A Taste of Garlic

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). I have to admit that I’m getting seriously addicted to Left Bank Manc and her ever expanding adventures!

She’s always up to something!

Whether it’s vomiting on the dance floor or…

Being sexually assaulted by a giant, hairy, yellow mute.

I almost don’t know which post to recommend to you…

But The Dog Incident seems to be pretty typical?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). It was a great relief to see Alisa from Notre Vie Juteuse back on the blogosphere this week with 4 months….

Which explained exactly what she had been up to during the summer.

You know…

I do worry when people stop blogging for a while.

And am always very happy…

To see them return!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). The wonderful Rosalyn from An English Rose in France got my mouth watering with her Beef and Kidney Pie.

But then, there’s often plenty of mouthwatering stuff to be found on this site…

Such as her delicious Ham and Chorizo Cake (I’ve tried that!)

Well worth a visit

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France was busy trying to track down a serial killer in Meutre, elle a ecrit.

Which, to my mind, is far more healthy than Roundabout Spotting (I’ll get to that bit in a few minutes and then you’ll understand!)

Or Baring Your Botty and Getting Sand in Your Privates (I’ll get to that bit in a few minutes and then you’ll understand!)

They are a funny lot, that lot up in Nord Pas de Calais and I would suggest that those men found in the canal may have flung themselves in…

To escape from mad psychopathic (or psychotic? Or perhaps both?) motorists whose…

Unforgettable adventures with Scooters and Roundabouts are never going to be forgot!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). A French Frye in Paris is a fantastic blog that I really must get round to reviewing before I get too old to do all that sort of stuff!

And How to Make Your Own Cheese in France is probably the best Dead Mouse behind the Fridge post that I’ve read for weeks!

This is what the blog’s master/owner says of himself…

“In early 2010 a 33 year-old New Yorker married a Parisian girl, threw away most of his stuff and packed what was left heading for France to start anew. Deciding it was too unique an experience to keep all to himself, he became a writer.

Spoiler alert — that guy is me, Corey Frye, and I’m now A French Frye in Paris.

This blog chronicles my slow journey from wide-eyed tourist to (hopefully) savvy local, and all my discoveries along the way. If you’ve ever been interested in, curious about, confused by, or in love with Paris, this is the place for you. Bienvenue.”

So far, to my knowledge, Corey has not bared his bottom on his blog (I’ll get to that bit in a few minutes and then you’ll understand!)


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 Nikki at A Mother in France.

The deciding post was Nikki’s honest and cleverly written post about Losing Weight in France.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWhich has inspired Mrs A Taste of Garlic and me to actually (and I don’t believe that I am even thinking about this)…

Go on a diet ourselves!

So far we’ve managed 20 hours and 13 minutes (and about 30 seconds) without alcohol and had salad for lunch!

And not our usual Pig’s Trotter Salad either!

Proper salad with green things like lettuce!

Nikki, 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….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceChateau Living is a blog that I don’t think I’ve mentioned before?

And, if I have, I’ll mention it again!

The blog has had a good start and is nicely foodie in places.

There’s even a decent rant – and that’s always a good selling point!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI think that I’ve mentioned Manny’s Blog but I can’t find any reference to it so perhaps I dreamed that I mentioned it?

So, I’ll mention it here just to make sure.

Manny is an actress, a singer, a wife and a mother and…

Her blog is full of good stuff.

Why not pay her a visit?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceLiving in Brittany is Mike’s blog and Mike lives (with his wife) in…

Beautiful Brittany (where the sun shines every day and it only rains “sur les cons!”)

Still a youngish blog, it is well worth visiting if you want to find out about life in The Pretty Part of France!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDoing It In French is a fantastic new blog by a girl called Jessica who comes from Kansas and…

For whom French was bay far her worst subject at high school!

Jessica is now over here and working as an Assistant near Grasse.

Why not be a good sport and pop in and say hello?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceA Life in Translation is Jamie’s blog and is where Jamie talks about her life in Paris.

