deciding on the Rant of the Week Award!

She’s won it before and no doubt she’ll win it again but I’m sure that you’ll all agree that Fly in the Web at French Leave deserves the award this week for L’intimidation.

What a rant; what a ranter!

And, you know, she’s only just scraping the surface there!

I could tell you some stories from when I worked in the abattoir that would make you cringe! If anything ever went wrong, guess who was the first to be blamed? Yup, Moi – L’Anglias! Funny that I managed to put up with it for 6 years, come to think of it?


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

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

Gigi at French Windows is first in line for an Award for Not Winning an Award because she hasn’t updated her blog since December 4th LAST YEAR!

Gigi was last spotted winning a Ghost Story competition in The Daily Telegraph and there are fears that she’s been kidnapped by Jeffrey Archer and put to work at his next masterpiece!

I was going to give Sam at Totally Frenched Out an award for her post about All Single Ladies but it was pointed out to me by the the Audit and Compliance Department (yes, we’ve got one of those – we keep them in the shed behind the pigsty!) that she’s been winning all too many awards recently so, there’s nothing for it but to say….

Sam please take your Award for not Winning and Award and think about going undercover to investigate that cult! That would be rather good blog fodder!

I bet that Alex at A Languedoc Journal was expecting an award for the Pot au Feu he cooked in How to lose weight.

However, by his own admission it was virtually tasteless so I’ve got not option other than to offer him an Award for not Winning an Award.

Sorry Alex but rules are rules and no exceptions are made!

And Anji at Anji Patchwork would have won an Award for Finding a Lost Man for her excellent post about The Lost Man and Me but, unfortunately, we appear to have lost all our Awards for Finding a Lost Man so she’ll have to make do with an Award for not Winning an Award this week.

Anji, if we find any of those awards (they’ll be lying around somewhere) and you find another lost man, let me know!

There are many who thought that Candy at Candy Froggie’s Lair should have won an award this week for her Yummy Guilty Pleasures… but, as she totally failed to incorporate a YouTube video of either Johnny Halliday or Vanessa Paradis I’ve got no choice but to hand out another Award for not Winning an Award.

Now, I’m not complaining but….

I know she’s probably got loads of things to do but…

The Business Continuity Team have put me under enormous pressure to give Dana at Kung Fu Dana an Award for not Winning an Award this week.

I rather suspect that this is because the Business Continuity Team are largely made up of women and ex-bikers who have expressed their combined desire to see a picture of Zed (now one month old) wearing a leather jacket.

You have bought Zed a leather jacket, haven’t you Dana?

How can anyone be called Zed unless they’ve got a decent leather jacket?

I bet Poulette at poulette has got a decent leather jacket?

She’s got a really rather sexy blog redesign anyway!

And one would have expected that that would have been enough for her to pick up some kind of trophy here this week.

But no! Financial constraints and a change of policy had determined that all I can offer her is an Award for not Winning an Award.

She deserves more (in my humble opinion) for her post on The Big O but no one could decide if it should be the Embarrassing French Faux Pas Award or the I’m not Coming, I’m Coming Award! that she should be considered for.

And then old Jean-Pierre wondered if it was the Fake Orgasm of the Week Award that we should be talking about and from there the conversation went downhill until closing time and, by then, it was too late!

I’m pretty sure that Merewoman at No Damn Blog didn’t expect an award for her post about Two things I didn’t expect… but we’ll give her an Award for not Winning an Award for the post because, in only 45 words she manages to mention Seed Drills and Kitchen Cockups!

Which suggest that at some point in her life she has been introduced to…. “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

If we had planned ahead and foreseen all possibilities, no doubt we would have a If it’s Green and in a Glass, it must be Creme de Menthe Award.

But we didn’t and we haven’t which is why Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs will have to make do with an Award for not Winning an Award for Seasonal Sunday– Avocado, Grapefruit & Feta Mousse.

Of course, the reference to Creme de Menthe will be totally lost on anyone who hasn’t grown up wanting to be Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses!

All the best

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6 Comments

  • By Aidan, January 18, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    Keith,
    Well done. And may I say a bit too staid?…now I’ve done it. I like the newspapers, very cute. And the fuss over Honey Jr. is completely justified..did you see his eyes?!
    Tell me if you try the mousse but only if you like it.
    Happy Tuesday & Thanks,
    Aidan x

  • By Poulette, January 18, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    I’m deeply honoured to have not won an award. And Keith you are right, i DO own a pretty sweet leather jacket!

  • By Anji, January 19, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    If I find a another lost man he won’t be lost anymore, will he? Thanks for the mention anyway.

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 19, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Too staid?

    Now, there’s a challenge if ever I heard one!

    All the best (and watch out for next Tuesday!)

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 19, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Thought you might!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By LaCheshireChat, January 30, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Thank you, Keith. Yes, I do care, I’m glad it shows. I have put away the snowmen (it’s still COLD here!) and am now attired in my Spring raiment. I hope it pleases. :)

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