Every 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.
And they should know as they have more than most (animals, that is, not difficulties!)
And doesn’t that Blue Tit have a touch of the “Danny Blanchflower” about him?
And in those colours he’s the almost perfect Spurs supporter?
Sorry Stuart – but I just couldn’t resist that!
However, we lent that award to that young couple down the road (you know, Dave and Denise from Dagenham) and, not only were they late in returning it but it’s totally ruined! Some people have no respect for other people’s property!
Still, I don’t like to complain; you know what that Dave is like after a few gallons of Cotes du Rhone!
And that Denise, she’s even worse!
All of which has nothing at all to do with Trisha’s well observed glimpse of real expat life in France – the bits that Peter Mayle forgot to tell you about!
Oh, les Anglais – life in France just wouldn’t be life in France without them!
Oh, what splendid entertainment we must be for our French neighbours!
3). You know, I’ve been getting seriously worried and disappointed about and by Lauren at The Au Pair Project.
From a brilliant start where she expertly detailed her host-father’s three hour rumpy-pumpy sessions and lovingly described how she managed to lose her charges whilst taking them to school….
We now find her, in Surprises, having a lie in and being served breakfast in bed!
Seriously Lauren, I don’t know whether to congratulate you on training your charges so well or….
Wonder if they are so worried that you’ll lose them again that they’ve decided the safest thing to do is make sure you stay in bed?
4). Karin at An Alien Parisienne should really have won this week’s Award for a Triumphant Return to Blogging for her Back to the Blog and Project: Happily Ever After – a Preview to a Review but many of the awards committee felt that the title was a tad too long and were sure that there was something in the rules about overly long blog post titles so….
Sorry Karin, no award for you!
Really, if I’d had my way, I’d have given you the Award for the Cheekiest (no pun intended) Ass display of the Week.
You seem to be on form? By the time I got to the bottom (no pun intended) of your post i was quite exhausted!
So, when’s the happy day then? The Girlie has just bought me a Big Hat, you know! She must be psychic?
A wonderfully evocative piece, you could almost hear the twigs crackling and smell the woody smoke.
As Amy says… “There’s an art to burning. Who knew that destruction was such hard work?”
Which sounds pretty philosophical to me!
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.
For once, this was a unanimous decision with all of the judges agreeing that the post totally summed up the mores and values of modern society; the desperate desire to own a car, the lack of attention paid to the ill (or soon about to be rather messily ill), the political statement of vomiting outside the Palace of Versailles and, Aidan (our hero) bravely sleeping all through it!
Aidan, you’re still our hero (so cool to sleep through a raging vomit storm) but….
Jaylee, you’re also our hero as well!
Mr and Mrs Rue Rice….
I hope you realise… You’ll never get rid of the smell!
Peggy, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.
New blogs on the block….
Newly popped up on the periscope – can’t really comment yet but….
A Word from Calvados is Janine’s blog which seems quite a good introduction to the area. She doesn’t post often and perhaps needs a little bit of encouragement? Down to you guys, I suppose?
Into the Woods is Nikki’s blog all about being an Au Pair in Paris!
Let’s just hope she never meets up with Lauren from The Au Pair Project?
Once again – Nikki probably needs some followers so that she knows it’s worthwhile posting?
Our Life in France – Husband is a professional international basketball player from the Bahamas. Wifey is a regular girl from little Simi Valley. Now we are raising two big boys internationally and loving every minute of it! (Well, almost every minute…) – could be interesting?
Our hard working and conscientious reporters did what they could to quell the panic….
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Even if the post didn’t feature a 2CV, the car did look a bit like a 2CV that someone had driven their four wheel drive over?
And, has anyone else spotted that it appears to have been padlocked to the post in the foreground?
Would anyone in their right mind actually want to steal one of these?
I mean, it’s not even blue!
Unfortunately, as most people’s memories of that fabled car are inextricably linked to recurring nightmares about wheels falling off and brakes not working….
It did little to quell the unrest!
Secretive and shunning publicity most of the time….
The Paris Bloga Nostra were out in force in a blatant display of criminal conspiracy, cheese nibbling and wine glugging.
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Brilliantly captured by our undercover reporter, Virginia from Paris Through my Lens, the picture tells the true story of what many are already calling Notre Soirée à Paris (which, I guess, sounds a bit posher than old Al Capone’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre?)