I don’t know much about Jamie but I think that I’ll like her as she says…

“It’s not possible for me to be unhappy when I’m dancing in my underwear, especially if it’s an Impromptu Dance Party.”

And….

“Every bad mood I’ve ever been in has been significantly reduced by a shower, a fabulous outfit, sexy perfume, and red lipstick.”

Sound interesting?

Well, if it does….

Why not pop over and…

Say hello!


Breaking news….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in Francethat was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWow! What a week for breaking news!

I hardly know where to start!

At English Kid in France Ed went to The Fete des Chevres and…

His dad was photographed with his clothes on (you’ll understand that bit pretty soon – don’t get too excited though!)

Ed, you need to get your mum or dad to buy you a favicon for Christmas!

And Katrina at La Voyageuse had her First Pain au Chocolat

I’m not sure if she was wearing any clothes at the time but the pain au chocolat looked pretty ravishing!

Then, April at Le Franco Phoney went roundabout spotting and discovered Another Cool Roundabout.

I’m not sure that I’ll ever take up Roundabout Spotting but…

It’s nice to know that people do!

Anais at Anais en France told us all about some Cultural Differences I have Observed and…

Has this to say about driving….

“France seems to be the land for road rage. Its dam scary crossing the road in Barcelonnette. First I have to contend with the different way the traffic flows and then there is the fact that drivers don’t seem to care about zebra crossing, they will not stop!!!”

And finally, over at Snippets From Labartere, Vera was suffering from A Runny Posterior, and Jacob’s Doings.

I didn’t like to enquire too closely about this turn of events (or, indeed, who Jacob is and what his doings were doing) because Vera said…

“I could feel cold wet seepage starting to move up my skirt and onto my botty.”

And there’s only so much detail…

That a man can take!


Now for the rest of the awards….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceTop of the list is Delana at Du Jour who wins this week’s Award for the Best Alcohol Induced Stupor for More is Better.

Congratulations Delana and you’ll be glad to hear that, this week, I’m not even going to ask if you’ve finally got round to defrosting your freezer compartment!

Mind you, if you’ve been busy getting trashed with the girlies…

I don’t suppose you would have had much time for that?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Fashion Victim of the Week Award goes to Ashley at Backyardprovence for her Pretty in Pink.

I’m not sure if I should admit that I’ve been going back to that post every day….

He reminds me of one of the actors in Alpha Dog but he was a psychopathic murderer…

And anyway, I don’t think Shawn Hatosy would wear pink?

And, is it just me…

Or does it look like the guy in the photo has shaved his legs?

Is that normal?

For a man?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceJacqui at The French Village Diaries beat off all competition to win not one, but two awards this week!

Firstly, she gets the Ooh, What a Fibber Award for The Orange Tree Made Me Fall Off My Bike in which she pretends that her little cycling accident had absolutely nothing at all to do with…

The Sloe Gin that she is making!

Jacqui, a little tip…

You can’t go telling people about your sloe gin one week and then have a bicycle accident a week later and not have them put two and two together…

The other award that Jacqui wins is the prestigious…

Award for Getting Sand Stuck in Places We Don’t Talk About Over the Dinner Table

Now, I can’t remember the last time we handed out that award but…

It was rather a long time ago!

And all Jacqui had to do to win the award was to go to a nuddy beach and write about it in The beach.

And, just for the ladies (and maybe some of the men, who knows?) she included a picture of her husband’s bare bottom for those of you who like that sort of thing.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, talking about things we don’t talk about over the dinner table…

The Award for Things We Don’t Talk About Over the Dinner Table gets shared between Au Pair Michelle at Parisian Asylum and Lingerie Specialist Lindsay at French Confessions

Michelle gets to share the award for discussing her two charges in the 13 and 15 year olds, after 3 weeks of carefully observed suspicions and…

Telling us what the 15 year old was doing over the dinner table? I think there might have been a comma missed out there, somewhere?

I hope there was a comma missed out there somewhere!

Whilst the 13 year old was just practising for the nuddy beach!

Linsday, on the other hand….

Asked… Going out tonight? What is dinner in France like?

And then told us that sex over the dinner table was obligatory!

I keep telling myself that I must widen my circle of friends!

The dinner parties I get invited to seem tame by comparison!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France Rant of the Week Award goes, once again to Little Me at Pint Sized Rants for her A Rant About Princess Diana

Now, I have to admit to not liking Princess Diana one little bit (and yes, I do know that just saying those words means I’ll never be allowed back into England! Even if she was as daft as a brush and… an adulteress – or aren’t we allowed to mention that?) and I used to spend an awful lot of time trying to decide if I liked her less than, or more than, her terminally stupid inbred and unjustly privileged complete moron of a husband?

Then again, I used to walk past the Tower of London twice a day and used to spend an awful lot of time wondering why the English people had never come to their senses and lined the royal family up against the wall and shot the bloody lot of them!

I am not, you may have guessed, what you might call…

A royalist!

I’m not sure if Little Me is a royalist or not but…

She does rant quite nicely about the English hobby of building people up just so that you can say nasty things about them and…

She also dares to say some of those un-sayable things about The People’s Princess so…

I suppose she’ll not be allowed back into England either?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Award for Coming Out of the Closet goes to MJ at An American Mom in Paris for her Pollution, Orange Hair, Sexism and Whatnot in which she talks about (among other things, you know what she’s like!) getting her hair dyed orange!

Now, when I first came over to live in France I worked at a pig abattoir and one of the women on the packing line once told me…

“Women who dye their hair red are lesbians, the whole lot of them!”

I’m not sure if orange counts but…

MJ does seem to be a hit with one of the other moms in Paris. I’ll use her words and you can make up your own minds…

“But here’s the even more incredible part. When Hot Thing Two saw me, she waved excitedly and pushed through people to give me the bisous! She kissed me on both cheeks! I think that means we’re married now.”

And I do feel that I ought to apologise to any lesbians who might be reading this but…

I’m not actually sure what I’m apologising for and…

Whether I should only apologise to lesbians who haven’t dyed their hair red (or orange?)

And anyway, if I was going to apologise for anything, it really ought to be for suggesting that Princess Diana might actually have been a little bit thick and may just, on occasion, have nobbed someone who wasn’t her husband whilst she was married to the future king of England?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe It’s Entertainment Jim, But Not As We Know It Award goes to Michael at 35 Hour Work Week who pointed out…

America has America’s Top Model or American Idol. The UK has X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. France has…

Top Accordian!!!

Now, I don’t watch television (and haven’t in fact, since Mrs A Taste of Garlic had that accident with the tractor and ended up parking it in the living room on top of our old Redifusion! And I must, while I think about it, get round to repairing the hole in the wall!)

But if I was glued to the goggle box like most people seem to be these days…

I’d make a point of watching….

Top Accordian!!!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIn a surprise turn up for the books, this week the Award for Being Romke Soldaat didn’t go to Romke but to John at John Talbot’s Paris for his wonderful… A word on wine on Wednesday: Fucks@rkozy.com

Romke from Frogsmoke did come a close second with his extraordinary “I’m not mad; I’m a minister!”

And if he showed a photo of Little Nicholas flat on his arse with his tongue sticking out, he surely would have won!

I wonder if Romke Soldaat knows there’s a weekly award named after him?

I wonder what that wine tastes like?

I wonder if the world would be a better place if more polticians were as potty as Frédéric Mitterrand?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd finally, The Thought Provoking Photo of the Week Award goes to Nathalie at Avignon in Photos for her magnificent Homeless in Avignon.

I’ll say no more but…

This is a post where you really do need to read (and possibly add to), the comments!


The Girls Gone Wild Section!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI’m proud to announce that, after months and months of negotiations with the French Minister of Culture (he is, actually, completely mad you know!), The American Consulate and The British Foreign Office

We have finally received permission to instigate a section for ….

Girls Gone Wild!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFirst off is our favourite Mancunian Left Bank Manc from Left Bank Manc who had busy doing some Pre-drinking…

Now, this really isn’t such a strange occurrence for Left Bank Manc and she seems to be getting better at it (practice makes perfect, I suppose) as…

She didn’t vomit until right at the end of the post!