Our sources tell us that some of the gang left early and someone who observed the whole event (but wishes to remain anonymous so that he doesn’t end up swimming with the fishes) said…
“If you want to know who is ze real dangerous ones… watch out for bloggers who wear ties – and their molls!”
Useful stuff, that!
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Although, if you do read Delana’s post you will learn to say… “tu les trouves jolie mes fesses?”
And that’s always a handy thing to know, isn’t it?
Although she didn’t mention what form to use if someone asks if you find their bum pretty?
And I’m sure that’s going to cause me many problems in the months and years to come!
Ladies and Gentlemen (and those of you who don’t really fit in either description), if you want a French Lesson that doesn’t involve botty bits – rush over to “un(e) americain(e)” in france!
Now for the rest of the awards….
The Arse over Tit on the Streets of Paris Award goes (after a lot of discussion and a general feeling that we should have had some photographs as proof) to Caroline of Sweet Caroline fame for her Best of: places in Paris where I’ve fallen on my butt.
Caroline, an excellent first attempt; my fellow judges and I look forward with relish to your entry in the Dog Poop Disaster of the Week Award competition.
The Sexual Position of the Week Award goes to Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France for her Levrette.
Nice one Laura, thank you very much. I learned a lot!
Oh, and Mrs A Taste of Garlic says thank you as well!
Sam, I promise you, if you go into work with an AK47 in your hands and a thousand yard stare on your face, you’ll get Rant of the Month Award and I’ll personally put you forward for the Rant of the Year Award.
Cynthia, a lovely photo – you had me drooling at the lips (although, I do have to say, it doesn’t take much to make me drool? The sight of a Pig’s Trotter, a nice rack of fatty ribs or a bowl of fresh Riz du Proc and I’m all over the place!)
Anne in Oxfordshire wins a Special Award for Posts about Paris from Someone who doesn’t live in Paris.
Anne often pops over here and always writes lovely blog posts about it.
Her Images from Paris… shows that she’s got a good eye for a photo and certainly enjoys her visits over here.
And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….
Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!
Miss K at Postcards from Paris – Adventures of an Expat probably expected to win an award for her (Extremely creepy) things you might see in the park but, I have to tell you, young lady, I’ve seen creepier things crawling out of my Y-Fronts around the occasion of my annual bath and so, I’m sorry to say, no proper award for you!
Seriously, Miss K, I’m getting a bit peeved at people who think they can persuade half a dozen lazy students to grab some branches and twigs and turn them into not very scary spiders just so they can win an award. It’s happening far too often and one does have to put one’s foot down sooner or later, even if it does seem a little harsh! And let that be a lesson to all of you who are currently planning to visit that student bar in the hope of persuading some of the great unwashed to do something similar!
Sorry, Miss K, but it’s an Award for not Winning an Award the Week for you!
Let me tell you, Ross-Bif, if I had a beer for every beer that I’ve taken out of a bidet….
Well, I’d have rather a lot of beer! Anyway, real men (especially real British men) know all to well that when God invented baths, it wasn’t to get clean in – oh no! The average bath just so happens to make the perfect beer cooler! You know, I have a sneaky suspicion that you might be a Man U. supporter – n’est pas? That would perfectly explain the beer in the bidet thing!
Right, I’m running out of time her so I’ll just rush through the next bunch of non-performers who each, for their own reasons, fail to win a proper award and have to console themselves with the runner-up (for that, read loser’s) prize of an Award for not Winning an Award this Week!
Sarah at St. Bloggie de Rivierre – no post for 7 days (apart for that Groupon thing which everyone is doing these days) – 1/10 for effort, must try harder.
Amber at Travelling Amber – 3 posts but no real rants. She did mention Sex last Wednesday but she didn’t include any photos – over all, 2/10 for effort – seems content to sit at the back of the class and pick her nose – must try harder.
Piglet at Piglet in France – no post all week – came up with the excuse that “The dog ate her homework” – 0/10 – must try harder.
Leesa from News from France – I understand that she has a poorly big toe but….
That’s no excuse for missing Netball Practice!
Sorry Leesa but I find it hard to feel sorry for you when you’re in Costa Rica (in the sunshine) and we’re stuck in freezing Brittany, burning our furniture in a vain effort to keep warm – 2/10 and you’re excused ballet class for a week!
Oh, by the way, Leesa… The examiners will look favourably on you should you decide to come back to France and start blogging about Paris things – they like that sort of stuff (so I’m told.)
All the best
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