This is a snippet from her week in which she tries to give up drinking (I think you can guess how that turned out?) and kicks a dog in the head!

Left Banc Manc – you certainly are a Girl Gone Wild!

Left Bank Manc, of course…

Earns a living by looking after little children!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNext on the list is Katherine from KM en Corse who shouted…week one – “vat the f***”

Katherine is from Newcastle Upon Tyne…

Which is absolutely no excuse for her behaviour!

Is it normal for an Language Assistant to say…

“Currently writing this after a “fete chez nous”… there are 3 people passed out on the sofa… I imagine this will be a regular occurrence throughout the year.”

And as for…

“being driven by a random man we met the night before and drunkenly suggested he drive us to Calvi… and for some reason, he accepted… cool. “

Katherine, didn’t your mother never tell you not to get into a strange man’s car?

Katherine, of course…

Earns a living by teaching little children!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe wonderfully wonderful Ella Coquine from the fantastic Tales from the Chambre de Bonne was also going a bit wild as she explained in Day 138: Almost Get Arrested in France.

It seems that she (or, it might have been her mother – I was too busy laughing to take notes) didn’t pay for a restaurant meal and, as a result…

Risked going to “French jail over the theft of the Quiche Lorraine!”

I love this blog and Ella Coquine is one of the classiest Girls Gone Wild that I’ve ever seen.

I just wonder why she doesn’t just settle down with some nice young man?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceOne of the original Girls Gone Wild is Candy Froggie from Candy Froggie’s Lair who, this week, demanded 10 cm or nothing!

I had a quick check with the tape measure and thought that i might pass muster until I realised that Candy Froggy was talking about boots!

Yes, shes thinking about buying yet another pair (or two) of booties!

If she goes on at this rate, there won’t be a pair of leather boots left anywhere in Paris!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWe decided to put Sarah Hague from St. Bloggie de Riviere in the Girls Gone Wild section because, quite frankly, we couldn’t think of anywhere else to put her!

In Dinner Tales and A-Z she spends so much time drinking bubbly that she is late for her birthday dinner (getting stuck in a traffic jam didn’t help!)

She then goes on to mention her age (I won’t repeat it but…

She is old enough to remember when Televisions didn’t have remote controls!)

And she also lets us know that she has some underwear.

Which is always nice to know, isn’t it?

Sarah, you might be a bit old for the Girls Gone Wild section but…

It’s nice to see that you’re still trying!


that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceShannon at La Vie Francaise decided not to go for Smut of the Week Award again this week and decided to play it safe with When I Become President of France.

In which she talks some absolute bollocks about Thierry Henri (but then, she is a girlie; how can she be expected to understand the beautiful game? Female brains just aren’t the right shape!)

And some completely incomprehensible stuff about Abolition of socially-ingrained sexism?

Shannon, a little tip for you…

If you want to get elected President of France you’ll need to avoid mentioning footballers who spent 8 years playing for the Gooners and…

Forget all that express checkout stuff; women like queuing in supermarkets! It allows them time to ponder what to cook for, and how best to look after, their hard working husbands!

I think you should stick with smut and prostitution stuff.

And leave the football to the men?

Sorry, Shannon but…

It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FrancePiglet, Piglet, have you locked yourself in the bathroom again, Piglet?

You know why you’re getting an Award for not Winning an Award This Week, don’t you?

If you leave it any longer between blogs, your keyboard will go rusty, you know!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceKitty, Kitty, Wherefore art thou, Kitty?

I’m starting to get worried about your slight lack of posts and…

Have no choice but to award you this Award for not Winning an Award This Week

In the hope that….

It’ll make you buck your ideas up, girl!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAmber, you’ve quit one of your jobs and you still don’t have time to blog?

Come on, you know the score…

Assume the position…

I’m afraid it’s…

An Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceSusie at Desperate Anglo Housewives, is your Haircut Hell so terrible that you can’t blog anymore?

Come on girl, pull yourself together!

I really don’t want you to have to suffer the everlasting humiliation and shame but…

I’m afraid….

It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceRight, I’m going to be here for the rest of my life if I carry on like this…

So, I’m going to have to do a mass award ceremony!

Karin at An Alien Parisienne – I know you got married recently but you should be over all that by now!

Delores at All the Days of Delores – last seen at a vide greniers; not blogged since!

If anyone spots Delores standing in a field, waiting for someone to buy her – could they ask her to start blogging again?

Honey at I’m an outlaw, not a hero – last spotted going into a macaron shop four weeks ago, not a whisper since!

Honey, if you’re still in there eating macarons, you’ll get fat!

Or did you already eat too many and, as a result…

Are now too fat to get out of the door?

Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs – last seen on her back with her legs in stirrups at her gynecologists, possibly still there?

Aidan, if you can get to a computer could you blog to let us know you’ve not been arrested for talking about vasectomies!

Or, are you just not blogging in order to give your typing fingers a rest?

I hope that the shame and humiliation causes you all to re-think your lives, promise to try harder and…

Most importantly…

Blog occasionally!

Until then….

It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for each and every one of you!


that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnother shared award this week is our wonderful Mushroom of the Week Award!

And this gets shared between the following 6 blogs…

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France1). Katie at Thyme for Cooking for her delicious Mushrooms in Goats’ Cheese Sauce on Puff Pastry.

Katie, Mrs A Taste of Garlic has just come in and caught me licking the screen!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Michael at Freedom Fries might have thought he was boasting with his Mushrooms, mushrooms! but…

I don’t know what he is talking about?

Personally, I can’t remember a time when I found a Girolle…

Less than a metre across?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Rosalyn at An English Rose in France shared Jamie’s (a local celebrity who lives in a yurt) thoughts on mushrooming on her blog in a post called Mushrooming, by Jamie.

She was also kind enough to mention my mushrooming website and my famous lucky mushrooming hat!

Thank you Rosalyn!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Meredith at Ditdit in France found some mushrooms on Monday and…

Made some mushroom soup!

And, if the ingredients are anything to go by…

I bet it tasted gorgeous!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). Eva at I Love Aquitaine found some mushrooms in her back garden and wrote about them in Mushrooms and Driving Theory…

I think the driving theory is because Eva is having driving lessons…

Presumably so that she can drive further afield in order to hunt for mushrooms?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France6). Sharon at My French Country Home said….

This week we’re eating… wild mushrooms

And showed us lots of lovely photos and…

Even included a recipe too!

Ladies and Gentlemen….

Please accept the Mushroom of the Week Award for your sterling efforts!

All the best

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


31 Comments

  • By Kirsty, October 4, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    A royalist? You’ll fit right in if you go to Australia!

  • By Shannon, October 4, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    Keith

    After your comments on the socially ingrained sexism, I’m beginning to suspect that you are, in fact, a French man through and through – that carefully crafted facade of an English gentleman is beginning to slip!

    And, on matters football, unfortunately Thierry Henry has come back into my thoughts only because of Arsenal’s disgraceful start to the season. I’m sure he’s not the solution to our problems, aged as he is, but I can’t help but remember our good ol’ years as the Invincibles when I think of him. Of course, football is not all a woman thinks about when Thierry Henry pops into her mind though…on that matter, you are surely right!

  • By Jacqui, October 4, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Feeling very special for winning two awards this week. As a thank you to the committee I’m posting a bottle of sloe gin, before opening another one in celebration (and leaving the bike safely in the barn). Jacqui

  • By Nikki - A Mother in France, October 4, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Thank you for the Award Keith – I’m honoured. Glad it inspired you and Mrs A Taste of Garlic to have a go at losing weight too. Are you going to post pictures of the results in a few months I wonder??

  • By Little Me, October 4, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Thank you for my rant award. Not sure if am a royalist or not. I think Queen might be better state rep than, say, a President Cameron (ugh).

    I was not a fan of Diana though, but didn’t give full vent to all the mean things I’d like to say about her, as my fragile little ego wouldn’t be able to cope with the hate mail.

    Would just like to share this link though: http://eatingoffthepeoplesprincess.tumblr.com/

    Enjoy

  • By Little Me, October 4, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    Oh, forgot to say, ot allowed back into England? Oh well. I’ll get over it. It’ll take a second or two… there we go. Am over it. :)

  • By Breadispain, October 4, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Hmmm…enjoyed Nikki’s post of losing weight in France but remain unconvinced that I have the self-control. I consider it each night until the cheese hits the table. Good luck to you all! :)

    Creepy about ‘The Everyday Life of an American Girl in France’…guess I won’t be taking any drunken strolls in Lille any time soon…

  • By Corey Frye, October 4, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    Hi Keith, thanks so much for including “A French Frye in Paris” in your blog list today. I’m honored to be in a list with so many other interesting bloggers. Here’s hoping for that possible review you mentioned…I’m not above another mouse sacrifice if that’s what it takes :)

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    Kirsty

    I fear that Australia might not have quite enough smelly cheese for me?

    Still, they should unshackle the yokes of imperialistic monarchism and revolt!

    Dame Edna has got more class than the Queen any day!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Shannon

    If I’d known that you were a Gooner I’d have never mentioned your blog!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. French i may be (or may be becoming – more of a Breton really; and that’s a different thing altogether) but I am (and will always be, for my sins)…

    A Spurs man through and though!

    P.P.S. I never pretended to be a gentleman!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Jacqui

    I’ll await the bottle but will hide it from Mrs A Taste of Garlic who, as you know, does appreciate the finer things in life!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    Nikki

    Yes – there’ll be before and after pictures – I’ll post the before pictures tomorrow, they are hideous!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. What do you mean, a few months? Surely I don’t have to diet for that long? I’ve been without alcohol for 35 hours and 11 minutes already – isn’t that enough?

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Little Me

    Thanks for the link – I was always anti Diana (and the rest of the bunch!)

    Personally I think that Cameron is a closet royalist and should also be first against the wall when the revolution comes!

    You know, I really believe that John Cleese would make a great president (with Jeremy Clarkson as his defense minister?)

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Little Me

    I went back recently for a couple of days; it’s not the same country – but then, I suspect it never was?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    Breadispain

    I’m sure you don’t need to lose weight as much as I do?

    Strange about Laura, isn’t it? I always thought she was quite normal; I never suspected that she collected Serial killers for a hobby!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    Corey

    Keep up the good work and the review will follow!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Statistically, the easiest way to get a review to to do a post about Nuns, Lingerie and Citroen 2Cvs (preferably blue ones, they go faster) – or so I’ve been told! Those are the sort of things that the Review Committee seem to like (although some of them are Johnny Halliday fans and quoting his name a few times doesn’t seem to hurt?)

  • By Jacqui, October 4, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    Hubby is SO chuffed to have an award winning botty that he said stuff morning coffee lets open another bottle of sloe gin, giggle, giggle, splutter, hic

  • By Samantha Vérant, October 4, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    haha! Sarah is surely a girl gone wild!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Jacqui

    Sloe Gin before lunchtime?

    I always said… “They’re a funny lot, that lot down int he Charentes!”

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Samantha

    So I’ve heard!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. And you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff I’ve recently heard about her younger days!

  • By Paris Paul, October 4, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Your thoroughness never ceases to amaze me, Keith! Thanks for the shout out to the little Mrs; I’ll make sure she knows. :-)

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Paris Paul

    I’m sure that Karin is busy darning your socks, cooking your dinner and attending to your every need (just like a good wife should!) but perhaps you could spare her for an hour or so to do a little blog?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Grenobloise, October 4, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    Laura’s post about the Lillios serial killer totally freaked me out but it was also such a good read. Nothin’ like true crime! I’m with Bread is Pain.. we were gonna’ get wasted in Lille (because that’s what cool people do) but I guess we’ll have to scratch that one..

    About all the other lovely blogs you have written about.. I will get to them sometime! So overwhelming!

    Losing weight.. ha! Only way for me is to dance. You know Salsa is big in Grenoble right? Shall I post about my experiences dancing Salsa with Grenoblois computer programmers, mad scientists and engineers? Who woulda’ thought these mecs had moves! Maybe it was all a dream..

    Dana

  • By April Wendy Hollands, October 4, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    Okay, I admit it – I *love* French roundabouts. Surely it’s less sad than train spotting though? There’s one in La Clusaz with a lovely hut on it that homeless people would be over the moon about (if there were any here).

  • By Laura, October 4, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

    Wow top 5! Thank you! I’m not sure I want to take full credit for it though, as that might somehow link me to the serial killer……

  • By Paris Karin (an alien parisienne), October 5, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    “I’m sure that Karin is busy darning your socks, cooking your dinner and attending to your every need (just like a good wife should!)” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Actually, I am doing his/out laundry right now, lol.

    The Mr did indeed let me know I was mentioned here. You know, maybe my blog is called “An Alien Parisienne” for entirely different reasons than we all supposed. Perhaps alien abduction is figuring into things, eh? ;-)

    I think I have just decided that for the Year of 2011, I’m blogging once a month. I’ve got some ideas brewing, but whether or not they actually steep up into a good pot of, umm, blog, I guess we’ll have to see. I have known all along that either I’m “in” or I’m “out” of this blogging thing, and have spent the better part of the year trying to decide. I’m pretty sure I’m “in,” but I have needed the time to just focus on my monthly ginormous posts (no comment on the fact that this all seems to be on a monthly cycle…) while I figure out “what’s next?”.

    Meanwhile, I note that I am the top 3 commenter on your handy dandy top comment widget there in the right sidebar! I imagine a lot of those comments were not made in 2011, lol, but I’m glad to see I have made my presence known somewhere. :)

    You take care, Keith, and hello to the Mrs. Thanks for posting all the fun stuff (that mushroom cartoon is priceless — I’ve seen it around on the ‘net this week!), and I promise that once I decide what exactly my blogging groove is, you will be the first to know. :)

  • By Paris Karin (an alien parisienne), October 5, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    P.S. out laundry = OUR laundry

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 5, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Hi Karin

    Nice to see that you’ve been allowed out of your kitchen (although, only briefly, I hope?)

    I really think that you ought to try for twice a month (blogging, that is, not being let out of your kitchen!) because that would produce the 50,000 or so edited words that would make a nice ebook?

    Karin’ s REAL Guide to Paris 2011 etc.

    There might be real value in something like that?

    Only suggesting?

    OK, now….

    You run along back to your kitchen and carry on with your wifely duties

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. You do know (as all wives should know) that when your husband comes home from a hard day at the office, it is your duty to pour him a whiskey and soda, sit him down in the drawing room with the evening paper and some nice Chopin on the gramaphone, safe in the knowledge that the cooking scent coming from the kitchen means that you have spent all day marketing and slaving over a hot stove!

  • By Ashley Davidson-Fisher, October 7, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    Keith-
    Goodness! I just love reading your Tuesday posts! I don’t always get to it on Tuesdays, but I always get to it! I grab a glass of wine, tell everyone to leave me the heck alone because I’m ready Keith’s blog and have my self a time out for a good read! Thanks for my second award. You can revisit PinkMan anytime you’d like. He will be located in the same spot for all eternity. Also, I have to say your words on the royals had me in tears. I was laughing for quite some time on that. But tell us, how do you really feel :)

  • By Delana, October 7, 2011 @ 3:05 am

    Keith, I am so PROUD of my award for “The best alcohol induced stupor”. Who wouldn’t be. But I’m going to now have to work extra hard because I so want to be awarded something in the Girls Gone Wild category. Goals are a good thing. And yes, Keith, I defrosted the freezer. If you ever get to Provence, I am now able to serve you and Girlie Pastis AVEC les glacons. Cheers

  • By Virginia, October 8, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    How do you do all this? I can barely eek out one photo a day. I did pay some visits thanks to your recommendation.

    xx
    V

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